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A Kingsbury Collection: Where Yesterday Lives / When Joy Came to Stay / On Every Side

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Three Page-Turning Novels in One Volume!

Where Yesterday Lives

Ellen Barrett is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist with an uncertain marriage, a forgotten faith, and haunting memories of her picturesque hometown and the love she left behind. The eldest of five siblings, she longs for the time, long ago, when they were a happy family. Now Ellen’s beloved father is dead,
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Hardcover, 752 pages
Published April 11th 2005 by Multnomah Books
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Rhonda Gayle
Feb 20, 2013 Rhonda Gayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Kingsbury is certainly known as one of the Queens of Christian fiction, and this volume is packed full of three novels sure to please her faithful readers. The subject matter in these three novels is deep: death, depression, separation of church and state. Of course, faith and spirituality drive the actions and thoughts of the believable main characters. Characters who have flaws and doubts and struggles just like us. I struggle with depression myself so this book certainly struck a chord ...more
Loraine Alcorn
Jan 02, 2013 Loraine Alcorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I was able to review this book by Karen Kingsbury through blogging for books. Its a collection of 3 full sized christian fiction novels in one volume.
This does make the book really really big but its a value because you are getting to read 3 great books in one place.


The stories are all contemporary fiction which is not my favorite to read because I usually pick Victorian or books taking place in the past but I thought I would give these a try.


The first story is titled Where Yesterday Lives-its a

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Margaret Fraleigh
This is a collection of three stories.

Jan 28, 2016 I have finished the first story Where Yesterday Lives. As usual Karen's stories are
so good to read. Loved the characters and their stories. Love never fails. Can't wait to
start the second story When Joy Comes to Stay. I will add to this synopsis when I have finished the second story.

Jan 31 I have finished the second story - When Joy Comes to Stay - what an amazing story. This one tugged at my heart. Thank you Karen for sharing this story wit
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Laura
Mar 10, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This three-in-one collection is heavy on the hands and the heart. It includes some of Kingsbury's early works: Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay, and On Every Side. Although each story is unique, they share a common thread of a woman who is battling something from the past.

In Where Yesterday Lives, Ellen Barrett goes back to her hometown after the sudden death of her father. There, she must try to reconnect with her estranged sister while mourning the dad she loved. I found this book
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Sherrey
Jul 02, 2013 Sherrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time came to choose a new book to review for WaterBrook Multnomah. I glanced through the offerings and decided it was time I read something from one of their most prolific and popular authors, Karen Kingsbury.

I selected A Kingsbury Collection offering the reader three novels in one volume. The novels are Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay, and On Every Side. I will give a short summary and brief review of each.

When Joy Came to Stay

Summary: Maggie Stovall is one of the golden people. Sh
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Renn Shearin
Dec 14, 2012 Renn Shearin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three Page-Turning Novels in One Volume!

Where Yesterday Lives

Ellen Barrett is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist with an uncertain marriage, a forgotten faith, and haunting memories of her picturesque hometown and the love she left behind. The eldest of five siblings, she longs for the time, long ago, when they were a happy family. Now Ellen’s beloved father is dead, and she returns to her childhood home to make peace–with the people who still live there, with the losses and changes that time
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Brittany Ketter
Jan 20, 2013 Brittany Ketter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing that I have learned is that when it comes to Karen Kingsbury, you simply cannot put a book down and when it is finished, you feel like you just have to read another! It is so easy to fall in love with the characters and be captured by the truths that she weaves through each of her novels. Inspirational, without a doubt, A Kingsbury Collection is a book you will read cover to cover, leaving you feeling like you lived through it all. The best part is, since this is a collection, when you ...more
Julia
Dec 21, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where Yesterday Lives
Of the three books, this one was my favorite and the hardest for me to read… Ellen Barrett is a journalist and is married to a sports announcer. The oldest of her three sisters and brother, she is called home after her father dies from a sudden heart attack. Ellen and her husband are having problems in their marriage, and she travels back to her hometown alone. Except, guess who still lives in her hometown? Her ex-boyfriend Jake. She arrives back home and is instantly thrown
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Book Him Danno
First off I have to say that this book is huge, over 750 pages. It is hard to hold while reading and the print is small. I found looking at this book to be daunting. How was I going to get though it and how was I going to hold it without wearing my arms and hands out. Well it took me quite awhile and I have to say that the stories moved slowly and so putting the book down had equal amounts to do with arm and hand strain and boredom.

