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Coming Home: A Story of Undying Hope by [Kingsbury, Karen]
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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.

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  • File Size: 3824 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BJH6VU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I read Coming Home in one sitting--everyone was out for the day--so, obviously, it held my interest (although I REALLY got annoyed with the dramatic "cliff-hanger" phrases at the end of each chapter). I didn't have the problem that lots of others did with the recaps of the characters, because I'm in my mid-50's now and I don't remember things as well as I used to, and I read the first books of the Baxter series a long time ago. But those books comforted me as I was going through a really bad time in my life, and this one did nothing for me. They just aren't REAL anymore! The first Baxters books had real people in them with flaws. Now, everyone has money, and every book is the portrayal of perfect women with perfect husbands who are so tuned in to their every emotion and want to TALK about things all the time (can most of you ladies relate to THAT?). They have wonderful children who always do cute things and always ask if they can help with something--no dawdling or whining about being MADE to help.....it's all completely unrealistic and makes me feel like my family is far below the norm. People keep hearing God speaking to them in every crisis moment and there is always some immediate redeeming value in the terrible thing that has just happened. That isn't the way life always works! I got stuck in an awful situation about ten years ago. I prayed about it literally thousands of times and fasted. The thing I wanted from God didn't happen, I got no comforting messages about it, and when I look at the situation now, I STILL can't see why God let it end the way it did. It's taken a big toll on my faith and my husband's. These books with their hunky-dory endings don't speak to my pain at all.

Now to the BIG question--it hit me during the "letter reading scene".
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This book was terrible! I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of Karen Kingsbury's books. I even tolerated the Bailey Flanigan series. Even when "Loving" was simply a retelling of the annoying Dayne/Katy love story with all of its ridiculous Hollywood angst, I remained a fan. But THIS? 10 chapters of retelling THE SAME BOOKS we have already read? THEN we have to deal with the letter-reading scene in the end where they rehash it all AGAIN? Don't keep repackaging the same story and calling it a new book. That's dishonest.

SPOILER ALERT!!!

And while the Baxters have always been a bit unrealistic... this book went too far. FIVE family members died simultaneously and a week later everybody was at a birthday party? Nobody got angry or fell apart or questioned God? They all just immediately accepted God's will and a year later were fine? Give me a break. REAL grief is ugly and messy and does not resolve itself so quickly. This could have been a good opportunity to deal with the issues and pain of tragedy (she did a good job when Ashley's baby died) and how faith can survive even the worst agony. But being fake and putting a happy face on suffering just cheapens real faith and perpetuates the myth that "real Christians" are always joyful.
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spoilers... Don't read if you havent read the book.

After reading Loving, I intended not to read another Karen Kingsbury book, however I couldn't resist reading the last Baxter book. I found myself thinking..... again?! How many tragedies can one family go through? Murder, fatal pregnancy defects, cheating, breast cancer, 911, drug addiction, a drowning and the list goes on. I guess I was hoping for a happy ending.If she was going to pick one family for this to happen to, I guess she did pick the right one. There wasn't a book about Erin that I remember so i did feel a little less connected to her and her family... but still. Also, I felt a bit disconnected from the family's reaction to the tragedy. No one got angry at God. They all just accepted that they were in a better place. This just seems unrealistic to me. I also didn't like that she put Bailey and Brandon in this book. It did not fit in with the storyline at all and after all the hooplah with the last book, you would think she would stay far away from that topic. (and to add in that Cody and Andy were engaged????) Blegh! The parts of the book that I liked reminded me of "like dandelion dust". Overall, the book was ok. It wasn't what I hoped for but it was far better than the series on Bailey. It was a little more true to her older writing style. Anyways, I'm still not ready to swear her off for good, but I am glad that she is moving on to new characters, seperate from the Baxters and the Flannigans.
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It is with a heavy heart that I write this review. This will be the final time I read a Karen Kingsbury book. While Coming Home was better than Loving, it still is not even comparable to Karen's earlier works such as A Time to Dance, A Time to Embrace, Even Now, Waiting for Morning, etc. Somewhere along the line, Karen's writing just slipped. The first half of Coming Home was simply a rehash of the original first 5 Baxter books. It made sense to kill off Erin because the Baxter books hardly ever talked about Erin and her family. I had no connection with Erin, so I was not emotional about her and her family members' deaths. It almost seems like Karen's books are just being completed too fast. I noticed that her next book is with a different publisher, and I have to wonder whether or not this new publisher is requiring even more books per year from Karen. I also noticed how her next book is not being released in paperback, just in hardback and ebook format. Perhaps that is a way to make a few more dollars from Karen's "reader friends." Personally, I don't believe that any of Karen's future books will even be hardback worthy because the quality of her writing has went downhill. I will not be purchasing anymore of her books, as I have already wasted too much of my hard earned money on her books.

Her books were much better without the commercials and without the Hollywood drama and soap opera. There are so many Christian authors who are much better than Karen Kingsbury, and I will become readers of those writers.

Perhaps I am the fool though because Karen has made millions off of people such as myself because she started off as a really great writer. She truly wrote "Life Changing Fiction," and I eagerly awaited her books.
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