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Return (Redemption #3)

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  9,397 ratings  ·  215 reviews
A Shattered Relationship

Luke, golden boy and the Baxter family’s only son, has walked away from everything that mattered most to him: his faith, his family, and Reagan, his only love. Devastated by the events of September 11, 2001, Luke decides that life is random, faith a fraud, and God a fantasy.

A Secret

A baby is about to be born, but with Reagan a thousand miles away in...more
Audio CD, Abridged
Published October 20th 2005 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2003)
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I read this book in one day. I really love this series! The Baxter family is just wonderful.
Jessica Stant
So far this is definitely the weak link in the Redemption Series. I don't really expect much of this series other than to entertain, give me some sighable romantic moments and perhaps teach a few thought-worthy christian principles. The first two delivered as promised. However, the resolution in Return was just a little too quick and pat for me. Towards the end of the book every conversation was one that the characters had already had at least two or three times before. And I really couldn't get...more
The baby of the Baxter family, Luke, has left his family and all he has ever believed. Can and will the 'prodigal son' return?
One thing that I found to be 'painted' so clearly in this book was the fact that Luke has become a "free thinker"- think outside the box, do whatever feels right at the moment, if you want to be involved with more than one person at a time that's okay, let go of those 'archaic-religious-strangling' morals that you've been raised with. etc... Luke is adamant that his fa...more
One reason I don't read serial novels (or watch the show "Lost") is that as they progress, the plots become increasingly convoluted in order to keep the reader engaged in the story and turning the pages. So I'm not going to read the other two books in this series because the events and circumstances that take place in this family are looking less like every-day life. Where the first book began with one uncomplicated yet heartbreaking plot twist, this book leaves off with a number of inexplicable...more
This series is a soap opera for Christians. All the drama and emotion of your favorite daytime TV show, but with heavy-handed religious overtones. Yes, there are unwed mothers, but they see the error of their ways. People lose their faith, but others pray for them to return to the fold. In this audio version, God has a deep female voice, I guess because the reader is a woman, and He speaks to Luke, the errant sheep of the Baxter fold. Quite unexpected – having God actually speak to you, out loud...more
Weer een ontzettend mooi boek over de familie Baxter. Het valt me op dat er in ieder boek heftige onderwerpen aan te pas komen. In het vorig deel ging het voornamelijk over alzheimer en 11 september. In dit boek gaat het over abortus, tegen je familie keren en het vreselijke bericht wat Ashley krijgt (hier ga ik verder niet op in, omdat ik anders teveel vrij geef over het boek). Allemaal onderwerpen waar je dan ook over na gaat denken...

Ik word ook steeds nieuwsgieriger naar de andere boeken va...more
I can't believe how true to life the issues are that the author's characters' deal with in her novels. No pain is sidestepped. No pat answers are offered. True healing and forgiveness are experienced. Consequences of sin are suffered. This is real life with a whole lot of hope. The resolutions made sense and weren't easy fixes. I got choked up nearly as often with this book as I did Remember. Also, I read the entire novel in two days (around working my full time job.) Wonderful read. I especiall...more
Debdatta D. Sahay (b00k r3vi3ws)

A Special Note: Redemption series is Christian Fiction. I am not Christian and I have not read the Bible. So, I am not in a position to agree or disagree with the religious side of the book and my review will be solely focus on this series as a work of fiction and my point of views on the characters/situations as a third person. I do not mean to criticize or applaud any of the religious views presented through the stories.