The writing is top notch, but the stories are sad and left me i
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
If you've never picked up a Karen Kingbury novel, you are truly missing out on some great reads! This is my 7th book and it's actually three books in one. A Kingbury Collection combines, Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay and On Every Side in one massive volume so you can keep the momentum going when you finish the first book and immediately begin the second and then the third in this series. In each book you find a message within the book and you can immediately relate on some level t ...more
Sherri Smith
Apr 19, 2013 Sherri Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but this particular book took up alot of time to read. It was three novels within one book, and each book was well written and kept me captivated. The first story was about Ellen and her family, and what they are facing after their father died. There are problems that reign amongst each other, and two sisters who can barely tolerate to stay in the same room with one another. The week is strife with problems, one sister is having to deal with issues created yea ...more
Deena Shoemaker
OK -- there is ONE thing I need you to know before you read this: I love Karen Kingsbury. LOVE. I went into these books with standards so high, they were practically outside the ozone layer. This is probably at least 30% of my problem, and I accept full responsibility for that. With that in mind, here is my opinion:

Book One -- Where Yesterday Lives

I'm not even sure where to begin. Ellen was the main character, but the book jumped between so many points of views that I felt yanked in a hundred d
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Brenda
Dec 26, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of Karen Kingsbury I try to read everything she writes just because I know I am going to be encouraged and uplifted, and normally I always wind up shedding a few tears along the way as well, turns out that I had already read a couple of the stories in the collection, but I didn't mind revisiting them.

"Where Yesterday Lives" is the story of Ellen Barrett, a successful news reporter who has to take a journey back home when her father has a heart attack and dies. While she doesn't look fo
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Faye
Mar 01, 2013 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three of Ms. Kingsbury's moving tales all in one volume!

This three-in-one volume had some of the most emotionally heartwrenching stories in it that I have ever read from Karen Kingsbury (as I have read only Unlocked and The Bridge at this point). These tales had a seriousness and emotional depth that I hadn't read from Ms. Kingsbury before, and to be honest there were times when I thought the pace was kind of slow, yet I could see how that helped the realistic-ness of the story.

All of these stor
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Tima
Jan 20, 2013 Tima rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where Yesterday Lives - Ellen, a reporter, learns that her father has suddenly passed away. She returns home to help her mother and her four siblings plan the funeral. But marital problems, sibling issues, and a friend from the past make it a faith test week.

When Joy Came to Stay - Maggie thinks she's losing her mind. From the outside she has the perfect life, a loving husband, adorable foster sons, and a strong faith in God. But a mistake made many years ago has come back to haunt her and caus
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Jody
Feb 03, 2013 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first book, we meet Ellen in ‘When Yesterday Lives’. Ellen returns to her childhood home when her father passes away. She returns another purpose to make peace with the people from her past that still live in her hometown.

In the second book, we meet Maggie in ‘When Joy Came to Stay’. This book is about a woman’s decent into depression and all that comes with it. Then faith in God steps in and things begin to change for them all.

Lastly, in the third book, we meet Faith in ‘On Every Side’.
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Jennifer Lombardi
May 30, 2013 Jennifer Lombardi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a book that contains the three novels listed below. I have seen other reviewers criticize the size of this book. Yes it is large, but HELLO it is 3 books in 1. Did you think it would be small? *rolls eyes* I have never heard of Karen Kingsbury before getting this book. I just recently started to read Christian Fiction and I am so glad I picked this one up! Karen Kingsbury.......you are one of my new favorite authors and I am proud to have your book on my shelf!


Where Yesterday Lives

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Gayle
Jan 15, 2016 Gayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
REVIEW:

This book took quite a while to read, One book, three novels. The author, Karen Kingsbury wrote a page turner and a well written, should I say, three well written novels. You can't wait to turn the page and see what is going to happen next.

