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Family (Baxter Family Drama_Firstborn Series) Paperback – October 1, 2011

4.8 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews
Book 4 of 5 in the Firstborn Series

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A Sensational TrialL
When Katy Hart travels to Los Angeles to testify against the knife-wielding fan who tried to kill her, she is hunted by paparazzi who quickly realize she is the mystery woman photographed with movie star Dayne Matthews. Tension and pressure build to a dangerous level as Katy and Dayne seek private moments amidst the frenzy. In the end, Dayne’s celebrity life makes Katy certain that a future with him is all but impossible.

A Life-Changing Decision
As the trial comes to a close, Dayne searches for answers. Not until he talks to his childhood friend does he realize his desperate need for wisdom and direction. Ultimately, his journey leads him to an isolated beach where God makes Dayne’s future as clear as the waters of Cancún. But can he live with the decision God places before him?

A Stunning Discovery
Landon and Ashley Blake are celebrating the happiest days of their lives, enjoying Cole and their newborn son. But Ashley cannot find peace until she finds her older brother―the firstborn Baxter sibling. Her constant questions to her father, John Baxter, have netted nothing. Now she receives news that rocks her world and threatens to end her search in heartbreaking finality.

A story about the search for renewed hope and the desperate need to be loved and to belong

About the Author

New York Timesbest-selling 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 includingUnlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, andEver 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 novelLike Dandelion Dustwas 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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Product Details

  • Series: Baxter Family Drama_Firstborn Series (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414349793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414349794
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished reading this book moments ago, and decided to post immediately. This was the best book in the Firstborn series so far. Karen Kingsbury has a gift given by God to captivate readers to get wrapped up in her books as if they are really the characters like Dayne Matthews and Katy Hart, not to mention the entire Baxter family. And the preview for book #5 has already piqued my interest, so that I am anxiously awaiting it's arrival in March!!!!
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I agree with the other poster that this one is the best yet in the series. I think I enjoyed it because finally Dayne got to connect with some of his family, his relationship with Katy stregnthed and went to a new level and his relationship with the Lord only got stronger. Be sure to have a hankerchief on hand for some touching but happy moments. Looking forward to the next book in the series which is sure to bring some new obstacles according to the preview chapter at the end of this book. If you don't want to be spoiled please avoid reading the preview chapter.
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Though she will be a star witness at the assault trial of Margie Madden that does not frighten her as she survived the woman's efforts to make her the latest Los Angeles' homicide statistic. However, Katy Hart fears her new found fame and her relationship to Hollywood heartthrob Dayne Matthews will make her a paparazzi moment in which her privacy and those of her family will be forsaken. Still she believes their love for one another will carry her through the trial though she it not as confident about their relationship surviving his fame.

Dayne feels on top of the world since he met and fell in love with Katy; much greater than any of his films have taken him. Through his love for his cherished Katy, he and his father John Baxter have gotten together and he has forgiven him and his late mother even as he looks forward to meeting his siblings. However, he does not want them or Katy to become meals of a media feeding frenzy that his blood link if exposed will bring to them.

Fans of the Firstborn series will enjoy the continuation of the Baxter family saga, which inspires the audience to believe in God's overall plan even when it feels off kilter. The story line is action-packed especially during the trial scenes and insightful as the Baxter brood, Dayne, and Katy forge new relationships. Though the repugnance of the paparazzi is overkill, series readers will appreciate this entry while newcomers should start with book one FAME and continue sequentially (through FORGIVEN and FOUND) to better grasp the complex interrelation nuances of the extended FAMILY.

Harriet Klausner
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I have just read poured through the Redemption Series and the First Born series. At first I couldn't get enough of them and wanted to keep reading. I wanted to find out everything I could about the family. On reflection, though, something is troubling me about these books. Despite wanting to keep reading, I wonder if they are something like Junk Food...wonderful to gobble through, but not quite nourishing the body as it should. The thing that bothers me most about these books is the "Princess dream" (for want of a better word), that Karen seems to perpetuate in every book. This theme is the underlying message that occurs every Mills and Boons, one where the beautiful woman is rescued / made-whole / courted / restored by the dashing, handsome, strong but slightly troubled male. I worked hard for 20 years to build a wonderful marraige with my husband....and it was about 10 years ago that I was struck deeply by the fact that my princess illusion would never come true. Despite my wonderful man, he was never going to be the prince that appeared in romance fiction.
I sincerely hope that other women do not buy into this illusion. No man will ever fill that longing and yearing we have for Love. Only God can do this for us. I feel that Karen Kingsbury is buying into this myth too much and it can destroy a woman's soul when she buys into it as well. Watch out....not everyman is Dayne Matthews, or Landon, or Ryan or John or Luke Baxter. They are just our men and we need to love them.
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I Just love this series! "Family" is a very good book that I could not put down. Karen Kingsbury is an excellent writer. See for yourself! All the books in this collection are page turners.You won't be disapointed!
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Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors, and I read all the books in this series. Some I had in paper back form. They are Christian books, so they always leave you with hope and thinking of others. This can be said for book 4 Family, and book 5, Forever. If you haven't read Karen Kingsbury, I would recommend her..
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As with the others in this series, they are the kind you can't put down. Once you finish one, you can't wait to read the next one. They are well written and the characters are well developed. They are great for any Christian woman to read. Love them all.
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I read the previous books in this series and hate to see the end with book 5 which I am now reading. All of the books are just the type of books that if you just want to enjoy reading and not have to think things through then these books are good for you. I like the spiritual slant of the characters. No foul language or explicit love scenes.
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