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Leaving (Bailey Flanigan Series Book 1) by [Kingsbury, Karen]
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Characters from Kingsbury's Baxter family epic recur in the first of a new series about young actress Bailey Flanigan. Bailey, who has appeared in a film of Unlocked (a real novel by Kingsbury) and is awaiting a callback about her Broadway audition, has a problem: Hollywood hottie Brandon Paul, reformed bad boy and film co-star, is after her; star NFL rookie Matt Keagan is another potential interest. But Bailey really loves Cody Coleman, the regular-guy Iraq war veteran who abruptly left her. Ex-POW Cody is teaching and coaching at a rural high school, visiting his druggie mom in jail, and trying to forget Bailey, whom he left out of fear of his mother's unsavory connections. A parallel story involves firefighter Landon Blake, whose ground zero experience is affecting his health. Fans won't mind the self-promotional reference to Kingsbury's previous book as they enjoy the treacly confection of Hollywood and heroes the popular novelist offers. (Mar.)
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Bailey Flanigan leaves Bloomington, IN, to audition for a Broadway musical. She's hesitant to leave home and those she loves, but she's determined to take this amazing opportunity. While she waits for a callback, she is approached by a bevy of suitors, including Brandon Paul, her former movie costar, and NFL newcomer Matt Keagan. Unfortunately for them, Bailey still loves ex-boyfriend Cody Coleman who has disappeared from her life to protect her from his mother's drug-related crimes. VERDICT As with Kingsbury's other novels (Unlocked), her latest is emotionally charged and features well-drawn characters struggling with their faith. The author is a perpetual CF favorite. Characters from her Baxter series appear in this series launch, and fans will be clamoring for it. Readers of Janette Oke may also enjoy. -- Library Journal <br><br> (Library Journal)

After another audition,she waits anxiously to hear if she's made it. Bailey's parents brace themselves for the inevitable day when she leaves the family nest. Meanwhile, Cody, Bailey's once boyfriend, has disappeared without a word, leaving a hole in her heart...and in her family's. Why hasn't he contacted them? Ashley and Landon are friends of the Flanigans, and Ashley worries about Landon's cough. As a firefighter, he volunteered at Ground Zero, and Ashley wonders if he has suffered side effects. Their son, Cole, will soon be aging out of the Little League and is growing up. Leaving is about families and relationships and the different kinds of 'leaving' that occur in life. Well-drawn characters and hometown stories make this another Kingsbury hit. -- CBA Retailers & Resources <br><br> (CBA Retailers & Resources)

Product Details

  • File Size: 4329 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U4UXXC
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I have read all of the books in this series and I really want to finish it but I don't know if I can. These books have just become so sappy and unrealistic. She tries to introduce conflict and challenges into the character's lives but she makes them such unrealistically prefect people that it falls flat. Most problems are resolved within a few chapters, the characters rarely get angry or frustrated, and, if they do, they are over it in a few short paragraphs. Everything works out for these families; of course the Flannigan boys are the stars of their high school football team, of course Cole hits a grand slam home run in his last at bat in Little League, of course Bailey gets the part on Broadway. Mrs. Kingsbury has resorted to writing stories that, in my opinion, epitomize the worst in Christian fiction. She makes it seem as though if you are a Christian everything will come easily to you, problems and conflict, if they even exist, will be resolved in no time, and no one is ever cranky or has a bad day. This type of writing will not draw in non-Christians because they cannot relate to these unrealistic characters and, as a Christian, it makes me feel inadequate because I can't possibly live up to the Baxters and Flannigans. Mrs. Kingsbury needs to step it up and show that Christians aren't perfect and DO face real challenges in this life!
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Let me begin my review by saying that I am sure my rating and review of this book will be in the minority. I'm trying to be honest here, so please don't overreact and jump all over me. I am an avid Kingsbury reader, and I have read each and every one of her books. I have thoroughly enjoyed the Baxter series. However, this storyline of Cody and Bailey is really old and tiresome. Haven't we done all of this already? Bailey and Tim (check), Baily and Cody (check), Bailey and Brandon (check), Bailey and movies (check), Bailey and New York (check). I also had a strong sense of de jevu with Bailey and Brandon; it is just too much like Dayne and Katy. There's nothing new here folks; just more drama over the same old things. And too much drama over little things, like Cole's last year in little league. Part of the joy of watching your children grow is the excitement of the new; this book focuses too much on the loss of the old.

This Cody/Bailey storyline has been going on for years already. Now, I see that Karen's going to drag it our over four MORE books. Ugh. I'm really struggling to finish and I'm not sure I have it in me to read all four of them.
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From the reviews I have read for this book I know mine will not be liked. I did not like this book. I may be the only person who is not happy about another series for Bailey and Cody. I loved the Redemption, Firstborn, and Sunrise series by KK. I liked the Above the Line series until I got to Take Four. At the end of Take Three I was so excited that Cody and Bailey finally confessed their love for each other. Then in Take Four Cody had to run away. I was not even sure if I wanted to read this book in the first place. I may be shallow, but 12 books (Sunrise through Loving) of love angst between Bailey and Cody is too much. I don't like stories that go on and on and on. I just want to see an end for these characters. I could barely get through this book because I was so frustrated with Bailey, and Cody mostly. If you love someone that much you don't just sit back and say "if God wants us together He will bring us together again" you fight for them. I am sorry if I have offended anyone, I still think KK is an amazing author. I am just tired of this series and would like to see something new from KK.
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I have loved many of Karen Kingsbury's books, but this one drove me crazy! I love that Karen's books are wholesome reads and I have followed the Baxter and Flanigan families for years, like many other loyal fans, but it was a struggle to get through this book.

First of, as another person mentioned in their review- the Cody and Bailey drama is OLD AND TIRED. I wish they would either get together or be done with each other. I'm not sure I'll be able to read three more books about them and their drama.

The next problem I had with this book (and with some of Karen's other books) is that everybody's dreams come true and everyone has plenty of money. I feel like she gives very little credit to people who want to have normal lives and normal careers. It would be nice to read about normal people honoring God through normal jobs such as teachers, bus drivers, stay at home moms, coaches who don't get famous or win all the time, librarians, waitresses, etc. People who don't have money all come from broken homes or bad situations. What ever happened to honest hard working middle class families?

My last problem with this book is that Karen can't keep her character's straight. Her information has been so inconsistent that it's hard to keep up with. I thought Brooke was the oldest sister? This book says it's Kari. Janessa was born "Janessa Belle" in Sunset and in this book she was "Janessa Faith." Another thing I have found is that the age gap between Connor and Bailey is forever growing. The book says they're three years apart, but I don't see how that is possible if she is 21 and he's a junior in high school. That would make them four or five years apart. Those are only a few examples, but there were several little botched details like that throughout the book and they were kind of annoying.

Overall, I would have to say this book was ok, but pretty disappointing. Hopefully the next one will be better.
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