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Reunion (Redemption #5)

4.49  ·  Rating Details ·  11,513 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
A fresh new look for the best-selling series from America’s number-one inspirational novelist, Karen Kingsbury. Fans will enjoy a personal note from Karen and Gary Smalley as well as discussion questions for book group use. Revisit the Baxter family in all their life-changing events, or share the series with someone who hasn’t discovered it yet.

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 21st 2004 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (first published June 1st 2004)
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Oct 30, 2009 LadyCalico rated it liked it
My library had only two of the five books of this series--Remember and Reunion. Remember wasn't so hot, but Reunion was better. This series seriously overemphasizes the importance of physical beauty, which struck me as sadly superficial to be so hung up on surface values. I was ambivalence about this book. Much in the story felt soapish, juvenile, and often contrived and unrealistic. Her adult characters are ridiculously immature, and I was repelled by adult Christians responding hysterically an ...more
The Redemtpion series is wonderful.
There are so many true to life examples in them that they could touch and change anyone's lives.

I can't capture everything I feel about this series in mere words. If I could put words on what my heart has read and is now digesting, it still wouldn't be sufficient.

Even if you don't think you are a Karen Kingsbury fan, please reconsider this one time and read this series.

I can't wait to go on to the Firstborn series and get more food for my soul.
Hannah Austin
In this book all of the Baxter children return for a dinner. It had been awhile since all of them had been together in one setting. They are finally happy when they find out that their mother has cancer. She will not be able to fight it off. As they wait for a miracle, we see that they had a big secret. They had had a child before marriage, but had given him up for adoption because they were too young. He is a famous actor, but cannot find his biological parents. He has tried many times, but alw ...more
Jun 20, 2013 Mayda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, christian, audio
This is the fifth book in the series, but I have a feeling that it is not the end of Baxter family saga. Each book in the series focuses on a different sibling and their problems, but none of the books is really a stand-alone tale. The story threads seem to continue into the following books. In this final book, the matriarch of the family is tragically ill, and how she and the family cope with her sickness is the crux of the novel. But there is a secondary story of a secret that the parents have ...more
I loved getting an insight into the lives of John and Elizabeth Baxter, the mother and father of the Baxter family i have come to "know" and "love" through reading all the Baxter family books. The previous books opened a window into each of their children's lives, so I really enjoyed finding out how the couple met, the troubles and trials they went through initially and how the Baxter family first got started.

I don't want to give too much away about the story line but this was THE most touching
Gloria Hallie Kay {✞~I am second~✞}
I really, really love Ashley. I love how fiercely protective she is of Landon and of Cole. I love seeing how far she's grown with God since the beginning of the series. She's such a woman of God now. She is a great example for me to look up to.
Stephanie Davis
Jun 02, 2016 Stephanie Davis rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the Baxter family from book 1--so obviously I'm gonna love it! Yes, so the books are a bit predictable, but who cares?! The message is so strong and it's so nice to see scripture in a fiction book, so you see it's not all fiction, because we know God is real!
Feb 14, 2017 She rated it really liked it
I skipped three novels in the Redemption series since most of them were on waiting list in the library but this book gave a fair summary of what have transpired in the other novels. I liked the story and the struggle, which is very deep and haunting. I think Karen Kingsbury did well in doing a summary of the series but also hinted on the plot for the next coming series.

Since most of the character development were done in the earlier novels, I did feel there was a lack of serious engagement with
Jun 03, 2017 Ginger rated it really liked it
Months ago when I learned of Karen's new release, I decided to start at the very beginning and re-read as many Baxter books before her new book releases. I was able to read the entire Redemption series. However I did struggle through the last 8 chapters of Reunion. These chapters reflected a similar situation our family experienced about 4 years ago. Reading these pages brought it all back. In spite of the sadness, I did enjoy this book. As a believer, I treasure how Karen incorporates faith and ...more
Arin Dean
Jun 29, 2017 Arin Dean rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst book I've read in a while.

