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Leaving (Bailey Flanigan Series)
Paperback, 322 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2011)
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Oct 22, 2011 Regina rated it it was ok
Well, reading this book was me giving Kingsbury one last chance to reclaim her former writing ability. It didn't work. I get the feeling as I'm reading that these books are what Karen Kingsbury wishes her life were like. Perfection.

Bailey Flanigan gets a part in a major motion picture and a part in a Broadway show? Of course she does. A hot movie star is in love with her? Of course! Ashley Baxter gets her art accepted by a major NY gallery? Of course she does. Oh, there's adversity to overcome,
Mar 10, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
It was Thursday, March 3rd, that I received an email from Karen Kingsbury's office, informing me that I was chosen to receive an advanced copy of the book Leaving to review and to help promote. I had been looking forward to this new series about Bailey, who has for many series been one of my favorite characters in fiction. I feel like I’ve watched her grow up.

Later that night, I stood by my father's bedside, with my mom and sister beside me, and watched and prayed as my father traded in his ear
Jul 12, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
I LOVE Karen Kingsbury! Her books not only entertain me, but they minister to me with the scripture she weaves into the stories of the people in her books. This book is the first in a series about Bailey Flanigan. I should also say that this series is a continuation of characters from several previous series so if you've read all those other series, which I have, then you already know Bailey. Normally I would give all of Karen's books 5 stars, but I really feel as though the relationship between ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Halee rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book....Which is weird because I normally like Fantasy or Dystopian. Especially since I mostly read YA anyway. But I definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting a meaningful contemporary!
Mar 02, 2012 Brianna rated it it was ok
I chose this book for two reasons: 1. I've not read much Christian fiction, and I've heard mixed reviews so I thought I'd give it a shot. Karen Kingsbury has sooo many books. 2. But! This one is set primarily in Bloomington, IN, a place I lived in for two years. It's always nice to revisit places you loved through literature, right?

Well, it became clear a third of the way through the novel that Kingsbury's Bloomington has nothing related to my Bloomington, so that was out the window. I rather li
Apr 04, 2011 Dana rated it liked it
I read it yesterday, so it was very hard to put down. You need to have read her previous books with Bailey and Cody to really understand this one or you'll be even more frustrated. I feel like I know them, although it has been a while since I read the Above the Line Series (I think that's the right one) and I so wanted to know about their next step. Anyway, it's good to see the Baxter's back on the peripheral, too. She has some great points on 'Leaving'; however, this love that these 2 have is ...more
Sep 08, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it
Cody Coleman you are stressing me out boy!
Nikole Hahn
May 12, 2011 Nikole Hahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Life changes. People come and go, and seasons never last.” Pastor Mark Atteberry’s voice rang with passionate emotion. “Nothing stays the same. We can count on that. Good times come and go…finances are ever changing…our health will eventually fail us. And though death or decision, everyone we know will someday leave us.” He paused, his eyes searching the congregation. “All except for Jesus Christ. Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. And because of that we have the strength to love with ...more
May 15, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
It's always hard for me to write a review that is more critical, and less than glowing. I am a fan of Karen Kingsbury's work, and I love everything I've read by her, but for some reason I don't have a lot of interest in the Above the Line series and the Bailey Flanigan series. I know that some people are really loving this series, but the acting/movie/paparazzi storyline is not interesting to me. Often times while reading this book, I'd think, "And why is this important to the story? There's no ...more
Mandy J. Hoffman
Apr 04, 2011 Mandy J. Hoffman rated it liked it

Once again Karen Kingsbury has written a captivating story that sucks you in within the first few pages. It's well written with deep characters who share their lives with us to both encourage us and challenge us in our walk.

