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4.45 out of 54.45 out of 54.45 out of 54.45 out of 54.45 out of 5 4.45 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Kingsbury Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781597379793
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A new beginning

Hollywood actor Dayne Matthews and Katy Hart are married and living in Bloomington, Indiana, where Dayne has found a solution to his on-camera love scenes—he wants Katy to star in his next film. Katy wins the part and is cast opposite her super-star husband. The story of a small town girl’s dream come true is too much for the press to resist, and in an effort to appease them, the couple agrees to a 12-episode reality show. It seems like the perfect compromise but by the time they finish filming the movie, they feel cracks around the edges of their marriage. Now they face an uncertain future, and possibly the end of everything that truly matters to them.

An unforgettable summer

The Baxter family learns that Ashley and Kari are both pregnant, but an ultrasound reveals that something is wrong with one of the babies. As the summer progresses, the sisters pray for a miracle while trying to face the unthinkable. It’s in this trying season that they must all learn the lesson God has been trying to teach them—He is still in control, and He will be with them regardless of the outcome.

An emotional farewell

The Flanigans continue to draw closer to their only daughter, yet Bailey struggles to find her way amidst the turmoil of adolescence. She has always made good decisions, but she wants to experience more of life. Her friendship with Cody Coleman—the young boarder staying with the Flanigans—continues to blossom in this summer after his graduation. But when Cody decides to enlist in the Army, he’ll have to say goodbye to the family he’s come to love and the girl he’ll never forget.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci | 2/14/2014

    " This Kingsbury is the one that has elicited the most tears from me. It has the realism that tragedy happens in even the best of families, those who try so hard to do what is right. And also shows some of the blessings that come with a difficult trial. A little close to home for me, since one of my children was feared to have a similar condition, but he was born well and whole (I only had to worry for a day before a second opinion declared him to be perfect!). Another great Kingsbury book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/12/2014

    " In a never-ending (well, it will be ending, but at this point it seemed so) series that tends to have its ups and downs, this is a definite up. Very well written and poignant story about God's sovereignty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/9/2014

    " Karen Kingsbury writes very well with powerful plots,wonderful characters,and interesting crises about faith and family relationships. She's quite good at drawing characters that readers respond to emotionally,and her plots are entertaining as well as deeply Christian. I really have loved following the Baxter family story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/4/2014

    " I loved this book, I couldnt wait to read the final book in the series... this one totally left alot of cliff hangers.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Deutsch | 1/31/2014

    " Excellent book. I am so wrapped up in the Baxter family drama I cannot put them down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Slocum | 1/27/2014

    " The storyline concerning Ashley and Landon was a powerful one... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/24/2014

    " The last 10 pages are worth the entire book. Have plenty of tissues handy. Karen Kingsbury never disappoints. Even though her writing is probably a fifth grade level, the spiritual truths are deep. I always take something profound away each time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 1/16/2014

    " You need kleenex on hand for this story. Great ending with a tender response, but hard to wade through the Hollywood hype. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tangi | 1/13/2014

    " even though this isn't my favorite series, it keeps you hanging in the end to want to start the next one. these are romance family drama books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 12/14/2013

    " Classic Kingsbury "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 12/10/2013

    " I cried & cried & cried. And oh yeah, I cried some more.;) All life is precious! Thank you, Ms. Kingsbury!:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 11/29/2013

    " Part two of an amazing series about a family who goes through life and every day is filled with new tests of faith! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 11/25/2013

    " Another great Kingsbury book. I love that her story doesn't always have the perfect ending. I wanted the baby to live, but God doesn't always work that way. It's nice to see "real life" in books. Life is hard! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy Bouchette | 11/24/2013

    " Love it!! Very emotional story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Owens | 11/21/2013

    " I challenge you to pick up Karen Kingsburry's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 6/30/2013

    " Karen Kingsbury once again stresses God's love during difficult times. Tear jerker at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 5/18/2013

    " excellent coulndt put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 12/29/2012

    " Really liked this book! Such a touching and meaningful storyline. One of my favorites of the Baxter family dramas! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 11/27/2012

    " This one almost made me cry. Idealitric? Definitely. But what's a book for except to transport you to another reality? I like Kingsbury's alternate reality in Bloomington. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Hammer | 9/16/2012

    " as sappy as Karen Kingsbury's books can be, they still are a great read and a wonderful reminder of God's continual working in our lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 8/28/2012

    " Need a whole box of Kleenex handy for this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheryl | 8/28/2012

    " This is the first book in a long time that brought me to tears. What a beautiful story about celebrating a new little life, regardless of the circumstances surrounding it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 7/4/2012

    " I loved this book. I read it just before Nathan was born and due to the pregnancy situation in the book I cried my eyes out. Jacob came home from school while I was reading it and was like, "what's wrong mom?!?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kati | 4/5/2012

    " This one made me cry a lot ... it also made me remember that I have a lot to be thankful for that my children were born healthy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/7/2011

    " This is the second book in the Sunrise series. I couldn't seem to put it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen for Ashley & Landon's family. I recommend that you have some tissues handy when you get toward the end of the book! It made me cry! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki Herbst | 9/13/2011

    " Lifechanging!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 6/19/2011

    " Wow! This was an extremely emotional book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/31/2011

    " I cried through the last quarter of the book but it was very good. Just a tear - jerker though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy Torres | 5/3/2011

    " Life is precious!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 3/13/2011

    " Probably the most emotional one yet although Karen seems to outdo herself each time...as always this book was wonderful and thought provoking and emotionally driven! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 3/11/2011

    " Part two of an amazing series about a family who goes through life and every day is filled with new tests of faith! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 12/13/2010

    " A sad but inspiring story of the Baxter family series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeri | 7/15/2010

    " The storyline I was interested in was the least talked about. Don't care enough about these people to keep going. And these are a little to preachy for my tastes. She is a very clean author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/11/2010

    " Another great Baxter story, the last in the Baxter series per the author notes. I'll miss this family but look forward to seeing what other families Karen Kingsbury has to introduce me to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/18/2010

    " I cried through the last quarter of the book but it was very good. Just a tear - jerker though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jadie | 3/21/2010

    " God truly has a plan for our lives. Sometimes we just need to listena dn trust in Him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/22/2010

    " Very sad but a lovely story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 1/19/2010

    " Good book but very sad! Have your tissues ready! "

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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.