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review 2019-10-18 02:42
Review: Summer by Karen Kingsbury
Summer - Karen Kingsbury

Title: Summer
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Series: Sunrise, 2; Baxters, 12
Format: paperback, large print
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: A NEW BEGINNING: Hollywood actor Dayne Matthews and Katy Hart are married and living in Bloomington, Ind., 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 border 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.

 

Favourite character: Cole
Least favourite character: Brooke & Katy

 

Mini-review: I'm not sure how I feel about this to be honest. It was emotional, but some of the characters (*cough* Brooke and Katy *cough*) ruined some things. Also I feel like Dayne and Katy's story wasn't talked about enough. It felt odd and rushed. Same with the Flanigans.

 

Fan Cast:
Ashley Baxter-Blake - Brittany Snow
Landon Blake - Scott Eastwood
Dayne Matthews - Diego Klattenhoff
Katy Hart-Matthews - Sophia Bush
Kari Baxter-Taylor - Kate Mara
Ryan Taylor - Matt Lanter
John Baxter - Jeff Goldblum
Elaine Denning - Christine Baranski
Luke Baxter - Joseph Mazzello
Reagan Decker-Baxter - Elizabeth Olsen
Bailey Flanigan - Zendaya
Brooke Baxter-West - Bryce Dallas Howard
Peter West - John Krasinski
Jenny Flanigan - Gabrielle Union
Jim Flanigan - Luke Wilson
Cody Coleman - Brandon Larracuente
Erin Baxter - Stef Dawson
Randi Wells - Brooklyn Decker
Dr. Amy McDaniel - Jenny Slate
Rhonda Sanders - Anna Paquin

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review 2019-06-04 21:44
Review: Sunrise by Karen Kingsbury
Sunrise - Karen Kingsbury

Title: Sunrise
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Series: Sunrise, 1; Baxter Family Drama, 11
Format: ebook
Length: 786 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis:
In preparation for their long-awaited wedding day, Dayne and Katy are determined to keep the ceremony a secret from the paparazzi. Their relationship grows closer and stronger as they plan together, but in the end it takes the help of the Baxter family and many of the CKT kids so that they'll even have a chance at a private wedding. John Baxter is thrilled that his oldest son will be settling down a few miles away, but he isn't sure how any of his kids will handle a situation he can no longer run from--the feelings he is having for his friend Elaine. In the meantime, the Flanigan family is struggling with their young boarder, Cody Coleman, Jim Flanigan's star receiver. After an alcohol overdose, Cody fights for his life. Only God's grace and a miracle can bring him back from the brink of death--physically and spiritually.

 

Favourite character: John
Least favourite character: Bryan

 

Mini-review:
This was an okay book as far as the Baxters books go. I wasn't as impressed as I have been with past books, but that might be my mood. Katy and Bailey kind of annoyed me in this and Dayne wasn't believable with all his cheesiness. The subplot about the football team was interesting. Also Dayne has been in 7 books and only now is he a good singer because it makes their wedding more emotional? I'm not buying it.

 

Fan Cast:

Katy Hart - Sophia Bush
Dayne Matthews - Diego Klattenhoff
John Baxter - Jeff Goldblum
Elaine Denning - Christine Baranski
Bailey Flanigan - Zendaya
Bryan Smythe - Ross Lynch
Connor Flanigan - Cameron Boyce
Jenny Flanigan - Gabrielle Union
Cody Coleman - Brandon Larracuente
Jim Flanigan - Luke Wilson
Tanner Williams - Tye Sheridan
Landon Blake - Scott Eastwood
Joe Agueda - Michael Peña
Ashley Baxter-Blake - Brittany Snow
Kari Baxter-Taylor - Kate Mara
Brooke Baxter-West - Bryce Dallas Howard
Erin Baxter - Stef Dawson
Ryan Taylor - Matt Lanter
Peter West - John Krasinski
Sam - Douglas Smith
Luke Baxter - Joseph Mazzello
Reagan Decker-Baxter - Elizabeth Olsen
Wilma Waters - Cate Blanchett
Rhonda Sanders - Anna Paquin
Tim Reed - Nat Wolff
Bob Asher - Michael Fassbender

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text 2019-06-04 21:11
Fan Cast: Fame by Karen Kingsbury
Fame - Karen Kingsbury

