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Loving (Bailey Flanigan Series) Paperback – March 21, 2012
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About the Author
New York Times best-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 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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Bailey's character changed from a sweet, charming Christian girl to a shallow, spoiled-brat who didn't act like she even believed the Bible verses she spit out. Yes, there can be great changes when a person comes to accept Christ as their Savior but it was amazing how Cody (who I'd rooted for for 18 books) didn't seem to grow in his faith or find the security in his faith that he needed. Yet Brandon changed himself completely over a 6 week movie shoot and just became the epitome of Christianity. Right! I know Karen was on an 18 month deadline to get this series out and she took the easy way out by writing a Dwayne and Katy Take 2 instead of really writing Bailey and Cody's storyline like she should've. So disappointed.
The only time plastic Bailey felt normal was when she felt anger and jealousy when she found out about Cody and Andi (good, a normal emotion!) but the fact that she was completely over it in a matter of a few pages was just ridiculous! Ugh!
It really bugged me that 95% of the time characters prayed God immediately put an answer in their heart. This implied if you pray and don't hear an answer... what? You are praying wrong? God isn't listening to you? Only one time in this whole series (when Gerald got saved I think) did Karen mention that there are times in the Christian walk where you feel like you are walking through the dark and may not even feel your faith. These books really imply that being Christian gives you a perfect life with perfect everything and hardships are overcome by merely acknowledging their presence before God magically takes them away with no effort on your part.
The whole series was so unrealistic. But what got to me continually through ALL four books was the terrible discrepancy in facts. Not just one or two but TONS of them! While it is possible to outgrow your high school love it is not possible to change orange soda into sparkling cider two pages later. The fact that KK hired a TEAM of editors to make sure this doesn't happen again (per an email I received from her mother) tells me that Karen is not very invested in the stories she tells. It's the authors responsibility to make sure she knows her storyline. FAIL Karen Kingsbury, utter FAIL!
I won't be reading anymore Karen Kingsbury for awhile if ever!
A writers first job (in the case of a Christian writer) is to stay true to God. Second, its to stay true to themselves. And third, it is to their readers. In this case, I feel as though she has failed all three.
This final book in the bailey series was just the final evidence I needed to say goodbye to Karen for a while. After years of books agonizing over Bailey and Cody's love story, Karen sold out to a glamorous idea of love that is unrealistic. Even now, I feel like brandon and Bailey have never experienced a normal relationship. Dates on the empire state building is not a sustainable relationship.
I sincerely feel I've been let down by the past four books. Save yourself the $9 and a whole lot disappointment.