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Return (Redemption #3)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  12,792 Ratings  ·  296 Reviews
The Redemption series won "Christian Retailing"’s 2005 Retailer’s Choice Award for Best Series! This touching novel reunites readers with the Baxter family and focuses on the only Baxter son, Luke. He is determined to leave his faith and his past behind and embrace a new, free-thinking future. But what he doesn’t realize is that his past holds a secret even he doesn’t know ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jessica Stant
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
So far this is definitely the weak link in the Redemption Series. I don't really expect much of this series other than to entertain, give me some sighable romantic moments and perhaps teach a few thought-worthy christian principles. The first two delivered as promised. However, the resolution in Return was just a little too quick and pat for me. Towards the end of the book every conversation was one that the characters had already had at least two or three times before. And I really couldn't get ...more
I read this book in one day. I really love this series! The Baxter family is just wonderful.
Oni Pînzariu
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Genială și asta. Chiar cred că termin seria până la finalul săptămânii. Nota 100.
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Incredible series. Very satisfying. I love the use of scripture application.

A must read series.
Cafinated Reads Molly
This prodigal-son-returns-home story is one of my absolute favorites of Ms. Kingsbury's Baxter family books. Luke's character is the baby of the family, and she chiseled him so well in these stories. I was so excited years ago when I learned he had a book where his story was center. I loved revisiting him!

What would you feel like if everything you ever believed in was ripped away in one tragic instant? That's what Luke battles and I was so angry with him for so long in this book! I found myself
Aug 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
One reason I don't read serial novels (or watch the show "Lost") is that as they progress, the plots become increasingly convoluted in order to keep the reader engaged in the story and turning the pages. So I'm not going to read the other two books in this series because the events and circumstances that take place in this family are looking less like every-day life. Where the first book began with one uncomplicated yet heartbreaking plot twist, this book leaves off with a number of inexplicable ...more
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Return is the story of Luke Baxter, the youngest of the family and also the only son of John and Elizabeth Baxter. 9/11 truly changed Luke's life forever. Now he's certain that God doesn't even exist, and if He does, He doesn't care. After attending several "free-thinking" meetings based on humanism, Luke decides that there's nothing more to this life than random coincidences.

I really enjoyed this story. Luke Baxter's faith had never been tried by fire before and he firmly believed that if a pe
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
The baby of the Baxter family, Luke, has left his family and all he has ever believed. Can and will the 'prodigal son' return?
One thing that I found to be 'painted' so clearly in this book was the fact that Luke has become a "free thinker"- think outside the box, do whatever feels right at the moment, if you want to be involved with more than one person at a time that's okay, let go of those 'archaic-religious-strangling' morals that you've been raised with. etc... Luke is adamant that his fa
Ashley Montgomery
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book focuses on Luke, the only boy in the Baxter family. In book #2, Luke was very quick to judge and say when someone was "right" or "wrong." In this novel, 9/11 has happened and has had an affect on everyone. Throughout the book, there is a big "secret" no one is aware of that has caused Luke to question and challenge everything he has ever believed in, including his religion.
-After thinking he has lost Reagan forever, he quickly moves on to another girl and ends up living with her to tr
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, christian, audio
This series is a soap opera for Christians. All the drama and emotion of your favorite daytime TV show, but with heavy-handed religious overtones. Yes, there are unwed mothers, but they see the error of their ways. People lose their faith, but others pray for them to return to the fold. In this audio version, God has a deep female voice, I guess because the reader is a woman, and He speaks to Luke, the errant sheep of the Baxter fold. Quite unexpected – having God actually speak to you, out loud ...more
Randy Tramp
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Luke Baxter turns away from his family, his faith and Reagan his only love.
Reagan is about to have a baby, Luke’s baby. Only he does not know it.

My Thoughts
I don’t know if I’ve shed so many tears over a book. There were many places that I had to stop and wipe my eyes. Reconciliation is in the heart of man, it’s in my heart. Life throws things at you and it threw a lot at the Baxter family. They’re no different than anyone else. People make bad choices and those decisions have consequences. We’v
Amy (Foxy)
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Redemption (Redemption, #1) by Karen Kingsbury Remember (Redemption, #2) by Karen Kingsbury Return (Redemption, #3) by Karen Kingsbury Rejoice (Redemption, #4) by Karen Kingsbury Reunion (Redemption, #5) by Karen Kingsbury
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Weer een ontzettend mooi boek over de familie Baxter. Het valt me op dat er in ieder boek heftige onderwerpen aan te pas komen. In het vorig deel ging het voornamelijk over alzheimer en 11 september. In dit boek gaat het over abortus, tegen je familie keren en het vreselijke bericht wat Ashley krijgt (hier ga ik verder niet op in, omdat ik anders teveel vrij geef over het boek). Allemaal onderwerpen waar je dan ook over na gaat denken...