Dayne Matthews - Diego Klattenhoff
Katy Hart - Sophia Bush
Ashley Baxter Blake - Brittany Snow
Landon Blake - Scott Eastwood
Kari Baxter Taylor - Kate Mara
Ryan Taylor - Matt Lanter
John Baxter - Jeff Goldblum
Kelly Parker - Jaime King
Jenny Flanigan - Gabrielle Union
Jim Flanigan - Luke Wilson
Bailey Flanigan - Zendaya
Connor Flanigan - Cameron Boyce
Chloe Madden/Anna Madden - Leslie Mann
Heath Hudson - Jay Baruchel
Tim Reed - Nat Wolff
Cody Coleman - Brandon Larracuente
Alice Stryker - Drea de Matteo
Sarah Jo Stryker - Sabrina Carpenter
Marc David - Joel Kinnaman
Rhonda Sanders - Anna Paquin
Ashley Zarelli - Julia Garner
Mitch Henry - John C. Reilly
Luke Baxter - Joseph Mazzello
Brooke Baxter West - Bryce Dallas Howard
Peter West - John Krasinski

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review 2019-06-04 21:09
Review: Fame by Karen Kingsbury
Fame - Karen Kingsbury

Title: Fame
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Series: Firstborn, #1; Baxters, #6
Format: paperback
Length: 346 pages
Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis:

A Dream Come True
Dayne Matthews is at the top of the Hollywood list—a successful, popular actor with a bright future. He has everything a man could want—fame, fortune, and friends. But his heart is pulling him toward a woman and a family who have no idea how their lives are tied to his. . . .
A Wounded Past
Katy Hart, the director of Christian Kids Theater, is immersed in her new life. Glad to move on and forget her past, she finally feels at home in Bloomington, Indiana. With a successful community theater and the love of many friends, she thinks she is content. But that changes in an instant when she meets Dayne Matthews and he promises a future she left in her past.
A Painful Promise
As Elizabeth Baxter lay dying, John made a promise that he must keep. A promise to reconnect the entire family—including the one child they never spoke of.

 

Favourite character: I just… I kind of love all them. I can’t pick a favourite.
Least favourite character: Kelly Parker

 

Mini-review:

I’m such trash for the Baxters series. Honestly. I’m kind of addicted to this series, it’s bad. I cannot wait to read the next one. I am just so… I need to know what’s going to happen, if and how John and Dayne meet. If Dayne meets the rest of the Baxter clan. I can’t wait to read Bailey’s story understanding the rest of the characters, not being confused like I was two years ago when I read Leaving. I just love this series.

 

Fan Cast:

Dayne Matthews - Diego Klattenhoff
Katy Hart - Sophia Bush
Ashley Baxter Blake - Brittany Snow
Landon Blake - Scott Eastwood
Kari Baxter Taylor - Kate Mara
Ryan Taylor - Matt Lanter
John Baxter - Jeff Goldblum
Kelly Parker - Jaime King
Jenny Flanigan - Gabrielle Union
Jim Flanigan - Luke Wilson
Bailey Flanigan - Zendaya
Connor Flanigan - Cameron Boyce
Chloe Madden/Anna Madden - Leslie Mann
Heath Hudson - Jay Baruchel
Tim Reed - Nat Wolff
Cody Coleman - Brandon Larracuente
Alice Stryker - Drea de Matteo
Sarah Jo Stryker - Sabrina Carpenter
Marc David - Joel Kinnaman
Rhonda Sanders - Anna Paquin
Ashley Zarelli - Julia Garner
Mitch Henry - John C. Reilly
Luke Baxter - Joseph Mazzello
Brooke Baxter West - Bryce Dallas Howard
Peter West - John Krasinski

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text 2019-06-02 04:22
Sunrise by Karen Kingsbury
Sunrise - Karen Kingsbury

Katy Hart - Sophia Bush

Dayne Matthews - Diego Klattenhoff

John Baxter - Jeff Goldblum

Elaine Denning - Christine Baranski

Bailey Flanigan - Zendaya

Bryan Smythe - Ross Lynch

Connor Flanigan - Cameron Boyce

Jenny Flanigan - Gabrielle Union

Cody Coleman - Brandon Larracuente

Jim Flanigan - Luke Wilson

Tanner Williams - Tye Sheridan

Landon Blake - Scott Eastwood

Joe Agueda - Michael Peña

Ashley Baxter-Blake - Brittany Snow

Kari Baxter-Taylor - Kate Mara

Brooke Baxter-West - Bryce Dallas Howard

Erin Baxter - Stef Dawson

Ryan Taylor - Matt Lanter

Peter West - John Krasinski

Sam - Douglas Smith

Luke Baxter - Joseph Mazzello

Reagan Decker-Baxter - Elizabeth Olsen

Wilma Waters - Cate Blanchett

Rhonda Sanders - Anna Paquin

Tim Reed - Nat Wolff

Bob Asher - Michael Fassbender

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