Luke Baxter is the ‘baby’ of the f...more
Beth Fisher
This, the 3rd book in the first 5 part Baxter family installment, was a good book. I read it in one day and I teared up a few times. But Kingsbury lost a star just because I got annoyed with some of the same old cliche misunderstandings that characters should have learned from already. If someone truly loves you, no matter WHAT you are going through in your life, they still love you! Other than that it was a good story of God's redeeming love that no matter how far we wander from the truth He (a...more
Third in the "Redemption" series borrowed from the church library. The last one was pretty good and I wanted to see what happened with a couple of the characters whose lives ended with cliffhangers in _Remember_.
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Arrgh! I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Everything that can possible happen to these people, the Baxter family, does, always with cliffhanging chapters and characters wondering should they? or shouldn't they? Half the time I want to throw it across the room and...more
Return is the third novel in the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury and Gary Smalley. This one centers around Luke Baxter, and his attempts to run away from all that he has been taught, and more importantly, his efforts to avoid God. Also, a family member suffers the consequences of decisions she made in Paris, decisions that will affect the rest of her life, and that of many of those she loves. Another wonderful read about the poor choices humans make, and how often God can turn those choices...more
The Baxter's only son, Luke, walks away from the faith and God he's always known. He also walks away from the only woman he's ever loved. But there's a problem with that....he doesn't know that the one night they gave into temptation resulted in a baby. But one member of the Baxter family does know the truth and she has a secret of her that is forever life changing. Will Luke ever return to the Baxters and the faith he's always known? And will the events of September 11th have a young...more
Hannah Austin
Luke Baxter slept with his fiance on the night of 9/11. Her father had tried to call that night, but she did not answer because of what they were doing. She gets a call the next morning saying that her father had died in the twin towers. She goes to New York to be with her mother. Luke abandons her and goes over the edge. He starts sleeping with a lot of different girls and does not care about his Christian attitude. The Baxters are very afraid of his new behavior and try to help him. This only...more
Luke, the golden boy of the Baxter clan has drifted far from his family in the wake of the devastation of 9/11. But his family doesn’t know the personal toll Luke is dealing with and Luke has no intentions of telling them. Turning his back on everything he’s ever believed, his new beliefs have him living and experiencing things he never would’ve approved of just a few short months previous. But, his new life is shaken by the choices made by the woman he lives with, and by the secrets of the woma...more
Dec 16, 2007 Mackenzie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's heart melts from an emotional book
This book, the third in the Redemption series, is about forgiving personal mistakes and returning to those you love and the faith you belong to. In this book, the only son, Luke Baxter struggles from losing the love of his life, Reagan and along with his faith and his family. After the tragic accident of September 11th, it changes Luke's whole entire life. On the day before the attacks, Luke and Reagan were watching t.v. when the phone rang and Reagan ignored the call. If only Reagan had picked...more
What a wonderful book about secound chances. Luke and his girlfriend Reagen had intended to stay pure until married. One night they went to far. Reagans father had called her and she did not answer. The next morning was September 11. It changed both of them forever. Reagan and Luke hardly spoke and were akward the next day. Reagan flew to New York to be close to her mother while they waited for word on her father. Luke turned away from his family and religion. He met a girl that did not believe...more
Ever since I started reading these books I have started talking with God more. I feel like maybe I'm getting closer to Him, learning more about Him and his ways. This book was VERY good, of course I had tearful moments. It taught that though God allows bad things to happen that doesnt mean He caused them. It talks about Sept. 11 in here...and many ask how can God allow that to happen to those innocent people. But He knew the day and hour that they would be called home and it just happened that a...more
The voyage of Luke and Ashley Baxter portrayed in the book is one that resonates, primarily because so many, including me sometimes, have trouble understanding how God can allow so many horrible things to happen in a world under His control. Luke walks away from his Christian life to find emptiness, due to 9/11. But later books in the series make clear that Luke's faith wasn't really faith at all, but rather a Pharisaical works based idea of God, which just doesn't work. Ashley has similar ideas...more
Ashley Montgomery
This book focuses on Luke, the only boy in the Baxter family. In book #2, Luke was very quick to judge and say when someone was "right" or "wrong." In this novel, 9/11 has happened and has had an affect on everyone. Throughout the book, there is a big "secret" no one is aware of that has caused Luke to question and challenge everything he has ever believed in, including his religion.
-After thinking he has lost Reagan forever, he quickly moves on to another girl and ends up living with her to tr...more
Havebooks Willread
I'm continuing to enjoy Kingsbury's Baxter series. This installment was particularly poignant as a self-righteous, judgmental golden boy learns that even he sins, even he needs mercy, grace, and forgiveness. I thought this was a very emotional "prodigal son" tale--I cried.
Diane U
In book #3 of the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury, the story focuses on Luke, the youngest child and only son. Luke is leading a new life, one without his family, friends and faith. He is strongly against the ways and beliefs of his upbringing. When he learns about the changes in Reagan's life since she went back to New York City to be with her mother after her father dies in the World Trade Center Towers, will he change his ways? Ashley plays a major role in getting Luke back into the fami...more
Vickie Fisher
Love this series, starting the next book today. Karen Kingsbury writing keeps you turning the pages you feel what the characters are feeling. I find myself crying without even realizing it. She is an Awesome author.
Mary M
It's been about a year since I first started reading Karen Kingsbury books. And I completely started her "Bloomington" book series backwards with the Kelsey stories and then jumped around the Baxter books. The first five of those are going to be the last that I read and of those, well, book three of five is where I started.

Oh, it was lovely. Was fun to pick up some details. Most of the major plot I was already aware of from background given in other books but this was my first introduction to El...more
Marianne Evans
Once again, the Baxter family does not disappoint. I'm a huge fan, and am literally racing through each book in this series. Yes, I'm hooked!! Luke is every child who's seemed 'easy' to raise. Charismatic, handsome, on his way to a perfect life. And then, reality plays equalizer. He gets his conviction, and his faith, knocked out from under him so hard, and so swift, he's left to question everything. I ached for every moment he was apart from his family, and the confrontation with his father is...more


this is the perfect example of how God never gives up on us no matter how far we walk away.
Stephany G
I liked this book. I haven't read the first two in the series but I figured out what was going on pretty quickly.
This was a good book, but frustrating watching Luke turn away from God and his family after 9/11, and Ashley push Landon away after finally realizing how much she loves him. Then there's Regan who pushes Luke away after a poor decision they both made even when he tries to reach out to her. And I am frustrated that Landon doesn't call Ashley more while he's in Manhattan filling in for his firefighter friend who died on 9/11. So the book ends with some "returning" to relationships that matter, but...more
This is the 3rd book in this series that I've read, and The Baxter family has emotionally captured my heart. If you like Christian fiction, these books portray a heart-warming, tear-glistening example of holding onto your faith amongst everyday struggles, tragedies, and joy.
Oct 27, 2011 Sharon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: whoever loves to read
Recommended to Sharon by: my niece, Brandi Meek
Each time I read another book of the Redemption Series, it gets better and better. For a minute I was really upset with Luke, but I soon realized this is what children do. If they don't rebel in high school, then they will in college. But Luke was brought up in the church and had morals, and just like the prodigal son, when he wakes up, he will be back. I knew Ashley would be the one to make him realize his mistakes, and I am glad she went to New York when she did. The wedding was beautiful, and...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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