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Fame (Firstborn #1)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  7,953 ratings  ·  223 reviews
A Dream Come True
Dayne Matthews is at the top of the Hollywood list—a successful, popular actor with a bright future. He has everything a man could want—fame, fortune, and friends. But his heart is pulling him toward a woman and a family who have no idea how their lives are tied to his. . . .

A Wounded Past
Katy Hart, the director of Christian Kids Theater, is immersed in he
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (first published January 1st 2005)
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The "Firstborn" series is in excelent collection. BUT, you need to read the 'Redemption Series' first!

The books in order are:

Adalee Grace
I read several of the books in this series. When will I ever learn?
These books were a complete waste of time. Karen drew the series out way too long, and as a result bored me to death. We don’t need to know every little detail of the characters lives. This was one of her classic Mr. Imperfect and Miss. Perfect books.
Some of the characters were so perfect it scared me. And the others were so imperfect (affairs, illegitimate children, shacking up, abortion… you name it) that it truly was scary. S
FAME is the first book in the Firstborn series, which follows the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury.

Dayne Matthews, Hollywood heartthrob, whom we briefly met in REUNION, is captivated by Katy Hart. Katy is a director of children’s theater that Dayne stumbled across while he was in Bloomington, Indiana. Though their meeting was brief and one-sided, for whatever reason he can’t seem to get her out of his mind. When he returns to Hollywood and is cast in a new romantic comedy, the only woman he
Okay, this book is really good. I really LOVE the writing style. Other than the falling in love part, I never once went, "This is going too fast." unlike other books that I've read. Plus, the author's writing styles really...Ah, I can't even explain it, but it brings life, and a bit of peppyness that really attracted me.
The whole storyline of a nobody with a celebirty falling for her is cliche, but the author really did her job in making it interesting. Even though the author didn't want Katy t
Becca Nelson
My mom talked me into reading these books (yes, all of them) because they take place in Bloomington, Indiana. I, however, didn't realize that Bloomington, Indiana was Christian paradise, or at least it was depicted so in these books which more closely resemble an evangelical soap opera. Karen Kingsbury seems to subscribe to rather bipolar theology where terrible things happen to every single character in the books (murder, suicide, terminal illness, abortion, etc.), but luckily they pray about i ...more
I would actually give about 3 1/2 stars. Karen Kingsbury is really good at what she does, which is cheesy Christian fiction with a little bit of romance thrown in. It's very "sweet", and at times a little too much. I'm sure there are people out there like these characters, but I don't know any.

But the writing flows smoothly, and is a style that is easy to read. I liked the book, and was left wanting to read the next in the series at the end. I would definitely read the Redemption series before t
I have a little something against Karen Kingsbury. Thats my disclaimer! All her book synopsis's just sound like scripts from a bad tv drama. With that said, this series was the first series of hers that I felt interested in reading. The synopsis is great, it's just the execution. It's that way with all her books, for me. They are like soap opera reading. The fame series is not a believable portrayal of a celebrity. Its way to cookie cutter. I almost feel horrible saying this too, because I know ...more
I really loved this book. I loved how Karen Kingsbury added in the Baxter family in this book, but mainly focused on Dayne and Katy.

Katy Hart is the young director of CKT (Christian Kid's Theater) and loves what she does. But for as long as she could remember, her dream was to be an actress and when an unexpected offer comes up from a Hollywood casting director, she makes the decision to head up to CA for an audition. But above all, she wants what God wants for her. Is it in His plan for her li
I loved this book and couldn't put it down! Karen Kingsbury continues her series on the beloved Baxter family by delving into the more secret side of the family. Fame is an appropriate name for the book as it deals with both the expectations placed on someone famous, the price of that fame and the toll that newfound fame can take on someone used to being ordinary.
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!
I am hooked on Karen Kingsbury books! This is book #1 of the second series of "The Baxters." I have gotten so into these books that I have literally caught myself beginning to pray for one of the characters (no joke). These stories show how faith and family bring you through trials, struggles and just life in general.
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about this new twist thrown into the series of touching stories from the Baxter family, but I loved it more and more as I continued reading it. It is different, but in a good way. Famous how their famous son figures out his life and returns to his family, as well as to his faith.
The main character Dayne was in Hollywood living the wild life as an actor. He was a play boy with the ladies and having a good time. He was the lead in a up and coming moving and they were looking for the female lead. They tried six current leading ladies but still could not find the one they wanted. Dayne remembered a woman he had never met in Indiana, a woman he never spoke with but one he could not get out of his mind. He had seen the woman for about ten minutes at a community theater. He co ...more
I understand that when reading, you are supposed to suspend your disbelief, your grasp on reality, and allow yourself into the world of the book. But this book was so blatantly unrealistic that I couldn't just let go and allow the plot to take over. There is so little character development in this book. The author just keeps repeating the same things over and over. Dayne is famous and has angst about God because his missionary family died. He's a playboy. Blah blah blah. Small town girl miraculo ...more
I LOVED this book (as I loved the 1st Baxter series). I was glad that nothing in this book really made me cry...I did get teary eyed a little whenever someone would remember Elizabeth (the mother). I did not understand why the author changed the CKT directors name to Katy. In the last book of the 1st series it was Jessie or Jenny (something with a J). So it was hard for me to see her as a Katy for the first half of the book. But I loved how this book gave us basically more back story on Katy and ...more
This is the first novel in a series called FIRSTBORN. Fame is where it all starts. I actually read "Forgiven" first and had to go back to read the first one! Kingsbury is a spectacular Christian romance novelist.

The most refreshing thing I can say about this engaging story is that it is clean! It's about time I pick up a good romance that doesn't have illicit sexual affairs in it. The lead male acts with honor, and the lead female is respectful. What a refreshing change!

