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Finally and Forever

(Katie Weldon #4)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,331 ratings  ·  94 reviews
What was she thinking? Katie Weldon wonders if she was crazy to spontaneously fly off to Africa on a mission trip. Suddenly she is dealing with a new culture, a world she's never experienced---and Eli, a friend who is quickly becoming much more. It's all overwhelming ... and exciting. As her life turns topsy-turvy, however, she begins to think this might be exactly what ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Zondervan
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Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Readers who have "known" Katie for years have come to expect the outrageous from our spunky friend, so Katie's spontaneous decision to go with Eli to Africa came at no surprise. What awaits her in Africa is a beautiful conclusion as one of my favorite characters finally stops chasing whims and finds what she's always wanted--a godly man and a place to belong.

Once Eli and Katie arrive in Africa, Katie is in for a culture shock that translates to some fun adventures: hugging giraffes, eating
Lydia Howe
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I listened to the first three books in this series and then read this last one. I will have to say that my rating of four stars goes to the series as a whole - not just to this book. I had read the Christy Miller series a long time ago, so to pick that world back up was pretty neat.

While the writing is amazing, it's hard for me not to skim-read too much while going through these books because it's not as if the plot is fast-paced or totally gripping. Therefore I've discovered I'd rather listen
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! It had a great ending but I think she needs to write another one!
Victoria Goodbrand
Ahhhh this was so sweet! i especially loved that first incident where Katie is “shot”;D
5/5 stars.
Apr 10, 2012 added it
First, I loved all the African culture that was laced throughout this book. From learning certain phrases such as Jambo! (equivalent to "Hello!") and Mpaji ni Mungu (equivalent to "God is the sustainer") to just experiencing the people and culture (like the peanut-like bugs or the crazy wildlife) I felt like I had been transported half-way across the world. It was spectacular and beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Then there's Katie, who comes up with the quirky lines and hilarious ideas.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH I NEED MOREEEE <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some editing choices distracted me to no end. First, the cover is a whole new design for the fourth book in a series. Editor, I will not be buying the previous three editions again just so they much. Because that's crazy and I see through that play. Also, you photoshopped and airbrushed that cover into oblivion. It's hideous. Second, there's an editor's note left in the text. Someone added a note in the manuscript that a word was spelled wrong. The word is still spelled wrong and the note was ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Robin Jones Gunn
I don't know what to think. I guess my expectations were high after how tightly woven the Christy & Todd books were. I had loved Katie as she interacted with her friends in books 1-3. Finally and Forever gave me a downer feeling. Maybe because of the name and how Robin had asked for help to complete the story and made it feel so interactive. I went through chapter 5 to the end in one day, starting with work breaks and continuing through the night. I just couldn't put it down. But the pace of ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
I've loved reading Robin Jones Gunn books, Christy & Katie's lives practically walked me through 'growing up'.. I was really disappointed with this last book though.. Aside from remembering the Lord's promise of not fearing & trusting Him, I wouldn't take anything from how Katie did things to apply in my life as I could with the other books..

Her relationship with Eli was really fast, hardly any accountability & it shows through their actions.. I work for missions in Africa, for a
Leigh Kramer
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
So disappointed by the final Katie Weldon book! I've been reading Robin Jones Gunn since the beginning and was so happy when she decided to give Christy Miller's friend Katie her own series. Unfortunately, I can't get on board with RJG's approach to Dating for 20-somethings. Completely unrealistic and promotes unhealthy ideas about chastity and marriage. It also demeaned Katie as the strong, adventurous characters she normally is.
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Was so excited to see a continuation on the story of Eli and Katie. The first few chapters I found to be slow but I loved reading about Katie and her transformation while working in Africa. While this is supposed to be the last book in the Katie Wheldon series, I really hope she continues to write books about Katie and Eli.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: personal-copy
After loving the first three books in this series, I had high expectations for this final book. Unfortunately I didn't love it like I thought I would and found the beginning slow to read. I also felt like Eli changed in this book, but I might be wrong. The end of the book was very good and that's what brought my rating up a half star. Overall, an okay read.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Hannah Elise Stone
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-ever
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ever since Katie was introduced in one of the original Christy Miller books, she was my favorite Robin Jones Gunn character. As you can imagine I was thrilled when Robin decided to give Katie her own series. This was a great ending to this four-book series. Although I was very happy with where Katie's books left off, I loved reading about her wedding and the events leading up to it in Christy & Todd: The Married Years. I hope Robin eventually decides to give Katie a few more follow up books ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
With Finally and Forever, Katie Weldon jumps into a plane next to Eli and heads to Africa on an adventure of a lifetime. While I enjoyed seeing and hanging out with Katie again, I did feel like their romance was quick, but then again, Eli had been praying for Katie for over a year now. Katie's emotions seemed really quick in my opinion. While I enjoyed seeing Katie happy, I think Gunn could have spent more novels exploring the Katie and Eli relationship. But the characters are like good cup of ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a treasure to me now! Each of Katie Weldon's books left me feeling satisfied, yet desiring more of the story. This book left me, even more, quenching for more of the amazing story! I am so happy how things worked out in the end, though!

