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Loving (Bailey Flanigan #4)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  5,775 Ratings  ·  374 Reviews
The answers Bailey Flanigan once longed and prayed for are finally becoming clear. In Loving, the fourth and final book in the Bailey Flanigan Series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, Bailey is planning a wedding and making decisions that will shape her future. Bailey enjoys the beginning of her new career and time spent with Brandon while Cody faithful ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 21st 2012 by Zondervan
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Jessica Miller
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
SO SO SO disappointed. I feel duped!

I've been a Karen Kingsbury fan for so long. I've read every book of hers that includes the Baxter family and have felt like I've invested myself in so much of this story.


I am saddened that she had trouble separating her real life from fiction. The Bailey series feels like Dayne and Katy Part II, aka Kelsey and Kyle's real life. All along we've been set up that Cody and Bailey are meant for each other. It was pretty obvious from t
A. R.
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Overall, I found the Bailey Flanigan series a disappointment. I have loved the other Karen Kingsbury books, found the stories of the Baxter clan compelling and uplifting. Bailey's story just left me flat.

I wish more time and development had been spent on other characters and their stories. I got tired of Brandon and Bailey "falling into each others eyes." And I couldn't help but feel bad for people who are in marriages that don't "Look like love." Even though there is a great deal of love in a m
May 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Hmmm... I'm having a tough time writing this review as I really do love Karen's writing and her books. To be honest, I started out loving the series about Bailey and really liking her as a character. However, by the time I got about 100 pages into this final book I was annoyed at the changes in her character and disappointed with where her story was surely headed.

Spoilers ahead***

By reading other reviews on here I know the opinions are mixed about whether or not bailey ended up with the right g
My Linh Nguyen
Apr 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Mar 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Mar 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Loving by Karen Kingsbury

**************BEWARE SPOILERS********

I have never been so disappointed or letdown by an author as I am with Karen Kingsbury. The Bailey series was by far Not my favorite, but I hung in there because I wanted to see Bailey and Cody get together in the end. Isn’t that what is suppose to happen in the writing world? Karen made an extremely bad error in the writing world by taking two series and lifting up her hero, Cody, building up that relationship with Cody and Bailey an
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
It probably deserves a four but my "Team Cody" glasses are so thick it will have to settle with three. Not satisfied but enjoyed it nonetheless.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I took my sweet time in getting around to reading this novel. The reviews on Amazon have been polarizing from the moment it was released: some loved it, some hated it. I wasn't in a hurry to be disappointed, and while Karen rarely does, I did recognize there was plenty of potential for my reading experience to go either way.

I was only as far as Chapter 2 when I began to see that something was off. Storylines started to take contrived turns and, honestly, they never recovered. One of my least fav
Happy Lumasag
Mar 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is one whole Karen Kingsbury series I would seriously NOT RECOMMEND.

First of all, I think this series proved to be a weak spot of Karen in that she mixes up biography with fiction.

She allows too much liberty of her daughter's real life happenings to influence the story's direction when the story began years before her daughter met her current fiance!

It is sad that Kingsbury's maternal emotions over her own daughter's love life gets all worked up in a fictional story she had long establish
Pamela Hubbard
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May 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
I found the whole Bailey Flanigan series to drawn out and frankly, disappointing. When I first started reading about Bailey, I thought she was a wonderful role model for teenage girls/young women, but as this series progressed I found her very annoying. She suddenly became self centered and everything seemed to revolve around her. What sacrifices did she make for the "love of her life"? She came across more as a taker then a giver. The whole relationship with Brandon was unrealistic and I found ...more
Apr 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Tamara Tilley
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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I have just finished, LOVING, the final installment in the Bailey Flanigan series. I am glad I stuck it out (even though I skipped UNLOCKED, and the Above the Line series) just to say I completed the series. But, like many other reviewers, my thoughts are not completely positive.

