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Fame (Firstborn #1)

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  10,964 Ratings  ·  280 Reviews
Karen Kingsbury brings listeners a new series that picks up where the Redemption series left off. The Firstborn series focuses on the surprise new member of the Baxter family: Dayne Matthews.

As Dayne Matthews returns to Hollywood after his shocking discovery in Karen Kingsbury’s bestselling novel Reunion, he faces the dangerous world of fame and paparazzi. Meanwhile, Katy
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Feb 26, 2007 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The "Firstborn" series is in excelent collection. BUT, you need to read the 'Redemption Series' first!

The books in order are:

Natalie Vellacott
This was my first Karen Kingsbury book and honestly it was just okay. I probably wouldn't bother to read the rest of this series as it just didn't hold my interest.

The main character is offered a big break in a Hollywood film. She is living in a quiet rural community and was apparently headhunted by a male movie star due to her appearance of innocence. She auditions and perhaps not surprisingly is offered the part...I won't spoil the rest of the story but it revolves around faith vs fame choices
Adalee Grace
Oct 25, 2007 Adalee Grace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read several of the books in this series. When will I ever learn?
These books were a complete waste of time. Karen drew the series out way too long, and as a result bored me to death. We don’t need to know every little detail of the characters lives. This was one of her classic Mr. Imperfect and Miss. Perfect books.
Some of the characters were so perfect it scared me. And the others were so imperfect (affairs, illegitimate children, shacking up, abortion… you name it) that it truly was scary. S
Dec 26, 2011 Van rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this book is really good. I really LOVE the writing style. Other than the falling in love part, I never once went, "This is going too fast." unlike other books that I've read. Plus, the author's writing styles really...Ah, I can't even explain it, but it brings life, and a bit of peppyness that really attracted me.
The whole storyline of a nobody with a celebirty falling for her is cliche, but the author really did her job in making it interesting. Even though the author didn't want Katy t
Apr 04, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pleasure-reading
I loved this book and couldn't put it down! Karen Kingsbury continues her series on the beloved Baxter family by delving into the more secret side of the family. Fame is an appropriate name for the book as it deals with both the expectations placed on someone famous, the price of that fame and the toll that newfound fame can take on someone used to being ordinary.
Jul 07, 2016 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My guilty pleasure...wholesome soap operas. :)
Sep 06, 2008 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I would actually give about 3 1/2 stars. Karen Kingsbury is really good at what she does, which is cheesy Christian fiction with a little bit of romance thrown in. It's very "sweet", and at times a little too much. I'm sure there are people out there like these characters, but I don't know any.

But the writing flows smoothly, and is a style that is easy to read. I liked the book, and was left wanting to read the next in the series at the end. I would definitely read the Redemption series before t
Jun 07, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am hooked on Karen Kingsbury books! This is book #1 of the second series of "The Baxters." I have gotten so into these books that I have literally caught myself beginning to pray for one of the characters (no joke). These stories show how faith and family bring you through trials, struggles and just life in general.
Aug 20, 2012 Alexa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about this new twist thrown into the series of touching stories from the Baxter family, but I loved it more and more as I continued reading it. It is different, but in a good way. Famous how their famous son figures out his life and returns to his family, as well as to his faith.
Kim Holdiman
Aug 05, 2012 Kim Holdiman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Olivia Jarmusch
This was my first Karen Kingsburry book. I found it at my library, unaware of the fact that this was part of a series. At first, I was a little confused by all the characters and backstories because I hadn't read anything that happened before this. But it didn't take too long to get drawn into the story and begin rooting for the main characters. I have mixed feelings about this story/the Fame series, as it is hard to find good Christian fiction I though that perhaps this series would become one ...more
Christy Ryan
Mar 21, 2017 Christy Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 6 of the Baxter series. My go to when I'm in a reading slump and just need something I know I will like. Sweet, clean and I can count on loving it. This one introduced new characters and was less about the 5 siblings. But I'm sure I'll grow to love these characters too.
Tamara Tilley
FAME is the first book in the Firstborn series, which follows the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury.

Dayne Matthews, Hollywood heartthrob, whom we briefly met in REUNION, is captivated by Katy Hart. Katy is a director of children’s theater that Dayne stumbled across while he was in Bloomington, Indiana. Though their meeting was brief and one-sided, for whatever reason he can’t seem to get her out of his mind. When he returns to Hollywood and is cast in a new romantic comedy, the only woman he
Nov 13, 2014 Bekah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. I loved how Karen Kingsbury added in the Baxter family in this book, but mainly focused on Dayne and Katy.