While I enjoyed the book and the new story that still weaves in past characters I also have a reservation about this book. It is a great relaxing read to unwind with, but you can also get so caught up in the storyline and so attached to the characters that you find
Mar 24, 2011 Suzanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, fiction
Karen Kingsbury is a celebrated author of dozens of Christian novels and this particular book has a personal connection. Kingsbury has generously offered to help raise money for various charities through her Forever In Fiction program. Last year, at our Catholic School silent auction, many, many friends of my dear friend Roberta Johnson, contributed to raise enough money to win Roberta a place in Karen Kingsbury's next novel. Leaving is that book and while Roberta left this world to live with he ...more
Tessa Hall
Having to let go of the life you once knew to move onto the next season of your life is always a bittersweet moment. This is exactly what Bailey experienced in Leaving as she had to say goodbye to her family, let go of her past, and move on from her relationship with Cody Coleman in order to chase her Broadway dreams.

Leaving is first book in the Bailey Flanigan series, however the characters were already introduced in Kingsbury’s previous series. I think I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more if I wou
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Aug 30, 2011 Ibjoy1953 Hannabass rated it liked it
In Leaving, Karen Kingsbury continues the story of Bailey and Cody, taking us to Cody’s life after he leaves…… and Bailey’s trip to Broadway. She finds a Christian couple in the area to rent a room from, and tries to reach her co-workers for the Lord. But this doesn’t work too well, because they think she just had the job because of her leading part in the movie Unlocked.

Cody is taking classes and working at a pizza joint, until his teacher helps find a job as an assistant coach at a small high
Jul 06, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
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Olivia Mack
Jun 12, 2015 Olivia Mack rated it it was amazing
Leaving was an intriguing book about love, hope, and forgiveness. First, the story begins as Bailey Flanigan wins the audition for Broadway play, Hairspray. Even though she won the part, she feels let down because she thinks it's because of her starring role in the movie Unlocked. She stills worked hard and tried her best to win that role, and she is trying to tell her self that it was because of her persistent attitude not just her role in the movie. While all of this is going on, she is having ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Danae rated it liked it
These were on sale via Kindle for a low price a few weeks ago so I thought I'd give them a try. Up to now I'd read only one other Karen Kingsbury book and that was a stand-alone title.

I have now read 2 books of the series and am working on third. I have enjoyed reading them... the storylines are engaging and I like the characters for the most part. But they are a tad bit too modern for my taste. Kingsbury seems to feel the need to provide every last detail, including worship song titles and lyri
Jul 10, 2011 Coranne rated it liked it
Let's start with what I liked about the book. It was a well written and engaging book. I enjoyed the characters and I thought the plot line was creative and believable. I liked the pace that she set for the book- especially knowing this was going to be a multi-book series.

What I wasn't a fan of. Well, it reminded me of the first time I watched the tv show One Tree Hill. It was engaging, entertaining, but by the end of the show- I still had no idea who anyone was. I felt like I missed a lot (and
Elizabeth Dyck
I loved it! I hated it! There’s no other way around it.

I loved it because, there are only a few authors out there who excel at writing clean and pure Christian novels. Novels that inspire, lift up, and make you look in awe at our Creator God. Karen Kingsbury has done that with Leaving and with every other book I have read of hers.

I hated it because, just like every other book I have read of hers, it made me cry.

When Bailey gets a call to audition for the Broadway show Hairspray, she believes tha
Jun 14, 2011 Leigh rated it liked it
I like Karen Kingsbury and I'm interested in what is going to happen to Bailey and Cody. However, I think I'm kind of done with the Baxters. At this point I keep reading these series just because I want to know what happens. I think what's bothering me is the lack of reality. Some of the stories are things that just wouldn't most likely happen. I'd really like to see Karen tackle some harder things for her characters. She's a great writer and i want to see more. In my life not everyone has woken ...more
Tracy Grant
Jan 08, 2012 Tracy Grant rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
A sweet story and relatively easy to read. However, there were some things that really impacted on my enjoyment.
1. This is my first Karen Kingsbury book and it states that it is Book 1 in the Bailey Flannagan series. However, there is obviously a lot that has happened in the past to these characters in another series. It was quite hard to work out what was going on at times, which made it difficult to understand. I feel that it should be linked to another series, or some sort of recommendation
Jun 26, 2011 Marianne rated it it was amazing

