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Longing (Bailey Flanigan #3)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  4,539 ratings  ·  237 reviews
Longing, book three in the Bailey Flanigan Series, picks up where Learning ended. After a long and lonely silence from Cody Coleman, Bailey Flanigan becomes closer to her one-time Hollywood co-star, Brandon Paul. Nights on the town in New York City and long talks on the balcony of Brandon's Malibu Beach home make Bailey dizzy with new feelings and cause her to wonder if he ...more
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Elizabeth L
Jul 21, 2011 Elizabeth L marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Is it just me or does this wimp bear a striking resemblance to Justin Bieber? ;-)
Longing is the third book in the Bailey Flanigan series (following Leaving and Learning, with the final book, Loving, due to be published in March 2012). I haven’t read the first two (although I have read all the previous books right back from the beginning of the Baxter Family books), and I found it easy to pick up any details I may have missed in those two books. However, aspects of the novel would probably be quite confusing for someone who has not read the any of the previous novels, as the ...more
Terri Harr
I was so excited to get this book in my hands! And NOW I can't wait for Loving in March! I love the characters in this book. I have "watched" as Bailey has grown up and become a wonderful young woman. She shows us that even when things are difficult that God can get us through it. We may not know WHY things are the way they are at the time but if we trust that God works all things for good then at some point we will be able to look back and see how God worked through that situation.

I have been
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I've been waiting (with MUCH anticipation) for 'Longing' and finally I was able to read it! As with the rest of the Bailey Flanigan Series, I was captivated and completely drawn into the story! I read the entire book in one night - it was that good!

I've been rooting for Cody, and even though I find myself liking Brandon's character more and more, I'm still hoping that Bailey ends up marrying Cody.

'Longing' has many happy, wonderful moments; however, there are also some really sad scenes - so hav
This book is definitely the best of series so far. The writing is not spectacular, but this one doesn't have the "triteness" of the other two, which I personally appreciate. I will say, however, that I'm still not a huge fan of Brandon. I want to like him, but he's just a little too perfect. Having Jesus in your life doesn't mean you change overnight, but that's what seemed to happen to him. I'd like to see him make a few mistakes - make a movie he regrets, be portrayed incorrectly by the media, ...more
Even though Cody and Bailey are dating other people, their story is not yet finished. When life events cause their paths to cross, the two must figure out their lingering feelings for each other. Will they return to their first love or discover that your first love isn't always your forever love?

After being disappointed with the first two books in the Bailey Flanigan series, I enjoyed Longing. Bailey finally makes a decision about which man is the one for her. (I won't spoil it for you, but I wi
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A. R.
I read through a couple of other reviews to see if someone would say what it is about this book that I didn't like. The closest I could come to, was someone said there was nothing special in it - it was just a Christian romance. That's kind of how I felt - nothing happens in this book. Yes, Bailey seems to reach a decision on which boy she likes, but even that feels tenuous. And yes, things happen with Cheyenne, but I couldn't help feeling that KK was just doing what she should have done in the ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
The trouble I have with these books is that they drag on forever. I skipped the book before this and felt like I really hadn't missed much at all. This is Christian fiction and it is heavy on the Christian. I knew that going into it though so I can't really complain. I'm just ready to see this Bailey/Cody/Brandon saga reach a conclusion.

I listened to this on a long car drive. I'll pick up the last book in this series to have some closure, but I don't think I'll be reading any more of Karen King
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Charity U
RIVETING. Again. Desperate to read book 4, coming this year! I love Bailey, she's such a wonderful heroine! I'm mostly loving Brandon, and have always loved Cody. This was/is a riveting series.
Heather Tomlinson

This is one book in a series, so coming in as I did, in the 3rd book, is probably not a great idea. It did seem like the story was not completed, so it's not really a book to read on its own. The story is not particularly gripping - it's about the romance between a young Christian couple and a former boyfriend, and not very much happens. The glamour of the Hollywood setting is perhaps interesting. Despite the lack of action, the story does manage to be compelling and I found it insightful at tim
Overall good, but a lot of back and forth. I just wanted the end to come.
Great, can't wait for the next book in the series.
Beth Fisher
Hard to say anything good about these books when they are so bad on their facts. Not only about keeping their facts straight from previous books in this entire 5 series set but also facts from just a few pages prior! IE: Brooke was the oldest daughter in the first 3 series while Kari was the second in line. In the last two series Kari is suddenly the oldest. IE: A glass of orange punch a page later has become sparkling cider. I spent the whole book thinking that's not right. That's not what was ...more
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Glenda Alexander
I too read the book several weeks ago and have been amazed at some of the comments in the reviews, I for one found Longing like all Karen Kingsbury books, a page turner.

What most of you don't know is that Kelsey is a beautiful young woman in real life. She loves the Lord and she loves her family and now she is in love with Kyle. It's not often that we are able to witness a fairy tale romance or a family that is truly devoted to the Lord and to each other as the Russell family. The saying the fa
Longing is the third book in the Bailey series. Bailey has loved Cody since she was in high school and she is now in New York dancing in Hair Spray.We have watched her finish high school, go to college, film the movie Unlocked and move to New York. We have watched this relationship hit high points and very low points. In the last book (maybe it was the one before) Bailey started a relationship with Brandon Paul, a very popular movie star from Hollywood that she filmed Unlocked with.

