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Leaving (Bailey Flanigan Series) Paperback – March 15, 2011
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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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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 and Resources <br><br> (CBA Retailers and Resources ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
I gave this book five stars because it was written with excellence on every front--normal characters who lived normal lives, experience full emotion and real joy or pain, and the story moved forward. It never bogged down. Every time I put the book down, I couldn't wait to get back to read what was going to happen next.
"Leaving" is about the oldest daughter in a family of 6 children from 21 to 13. Bailey is a talented, beautiful young woman who loves the Lord and plans to act and dance in musicals on Broadway. Her prayers are said with tenderness, compassion, and daily she shares her desires with her Heavenly Father, and hears His voice in response. She is an evangelist, and one of her strongest desires is to find Christian fellowship and lead others through personal encouragement to love the Lord and walk strongly in His ways.
Bailey is a loving family member. She is in close daily connection with her mom, and shares everything with her. Their closeness is inspiring. Her dad is a loving parent who prays with and for his family daily.
As Bailey is taken to the airport, the story of the family members goodbyes is most touching. It also ends the first of a four book series, so to read on to the next part of her life, Karen Kingsbury has written "Learning". I'm on my way out the door to pick up that book.
It bothered me whenever a new character was introduced that there'd be a single sentence of background. Now I realize that that must have been a quick reminder to those who've read the previous series. My guess is these books are targeted at the "young adult" market (aka junior high and high school ages). They're written at a very simple level. Fourth grade? Fifth grade?
The two-way conversations with God bothered me for a different reason. I have never gotten such a clear answer to any of my prayers. If that's supposed to make me feel like I'm not "good enough" as a Christian, it worked.
I'm glad I bought this title at a special reduced Kindle price, and I'm glad I only bought the one. I don't plan to read any more books by this author.
There are so many beautiful reminders in this book but the thing I found most challenging was the realization of cherishing the now moments in life. You can't dwell on the past and if you rush today then you miss out on the treasures waiting for you right now! Treasure your kids even in the messes, treasure your parents because you don't know how long you have with them, treasure your neighbors because they might be the ones to encourage you at just the right moments, and of course treasure those moments of quiet stillness with God. In our busy, fast paced, rush around culture it is good to be reminded via a book to realize that our time is given to us by God and we need to look forward while enjoying the right now times. I think that was my favorite aspect of the book!
Of course, Karen does a beautiful job of taking your heart on a journey as you follow the triumphs and tragedies of Ashley, the struggle and faith of Cody, the highs, lows and joys of Bailey and even the other characters which remind us of how great our God is regardless of the situation! God is faithful in the midst of it all!