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Forgiven (Firstborn #2)

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  9,109 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
A Deadly Accident
The Christian Kids Theater group is devastated by a tragedy greater than any of them could’ve imagined. Now their director, Katy Hart, must find a way to walk the kids through their grief and give them a reason to believe again. But will hatred and revenge have the final word?

An Aching Emptiness
Dayne Matthews is at the top of the Hollywood list, working on
Audio CD, Abridged, 4 pages
Published September 20th 2005 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jan 28, 2017 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I return to this series when I need a wholesome break from contemporary literary fiction with all of its dysfunction and navel-gazing. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I relate much more to these normal characters trying to live good lives than to many of the characters in the books featured in the NY Times Book Review. These books are clean soap operas - pure escapism.
Feb 22, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Kingsbury writes very well with powerful plots,wonderful characters,and interesting crises about faith and family relationships. She's quite good at drawing characters that readers respond to emotionally,and her plots are entertaining as well as deeply Christian. I really have loved following the Baxter family story.
Sophia Park
Dec 05, 2014 Sophia Park rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that Karen Kingsbury books are awesome. They all have a really good story and tension that makes you want to keep reading. This is the second book to the Firstborn Series and I like them a lot. Can't wait to finish them and go on to another series...haha:) I haven't mentioned this in the other review, but these books are Christian which also makes me read to know more about Christian life... At first I just really thought these books were only for adults, but they are really good and I e ...more
Jun 04, 2011 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Karen Kingsbury books and this Series is NO Exception!!! They always make you think about the different situations the family is going through and how they handle them with the help of our Gracious God. They know no matter the situation that GOD is always right there beside you. It doesn't matter if you have strayed away from him in the past, All You Have To Do Is Ask For His Forgiveness and He Will Be There When You Need Him... ALWAYS!!! I Love Him So Much
Jun 21, 2015 Honeypie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a tragedy! But once again, Karen Kingsbury shares the power of forgiveness! It may seem like "an old, overused" word, applicable only to the most hellacious situations. But time and time again, we're shown how hearts are healed, relationships are mended and hurt is forgotten just by forgiving .

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.
Daniel 9:9

When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven
Oct 17, 2007 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
All right, all right...I know how dumb it is to rate a first book in a series as 1 star and then go on to read the next. What can I say? The second book happened to be on the new books at the library so I decided to give it another shot. I have to say that I'm not impressed with the writing in this series (the first I've read by Kingsbury). The characters, scenarios and conversations just don't ring true at all...
Another fulfilling story. Sometimes the 2nd or greater in a series disappoints. Not this one. Just as wonderful as the first book in the Firstborn Series. The characters continue to unveil pieces of themselves to the reader. They could be your neighbors, friends or family. So glad the author fills in all the extras. I look forward the rest of the series. So many story lines to wonder about.
Ooh wat ben ik blij dat zo toch heel langzaam de familie Baxter er weer is.
Geweldige opvolger van Beroemd maar ook zeker van de Baxterserie.
Je zit ook meteen weer in het verhaal of je er nooit uit geweest bent,en mijn favoriete personage Aslhey komt weer heerlijk aan bod.
Nu is het even wachten weer op de volgende deel "gevonden".
Ik heb er weer van genoten.
As always this book, like the ones before it, was awesome! Not much more to say. Im glad things turned out the way they did with Jeremy...really puts things we see on the news and in newspapers into perspective. We dont always know the whole story and God would rather us love ther person, pray for them and not be judgemental and harbor ill will.
Jul 08, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Despite being a little annoyed with the writing style (ever chapter ends with a dun dun dun sentence), I find myself getting sucked into the story and wanting to pick up the next in the series as soon as I finish.
May 14, 2008 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another A+ for Karen!!!
Apr 17, 2008 Kristine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dayne Matthews finds forgiveness in God and his priorities change.
Christy Frye
This whole series is excellent! I can't put her books down.
Jan 03, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the entire series!
Lisa  Auvigne
Mar 01, 2017 Lisa Auvigne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love it
Jul 06, 2017 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of very serious and emotional issues were addressed in this book. Not the happiest read, but the life's lessons portrayed were handled with compassion.
Rebecca Ray
Jan 30, 2017 Rebecca Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Katy Hart is back where she belongs. Her flirting with Hollywood and Dayne Matthews is over. She goes back to enthusiastically and wholeheartedly working with the kids in Children Kids Theater group on their next performance. Suddenly, a tragedy brings Katy and the rest of the theater group to their knees in grief. They struggle with loss and with the need to forgive as they work through a new performance for their winter theater session.

