- Series: The Baxter Family (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Howard Books (May 29, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451687656
- ISBN-13: 978-1451687651
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 219 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To the Moon and Back: A Novel (The Baxter Family) Hardcover – May 29, 2018
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About the Author
Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated to debut fall 2019. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. She and her husband, Donald, live in Tennessee near four of their adult children.
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I’m going to try to comment without spoilers. I loved the juxtaposition between the Baxter family story—Amy’s story in particular—and the main storyline. In the previous book, the Baxter part felt forced and tacked on. Not this time. It merged beautifully.
Ashley has always been my favorite Baxter, and I LOVED her part in this story. It was completely consistent with who Ashley is.
One tiny little quibble: This is my favorite Baxter book since Sunset, which I loved. At the end of Sunset, Janessa and Sophie were born on the same day in the same hospital. This was a major plot point—that Ashley’s baby girl and Dayne’s were born on the same day, after Ashley had been so instrumental in reuniting Dayne with his family. So why is Sophie 8 and Janessa 6 in the recap at the end of the book? I know Karen said that she’d “taken some liberties with the ages,” but the fact that Sophie and Janessa were born on the same day was a pretty big deal. PLEASE, Karen, fix this in the future Baxter books!
My best friend’s birthday is April 19th and she turned 10 the day the bomb went off in 1995. That day is forever etched in my mind. I don’t know why I picked this for my first Karen Kingsbury read. Perhaps it was the fact that I was just there in April for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and got to see the memorial again. It is an amazing place if you haven’t been.
To the Moon and Back is a beautiful story of survival, grace, and God’s providence. If you have read all of the Baxter Family stories or if this is the first one you pick up (like me), I know there is something in it for you to love.
Author Karen Kingsbury portrayed the fallout & aftermath of the huge Tragedy of the Oklahoma City bombing with such realistic strokes, both subtle & palpable...whether for that devastation or 9/11, which often overshadows the Oklahoma tragedy.
Years before 9/11, I too visited the memorial in Oklahoma City. I meant to stay an hour or less, but was so moved by the site, chairs, tree, time stamped book ends & memorabilia inside, I stayed for over three hours. The book brought to life that memory & the reality & heroism, pain & loss we who are distant survivors sometimes, but never should, forget.