The first story, WHERE YESTERDAY LIVES is about Ellen. Her father died and the problems that arise between everyone is easy to understand. Ms. Kingsbury makes you feel like you know the characters and what they feel. The story has two sisters who almost
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Lisa Johnson
May 13, 2013 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: A Kingsbury Collection (Where Yesterday Lives; When Joy Comes to Stay; On Every Side)
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Pages: 752
Year: 2011
Publisher: Multnomah Books
My first introduction to Karen Kingsbury writings was when I read, The Bridge, this last year, and I enjoyed it. Her stories come from the heart and are filled with faith that her characters exhibit as strong and seeking or not as strong for many reasons. The novels in this collection are ones where the characters have to go through som
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Brittany
Apr 08, 2013 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This beautiful book contains three inspirational "Kingsbury" books.
In " Where Yesterday Lives", When Ellen Barrett learns that her father has died, she goes back home to help ;pan the funeral. She finds it stressful to deal with her dysfunctional family, but healing comes as the family turns back to God.
In " When Joy Came To Stay", Maggie Stovall seems to have it all together. She has a loving family and a good church, but only God knows of the secret that torments her and the darkness that
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Renae Sattazahn
Feb 12, 2015 Renae Sattazahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Kingsbury never fails! She has the golden touch when it comes to storytelling. With this all-in-one collection, I didn't have to wait between books. It was awesome! As soon as I finished one, I could start right then on the next book in the series. The story was on par with all of Kingsbury's work - excellent. The characters are well-defined and the plot is multi-dimensional. I highly recommend this series for the avid reader.
Jaime
Nov 10, 2015 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone wanting to argue that a Christian author doesn't inspire might not appreciate this review. I was motivated through each fictional story. I wanted to become a better person. More loving. More giving. Having scripture references throughout helped with the motivation! I wish the world turned to Heavenly Father & His Son. I believe the world would be a better place. Period.
Three great stories that will inspire. Do u dare?! :)
LadyCalico
May 19, 2010 LadyCalico rated it it was ok
The first two novels started out great, then deteriorated as she went on, and the endings simply stunk--it was like she got sick of writing and just suddenly tied an unrealistically neat bow on all loose ends and quit. From this limited sample, it appears her writing style is to start out really engrossing, then get mired down in mush and slush, then finally drown the plot in a cop-out ending. After the inauspicious beginning, it took me years to get the guts to tackle the third book. I was clea ...more
Cheryl
Jul 20, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved previous books by Karen Kingsbury, but I lost interest in the "R" series after it seemed to drag on. In this book, Kingsbury reminds me why I have raved about her books -- her characters are real and experience/survive real struggles.
Pamela Saylor
I was fortunate to win this collection thru first reads I never read a Karen kingsbury book but been wanting to because I've heard nothing but good things. I read the first story where yesterday lives. It' had good storylines with each character and I liked the way that the characters grew and matured. What I loved most was the Christian morals, bible verses and praying throughout the book. However, there seemed to be something missing and halfway thru the book I felt the story should have ended ...more
Connie Freeman
Jun 18, 2014 Connie Freeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful books

I thoroughly enjoyed all three books. I laughed, smiled, and cried throughout. What a blessing Karen has been to me!
Lindsay
Jan 16, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed all three stories in this book. I was with emotional though out the book. The first book is about learning to deal with death of a love one and learn to get though your marriage struggles of your marriage that you when though.

The second book talks about depression and a bit about marriage struggles. This book also talks about telling the truth and adoption. This is quite a story and about foster care as well.

The third story is about death as well and learning to trusting in good.
Michele
May 31, 2008 Michele rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys fiction 'chick-books'
Recommended to Michele by: My stepmother gave it to me for Christmas
Karen Kingsbury is a Christian fiction writer. I liked all 3 of these books, the stories where interesting & each one was hard to put down. But, the book is so heavy, with the 3 books 1, that it was easier to rest it on things when I was reading. I like to read in a nice hot bath & it was difficult with this book because it was so heavy.
Carol Preston
Jun 18, 2013 Carol Preston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These three stories were really engaging and enjoyable, even though a little predictable. All deal with facing past hurts and regrets and dealing with past relationships. The journey of depression and finding new life, renewing faith, and standing up for one's beliefs are all addressed really well.
Adrienna
Jan 10, 2009 Adrienna rated it really liked it
I was finally able to check out this author's work...with the opportunity to read three of her first books. I really enjoyed the last two books in the collection. I saw her on 700 Club Network.
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