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Coming Home (The Baxters #23)

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Coming Home is a novel about tremendous victory and unprecedented loss, a story of faith and a forever kind of love, love that will stay with you long after the last page. This stand-alone novel will serve as either a grand introduction or a beautiful conclusion in the saga of the Baxter Family. The Baxters make plans to come together for a summer lakeside reunion, a celeb ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Zondervan
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Peggy Chilensky Five I think.The Mother Elizabeth Daughter Erin and three of her adopted girls.
Naomi Yes. It is meant to be both a conclusion to the entire series as well as a stand-alone novel.
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Natalie Vellacott
I finally forced myself to finish this...I had read part of a Karen Kingsbury book in this series before, but that wasn't really enough to help me make sense of this book. The first half of the book seems to be a summary of the history of the Baxter family. It is retold in a cringeworthy fashion as the characters go on walks and think aloud to each other about their various memories. It just isn't believable as the people they are talking to have in most cases shared the history with them. Maybe ...more
Sara
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Joy
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kingsbury has such a way with words, the characters are more like friends than people you're reading about in a book. This is probably the saddest book I've ever read, you'll need two boxes of tissue for this one. In spite of the sorrow it is a very well written conclusion of the Baxter family series.

The Baxters have survived several tragedies and this one tops the list. I won't give anything away but it took me by surprise. As the family gathers to celebrate the father's 70th birthday they all
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Tanya
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I love Karen Kingsbury and the real life situations she uses to speak to people about God's love and mercy. This story would have been no different, but at best I felt the pieces she could have used to really highlight God's faithfulness and glory were rushed. She spent the first 100+ pages of the book reviewing the backstory behind each character. I ended up skipping all of it because it was so repetitive and completely unnecessary.

The tragedy this family suffered was tragic and this was by fa
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Melanie
I put off reading this book for a long time, because I was really done with Karen Kingsbury's books after reading Loving (just did not like how that book went). I also knew this was going to be a sad read and wasn't looking forward to that at all. However, when I started I was pleasantly surprised that I was liking it!

But, then I got about 35% and things took a turn that I did. not. like. ***SPOILER AHEAD*** I understand having sadness in books, it makes them realistic, but killing off pretty mu
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
In my personal opinion, if a book can make me feel emotion so deeply that I feel a part of the story, it's a winner! This one, moved me to tears many, many times and shows just how we go about dealing with loss as a Christian in a world where all we want is answers to the question why.

In Karen Kingsbury's latest novel, Coming Home, the reader is immediately invited to join the Baxter family as Ashley, one of the daughters, begins to make plans for her father's seventieth birthday party. Like mos
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Tamara Tilley
COMING HOME by Karen Kingsbury . . . why did I do this to myself? With each new spin-off series from the original Redemption Series, my review ratings have either gone down or stagnated. I constantly brought up the fact that so much back story was filtered into each of the subsequent books, that I felt I was only getting half a book each time I bought one. So, why did I think COMING HOME would be any different?

I cringed out loud as I read the first twelve chapters of the book. Not only was it a
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Laura
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read the entire Baxter series (all 22 books) and consider the family members some of my all-time favorite characters. After being very disappointed with the Bailey series, I was nervous to read this book and anxious to see if it would follow the trend of the Bailey series or return to the life-changing tales fans have come to appreciate from Karen. This book did not disappoint.

The first part of the book is a walk down memory lane for fans of the Baxters (and can catch up a new reader) as
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Jennifer
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Like many KK fans I was excited about this book. I couldn't believe that we were going to have to say goodbye to the Baxter's. I too have read each book that the Baxter's have been featured in. While the first several chapters are a "review" of the Baxter children and their struggles, it was nice to look back at their lives. This "review" also allows new readers or someone picking this book up as a stand-alone to read and have a little bit of a background. Chapter 10 or 11 pulls you into KK's us ...more
Susan
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Where do I start? My fist book by Karen but totally not the last! I was so wrapped up in this family from page one. I came to know and love them all. This is a truly heartbreaking book so keep the tissues handy! I knew this was the last book in the Baxter series and was a bit afraid to read it as I hadn't read the others. I had no problem following along with the charcters and the story line and cant wait to read the series from the beginning!

Along with the heartbreak there is also hope,fai
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Ann Mulholland
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The saddest, yet most triumphant book from Karen Kingsbury that I've read so far. I cried through this entire book, mostly sad tears but also joyful ones too. Very, very emotional.
Cheryl Olson
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coming Home. Ah, those two words for many of us evoke thoughts of family, safety, warmth, togetherness. In Karen Kingsbury’s last Baxter book Coming Home- A Story of Unending Love and Eternal Promise, I would say the descriptors are more like heartbreak, battle, loyalty and eternal hope. This book opens with Ashley Baxter rallying the troops (her siblings and their families) to pull off a 70th surprise birthday party for their father and patriarch of the family John Baxter. And so all of the sib ...more
Barbara
Many people have commented that they didn't like the repetition of the details of all the Baxters' lives. It's been awhile since I had read the earlier books, so I enjoyed being reminded of their lives. I, too, however, found many details to be unbelievable as I did in some of her earlier books. I mean, come on, Bailey was supposedly the most popular girl in school and never been kissed? Really? This book is in the Karen Kingsbury style of drama~~perhaps not always good. In light of tragedy, the ...more
Rochelle
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really upset with Karen for even writing this book. It didn't wrap up her Baxter series in a good way at all, and it just made me mad. Twenty-two books over nearly as many years should lead to a different kind of ending than the one she gave us. Granted, it was written well, and I see what she was trying to do - I even cried through most of it, which is the KK trademark - but I don't see how it was necessary at all. A big disappointment for me.
Tasha enderby
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is not a happy go lucky Karen Kingsbury book! I feel like I needed a warning because I chose to read this book at a very difficult time thinking that I could use a little dose of only good things happen and God is great that Karen gives. This is a tear jerker and is very emotional on all levels. I am not saying it was bad just not what I had pictured in my mind of this author.
Becky Ames
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Janelle Steele
Apr 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible. One of the worst written books I've ever laid eyes upon. Rudimentary story development. Couldn't even finish this book because it was so awful. The writing style was almost offensive to adult readers. Not worth it! Pass on this book.
Jolyn
I have loved every one of the Baxter family books that I have read but I think "Coming Home" is now my favorite! While the story was exceedingly sad and caused me to cry profusely, it was also filled with hope and love.

