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Coming Home: A Story of Unending Love and Eternal Promise (The Baxter #23)

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  3,094 ratings  ·  411 reviews
Coming Home is a novel about tremendous victory and unprecedented loss, a story of faith and a forever kind of love, love that will stay with you long after the last page. This stand-alone novel will serve as either a grand introduction or a beautiful conclusion in the saga of the Baxter Family. The Baxters make plans to come together for a summer lakeside reunion, a celeb ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 15th 2012 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2012)
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JoyAnne
Kingsbury has such a way with words, the characters are more like friends than people you're reading about in a book. This is probably the saddest book I've ever read, you'll need two boxes of tissue for this one. In spite of the sorrow it is a very well written conclusion of the Baxter family series.

The Baxters have survived several tragedies and this one tops the list. I won't give anything away but it took me by surprise. As the family gathers to celebrate the father's 70th birthday they all
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Tanya Brunnelson
I love Karen Kingsbury and the real life situations she uses to speak to people about God's love and mercy. This story would have been no different, but at best I felt the pieces she could have used to really highlight God's faithfulness and glory were rushed. She spent the first 100+ pages of the book reviewing the backstory behind each character. I ended up skipping all of it because it was so repetitive and completely unnecessary.

The tragedy this family suffered was tragic and this was by fa
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Sara
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Tamara
COMING HOME by Karen Kingsbury . . . why did I do this to myself? With each new spin-off series from the original Redemption Series, my review ratings have either gone down or stagnated. I constantly brought up the fact that so much back story was filtered into each of the subsequent books, that I felt I was only getting half a book each time I bought one. So, why did I think COMING HOME would be any different?

I cringed out loud as I read the first twelve chapters of the book. Not only was it a
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
In my personal opinion, if a book can make me feel emotion so deeply that I feel a part of the story, it's a winner! This one, moved me to tears many, many times and shows just how we go about dealing with loss as a Christian in a world where all we want is answers to the question why.

In Karen Kingsbury's latest novel, Coming Home, the reader is immediately invited to join the Baxter family as Ashley, one of the daughters, begins to make plans for her father's seventieth birthday party. Like mos
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Jennifer
Like many KK fans I was excited about this book. I couldn't believe that we were going to have to say goodbye to the Baxter's. I too have read each book that the Baxter's have been featured in. While the first several chapters are a "review" of the Baxter children and their struggles, it was nice to look back at their lives. This "review" also allows new readers or someone picking this book up as a stand-alone to read and have a little bit of a background. Chapter 10 or 11 pulls you into KK's us ...more
Susan
Wow! Where do I start? My fist book by Karen but totally not the last! I was so wrapped up in this family from page one. I came to know and love them all. This is a truly heartbreaking book so keep the tissues handy! I knew this was the last book in the Baxter series and was a bit afraid to read it as I hadn't read the others. I had no problem following along with the charcters and the story line and cant wait to read the series from the beginning!

Along with the heartbreak there is also hope,fai
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Laura
I have read the entire Baxter series (all 22 books) and consider the family members some of my all-time favorite characters. After being very disappointed with the Bailey series, I was nervous to read this book and anxious to see if it would follow the trend of the Bailey series or return to the life-changing tales fans have come to appreciate from Karen. This book did not disappoint.

The first part of the book is a walk down memory lane for fans of the Baxters (and can catch up a new reader) as
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Cheryl Olson
Coming Home. Ah, those two words for many of us evoke thoughts of family, safety, warmth, togetherness. In Karen Kingsbury’s last Baxter book Coming Home- A Story of Unending Love and Eternal Promise, I would say the descriptors are more like heartbreak, battle, loyalty and eternal hope. This book opens with Ashley Baxter rallying the troops (her siblings and their families) to pull off a 70th surprise birthday party for their father and patriarch of the family John Baxter. And so all of the sib ...more
Gabrielle
I cannot say enough beautiful things about this book. Actually, adjectives fail me. I have followed each and every one of Karen Kingsbury's tales of the Baxter Family--from Redemption to Loving and everything in between. Sure, there were moments in which I wasn't always on board (Bailey Flanigan, as much I loved you in the beginning, your story was not the conclusion that I wanted or the one I thought readers were going to get when Karen first began your story) However, I was always more in love ...more
Cafelilybookreviews
Die hard Kingsbury fans, will already know what to expect when they pick up this book. Karen writes stories that are wholesome, heartwarming and centered around family and faith.

