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text 2018-03-16 18:28
Fan Cast: Remember by Karen Kingsbury & Gary Smalley

Ashley Baxter: Gracie Gillam

John Baxter: Jeff Goldblum

Landon Blake: John Boyega

Kari Baxter: Genevieve Buechner

Ryan Taylor: Robbie Amell

Luke Baxter: Cameron Monaghan

Reagan: Debby Ryan

 

Elizabeth Baxter: Lea Thompson

Erin Baxter: Zoey Deutch

Sam: Booboo Stewart

Brooke Baxter: Rachel Brosnahan

Peter: Darren Criss

Lori Callahan: Emma Dumont

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review 2018-03-16 16:44
Remember by Karen Kingsbury and Gary Smalley
Remember - Gary Smalley,Karen Kingsbury

Convinced she could make it on her own, Ashley Baxter has kept the most important people in her life at a distance—her family, the man who loves her, and the God she is sure can never forgive her. Now, just as she begins to open her heart, the events of September 11 rip into Ashley’s world and she is led to heartbreaking and hope-filled decisions that will forever change her life. This story vividly illustrates that we must value others more than ourselves, and it drives home one of Gary Smalley’s key messages: Honor one another. (from Goodreads)

Series: book 2 in the Redemption series; book 2 in the Baxter family series.

Rating: 4 stars

This was a fascinating read. It isn't often that you read about either Alzheimer's or 9/11, but this book combined both subjects perfectly.

I'm actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Christian contemporary fiction can be a hit or miss (usually miss because of the fluffiness), but this was a solid book. A+ to the authors. 

The main couple of the book is Ashley and Landon, but you get points of view from Kari and Ryan, tying up the loose ends from the previous book, and you also get points of view from Luke, setting up the next book in the series. You also get points of view from from John, their father, which was a cool way of seeing things, from the parental persepective of the outside looking in, kind of thing.

Anyway, I enjoyed this book and cannot wait to continue the journey of the Baxter's, seeing how there is like 20 other books featuring them or something.

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review 2016-10-23 20:49
A Baxter Family Christmas
A Baxter Family Christmas - Karen Kingsbury
ISBN: 9781451687569
Publisher: Howard Books 
Publication Date: 10/25/2016
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating:  4 Stars 

 

A special thank you to Howard Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Christian author inspirational storyteller, Karen Kingsbury delivers a special heart-warming holiday tale, A BAXTER FAMILY CHRISTMAS, with a new series (three more, to come) with familiar faces and voices of this much-loved family.

A special holiday story offering love and hope in the least expected places and persons; with some special yummy holiday recipes and fun Baxter family games. 

For all the Kingsbury (Baxter) fans, if you have not heard, The Baxter family is coming to TV. The new series focuses on the grown Baxter kids and their families and their ever-changing lives.

THE BAXTER FAMILY CHRISTMAS revolves around a stranger John Baxter has invited for Christmas Eve dinner. Kendra Bryant, the transplant recipient who now has Erin’s heart.

Some members of the family are not happy with this decision and cannot understand the reasoning for bringing this person into their lives, especially at Christmas time. An intimate time for families, not reminders of their grief.

It has been two years since the terrible accident took the life of John Baxter’s daughter Erin, her husband, and three of their four daughters.

The Baxter house in on ten acres, built by John and Elizabeth who died of cancer ten years ago, and the family house is now owned by Ashley and her husband Landon Blake.

This is the place where the family still gathers for their celebrations and Christmas. John is remarried to Elaine, age 59 and they live in Bloomington.

Ashley Baxter Black, age 35 (former black sheep of the family) and her brother Luke, age 33, a lawyer are against this plan. They are all about protecting their ten-year-old niece, Amy. She was the only survivor of the accident.

John, age 60, the family patriarch of the Baxter family, and a doctor; on the other hand, feels they should open their hearts to this woman and her family. He thinks it would please his daughter. Kendra was given a second chance. She wants to connect with this family to bring purpose to her life.