I wrote a full review on the series if you're not familiar with the plotline.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FOREVER A CHISTY And Todd fan. But reading about Katie, who play soccer and important part in their bookstore was fun to read about but I was always curious to know more about Eli and why she’s decided to jump into the deep end and follow Eli across the world . CUterelationship ...more
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
It was such a joy to come to the end of Katie's story and to see the finale of her journey. I loved reading about all of her new experiences in Africa and with Eli and his family. I only wish I could continue to learn and read more about this dear Forever Friend.
Hayleigh S.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Lydia Therese
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The ending was so satisfying. Took you long enough, Katie. 5 stars out of 5!
Isabelle Storm
Jan 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I loved this book it was so inspiring!!!!!
Tina Nichter
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

All of Christ Miller Series and the spin offs from them / are great. They are inspiring so see that young adults can put God first and make Him the center of their life.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Well, at first it felt like any other Robin Jones Gunn book, and followed suit of the previous books in the series – I figured any R.J.G. fans would easily love this book – and with the writing that is still the case. You can tell it is an R.J. Gunn book, and I think I would have enjoyed that more a few years ago when I was younger and avidly reading her books. :)

There was just much that I did not care for in this book. As the book progressed, I felt more and more that it wasn’t just ‘
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good book, despite an overall feeling of being rushed.
No matter how many times the slower pace of African life is referred to you can't deny that the pacing of this book was really fast.
I almost feel like everything about the book was rushed, from the writing, to the publishing.
The book doesn't suffer too much for it, though, and the story is good.

Really, telling about the ending wouldn't be much of a spoiler. It's obvious where it will wind up, especially if you've read the first three in
It may be three years later for the readers who watched Katie suddenly decide to leave her worldly possessions behind and follow Eli to Kenya, but it's only the next morning for her. As she adjusts to life in the heart of Africa, Katie is her usual humorous self struggling to find what she should do with her future once and for all. The descriptions of Kenya -- the setting, the people, the food, the way of life -- are vivid, inviting the reader to adjust along with her. All the while, she's also ...more
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received this book from the Zondervan publishing group in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This was the first novel I read in this series and it was the last in the series, so I didn't know a lot of the back story. While I would have liked to have read the books in order, Robin did a great job at never
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reviews
All I can say right now is wow.

first reviewed here: http://belovedgraceful-carissasbooksh...

Title: Finally and Forever

Author: Robin Jones Gunn

Series: Katie Weldon

Chapters: 21

Pages: 259

Genre: Christian Teen Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

Growing up I loved the Christy Miller series. However Christy wasn’t my character, her best friend Katie Weldon was my favorite. I felt like I related to Katie more than I did to Christy. Katie likes to do things without thinking things through.
In Finally and Forever
Lena Morrison
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Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Growing up with the Christy Miller series, the references throughout this one really took me back. (Yea, Michael? holy cow!) I adore Katie, and though it's sad to part with such an awesome character, her story was amazingly satisfying. Eli is wonderful. (view spoiler) ...more
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ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of over 100 books with more than 5.5 million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Her Father Christmas books have been made into 3 Hallmark movies. Her popular Christy Miller series now continues in Christy & Todd: The Married Years and The Baby Years. Robin's novels and non-fiction works have received multiple awards and are a favorite with book clubs ...more

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