My two biggest problems with this series are, One- the constant back story that I had to constantly skim through to get to the new story. And Two – Bailey & Brandon was just a rehashing of Katie & Dayne. I also b
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me just say that I am an avid reader of Karen's books! She writes in a way that ministers to me, and this is such a blessing! With that being said, I have of course read, the Redemption series, Firstborn series, Sunrise series, Above the Line and finally the Bailey Flanigan series. Loved, loved, LOVED them all! Although I have to say that as we got into the Bailey Flanigan series I was NOT happy about the relationship, or lack thereof, between Cody and Bailey. It had seemed like all along in ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I've read a lot of Karen I knew by chapter 2 what the outcome of this book would be... KK holds a place in my heart, but I've become so bored with her books lately - there's just too much perfectness, too much predictability.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful ending to the series. So inspirational and motivational. I'll admit that there were many parts of these book that were really cliche and eye roll worthy but I couldn't help but love it! The scripture readings always seemed to speak to me personally and I really love the way Karen Kingsbury was able to tackle difficult topics from a perspective of love and grace. The writing style was very simple and easy to follow and the characters were very well developed throughout the series. I'l ...more
Denise Romero
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 writ
Rebecca "Rebaka" Lewis
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Who will Bailey choose? Wanting to have this series end the way I want it to, may or may not be the reality that will be. Within the first six chapters of Loving I see turmoil in Bailey and see so many twists and turns to this story. Is Bailey with Brandon only because she has to have someone. OR ...Who will Bailey choose.

I so want to write about this book and how it ended, but I guess all I can say right now is I feel as if it ended the way it should have. To quote a line from the book "And jus
Sep 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another beautiful book in the Baxter series. This one concentrated on Bailey Baxter & her life after school & her try at being a movie star.
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
**Forewarning... there will be spoilers below.**

You've been warned... LOL :)

Let me say, I thought I was going to hate this book or just not like it... that wasn't the case. I ended up really liking the story, but there were some things that annoyed/bothered me.

One thing I've never really liked in Karen Kingsbury's novels is that sometimes it almost seems like God is "talking" to the characters. It's like putting words in God's mouth. In most of her previous books, I overlooked it because I just
May 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am so glad this series is over. I guess I am not really a fan of romance novels. They just get on my nerves. How many times can you "get lost in his eyes" before you figure out how to get back out? Bailey had an incredibly poor sense of direction because she got lost in her fiance's eyes, her ex-beau's eyes, her father's eyes, maybe even those little googly eyes you use for crafts. Enough already.
Becky Ames
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely wonderful!!!

What a great ending to a wonderful series!!! Dreams really can come true!!! I couldn't put it down! Karen Kingsbury is such an amazing writer!!
Randy Tramp
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bailey is planning a wedding and making decisions that will shape her future.

Wow! What a book to end this series. For me, it's at the perfect time. My daughter, on eclipse day, became engaged to be married.

This story was beautiful, a picture of the love God's given to His bride. Love flowed from each page, causing the read to flow like a fast river. In two sittings, I experienced the story.

There were surprises a long the way. A visit to past stories and past memories. That's what makes the Bax
Reagan Soper
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
wow much an amazing book. loved the connections
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Kim Holdiman
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love Karen Kingsbury! Everything she writes touches my heart. There's always love and family issues that need resolution. God is always the center of that resolution. She has a way of sharing scripture that brings it to a new light for me. I just plain feel good when I read her books. They are an easy read...a curl up in your favorite chair and just enjoy! While I was reading this book, my own daughter got married to the man that we have been praying for. For years we have prayed for her husband ...more
Feb 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: karen-kingsbury, hate
Karen is a great writer and I love almost all of her books, but this is one of the biggest disappointments I have ever encountered in a series. Bailey works hard through her high school career to become an amazing actress and be on Broadway, but she goes down without a fight when that dream is eventually taken from her. Secondly, Brandon comes off as a playboy even after his supposed redemption; everything he says sounds like a line that a guy would tell a million girls. It's not realistic, and ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-collector
Synopsis from B&N: The answers Bailey Flanigan once longed and prayed for are finally becoming clear. In Loving, the fourth and final book in the Bailey Flanigan Series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, Bailey is planning a wedding and making decisions that will shape her future. \nI both loved and hated this book. I started out wanting one thing but by the end of the book was glad it was something else entirely.\nThis was my favorite book of the series. It seems to be wh ...more
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“Perfect love drives out fear” 22 likes
“Like a constant assurance Bailey carried with her, God remained. All things might change. Love could come and go and friendships could fade. But God stayed. It was the truth that kept her company on the loneliest nights.” 5 likes
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