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Loving by Karen Kingsbury
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Apr 04, 12

Read from March 27 to April 01, 2012

I enjoy Karen Kingsbury's writing. I think she is a very good story telling and her books are quick to read because the characters are so engaging. One of the specific problems I have with her is that she makes her characters too perfect. In this particular series, the main character is based on her own daugther and family. They seem too good to be true - always respectful, loving, patient, kind. There is no way that her family is that perfect and it seems almost egotistical to write about yourself that way. How about some reality and then the use of biblical principals to overcome that? I was also disappointed in the ending as Bailey doesn't end up with Cody after Karen built that relationship up for the past 10 books. I could maybe appreciate the fact that this may be a more realistic ending, as most people don't end up with their first love/high school sweethearts, if I didn't feel like she manipulated the story to match her daughter's real life. I specifically resented her contrived adding of something happening with Brandon on the "date" Bailey prayed for her future husband's life. That plot point felt completely forced and an attempt to manipulate the story from what she had already set up with Cody being the end game for Bailey.

I am not as angry as some readers who say they will never read her books again. I still enjoy her stories and I am looking forward to reading the new one about the Baxters. I just wish she didn't feel the need to match her daughters life with these books just because the character was based on her.
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message 1: by Gail (new)

Gail Pickering I thought it was just me that felt that way. I agree completely, nobody is that perfect. I was very disappointed in this series.

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