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Just Beyond the Clouds

(Cody Gunner #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  4,875 ratings  ·  225 reviews
#1 bestselling author Karen Kingsbury tells the heartwrenching story of Cody Gunner, a widower fighting for stability, and the woman who wants to help him trust again--even when trust is the most terrifying thing of all.

Still aching over his wife's death, Cody Gunner can't bear the thought of also letting go of his Down's Syndrome brother, Carl Joseph. Cody wants his broth
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 14th 2007 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book reminded me of a cheesy lifetime movie!
Linda Bourg
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a heartwarming story about a man Cody Gunner who has a brother with down syndrome. God has a plan for each of our lives even when adversaties come our way. I recommend this book to my goodread friends. It is the second book in the series. The first one being A thousand tomorrows.
Sarah Smith
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading "A Thousand Tomorrows," I was so very excited to learn that there was a sequel the book that captured my attention and heart so completely. I had invested so much time, energy, and emotion into getting to know Cody Gunner and Ali Daniels -- not to mention falling in love with the love story that they shared -- so I could not wait to see the plans that God had for Cody's growth in his personal relationship with Jesus Christ and his future happiness. Even though I was saddened by the ...more
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A Beautiful Book.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
While I enjoyed the story of Cody and CJ, I was deeply disappointed by this book’s treatment of homosexuality from a so-called Christian perspective. What is written here is harmful and does not represent my understanding of Christianity as it relates to human sexuality. This will be the last book I read from this author.
Lena Morrison
Nov 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Did not like this book!
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another Kingsbury book in my quest to go back and read all of her books. As good as the rest of her work. I enjoyed reading about Downs Syndrome.
Stephanie Dulac
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cody Gunner Series is great!!! i loved everything about this book :)
Vikki Vaught
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, emotional love story. I love Carl Joseph and Daisy. Their group stole the show. I’m so glad Cody found his happy ending. Happy reading/listening!
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
have read this twice. LOVE IT
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is great. If you have read the book A Thousand Tomorrows you will love this one. It is the second book to the Cody Gunner series. In this book he meets a women named Elle. They both have gone through losses of marriage. Cody is a widower. His wife died from cystic fibrosis a few years back. He still would wear his wedding ring around not wanting to let go of Ali. Before Ali died she told him she wants him to get married again and be happy. This book talks about his faith along with his ...more
Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it
This was interesting for me. I have mainly only read Lori Wick in the category of Christian romantic fiction, so I was unused to Kingsbury's style. That being said, I wasn't as drawn to the characters and some of the story. The parts concerning Carl Joseph and Daisy I found fascinating. I appreciate her portrayal of people with Down Syndrome; she didn't make them caricatures or oversize children. She showed that they are people as well with limitations. The romance between Carl Joseph and Daisy, ...more
I really enjoy Karen Kingsbury books. The stories and dialogue flow so easily that I find them a pleasure to read. This book is a follow-up to her earlier book A Thousand Tomorrows. It involves Cody Gunner, a professional rodeo bull rider and his brother, Carl Joseph, who has Down's Syndrome. Cody has a lot of trouble accepting that his brother could learn to be self-sufficient. Cody battles Elle, Carl Joseph's teacher, in an attempt to protect his brother from what he perceives as the inherent ...more
Feb 23, 2009 added it
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Karen Kingsbury, who is the author of Just Beyond the Clouds, wrote a beautiful love story. Cody Gunner, who is a bull rider is still aching over the death of his wife and cant even bear the thought of losing his bother, who has down syndrome, but life for Cody was going to take an unexpected turn. Taking place in Elle Dalton's classroom where Cody's brother, Carl Joseph, went to school. I really did enjoy this book, it had me hanging on until the last page. If you like love story's and are a fa ...more
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Sequel to A Thousand Tomorrows which I didn't know beforehand but didn't affect my ability to follow the story.

The story of two adults from different families who both have an adult sibling with Downs Syndrome and want the best for them, although they don't agree on what is best. Each has experienced emotional drama in their lives which has a huge influence on their present and how they look out for their siblings.

I listened to this one on CD but would recommend reading the book instead. I
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoy Karen Kingsbury quite a bit. She knows how to write an emotionally satisfying romance without compromising her Christian beliefs. This story, about a man and woman who each have a sibling with Down Syndrome, was educational and uplifting. I learned a lot about the syndrome and the dedicated people who work to increase other's awareness of the truly inspirational potential these special spirits have.
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Fabulous! Back to the library for more of her books.

Cody, and Elle are great examples of what God can do for us when we "let go and let God" handle our problems. He could not imagine his brother being able to enjoy life as he wanted him too. But as he moved out of the way and watched the relationships that Carl Joseph developed at the center, Cody was able to allow God to soften his own heart and fall in love with Elle.
I can see the movie in my head!
Jan 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
What a very inspirational book! The book not only focused on relationships but how to do good for others and how to not just judge a book by its outer cover (or a person by their outside appearance, in this case) and it showed how some people who you may not think knows too much about life may know a bit more than you do.
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure I liked the first book I read from this series, but I decided to try another one, and I really am starting to like them. It's an easy read, and I don't have to worry about unwanted swear words or inappropriate content. There's already enough smut in my everday world, that I don't feel like I need to read more of it. Thanks Karen Kingsbury for your decency.
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
What a cute story. I met Karen Kingsbury at Fred Meyer after I read this. I complimented her on the way she portrayed down syndrome throughout the book. A job well done in my opinion, because I have a daughter with DS.
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book even as much as the first in the series. It's a heart warming story about life's pains and the ability to move on, with the help of God. I loved the Down Syndrome characters and the way Cody and Elle could see the simplicity of love through these handicapped individuals.
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book by Karen Kingsbury! Couldn't put the book down!
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A breathtaking sequel.
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Heather
I'm in love! The "regular" characters, the story and the "special" characters too. The second set grabbed me, as I have personal experience here. LOVE THIS BOOK!!
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A perfect sequel to 'A Thousand Tomorrows'!!!!
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Just finished the second installment of the Cody Gunner series. It was great, touching, loving and forgiving. I lost myself in this book. Thank you Karen Kingsbury for another great series.
Shannon Bernier
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
whata great book recommend this to any one who has had a down sydroym brother
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Candy Liggett
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Cody Gunner series. I didn't read the first one and everything is explained to the reader so you won't be lost with these characters. Cody was married to his wife and she passed away four years ago. Cody is still in mourning and misses his precious Ali everyday. He used to be a very famous bull rider. He had to give that up when he gave his wife one of his lungs. It didn't save her life but gave them a few more years together. Cody is now back home still trying to ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been four years since the death of Cody Gunner's wife, barrel racer Ali Daniels. After one last year on the circuit, Cody has been an announcer for the rodeo ever since. Seeing Ali everywhere he looks, Cody decides it's time for a change and heads home. Finding out his brother, Carl Joseph, who has Down syndrome, is attending a facility to learn how to live on his own, Cody goes to confront the teacher about how dangerous this is.

Carl Joseph's teacher, Elle Dalton, threw herself into teachi
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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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