Leaving (Bailey Flanigan, #1)
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Leaving (Bailey Flanigan #1)

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The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City. She s determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His disappearance...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2011)
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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,...more
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
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...more
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...more
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 o...more
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 Hoffman

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...more
Nikole Hahn
“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
Tracy Grant
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...more
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
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
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Coranne (The Best Books Ever)
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more

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...more
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
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
Krisanne Stewart
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...more
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 se...more
Nathalie S
I am conflicted about this book. It is Christian fiction which is refreshing. The characters speak of God and their relationship with Him in positive terms. There are several stories running parallel. The most poignant is of the young family where the firefighter Dad is suffering badly from the effect of being at ground zero at the Twin Towers on 9/11. One scene in particular gave me a little attack of anxiety. It was describing the asthma-like attack he goes through in such realistic details wh...more
Janet Marie Dowell
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!!
I've read several Karen Kingsbury books and have liked them all. They're light reading. This is the first of a series, but I probably won't read the rest of them. While it's interestin and entertaining, I feel it's pretty predictable.
Kylie Crucifixion
While I thoroughly enjoyed this and for the most part could barely put it down, there were a few things that bothered me so much I could not give it a 5 star rating.

The premise captivated me. As a HUGE fan of Broadway and musicals and someone with acting/Broadway dreams myself, I felt I would be able to relate to Bailey. But this book annoyed me so much when it switched to the Baxter parts. I understand Kingsbury has another series about them, but those chapters were SO annoying; they made the b...more
I had the privilege and pleasure of reviewing Leaving, and I must say that I don’t know how Karen does it, but the books just keep getting better and better.

Most of us are familiar with the Baxter family; in fact I think that most of us consider them to be more like friends then characters in a book. It takes amazing talent (and a God given gift) to bring characters like them to life. When I am reading one of Karen’s books I feel that I am sitting right there, reminiscing with a friend. I share...more
Heather R. Smith
I listened to the audio version of Leaving because a friend recommended it to me. This was my first experience reading/listening to Karen Kingsbury, although everyone seems to love her books. Having never read the previous series where the families and main characters are introduced, there was a little bit of a learning curve of who was who and I felt like I was missing some key history to really understand the present-day dilemmas. Having lived in Bloomington, Indiana, where the story is set, I...more
There was so much going on in this book. I believe started this book but never finished it. Bailey was trying out in New York for Broadway. She was 21 and leaving home. Cody had vanished without a trace and stopped all contact with the Flannigan family. Cody also met Cheyenne, the finacee of a fellow soldier from Iraq. The man had die and Cody had met his mother and Cheyenne. At first he was uncomfortable going but soon it became his weekly dinner place. Cody had moved away from Bloomington to b...more
Laurie Carlson
“Leaving” by Karen Kingsbury
Out of all the Karen Kingsbury books she has written, I enjoyed this book the absolute most out of all of them.
This book is about Bailey Flanigan’s hopes and dreams for her future now that she is an adult. She will be auditioning and trying to get a part as a singer and a dancer in New York City’s Broadway play called “Hairspray”. This is Bailey’s dream.
In this book, Bailey had just finished filming the movie, “Unlocked”, (which I thought was really clever of the au...more
Cherie Clayton
I have read many other books that Karen Kingsbury has written, and undoubtedly she has exceeded them all with her new book, “LEAVING”. I have experienced many leaving moments in my life this past year, and as I read this book the emotions that I had tried to drown out came flooding back to the surface. It’s amazing how God can use the simplest of tools to minister to one’s soul.

The gift that God has given to Karen is truly amazing! Within each story, she intertwines the Word of God, and the hope...more
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