Dayne Matthews is working on a new movie. He
Mar 02, 2017 She rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This 2nd book of the Firstborn series is truly outstanding. I've seen a glimpse of where I've been before and where I stand now. I'm glad I followed through reading this series after the Redemption series. There is so many lessons shared in Karen Kingsbury's novels. I'm delighted with the stories.
Jun 18, 2011 Britni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Firstborn Series is the series that follows those ones. I don't know which ones I liked more as they are are similar but different. While the Redemption Series follows a normal small-town family through their daily life, the Firstborn Series follows a famous movie star and his struggle to live the small-town family life. I devoured both sets of books quickly and luckily was able to pick up all but one of the books on PaperBackSwap. So I guess I won't choose my favorite, just say that I loved ...more
Tamara Tilley
Mar 18, 2012 Tamara Tilley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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FORGIVEN, the second book in the Firstborn series definitely had the Karen Kingsbury spark I remember from books gone by.

Dayne Matthews, Hollywood heartthrob finds himself in a no win situation. His feelings for Katy Hart, a director of Christian children’s theater, go beyond infatuation. But he knows with the playboy label he’s been given by the press, to allow his connection to Katy to surface, would only ruin her reputation. It is because of his love for her, that he has no choice but to keep
Feb 18, 2013 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sad story about a tragic death of two young children. Katy Hart was in charge of putting on a stage performance of Annie. She was doing tryouts and two families decided to go for ice cream after tryouts. One mother took four children for ice cream. A young kid crossed the center line and there was a head on collison. In the end two small children died, one from each family. The young performers at first were very angry and wanted revenge. Katy went to the jail and learned more about t ...more
Jul 22, 2015 Mauselochsarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diese Buch war besser als das andere! ich bin begeistert von der Leidenschaft die jedes einzelne Kind mitbringt in die Geschichte. ICh bin begeistert über die Liebe, die die Hauptfiguren vermitteln und erleben. Ich danke Gott dafür das ich diese Serie lesen darf und sie von innen herraus erleben darf. Ich würde gerne unter den Zuschauen sitzen die das Musikal sehen oder im Kinosaal sitzen wenn Katy auf ner Leinwand zu shen ist,
Ich habe dieses Buch auf Norwegisch gelesen und fande da ein Zitat se
May 19, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book but definately recommend reading the Fame book in the series first. My library didn't have Fame, so I started with this book. While I was able to figure things out pretty quickly, there's alot of things that happened in the first book that are not fully explained in the second.. Overall, this was a very good book that focuses on forgiveness on multiple levels - forgiving oneself, forgiving those who wrong us, and forgiving those who commit a huge wrong in society. Kingsbury doe ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book at a yard sale for 50 cents. Then I realized it was the second in a series so I got the first one at a library. Kinda cheesy romantic plot in the first one (see my review) continues into the second with more drama adding in with the discovery of the movie stay Dayne knowing his true idenity and then the family not knowing . The writing style goes into each character's side of the story which I like. I read knowing it is a bit predictable and cheesy but it is still intriguing. I ...more
Laura Beasley
Dayne comes to town to make his movie and spends time with Katy. They have feelings for each other but believe they are from two different worlds. Then 2 children from the theatre are killed by a drunk driver and everyone is learning to deal with this. Ashley reads a letter and finds out she has a long lost brother that her parents kept from them. Her father has decided to try and find him. Dane finished filming and leaves town and then goes to read what his birth mother wrote him. Everyone want ...more
Kim Justice
Jan 02, 2013 Kim Justice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kim by: no one
Shelves: reviewed
I listen to this book on the way back down south after I listened to Fame, the first in this amazing series. Enjoyed them both. But Forgiven was better as far as the volume and sound all the way around. The narrator, Sandra Burr, has an amazing voice to listen to.

Author Karen Kingsbury is One Terrifically Awesome author! I am honestly and completely a fan that can not get enough. I have several books in the waiting to be started soon.

To read more of my review:
Breath of Life
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The Book:

Dayne Matthews is a movie star but feels empty, desires real love and wants the family he’ll never know.

The movie, he’s lead man, takes place in Bloomington, where his biological family resides.

Katy Hart struggles to walk her Theater group through a devastating tragedy.

John Baxter reconnects with an old friend and shares a secret.

My Thoughts:

Ann important message of forgiveness is something everyone needs. Karen crafted a terrific story around this theme. Everyone has something in their
Sue Klasing
Book 2 in the "Firstborn" series. Starts with a tragic accident involving several of the Christian Theater Group kids and a drunk driver. The whole town reacts and Dayne arrives the same day to get ready to start filming the following week on location, with no idea what had happened. He goes to see Katy and ends up spending 2 wonderful days with her before they realize it will never work for them to be together. Meanwhile Ashley Baxter becomes curious about some letters written by her Mom to her ...more
Amber Tipton
Aug 25, 2013 Amber Tipton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I just finished this book and I loved it!! I am so wrapped up in Dayne and Katy that it is hard for me to put the book down.... But, the best part about Karen's books, there is all these other side stories that play into the story and it's impossible to not become enthralled with them as well. Chapter 29 was so hard for me to get through! My advice is to have tissues on hand. I feel like this book spoke directly to my heart. I struggle with forgiveness sometimes and, even though I am getting bet ...more
Cara Noyes
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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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