Awful. It seemed like she let a 4th grader write this book. Did she think about how any of this sounded before she sent it off?! Does she even have an editor?? Weird contradicting details, although small. I noticed a lot of this throughout the series but it was a lot worse in this book--to the point where I struggled to even finish it. It's like all the characters have some fairytale life. Maybe some people like this type of literature but not me.
Sandy Duke
May 17, 2017 Sandy Duke rated it really liked it
This was my second read of this series. The first time through I truly struggled with Reunion due to the subject matter. This time I was prepared for the tears and still struggled a bit, but was able to see through the sad parts to the message of the book. I've also finally learned my lesson: never read a Karen Kingsbury book without a box of tissues handy!
Oct 24, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book! So far the saddest book from the Baxter series! If you are a softy like me, definitely have tissues handy! Can't wait to read the next one!
May 12, 2017 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Loved the series. Could not put this last one down
Rebecca Ray
Jan 24, 2017 Rebecca Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth is the matriarch of a large family, a large, sprawling family, full of love, laughter, and faith. We have watched several of Elizabeth's children find love, struggle with their faith, and go through both amazing tragedies and triumphs, but in this book it's Elizabeth's turn to go through one of the largest and most heart-wrenching trials of her life as she comes face to face with a deadly cancer diagnosis.

In the light of this diagnosis, as Elizabeth and John begin to reflect on their l
Stacey Thacker
Sep 27, 2016 Stacey Thacker rated it really liked it
Loved this series, but this one was a hard read for me for personal reasons. Still, I'm loving this family and the way it always feels like coming home when I read it.
Brad Campbell
Sep 25, 2016 Brad Campbell rated it it was amazing
Karen's books along with Gary are wonderful . I have read the whole series and wished there were more .
Oni Pînzariu
Feb 26, 2017 Oni Pînzariu rated it it was amazing
Oh, Doamne, cât o iubesc pe Karen!! E genială tipa asta! Abia aștept sa citesc și restul volumelor.
May 06, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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Nov 25, 2016 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Reunion is the 5th book in the Redemption series.

In the beginning of the book, Elizabeth finds a lump. The cancer is back. Elizabeth needs to have a mastectomy the following day. They decide to have a family dinner to tell the children but things happen that are so joyful that Elizabeth and John almost decide to not tell the children. Kari and Ryan are pregnant and Ashley finds out that she is not HIV positive and her and Landon are going to get married in July. John and Elizabeth decide that th
Laura Beasley
The 5th and final book in the series and like the others it was wonderful. I started crying at the end of the first sentence on the very first page and and all thru the book. What wonderful life lessons this series has and these books have touched my heart and really made me think. The Baxter family is like so many other families and the trial and joys they experience. Elizabeth the mother learns her cancer has returned and she is terminal. Telling the children is so hard. John her husband of 35 ...more
Aug 30, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
First of all, I feel like I must leave a warning that this book is very depressing and kind of a struggle to get through. Also, I think the introduction of the Dayne Matthews character was not very well done. I know that the author needed a segue into another series with a character that the reader would presumably feel attached to, but I think that his storyline was pretty much the most boring part of this book and I found myself not really caring too much what became of him (however, I have th ...more
Tamara Tilley
Mar 13, 2012 Tamara Tilley rated it really liked it
Shelves: karen-kingsbury, own
REUNION, the last in the Redemption series, was a great end to a wonderful series. I purchased the Redemption series as it was being released. But, as my 800+ book collection grew over the years, and I got busier with life, I never got past book four. I was determined this year to re-read the Redemption series so I could move on to the Firstborn series and the three subsequent series that follow. I am so glad I did.