Katy Hart is the young director of CKT (Christian Kid's Theater) and loves what she does. But for as long as she could remember, her dream was to be an actress and when an unexpected offer comes up from a Hollywood casting director, she makes the decision to head up to CA for an audition. But above all, she wants what God wants for her. Is it in His plan for her li
Becca Nelson
My mom talked me into reading these books (yes, all of them) because they take place in Bloomington, Indiana. I, however, didn't realize that Bloomington, Indiana was Christian paradise, or at least it was depicted so in these books which more closely resemble an evangelical soap opera. Karen Kingsbury seems to subscribe to rather bipolar theology where terrible things happen to every single character in the books (murder, suicide, terminal illness, abortion, etc.), but luckily they pray about i ...more
I have a little something against Karen Kingsbury. Thats my disclaimer! All her book synopsis's just sound like scripts from a bad tv drama. With that said, this series was the first series of hers that I felt interested in reading. The synopsis is great, it's just the execution. It's that way with all her books, for me. They are like soap opera reading. The fame series is not a believable portrayal of a celebrity. Its way to cookie cutter. I almost feel horrible saying this too, because I know ...more
Jun 21, 2015 Honeypie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Four stars, only because... Karen, why'd you leave your readers hanging??! Of course, I'm thankful that I'm reading book 6, and the series is already finished. But I could just imagined how the readers were back then. After five awesome books, and with decent "The End... for now." epilogues, this is not what I was expecting of book 6.
The Book Man
"God, please now my future see, make it clear where I should be. Open windows, close the doors, not my will, my God, but yours."

"God, fill me with Your Spirit, Your strength, Your power. I don't need all the answers, I only need YOU."
Jan 14, 2017 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fame is the sixth book in the Baxter series and the first book in the Firstborn series.

Danye Matthews is starring in a new movie role and needs an innocent looking woman to be his co-star. His first thought is Katy Hart. She is the director of the CKT, Christian Kids Theater. Danye saw Katy in the book Reunion for a few minutes and was instantly drawn to her. Mitch Henry is the casting director for the new movie. Danye wants Mitch to find Katy and get there for an audition. Katy is in Bloomingt
Stephanie Dulac
Jun 18, 2017 Stephanie Dulac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is another baxter series but the focus was mostly on dayne but i must say she does a amazing job including so many characters from other books and series i love how she ties them in she never leaves you wondering where a character is or what happened to them i absolutely love her cant wait to read the 2nd book to the series i hope landon and Ashley have a baby together ❤❤ and i hope katy and dayne figure out they are in love time to read and find out :)
Jul 02, 2017 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a good opening book for the Firstborn series. Looking forward to seeing where the storyline takes these characters.
Charity U
Jun 06, 2017 Charity U rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Kingsbury is a wonderful author. I enjoyed this whole series!
Kathy Bass
Jul 24, 2017 Kathy Bass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Awesome book about Dayne and his Hollywood life, and about Dayne and Katie Hart's first meeting! I will definitely enjoy reading the rest of this series!
Louise Hay
The ending was strange. It just stopped. I suppose that was because it was the first in a series, but it was disappointing that there was no ending to this book.
Four stars for the likable characters. Two for the simplistic plot.
Joy Marie Blasco
Very great book. So excited for the baxter series to be aired on TV.
Rebecca Ray
Dayne Matthews lives a life that many of us think is a dream come true. He has money, fame and friends in Hollywood, and yet, it all feels empty. He discovered his birth mother, Elizabeth Baxter, just hours before her death from breast cancer. Now he must make a decision. Is he going to reveal his identity to the rest of the Baxter family? Will he continue to work and play his way through Hollywood? Is fame worth the price that he pays daily?

Katy Hart flirted with fame a long time ago, and her h
Sep 20, 2016 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like it as much as some of her stand alone books. However, I will give the next one in the series a shot.
Olivia Mack
Sep 09, 2014 Olivia Mack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutly love this book. It is my favorite book in the whole world. I read it twice and couldn't put it down! I think that this book has elements for everyone to read about. Its got love, some mystery, and of course action. Fame, by Karen Kingsbury is a story based on two people from opposite worlds, meet, then fall in love. At first it isn't love though. Actor Dayne Matthews might be coming on a little strong for small town girl Katy Hart. Dayne is used to all the ladies wanting to be with h ...more
Feb 18, 2017 Yajaira is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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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. In addition, it was recently announced that Roma Downey and MGM Studi ...more
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