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Loving (Bailey Flanigan #4)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  3,974 ratings  ·  315 reviews
The answers Bailey Flanigan once longed and prayed for are finally becoming clear. In Loving, the fourth and final book in the Bailey Flanigan Series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, Bailey is planning a wedding and making decisions that will shape her future. Bailey enjoys the beginning of her new career and time spent with Brandon while Cody faithful ...more
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Published April 23rd 2012 by Zondervan (first published March 27th 2012)
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A. R.
Overall, I found the Bailey Flanigan series a disappointment. I have loved the other Karen Kingsbury books, found the stories of the Baxter clan compelling and uplifting. Bailey's story just left me flat.

I wish more time and development had been spent on other characters and their stories. I got tired of Brandon and Bailey "falling into each others eyes." And I couldn't help but feel bad for people who are in marriages that don't "Look like love." Even though there is a great deal of love in a m
Jessica Miller
SO SO SO disappointed. I feel duped!

I've been a Karen Kingsbury fan for so long. I've read every book of hers that includes the Baxter family and have felt like I've invested myself in so much of this story.


I am saddened that she had trouble separating her real life from fiction. The Bailey series feels like Dayne and Katy Part II, aka Kelsey and Kyle's real life. All along we've been set up that Cody and Bailey are meant for each other. It was pretty obvious from t
Hmmm... I'm having a tough time writing this review as I really do love Karen's writing and her books. To be honest, I started out loving the series about Bailey and really liking her as a character. However, by the time I got about 100 pages into this final book I was annoyed at the changes in her character and disappointed with where her story was surely headed.

Spoilers ahead***

By reading other reviews on here I know the opinions are mixed about whether or not bailey ended up with the right g
My Linh Nguyen
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I took my sweet time in getting around to reading this novel. The reviews on Amazon have been polarizing from the moment it was released: some loved it, some hated it. I wasn't in a hurry to be disappointed, and while Karen rarely does, I did recognize there was plenty of potential for my reading experience to go either way.

I was only as far as Chapter 2 when I began to see that something was off. Storylines started to take contrived turns and, honestly, they never recovered. One of my least fav
Loving by Karen Kingsbury

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I have never been so disappointed or letdown by an author as I am with Karen Kingsbury. The Bailey series was by far Not my favorite, but I hung in there because I wanted to see Bailey and Cody get together in the end. Isn’t that what is suppose to happen in the writing world? Karen made an extremely bad error in the writing world by taking two series and lifting up her hero, Cody, building up that relationship with Cody and Bailey an
It probably deserves a four but my "Team Cody" glasses are so thick it will have to settle with three. Not satisfied but enjoyed it nonetheless.
Happy Lumasag
This is one whole Karen Kingsbury series I would seriously NOT RECOMMEND.

First of all, I think this series proved to be a weak spot of Karen in that she mixes up biography with fiction.

She allows too much liberty of her daughter's real life happenings to influence the story's direction when the story began years before her daughter met her current fiance!

It is sad that Kingsbury's maternal emotions over her own daughter's love life gets all worked up in a fictional story she had long establish
Pamela Hubbard
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I found the whole Bailey Flanigan series to drawn out and frankly, disappointing. When I first started reading about Bailey, I thought she was a wonderful role model for teenage girls/young women, but as this series progressed I found her very annoying. She suddenly became self centered and everything seemed to revolve around her. What sacrifices did she make for the "love of her life"? She came across more as a taker then a giver. The whole relationship with Brandon was unrealistic and I found ...more
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I've read a lot of Karen I knew by chapter 2 what the outcome of this book would be... KK holds a place in my heart, but I've become so bored with her books lately - there's just too much perfectness, too much predictability.
Let me just say that I am an avid reader of Karen's books! She writes in a way that ministers to me, and this is such a blessing! With that being said, I have of course read, the Redemption series, Firstborn series, Sunrise series, Above the Line and finally the Bailey Flanigan series. Loved, loved, LOVED them all! Although I have to say that as we got into the Bailey Flanigan series I was NOT happy about the relationship, or lack thereof, between Cody and Bailey. It had seemed like all along in ...more
I have just finished, LOVING, the final installment in the Bailey Flanigan series. I am glad I stuck it out (even though I skipped UNLOCKED, and the Above the Line series) just to say I completed the series. But, like many other reviewers, my thoughts are not completely positive.

My two biggest problems with this series are, One- the constant back story that I had to constantly skim through to get to the new story. And Two – Bailey & Brandon was just a rehashing of Katie & Dayne. I also b
Rebecca "Rebaka" Lewis
Who will Bailey choose? Wanting to have this series end the way I want it to, may or may not be the reality that will be. Within the first six chapters of Loving I see turmoil in Bailey and see so many twists and turns to this story. Is Bailey with Brandon only because she has to have someone. OR ...Who will Bailey choose.