I had mixed emotions reading this book, because so much of it focuses on the past, and gives so much back story on the Baxter family. It takes almost ten chapters to get to what I consider the "meat" of the story. If this is the first book you've read by Karen, then it will be a great summary, but if you've read most of
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Chrissy
So, I had *no* idea when picking up COMING HOME that this was the end of a 20+ book series by Karen Kingsbury about the Baxter family --- but when the description promises that this can stand perfectly well as a stand alone novel, you can trust that this is true. I've never before read a single one of these Baxter books and I had no trouble whatsoever following the story or falling in love with these characters -- so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one not only to the die-hard Baxter famil ...more
Pam Burke
Ten years ago, Karen Kingsbury first introduced us to John and Elizabeth Baxter and their family in the Redemption series. Throughout five series and twenty-two books, we've shared in the great highs and the deep sorrows of this family and their friends who have come alive off the pages of fiction. Many true KK fans would admit to thinking about inviting some of the Baxters to a special event in their lives . . . that's how real Karen's characters have become!

In Coming Home, we have the opportun
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Betty Preble
This is best book I’ve ever read (other than the Bible, of course), and on a scale of 1-5, I’d give it a 10. It is very, very inspirational, and even gives us a glimpse of Paradise through the eyes of a child. It is about the Lord’s boundless love and mercy for us in spite of unthinkable trials and tragedy. I plan to share this book with anyone who has lost a loved one, or who simply needs to understand the height and depth of God’s love for us.

The entire theme of this book could be summarized
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Janet
This was the 24th book Karen wrote about the Baxter family.

It made me cry more than once but it was so well written and so touching that if you haven't read the rest of the series, read this one and then go back to the beginning.

Karen does an excellent job of allowing people who do not have the full back stories of the Baxter children to be able to read this book and love it and then want to read all the others to get the details of everyone's life.

The Baxter family is reuniting for John's 70th
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Angela Jones
Goodbye Baxter's! I have finished the 23 book in the series. It is bitter sweet. This book like all the others centers around the Baxter family and their undying faith in God. Thru trials and tribulations they find their way only with the strength they find in each other and God. I encourage everyone weather faithful or not, pick up the books about the Baxter's and you will find friends, family, hope and faith in God. Just like the rest of the series this book is filled with raw emotions of joy ...more
Dale
This latest Baxter book is heart-wrenching and moving and is the best one of the series, which is saying a lot. Be warned, this one will keep you reading until the end, and the topics she deals with are intense. Never have I appreciated the song, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, as I do now. I don't want to spoil it for you, so just know that all the Baxters are there for each other, whether at the Baxter home or in heaven, and how they deal with each other is just the way we as a family and as the fa ...more
Heather
I think readers who are familiar with the Baxter family will enjoy this book. It doesn't dig deep into many of the characters and because it's a farewell to the whole family, there are a lot of characters with which to keep up. Nonetheless, I especially enjoyed Ashley's perspective. This is a very emotional story so prepare to cry... As always, Kingsbury does a nice job incorporating Christian themes into her stories. (I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my review at TheChr ...more
Jenark
Coming Home is a great ending to a wonderful, fictitious family. The Baxter family once again reminds us what true love really is. When everything hits the fan they don't start pointing fingers. They give God all the credit for who they are and what they have. Then they show love to everyone around them. Yesterday my five year old was almost hit by a truck carelessly backing into a parking place. If it wasn't for me screaming , "STOP!" while running around my car and almost slapping the truck, m ...more
Rochelle
I was really upset with Karen for even writing this book. It didn't wrap up her Baxter series in a good way at all, and it just made me mad. Twenty-two books over nearly as many years should lead to a different kind of ending than the one she gave us. Granted, it was written well, and I see what she was trying to do - I even cried through most of it, which is the KK trademark - but I don't see how it was necessary at all. A big disappointment for me.
pam
wow what a great book i was crying one minuate and smiling the next. It is a very sad sad book i have read from the first book in the series to the last i just loved the whole series Karen Kingsbury is a very talented author.
Coming Home to me was a heart wrenching story all that has happen to that family and they still have faith. I not so sure i would be that strong of a person.
You have to read it make sure you have plenty of tissue handy.
Melissa
My word this book is sad! I knew it would be...and I'm sure something uplifting and faith-filled will come from it, but I feel like I'm going through the emotional wringer.