 

 



Maddie West, 18-year-old daughter, of Brooke Baxter West is also looking for a Christmas miracle. A boy she never expected to see again. Readers also get to revisit with the Flanigan family, which have been dear friends of the Baxters for years.

Ashley and Landon decide they will leave the family home and spare Amy, for the night so their dad can bring in this woman who has Erin’s heart. Ashley thinks her dad is not being sensitive to Amy’s feelings. However, no one has asked Amy her innermost thoughts.

Maybe she wants to meet this special woman who has been given the gift of life. Her mom’s heart. She must be someone special. Everyone seems to be tiptoeing about the other’s feelings instead of being honest.

Her mom had left a piece of herself behind to help Kendra live. But that wasn’t all. She had left a piece of her heart inside Amy, as well. Her mom’s life was meant to make a difference, even in death.

What starts as a snowy, drama-filled, stressful and uncertain time, turns into the most remarkable and memorable family Christmas! Christmas miracles abound connected by the love of a young girl.

As always, Karen Kingsbury portrays a charming, heart-warming Hallmark Christmas in an idyllic wintry setting, of two families coming together following tragedy and grief, to celebrate their strong belief in God, family, and redemption.

For those new fans or ones reading Karen's Baxter family for the first time, the author does an amazing job connecting everyone with a family tree of all the members and players, as well as an update of her own family.

 

On a personal note: My mom was a huge Karen Kingsbury fan and read each one of her books. (I even found her list after she died). She was looking forward to this title. As most of you are aware my mom passed away this August, after a three-year courageous fight with colon cancer. She will not be with us this Christmas for the first time; however, she lives on in each of us. This story is a special one, which my mom would have loved. This inspiring story, is for you, mom!  

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/10/02/A-Baxter-Family-Christmas
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text 2016-09-21 23:19
2016 Books to Get You in the Holiday Spirit
A Lowcountry Christmas (Lowcountry Summer) - Mary Alice Monroe
Christmas Angels: A Novella - Viola Shipman
Wishing on Snowflakes - Joanne DeMaio
Christmas in Paris: A Novel - Anita M. Hughes
Twelve Days of Christmas: A Christmas Novel - Debbie Macomber
Winter Storms (Winter Street) - Elin Hilderbrand
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas: An Andy Carpenter Mystery (An Andy Carpenter Novel) - David Rosenfelt
A Shoe Addict's Christmas - Beth Harbison
A Baxter Family Christmas - Karen Kingsbury
Hot Flash Holidays: A Novel - Nancy Thayer

Upcoming early HOLIDAY BOOKS

to get you in the spirit!  

Coming 2016 

 

 

A LOW COUNTRY CHRISTMAS 

Mary Alice Monroe 

LowCountry #5

Gallery Books 

October 25  

CHRISTMAS ANGELS

Viola Shipman

St. Martin's Press 

October 25 

WISHING ON SNOWFLAKES

Two Wintry Novels 

Joanne Demaio

October 4 

CHRISTMAS IN PARIS

Anita Hughes

St Martin's Press 

October 4  

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 

Debbie Macomber

Random House

October 4  

WINTER STORMS

Winter Street Trilogy #3

Elin Hilderbrand

October 4 

Little Brown & Co.   

THE TWELVE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS

Andy Carpenter Series
David Rosenfelt

St Martin's Press 

October 18   

A SHOE ADDICT'S CHRISTMAS 

Beth Harbison

St. Martin's Press

October 18  

HOT FLASH HOLIDAYS 

Nancy Thayer

Random House

Oct 18 

 A BAXTER FAMILY CHRISTMAS 

Karen Kingsbury 

Howard Books

October 25  

Christmas Comes Early

When You Pre-Order Your Favorite Book!

 

 

Visit My Blog at JDCMustReadBooks

For More October Favorite Picks

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Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/book-blog/tag/oct-2016
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