Sunday, June 26, 2011
Learning - Karen Kingsbury
Bailey Flanigan is growing closer to her dream to be an actress and dancer in New York while Cody coaches a small high school football team ... on and off the field. But neither feels complete without the chance to share their dreams with one other. Can distance truly make the heart grow fonder? Or will Cody learn to turn to others to share in his happiness? And when tragedy strikes? Who will be there to provide comfort in the face of loss? As Cody's past catches up with him, he must learn to reach out for help or risk withdrawing permanently inside himself. Both Bailey and Cody find themselves learning significant life lessons in this poignant love story, featuring members from Karen Kingsbury's popular Baxter family.
I was thrilled to have a chance to catch up with Bailey's family once again. Yes, as always i have to remind myself that Bailey and all the characters she interacts with are just fiction. Karen must live, eat and breathe with these fictional people, because she brings them across as totally realistic characters in realistic situations. i cry, laugh, agonize and dream with them. i am just a little angry right now because the book is finished, and it left me with questions i know i have to wait a few months to find out the answers for! Also, there are twists and turns in this story that leave me thinking it didn't come together the way i thought it should. i think the characters have surprised Karen, too with their actions.
i love Karen's books, and recommend them to all my friends....then have to deal with it when my friends are not as enthused about Karen's books as i am.
Well written books, characters are rounded out and believable. I give Bailey's story a 12 out of possible 10!