Ok--now complete. Very fitting cap to a series of 22 (now 23) books. These characters feel like real people, which is why I get so emotionally invested in what happens to them. But like Kingsbury, I'm ready to move on to something new and different.
Patti Foster
I read this book cos I'd read ALL of the Baxter family related books....even though I knew it would be a tear jerker. Reading of the tragedy as the heartbreaking story unfolds, I kept saying out loud....'Karen, how could you do this !! " I probably went through an entire box of kleenex! I didn't see how she could take us all through such gut wrenching sorrow..... why would she write this ?? But as the story unfolds, she shows us that even through grief and loss, God is in control, He is there.. ...more
Kristen
Such a beautiful conclusion to the Baxter saga. This book was definitely heartbreaking at several points, but it's still a hopeful story. There are still opportunities to continue the story, so I hope that Karen will do that at some point!
rebecca andre
I give this wonderful book a ten star knowing it only goes five star

I chose this rating due to it is the best book by Karen I've ever read,I love all your books but this one had me laughing and crying so hard knowing that if something happen like that I pray God would pull them through,because we only have one chance on this earth, and not to have our loving God in one's heart and hit with a tragedy like that,their is no way I could get through it without our Lord, I pray this book touches one'
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Marie D Fye
Tears of Laughter, of fear and frustrate, joy, sorrow , and finally relief and a second.settings of love and purpose.

This is what I experienced while reading this book. It is difficult to read through tears. It was hard to put this book down. I often than God for talented writers, as some people wouldn't pick up a bible to read. But scripture, Christian experiences are all apart of this story. I believe anyone who reads this book will have a glimpse of what God has to offer his children. Thank
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Kari Zigterman
This book was a heart breaker. For more than a dozen books we've grown with the Baxter family so some of the things that happen in this book really take a toll on a reader that's grown familiar with them. The loss is very real and I did not put the book down without tears. The loss felt personal, like I was losing a loved one myself. However as with most of Karen's books the reality is that this is life. There's love and there's loss. She doesn't shy away from the gritty stuff in life and I appr ...more
Lyndi
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Jackie
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Jodi
Oh dear. I think I cried through most of this book. The book was about the Baxter family. They were planning a family reunion for their fathers 70th birthday. All the family lived their own married lives with children. One daughter, Erin lived in Texas. She was struggling with an open adoption where she adopted three girls from a mother who went to prision. The woman was out and wanted custody again of the girls. Erin was able to go on the trip back to Indianapolis but had this on her mind. Erin ...more
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USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s #1 inspirational novelist. There are more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

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Other Books in the Series

The Baxter (1 - 10 of 23 books)
  • Redemption (Redemption, #1)
  • Remember (Redemption, #2)
  • Return (Redemption, #3)
  • Rejoice (Redemption, #4)
  • Reunion (Redemption, #5)
  • Fame (Firstborn, #1)
  • Forgiven (Firstborn, #2)
  • Found (Firstborn, #3)
  • Family (Firstborn, #4)
  • Forever (Firstborn, #5)
Redemption (Redemption, #1) Even Now (Lost Love Series, #1) Remember (Redemption, #2) One Tuesday Morning (9/11 Series, #1) Leaving (Bailey Flanigan, #1)

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“This last year... I learned something about family. Like it's not about blood alone. It's being connected... it's growing up together and loving each other. It's believing in the same God and knowing you'd do anything for the person across from you at dinner.” 26 likes
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