I highly recommend this
I have read all of Karen Kingsbury's novels, and am very hard-pressed to find a favorite. Each one of them is so good! This book is the sixth book in The Baxter series, of which there are ten altogether. The first five tell about the Baxter family and what each of their college-aged children go through in growing up. It is by no means a tender Grace Livingston Hill type of novel. The problems the family has to deal with are very modern and very hurtful. Karen manages to endear us to her characte ...more
Sep 04, 2007 Deb added it
kingsbury once again tackles some of life's issues within the lives of her popular baxter family characters. the unknown member of the family, actor dayne matthews, continues his quest for meaning. he is also excited by the prospect of bringing katy hart to hollywood for a chance to star in his new movie. katy, busy with her life as the director of a christian children's theater group, is puzzled by the invite but accepts and is soon blown away by the glitz and romance of hollywood. but does god ...more
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Another great book by Karen Kingsbury! I don't think I've read any book by her yet that i haven't liked, However, if you are looking for a huge life changing perspective on religion this particular book isn't the book of hers i would choose for that. She has many others that would be better for that! Fame is a great read and i cant wait to read "Forgiven" and see how the story continues with the same characters.
While I own quite a few of Karen Kingsbury's novels, this is the first I've read because the storyline drew me in. It was exciting from the first page. While getting to know the characters I discovered that some had their own stories, which resolved in earlier books, and that intrigued me. Now I feel like I need to backtrack and read the others as well. I really enjoyed getting to know Dayne and Katy. Even though Dayne is lost, he longs for real love. He just doesn't know what it is or where to ...more
Sophia Park
I liked the book because it is a book that is really based on the real life about the famous people. I also liked that it had a really interesting story (the climax). At first I was wondering if the book had finished without an actual offcial ending, but then I saw that it had other books that continued after. I thought that was very neat :).
Beroemd is het eerste deel van de Dayne Mattews serie en direkt een ontzettend mooi pakkend boek. Waarschijnlijk komt dit ook doordat er personages in voorkomen uit de Baxter familie serie. Het las voor mij dan ook zo vertrouwd, heerlijk gewoon! Tuurlijk gaat dit boek voornamelijk over de beroemde filmster Dayne en het plattelands meisje Katy, maar dat er ook o.a. Ashley en John in voorkomen van de familie Baxter geeft dit boek net dat beetje extra. Voor diegene die dus de serie gelezen hebben o ...more
Jeannie Stramer
Like all Karen Kingsbury books, this story was very predictable, with everything falling neatly into place, if not by the end of the book, by the end of the series. However, her books are usually fun to read and always carry a great Christian message.
Kim Justice
Apr 10, 2013 Kim Justice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: reviewed
First of all let me just say that I love author Karen Kingsbury. Her style of writing is such amazing story telling that you are automatically drawn to the characters and what ever is going on in their life.

As I searched for something to listened to on my way back down south, this book along with the next one came into my sight. I automatically placed it in my cart. Author Karen Kingsbury is not only inspirational in her stories, but this is exactly the kind of book I wanted to listen to. So I
Voor mij was dit boek een beetje dubbel, aan de ene kant weer heerlijk om te lezen over de familie Baxter, over hoe het nu met hen gaat en ook de verhaallijn van Dayne vond ik leuk om te lezen, aan de andere kant vond ik de verhaallijn van Katy niet echt boeiend, waardoor ik de neiging had om die stukken te vlug te lezen. In dit boek zijn inderdaad de christelijke stukjes totaal niet overheersend, hetgeen ik wel erg prettig vond. Dit was nog maar het eerste deel van de Dayne Matthews serie die i ...more
Apr 18, 2007 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I'm not entirely sure, but I believe that this is the first book of the Firstborn series, and I loved it. I have always loved to hear about hollywood stars giving their lives to Jesus, and this is how it is. Dayne still has struggles with himself and his faith-keep the faith or keep the business? Throughout all his trials, though, God keeps on saying 'Here I am, come to me and you will find rest'. It's so awesome, it shows the real life struggles that people have with their faith and their live ...more

Another wonderful book from Karen! Can't wait to read the entire series! Karen Kingsbury is a truly gifted writer grounded by God!
I'd rate this series 3-4 stars. Entertaining yet cheesy at times, but I can't stop reading them. I love the characters though and the books have a great message. My mom sent the Firstborn Series to me and I didn't realize it was a series within a set of series so I'll have to go back & read the first set of books.

Redemption Series - Baxters Series #1
Book 1: Redemption
Book 2: Remember
Book 3: Return
Book 4: Rejoice
Book 5: Reunion

Firstborn Series - Baxters Series #2
Book 1: Fame
Book 2: Forgiven
Aug 14, 2011 Elaine added it
This book is called FAME by Karen Kingsbury.
This review is by Elaine

This is the first of 5 books about the same family and area. It grabs you from the first chapter. You learn about a "Poor Hollywood Mega-star" who is looking for love in all of the wrong places. He happens to go to Indiana, and stops in to a small children's theatre, and falls in love with the director.... which he only sees from a grat distance away. There are many twist and turns, and then the story is continues in the second
I have read Karen Kingsbury´s Redemption-series some 8 years ago and wasn´t smart enough to find out until recently, that she continued the series with focusing on Dayne Mattews and Katy Hart in the firstborn-series!
I loved that there are all the characters still there, and new ones introduced. It´s a reunion with all the Baxters!

I can imagine the Hollywood-world beeing the way Kingsbury bescribes it. And Daynes and Katys lifes couldn´t be more different.

I have the second book "Forgiven" alread
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