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Fame (Firstborn #1)

4.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,287 Ratings  ·  254 Reviews
Karen Kingsbury brings readers a new series that picks up where the Redemption series left off. The Firstborn series focuses on the surprise new member of the Baxter family: Dayne Matthews. As Hollywood actor Dayne Matthews searches for meaning in his life, Jamie Hart makes her way as director of the Bloomington, Indiana, Christian Kids Theater. New families and situations ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 527 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Feb 26, 2007 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The "Firstborn" series is in excelent collection. BUT, you need to read the 'Redemption Series' first!

The books in order are:

Adalee Grace
Nov 08, 2007 Adalee Grace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2014 Bekah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tamara Tilley
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
Mar 20, 2014 Van rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 01, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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
The Book Man
"God, please now my future see, make it clear where I should be. Open windows, close the doors, not my will, my God, but yours."

"God, fill me with Your Spirit, Your strength, Your power. I don't need all the answers, I only need YOU."
Jun 21, 2015 Honeypie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Four stars, only because... Karen, why'd you leave your readers hanging??! Of course, I'm thankful that I'm reading book 6, and the series is already finished. But I could just imagined how the readers were back then. After five awesome books, and with decent "The End... for now." epilogues, this is not what I was expecting of book 6.
Apr 04, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pleasure-reading
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
Aug 05, 2012 Kim Holdiman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 27, 2016 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is #1 in the Firstborn series and is a light Christian fiction. The book is written as a stand alone but I would've liked more resolution at the end. I also found the story to be on the predictable side but sometimes, I need a book just like this one. The characters are likeable. Katy Hart quit pursuing her dream to be a big star after disillusionment with the industry. She serves as the director for a Christian kids theater company. Dayne Matthews is a big star with a big secret. One ...more
Jun 07, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Laura Beasley
Another great story but this one did drag a little. Dayne wants Katy to play the lead role in an up coming movie and she goes for auditions and decides to take the part but then when she goes out to accept the job she is assaulted by a crazy fan. The fan thinks she is married to Dayne so Katy changes her mind. The Hollywood scene is not for her. The story deals with problems that Katy has running the Children's Christian Theatre. Ashley wants to have a baby and is missing her mother so much. One ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Alexa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 21, 2015 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love Karen Kingsbury and thoroughly enjoyed the redemption series. Overall I thought this was a good book, but I had a couple of issues with this particular book. Firstly I feel that the idea of there being 'the one' was over-emphasised, I feel that this perception of God having picked one perfect individual for you to marry is damaging within the church, especially for women. The other concern I had was with the perception that 'God isn't in hollywood'. Although there are many question ...more
Sue Klasing
Back to the Baxters, with Book 1 of the "Firstborn" series. This story centers around the son John & Elizabeth gave up for adoption before they married. Dayne has become a very big Hollywood star. He visited his birth mother right before she died in the last book, however no one else knew. He saw a girl while he was there that continues to haunt his dreams. He invites her to star opposite him in his next movie. This book moved slower than some of the others, but things picked up at the end. ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Michaela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Dayne contemplates how much he wants that family he saw, he also cares too much for their privacy to ever open his world to them. As he struggles along in his Hollywood life, he asks for Katy to be given an opportunity to read for a part opposite him. As Katy tentatively steps back into the life of an actress, she worries for the future of CKT and is haunted by her past where her love was killed by the celebrity life style. Will Katy accept a part opposite heartthrob Dayne and see where their ...more
Randy Tramp
Aug 06, 2015 Randy Tramp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Book
Hollywood movie star, Dayne Matthews’s life is filled with fame, fortune and the paparazzi. His heart is pulled toward Katy Hart, a simple, down-home girl.

My Thoughts
The Baxter family are easily loved. This new series, Firstborn, is about a John and Elizabeth’s first child that was given up for adoption. The rest of the family doesn’t know about Dayne. The Hollywood life is not all it’s made out to be. It’s dangerous, as Dayne and Katy find out.
I loved this book and this series. It’s a
Olivia Mack
Mar 16, 2015 Olivia Mack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutly love this book. It is my favorite book in the whole world. I read it twice and couldn't put it down! I think that this book has elements for everyone to read about. Its got love, some mystery, and of course action. Fame, by Karen Kingsbury is a story based on two people from opposite worlds, meet, then fall in love. At first it isn't love though. Actor Dayne Matthews might be coming on a little strong for small town girl Katy Hart. Dayne is used to all the ladies wanting to be with h ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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
May 22, 2009 Lorie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Feb 07, 2013 Franny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Rachel Allene
May 13, 2015 Rachel Allene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karen Kingsbury has a gift for writing stories that make you fall in love with the characters. The Baxter family is real, they have struggles and faith to get them through it, and they are lovable. This particular story focuses on Dayne Matthews, the unknown firstborn of the Baxter family. I enjoyed this book greatly and think it is the start to yet another epic tale.

I wanted to give it five stars, but to be honest, it dragged in places. This isn't really a fault because of the type of story. Bu
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
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Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. In addition, it was recently announced that Roma Downey and MGM Studi ...more
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