REUNION is a reflection on all the lives of the Baxter children, and the love Joh
Feb 02, 2013 Jodi rated it it was amazing
This is was a great last book in the series. I love the whole Baxter family and love the author of these books. The Baxter family has had a lot of up and downs and some have wavered in their faith but they have always come back to family and faith. The mother, Elizabeth learned her cancer was back. She underwent a double mastectomy and chemo. Her daughter Ashley was going to get married when Elzabeth learned that no more chemo or surgeries would help prolong her life. Ashley moved up her wedding ...more
Abigail Paz
Oct 02, 2013 Abigail Paz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last book of the Redemption Series: Reunion.

Happily ever after is not always the best coda to a good story. Death, no matter heart-breaking it is, can make a beautiful finale.

Each waking day, do yourself a favor. Tell your mother how much you love her. Reunion is one of the best Mother story I have read.

Tips to get by: Get yourself ready with a box of tissues when reading this book.

In each series are beautiful love stories of the characters. Love of God and love for each other combined.

Each c
Jan 31, 2008 Mom rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like page-turners with uplifting Christian plots
Recommended to Mom by: my hairdresser
This comment will serve for all the Redemption Series: these are better than most Christian fiction. Their strong points are that they deal with current realities in our culture and offer real hope to those in similiar situations plus offer sound Biblical advice. However, I find them somewhat contrived so as to illustrate those Biblical truths with too many happy resolutions to problems. THey also suffer from being repetitious, the characters are typically [why is this found so much even in Chri ...more
Jun 16, 2009 kim rated it it was amazing
I have grown very attached to the Baxter's. (I didn't start out attached. I made the mistake of reading the 3rd book 1st...not knowing it was a series. At that time, I would have just rated it 3 average read. But I liked it enough to go back and start the series!) I have enjoyed following the entire family....and especially Ashley and Landon. I'm sure had I read the 3rd book in order, I would have found it every bit as good as the first!
This final book was wonderful in everyway...exc
Aug 26, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone!
I love this book 5 of the Redemption Series. I loved hot it spoke of John and Elizabeth Baxter when young and their secret and sadness. I wonder when Kingsbury decided to create "DAYNE". I cried thru this whole book. Cried as a daughter losing My mom, cried as someon who has been close to a cancer survior and one or 2 lost to cancer, I cried as a mom and how I would feel having to say good bye to my 3 adult children. I cried as a grami knowing I would have to watch my little one from heaven, I c ...more
Dec 14, 2015 Stephi rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to this book. I assumed there would be a happy ending.. Nope this whole book was depressing as eff. it doesn't help that the book was all about Elizabeth dying and I just went through this with a family member so I could hardly get through the book. i felt like she wrote this book more trying to be a lesson than a story. (hey make your life count!) I felt like Karen tried to wrap up n make all the kid's stories all happy n hunky dorry to make up for this super sad book. I d ...more
Bj Winters
Feb 21, 2013 Bj Winters rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This has been by far my most favorite book by Ms. Kingsbury. I happened to be reading this book when my grandmother fell ill last year and passed away. She was the matriarch of the family and it effected us all deeply. Through reading this particular book, things seemed to be easier as I said goodbye to the woman who helped my parents raise my sister and I. I walked away from this book knowing that no matter what God is in control and he will get us home safe. I go back to this book often, espec ...more
Kyleen Stevenson-braxton
May 15, 2012 Kyleen Stevenson-braxton rated it it was amazing

I've read all the way through the Redemption and Firstborn series and have just started the Sunrise series. These are great books. They are at times predictable and at times completely surprising. Being an adoptive mom, I liked that Kingsbury explored adoption so much. She was very fair about it too, presenting it from the birth mother's stand point as well as from the adoptive mom's standpoint. One of our children came from a very stable couple, like the Baxters and the other came from a very
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Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. In addition, it was recently announced that Roma Downey and MGM Studi ...more
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“But their mother was the family’s heartbeat. Always she was at the center of their good and bad times, lending perspective or a kind word or a shoulder to cry on.” 1 likes
“And though the clapping came from the family and friends that filled the church, she was sure she heard a distant clapping, too. A clapping of all the angels in heaven and earth who knew that a moment like this could only come from one source. Their loving, faithful Almighty God.” 0 likes
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