I particularly liked how Karen Kingsbury included a chapter for each Baxter child (adult) and father John and briefly summarized the difficulties that the family member had overcome. These summaries do make "Coming Home" a stand-alone book but I do not know why anyone would not wa
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Reagan Soper
it was good. i actually finished a little while ago, it this is a recommend. great for those people who maybe would prefer not to read the 20 something books that come before this. although i do think it would not hold the same emotion.
Lis Ann - The Indigo Quill
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This was another heart-wrenching book from Karen Kingsbury! I will try my best not to add any spoilers until the end. :)

This book was not at all what I expected it to be. As I stated in my review for the Bailey Flanigan series, I've been following the Baxter family since the beginning of time. If this is your introduction to the Baxters, and you read this as a stand-alone book like the description says, then you'll
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Chrissy
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012, ebook
So, I had *no* idea when picking up COMING HOME that this was the end of a 20+ book series by Karen Kingsbury about the Baxter family --- but when the description promises that this can stand perfectly well as a stand alone novel, you can trust that this is true. I've never before read a single one of these Baxter books and I had no trouble whatsoever following the story or falling in love with these characters -- so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one not only to the die-hard Baxter famil ...more
Betty Preble
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is best book I’ve ever read (other than the Bible, of course), and on a scale of 1-5, I’d give it a 10. It is very, very inspirational, and even gives us a glimpse of Paradise through the eyes of a child. It is about the Lord’s boundless love and mercy for us in spite of unthinkable trials and tragedy. I plan to share this book with anyone who has lost a loved one, or who simply needs to understand the height and depth of God’s love for us.

The entire theme of this book could be summarized
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Pam Burke
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten years ago, Karen Kingsbury first introduced us to John and Elizabeth Baxter and their family in the Redemption series. Throughout five series and twenty-two books, we've shared in the great highs and the deep sorrows of this family and their friends who have come alive off the pages of fiction. Many true KK fans would admit to thinking about inviting some of the Baxters to a special event in their lives . . . that's how real Karen's characters have become!

In Coming Home, we have the opportun
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Gabrielle
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot say enough beautiful things about this book. Actually, adjectives fail me. I have followed each and every one of Karen Kingsbury's tales of the Baxter Family--from Redemption to Loving and everything in between. Sure, there were moments in which I wasn't always on board (Bailey Flanigan, as much I loved you in the beginning, your story was not the conclusion that I wanted or the one I thought readers were going to get when Karen first began your story) However, I was always more in love ...more
Cafelilybookreviews
Die hard Kingsbury fans, will already know what to expect when they pick up this book. Karen writes stories that are wholesome, heartwarming and centered around family and faith.

I had mixed emotions reading this book, because so much of it focuses on the past, and gives so much back story on the Baxter family. It takes almost ten chapters to get to what I consider the "meat" of the story. If this is the first book you've read by Karen, then it will be a great summary, but if you've read most of
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Janet
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the 24th book Karen wrote about the Baxter family.

It made me cry more than once but it was so well written and so touching that if you haven't read the rest of the series, read this one and then go back to the beginning.

Karen does an excellent job of allowing people who do not have the full back stories of the Baxter children to be able to read this book and love it and then want to read all the others to get the details of everyone's life.

The Baxter family is reuniting for John's 70th
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Theresa Revilak
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this before I read any other books in the series, or even knew there were any. It's a stand alone novel though, so I while I was able to keep up, it definitely made me want to read the other books. It mentions tragedy on the back, but what the tragedy was surprised me a lot. I totally wasn't expecting it. Some parts of the book were very cheesy, and I felt like a week of mourning what they had to mourn was just crazy. At the end of the week they start talking about moving on and laughing! ...more
Angela Jones
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodbye Baxter's! I have finished the 23 book in the series. It is bitter sweet. This book like all the others centers around the Baxter family and their undying faith in God. Thru trials and tribulations they find their way only with the strength they find in each other and God. I encourage everyone weather faithful or not, pick up the books about the Baxter's and you will find friends, family, hope and faith in God. Just like the rest of the series this book is filled with raw emotions of joy ...more
Dale
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This latest Baxter book is heart-wrenching and moving and is the best one of the series, which is saying a lot. Be warned, this one will keep you reading until the end, and the topics she deals with are intense. Never have I appreciated the song, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, as I do now. I don't want to spoil it for you, so just know that all the Baxters are there for each other, whether at the Baxter home or in heaven, and how they deal with each other is just the way we as a family and as the fa ...more
Heather
I think readers who are familiar with the Baxter family will enjoy this book. It doesn't dig deep into many of the characters and because it's a farewell to the whole family, there are a lot of characters with which to keep up. Nonetheless, I especially enjoyed Ashley's perspective. This is a very emotional story so prepare to cry... As always, Kingsbury does a nice job incorporating Christian themes into her stories. (I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my review at TheChr ...more
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  • Remember (Redemption, #2)
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