So at first
This book is my favorite, so far, in the Bailey Flanigan series. For quite a long time I wondered if Karen Kingsbury had written herself into a place where she would be disappointing about half of her readers, depending on whether Brandon or Cody ended up with Bailey's hand in marriage. I should have known an author of her talent would have the perfect plan already worked out; there is one book left, but the events in this one, although some are very sad, are also very satisfying and fulfilling. ...more
LONGING, book three in the Bailey Flannigan series from Karen Kingsbury had better pacing then the previous two.

I felt LONGING had a little more oomph to it. A little more tragic then the previous installments, I felt the triangle between Bailey, Brandon, and Cody eased some. But, as in all fiction romance, there is still a door cracked open to spin things a completely different way.

I would agree with several of the reviewers, that Bailey’s story could’ve easily been told in two books, but come
Bailey Flanigan had finally fulfilled her dream of being on Broadway. She was living in New York and in the Broadway production of Hairspray. She was dating Brandon Paul. She met him on the set on Unlocked, a movie they both starred in. He had become a Christian because of her witnessing to him while they were working together. When she was on the set of Unlocked, she had been dating Cody Coleman. She loved Cody since she was a teenager. When Cody broke things off, she started to date Brandon. C ...more

I have been a team Cody fan from the very start when Karen Kingsbury introduced the Flanigan Family in the Baster series; so I wasn’t very pleased when I was seeing Bailey and Brandon’s relationship getting so serious as I still held hope that Bailey and Cody may still find their way back to each other.

After reading a majority of Karen Kingsbury’s novels and series, I was very inspired so my standard that I had set from all her books are pretty high and she has always been able to exceed that in
Trinity Rose
The third book in the Bailey Flanigan series was a surprise. The first two books were pretty predictable to me, but this one was different. I’m not liking the way the series is going, but hope things will turn around in the last book.
Bailey and Brandon are getting along really good in Longing and I like that. I think they make a great couple, but I miss Bailey and Cody together. Cody is doing really good with his coaching and the team is undefeated. Cody and Cheyenne are getting along really w
A great continuation of the series. I have sometimes thought this author could be a little predictable, but this book kept me guessing and totally surprised me in the end. I can't wait to read the final book in this series to see what decisions Bailey makes for her life. I love the relationship she has with her mother and how her mother confesses to trying to write the story of her life and must turn that over to God. A great, but sometimes tough lesson for a mother. I also enjoy the interaction ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Nov 01, 2011 Meagan Myhren-bennett rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chritians, Adults,Teens, Junior High Readers, Young Adults
Recommended to Meagan by: Previous books in series

Bailey Flanigan Series Book #3

By Karen Kingsbury

Thanksgiving has come and Bailey and her new boyfriend Brandon Paul are spending it with the Flanigan family in Bloomington, Indiana. It’s been a while since Bailey has seen or talked to Cody, but when she hears that he is coaching the Lyle Buckaroos in Friday’s State Championship her emotions are mixed. Does she want to see him or avoid him as he’s been avoiding her for the last year.

At the State Championship, Cody’s eyes are drawn to the
Jan Mcleod
With God's help, Cody has been able to do amazing things with the Lyle football team. Among other things, they are all playing for God's glory!
The struggle between Cody and Bailey continues, especially with Cheyenne in the picture. But Cheyenne has wisdom beyond her young years and tells Cody a few things he really does not want to hear at first--only later does he realize the worth of her words.
Bailey and Brandon are growing closer. Her Broadway show is cancelled so she is off to L.A. to read
Every new Kingsbury release is a much-anticipated event. I was able to review a pre-release of the last book of the Bailey Flanigan series, "Learning", and was so excited to see the adventures of Bailey, Cody and Brandon continue in "Longing".

In this book Bailey has more time than ever with Brandon, as he is filming right there in New York City where she is still performing on Broadway. Brandon is brimming with confidence that his relationship with Bailey is unshakeable and headed towards happil
Karen Kingsbury has captured our hearts again. The Flannigan’s have invited us into their lives once again as Bailey continues to perform on Broadway and begins making decisions about her future and figuring out where God is leading her, and who He is leading her too. Continuing to run a small Bible Study with members of the cast Bailey continues to face challenges in sharing her faith with the cast.

Cody is leading the Lyle football game to a winning season and the nation has begun to hear about
My favourite in the series .Hands. Down.

I liked how Bailey and Cody respectively grew up and the epiphanies that they had. I liked how Bailey stood strong in her beliefs and as a woman, and I liked how Brandon was putting her needs before his.

I definitely liked the direction that Kingsbury is taking the series, although I am nervous for Brandon in the 4th novel to come.It was awesome to catch up with some of the other characters.

Overall, it's my favourite in the series and fixed up the things t
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“I've never loved like this. Never known what love was until I met you. But the fear of losing you doesn't make me run the other way. It makes me run toward you ... and I'll keep running. I'll fight for you until you tell me to stop. Love always involves fear. There are no guarantees about tomorrow for any of us. But in the meantime, while we're waiting for answers ... while we're wondering what's at the end of the road ... I want to walk it with you.” 8 likes
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