I so want to write about this book and how it ended, but I guess all I can say right now is I feel as if it ended the way it should have. To quote a line from the book "And jus
**Forewarning... there will be spoilers below.**

You've been warned... LOL :)

Let me say, I thought I was going to hate this book or just not like it... that wasn't the case. I ended up really liking the story, but there were some things that annoyed/bothered me.

One thing I've never really liked in Karen Kingsbury's novels is that sometimes it almost seems like God is "talking" to the characters. It's like putting words in God's mouth. In most of her previous books, I overlooked it because I just
Denise Romero
I enjoy Karen Kingsbury's writing. I think she is a very good story telling and her books are quick to read because the characters are so engaging. One of the specific problems I have with her is that she makes her characters too perfect. In this particular series, the main character is based on her own daugther and family. They seem too good to be true - always respectful, loving, patient, kind. There is no way that her family is that perfect and it seems almost egotistical to writ
I am so glad this series is over. I guess I am not really a fan of romance novels. They just get on my nerves. How many times can you "get lost in his eyes" before you figure out how to get back out? Bailey had an incredibly poor sense of direction because she got lost in her fiance's eyes, her ex-beau's eyes, her father's eyes, maybe even those little googly eyes you use for crafts. Enough already.
Absolutely wonderful!!!

What a great ending to a wonderful series!!! Dreams really can come true!!! I couldn't put it down! Karen Kingsbury is such an amazing writer!!
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Karen is a great writer and I love almost all of her books, but this is one of the biggest disappointments I have ever encountered in a series. Bailey works hard through her high school career to become an amazing actress and be on Broadway, but she goes down without a fight when that dream is eventually taken from her. Secondly, Brandon comes off as a playboy even after his supposed redemption; everything he says sounds like a line that a guy would tell a million girls. It's not realistic, and ...more
Casey Tuminello
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Kim Holdiman
Love Karen Kingsbury! Everything she writes touches my heart. There's always love and family issues that need resolution. God is always the center of that resolution. She has a way of sharing scripture that brings it to a new light for me. I just plain feel good when I read her books. They are an easy read...a curl up in your favorite chair and just enjoy! While I was reading this book, my own daughter got married to the man that we have been praying for. For years we have prayed for her husband ...more
Synopsis from B&N: The answers Bailey Flanigan once longed and prayed for are finally becoming clear. In Loving, the fourth and final book in the Bailey Flanigan Series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, Bailey is planning a wedding and making decisions that will shape her future. \nI both loved and hated this book. I started out wanting one thing but by the end of the book was glad it was something else entirely.\nThis was my favorite book of the series. It seems to be wh ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Meredith rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has read the other books about Bailey Flanigan
Shelves: read-in-2012
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I've been a fan of Kingsbury's books for quite some time, but this series was a disappointment. It took so much for me to finish this last book. The characters seemed to become so unrealistic. Now I'm not saying that because of their good Christian values, but the way they acted they came across as fake. It annoyed me the way things were repeated and the fact that the author referred to characters by their first and last names. Even if you didn't read any of the previous books, I would think you ...more
It had sweet and sentimental moments, especially for those who have followed the entire saga of these characters' lives, but I thought it anticlimactic at best. Less biblical wisdom, less family involvement, more emphasis on feelings and "love" in a predominantly romantic sense. I liked the part where Bailey finds out the true significance of her special prayer, and appreciated that while not all "signs" mean exactly what we assume they do, they can still be real in true ways. All the details ab ...more
WOW! I am a huge fan of Karen Kingsbury, but this series has topped them all. I love Bailey, and see many similarities to my own daughter. I just hope I can be as great as Baileys Mom. This story captivated me. I seriously only put it down at 3:30 in the morning when I couldn't focus any more. I read it in a day. It was clean, and a wonderful romance. I loved Karens focus on the difficulty of remaining chaste before a wedding. She really brings my emotions to the surface with every book of hers ...more
Reading Karen Kingsbury is a lot like eating "Death By Chocolate". It sounds really good before you actually dig in, but just one bite and you are convinced you have had enough. I loved the Baxter series, and gone through the other series, but by book four of this spin off series and I was about to gag before I was done.

Who will Bailey marry? Cody or Brandon? I just didn't care. Bailey comes across as dim-witted and vapid.

And here's my other gripe...and it has to do with adoption. Ms. Kingsbury
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