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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,532 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Kingsbury Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781436116930
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#1 bestselling author Karen Kingsbury tells the heartwrenching story of Cody Gunner, a widower fighting for stability, and the woman who wants to help him trust again—even when trust is the most terrifying thing of all.

Still aching over his wife’s death, Cody Gunner can’t bear the thought of also letting go of his Down’s Syndrome brother, Carl Joseph. Cody wants his brother home, where he will be safe and cared for, not out on his own in a world that Cody knows all too well can be heartless and insecure. So when Carl Joseph’s teacher, Elle, begins championing his independence, she finds herself at odds with Cody. But even as these two battle it out, they can’t deny the instinctive connection they share, and Cody faces a crisis of the heart. What if Elle is the one woman who can teach Cody that love is still possible? If Cody can let go of his lingering anger, he might just see that sometimes the brightest hope of all lies just beyond the clouds.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/6/2014

    " This one follows Cody from a previous book called A thousand tomorrows..picks up 7 years after the last book, and focuses on Cody still in grief, and his brother who has down syndrome. its touching the way the author put some of the book in the point of view of his brother and how he viewed the world, and something so simple as mickey mouse, whom most take for granted, can make him feel so much childish excitement. a heart tugging book for sure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avris' Flynt | 2/4/2014

    " I read this book at work, on breaks of course. It was fantastic!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci Eves | 2/3/2014

    " Just finished this book..it was a pretty cute story. It's about Kids with down syndrome...It made me smile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/27/2014

    " Predictable but nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/23/2014

    " I hadn't realized that there was a book that came before this one, but still managed to fall in love with this book. It truly touched me with the amount of heart that these characters had. I would recommend it to anyone who loves Christian fiction. Karen Kingsbury never disappoints! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malisa | 1/21/2014

    " Amazing so far.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dessy | 1/17/2014

    " lebih suka buku ke-dua dri pd buku pertama nya... Cody ny lbh ceria :) trs knp ngk bisa ksh lbh dri bintang 3?? ktn tetep, waktu baca ada bagian yang sengaja di lewatkan... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reni | 1/17/2014

    " I thought this book was absolutely amazing! :D It was enticing and unputdownable. The story really grips your heart and makes you want to relate and emphatize with the characters and it gets to a point you forget it's fiction. I enjoyed it soo much I actually paid for my library to get it so my friend could read it too. Well Done once again Karen Kingsbury, the book totally exceeded my expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonimarie Whiting | 1/16/2014

    " The one thing that stood out with this one is. When life is full of pain and its hard to let go of the past. Open your hands and give the pain to God and let Him fill it with His love. He can't fill your hands if you keep them closed clinging tightly to past pain! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heiderworld | 1/7/2014

    " Classic Kingsbury. Nice read with a nice ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 8/17/2013

    " Sequel to A Thousand Tomorrows. Focusing on down syndrome adults gaining independence. Other than that, pretty surface-y. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/4/2013

    " Just finished the second installment of the Cody Gunner series. It was great, touching, loving and forgiving. I lost myself in this book. Thank you Karen Kingsbury for another great series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loraine | 8/2/2013

    " Beautiful depiction of brotherly love. Karen does it again. She makes the characters feel like they are your family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorrie | 1/17/2013

    " I enjoyed this book even as much as the first in the series. It's a heart warming story about life's pains and the ability to move on, with the help of God. I loved the Down Syndrome characters and the way Cody and Elle could see the simplicity of love through these handicapped individuals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 12/17/2012

    " Loved the way she presented the special people in this book. Very heartwarming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 11/6/2012

    " Almost as good as the first book. Lets us know love can come around more than once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany Foster | 9/20/2012

    " The sequel to "A Thousand Tomorrows," this is the continuing story of Cody Gunner, though the majority of the story centers around Carl Joseph, Cody's brother with Down Syndrome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/22/2012

    " I definitely liked the second book more than the first because it wrapped up the story. My heart ached for Cody Gunner so much in the first book; I was gad to learn what happened to him. I loved the message in this book too . . . that there is sunshine beyond the clouds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 4/3/2012

    " OT Readers Bookclub Bonus Read - we will be tele-confrencing with author in March! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 12/14/2011

    " it was good, but not nearly as good as the first "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 9/15/2011

    " This book was predictable but not in a predictable kind of way. I could tell what the end result would be within the first few chapters. I did not expect the journey I would take to get to the conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Babs | 9/7/2011

    " I love this series!!! Now on the to the next one :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 6/30/2011

    " Amazing story of God's grace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renae M. | 5/27/2011

    " The only interesting thing about this book: Colorado Springs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Child960801 | 4/16/2011

    " I really liked this one. Made me think a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/19/2011

    " Well I learned that I still LOVE Karen Kingsbury! What a talented author! This was the second book in a series of two... she really knows how to capture her characters & I enjoyed every moment with Trace, CJ, Elle, & Daisy. Definitely recommend it if you haven't already read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 3/17/2011

    " Just beyond the clouds wasn't as good as A thousand tomorrows, but it was still amazing. I loved learning more about Carl Joseph and I feel more at peace with Cody now then I did at the end of A thousand tomorrows. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 3/8/2011

    " Loved this book!!! I bawled many times throughout it !! Highly recommend!! "

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About the Author
Author Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty inspirational novels. She has written many successful series and standalone books, including the 9/11 series, Oceans Apart, Between Sundays, the Women of Faith series, and a number of children’s books. Her book Like Dandelion Dust was made into an award-winning movie in 2009, receiving awards from the Las Vegas International Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, New York VisionFest, and others. Dubbed by Time magazine as the “Queen of Christian Fiction,” Kingsbury has been a featured guest on the Today show and appeared in many publications, including USA Today. Aside from being an author, Kingsbury is also a songwriter; in 2009, she cowrote the song “Walls” with Richie McDonald and has written a song for Marie Osmond called “Tell Me to Breathe.”

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.