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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,392 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Kingsbury, Gary Smalley Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Redemption Series Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781597379755
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A shattered relationship…

Luke, the Baxter family’s golden boy and only son, has walked away from everything that mattered most to him: his faith, his family, and Reagan, his only love. Devastated by the events of September 11, 2001, Luke decides that life is random, faith a fraud, and God a fantasy.

A secret…

A baby is about to be born, but with Reagan a thousand miles away in New York City, Luke has no idea he’s the father. Now, though, someone in his family learns the truth. But she has a secret of her own, one that will change the Baxters’ lives forever.

A revelation…

What will it take for Luke to return to the family who loves and aches for him? And what extremes will a certain young firefighter take to help bring the Baxters together again, and in the process, find his place in the family?

A story of tenacious love and longing for a lost son.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 2/19/2014

    " I skipped number #2, I hope that's not a big deal. I enjoyed this book a lot but I find myself zooming through, scanning it almost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Hill | 2/16/2014

    " Return was a really influential book to me. it tells the story of Luke, the only boy of five kids. It takes place over the course of 9/11 and goes into the story of him and his girlfriend. it tells of his run from god and eventually his journy back to christ. a very powerful book(: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deeanna | 2/13/2014

    " I've really enjoyed every book in this series so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi | 1/31/2014

    " This is the best series I have ever read I think. I LOVE IT! Start with Redemption and continue on - they just get better and better. I feel like I'm a part of their family! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marykay | 1/30/2014

    " Full on fluff, but so fun to read. My teenage daughter and I read them together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 1/29/2014

    " The third book in a series about the Baxter family. It is better read in order. The book is how September 11, 2001 effected them all. Never lose faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa | 1/22/2014

    " A really great story of the Luke Baxter. The involvement with 9/11 makes it especially emotional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnette Franciscus | 1/20/2014

    " Again, I cannot wait to dive into the next book, this time so I can find out what's going on with Ashley! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 1/20/2014

    " I love all Karen Kingsbury novels. They make me laugh, cry and grow stronger in my relationships with my family and friends but most importantly with my walk with the Lord. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonia Turko | 1/20/2014

    " Brilliant book. These just keep getting better, in the series. This book was a modern day prodigal son story. Fantastic. I was crying on the train reading the ending.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 1/19/2014

    " This book is about a family going through some tough times after 9/11. They learn that they should keep family close and God closer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gardavson | 1/18/2014

    " For some reason, perhaps because I disliked the first book SO much, this whole series got my back up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannine | 1/13/2014

    " I have never read a book so fast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah Rooker | 12/19/2013

    " I enjoyed this whole series...more details on reunion :D "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 12/15/2013

    " A story of tenacious love and longing for a lost son "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joelle | 12/12/2013

    " Karen Kingsbury is another favorite author. I've read just about every book of hers. I highly recommend her work. So far I've read the R-series, F-series, and am in the middle of the S-series (all the series titles start with the same letter). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/3/2013

    " I love the Baxter Family! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 8/16/2013

    " This series just keeps getting better with each book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 5/7/2013

    " Book #3 of the Redemption Series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosa | 2/7/2013

    " This was was good. It's a story of a father loving his son regardless of what the son says or does. Even when Luke turns his back on everything he's ever believed in, his dad is still there, waiting for him to return. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan Slocum | 2/5/2013

    " It was good and a powerful storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne Bolton | 11/23/2012

    " Loved it! I read the first two in this series last year, and moved on, but I loved this one. I couldn't put it down. Another heartwarming and inspiring read by Karen Kingsbury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natarsha | 7/17/2012

    " Very emotional and made me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robbie Ballard | 4/9/2012

    " Loved it.. just like all the othe Baxter Family Drama so far! Cant wait to see whats next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Cook | 2/4/2012

    " I loved all of these books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 1/10/2012

    " I love the themes in this series of books (this is the third), but they are super sappy and super Christian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/27/2011

    " I'm very much enjoying this series. I didn't pause when I finished this book before going on to the next one in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Brouillet | 7/10/2011

    " Shorter book from the series. Finished in one day. Good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 5/20/2011

    " It's amazing how a tragedy can either strengthen or tear apart what you truly believe in. The ups and downs Luke had to go through to realize what matters most in life are amazing. You'll laugh and cry and get antry with him and the situations he faces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 5/11/2011

    " A good continuation of the Baxter story but keeping in interesting with lots of twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sha Valencia | 3/17/2011

    " another great one by Kingsbury "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 2/3/2011

    " This is the best series I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darcee | 1/23/2011

    " This has been my favorite one so far! Loved it! Really brought to life the affects of 911 and forgiveness "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/14/2011

    " Loved it! I read the first two in this series last year, and moved on, but I loved this one. I couldn't put it down. Another heartwarming and inspiring read by Karen Kingsbury. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 9/28/2010

    " The third book in a series about the Baxter family. It is better read in order. The book is how September 11, 2001 effected them all. Never lose faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheriawemyss | 6/23/2010

    " The best out of the three remdemption series I read thus far. My mouth dropped due to some of the issues that were presented in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 6/20/2010

    " This book is the third in the Baxter family series - focusing mostly on Ashley and Luke and the issues they were each dealing with following the event of 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 5/13/2010

    " I skipped number #2, I hope that's not a big deal. I enjoyed this book a lot but I find myself zooming through, scanning it almost. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 11/10/2009

    " I love the themes in this series of books (this is the third), but they are super sappy and super Christian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 7/21/2009

    " It's amazing how a tragedy can either strengthen or tear apart what you truly believe in. The ups and downs Luke had to go through to realize what matters most in life are amazing. You'll laugh and cry and get antry with him and the situations he faces. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gardavson | 5/13/2009

    " For some reason, perhaps because I disliked the first book SO much, this whole series got my back up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 1/8/2009

    " I read this book in one day. I really love this series! The Baxter family is just wonderful. "

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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

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.