How does one write an unbiased report on a book that talks about your own family? Oh, right, The Flannigan family is NOT my family. Actually, this is a fiction book, and although the family written about may closely resemble a family you personally know, this is not that family. Anyhows, once again Karen Kingsbury has brought the Flannigan, and Baxter families together with their friends into my own livingroom. The situations are so true to life, so honest, i often feel like i should be
Sep 14, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
well, I think I'd love to have a family like Karen Kingsbury does because it sounds like it's perfect! It seems w/ every book she writes she's writing about her family. And come on, noone has a perfect family like the Baxters and Baileys fam. This wasn't a terrible book, none of hers are ever terrible, it just keeps repeating things that all her other books have said. Her books will always have me crying at one point or another and this one hit home 'cause my kids are getting older and I know it ...more
Krisanne Stewart
Dec 09, 2011 Krisanne Stewart rated it really liked it
Thank goodness for students who make recommendations! This book was recommended to me by the most beautiful, talented, young lady-Anna Mueller. She loves the Lord, and makes sure that she doesn't read anything that conflicts with her beliefs, and I admire her so much for her convictions.

This is the first Christian fiction book I have ever read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Bailey Flanagan is a talented young lady (much like Anna) and has big choices to make in her life. Thank goodness she relies
Crystal Holdipp
Feb 15, 2014 Crystal Holdipp rated it it was amazing
This book was definitely a great read! I can relate to Bailey in this book. It's a similar journey I'm on. I'm in a place of transition and sense that God is about to do something new and is about to take me to a place where I have never been before. Like Bailey, I have so many questions on this journey. I recommend this book for every Christian fiction reader to read. We all face transition, change and new beginnings at some point in our lives. This book reminds us that no matter God has a plan ...more
Nov 24, 2011 Dana rated it liked it
This book was ok. Totally not my cup of tea. I understand completely that Karen Kingsbury has her set of people who read her genre, but this felt like a whole lot of religion shoved down my throat. I think it was unnecessary. I think a few religious parts are fine, and it can still be called inspirational fiction, but every single page contained some reference to the bible, God, or someone was praying. I believe in God, but I do like my secular literature. I just wish that I knew the characters ...more
May 20, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's been awhile since I read 'Take Four' so I didn't remember where that book had left off, but once I started 'Leaving' I was captivated again by Bailey and Cody's relationship.

Bailey auditions for a Broadway Musical and Cody takes a coaching job in a small community outside Indianapolis to be closer to his mother who is in jail. Also, Ashley worries about her husband's, Landon's, cough. He's a firefighter and volunteered at Ground Zero and now Ashley worries that may be the reason for his cou
May 02, 2011 Alice rated it it was amazing
If you have fallen in love with the Baxter and Flanigan families of Bloomington, Indiana, you will love this book. It is about Bailey, the oldest daughter of the Flanigans, who just made a beautiful movie with big movie star, Brandon Paul. (The movie was based on another great book by Kingsbury--Unlocked.) Bailey is in college in Bloomington and tries out for a part in a Brodadway musical. Will she be leaving her close-knit family soon? And what will happen with the love of her life, Cody? He ...more
Natalie Shoaf
May 17, 2016 Natalie Shoaf rated it really liked it
The book was good, good stories..Bailey was a typical teenager that was starting to get on my nerves with her wishy washy-ness back and forth between Brandon and Cody. I loved the Baxter family! And I really enjoyed Cody, he was a good character. You could tell he was a gentle man that wanted the best for everyone but hid a lot of emotions and feelings. I recommend!
Jul 16, 2011 Traci rated it really liked it
I always enjoy the light, quick, and refreshing books from Karen Kingsbury. I can count on her to tell a clean, uplifting story about the kind of people I wish there were more of. I do need to go back and read the "Above the Line" series since I think it would fill in the gaps I have in Bailey's story.
Janet Marie Dowell
Apr 06, 2011 Janet Marie Dowell rated it it was amazing
I just finished Karen Kingsbury's "Leaving" tonight....... It is AWESOME just like all her books are!!!! What I love about Karen is that no matter how much time passes between books, you pick up right where you left off. She has a God -given talent!!
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