Ik word ook steeds nieuwsgieriger naar de andere boeken va
Sep 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe how true to life the issues are that the author's characters' deal with in her novels. No pain is sidestepped. No pat answers are offered. True healing and forgiveness are experienced. Consequences of sin are suffered. This is real life with a whole lot of hope. The resolutions made sense and weren't easy fixes. I got choked up nearly as often with this book as I did Remember. Also, I read the entire novel in two days (around working my full time job.) Wonderful read. I especiall ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Luke, Luke, Luke. Without giving away this story, I will say that you will want to pray for him while wanting to shake him. Amazing read, if you are familiar with Mrs. Kingsbury then you will not be disappointed in this book. She out did herself.
Ambir Campos
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good comeback book for this series. I loved the first book, but the second book made me rethink reading them. This book really made me want to read the next. I'm excited to see where the characters go.
Rebecca Ray
This is the third book of the Baxter Family Saga. At this point, there are three main protagonists, Kari, Ashley and Luke. Luke's story is the main story of this book. He has really spun off into rebellion against his parents, God, and all that he formerly held dear. At the same time, in New York, his former girlfriend is pregnant with his child. Will he ever find out about the child? Will he ever turn back to God? Will he ever reconcile with his family?

At the same time, we see glimpses of Kari
Anne Marie
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The third book of Karen Kingsbury’s “Redemption” series was a brilliant continuation. After the events of September 11, Luke Baxter has walked away from everything that once mattered to him. His faith, his family, and his first love, Reagan. Luke is going through a rough patch in his life and though his family begs for him to come back, he shuns them all. Reagan Decker is also reeling from the events of September 11. After losing her father, she moves away to New York where she is pregnant with
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't really care for the Luke storyline which was a focus. It just wasn't that engaging to me. Also I was a bit frustrated to see yet another spiritual issue introduced with someone else in the family.

The melodrama in this series is really hard for me. Five kids all of whom either have a serious marital crisis involving considering divorce or separation, or got pregnant out of wedlock (or got girlfriend pregnant), or were unbelievers as adults, or some combination of the above. It's well pas
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Return - Karen Kingsbury

Just finished Return, and my mind is spinning with questions about all the characters.

I'm so involved in your books they feel like my family and I'm even dreaming about them.

Karen your books are truly AMAZING.

I cannot put them done...I have mommy chores to do and I say to myself just one more page but one more page becomes 20...

I love your books so much.

As soon as I dry my eyes...I gave Rejoice waiting for me to turn the pages.

Thank you
Allison Sullivan
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Every book in this series is better than the previous one. Karen Kingsbury writes with heart and really gets my emotions going. I laughed and cried for the characters. It was very touching to see Luke come back to God. It was revealed that a character has AIDS and while it wasn't touched on too much on how it would affect the characters lifestyle it was nice to see real world problems in the story. I can't wait to read the next book!
It frustrates me when characters keep secrets and then misunderstandings come from that. This book had a lot of that. Things eventually worked out, but it was frustrating to get to that point! I feel like I know these characters by book 3 and I want the best for all of them!! Looking forward to books 4 & 5.
Marissa Pascarella
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was originally going to give this book 3 stars, but the ended alone made it the extra star. This book was the hardest of the series so far for me to get into, it started off very slow but picked up towards the middle/end and I ended up loving it just as much as the others.
I loved this book!! I cant wait to read the next book!!.I can't believe Ashley has Hiev!! I am glad her and Landon got together!! can't believe Ragen Tried to keep the baby away from luke!! glad Ashley told him!! glad they got back together!!
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yet another awesome read in this series!!!!
Nicole Rezler
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this book the hardest to read. Still good story, but it's hard to read such gut wrenching stories when you are pulling for the Baxter family
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Second in Series. Holds your attention! Wonderful book!
Jennifer Christner
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love her books!!!
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The aftermath of September 11. What an amazing story of how one day impacted the lives of so many and caused so much pain and suffering.
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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. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated f ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Redemption (5 books)
  • Redemption (Redemption, #1)
  • Remember (Redemption, #2)
  • Rejoice (Redemption, #4)
  • Reunion (Redemption, #5)