Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Leaving by Karen Kingsbury

My Rating: 4 stars
About the book -
The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City.

Bailey is determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive.

In order to be closer to his mother in jail, Cody takes a coaching job in a small community outside Indianapolis. New friends, distance, and circumstances expose cracks in his relationship with Bailey Flanigan

My Review -
Leaving is the first of Karen Kingsbury's novels that I've gotten a chance to read. This story is about change, stepping into the unknown, and trusting God through it all. That's what I liked most about this book. Even though the characters had so many uncertainties ahead of them, they remained strong in their faith and trusted that God would guide them through anything.

Something I didn't like was that the whole Flanigan family seemed too perfect to be real. They're just this picture perfect family that normal people with many faults, like me, can't really relate to. I did, however, like that the Baxter family was a lot more realistic and relatable. Not everything went smoothly for them in this story and I'm actually looking forward to reading how everything turns out with Landon, Ashley, and their family. I don't want to give anything away so I won't say anything else about them.

A lot of people suggest that you read the first four series (Redemption, Firstborn, Sunrise, Above the Line) before jumping into the Bailey Flanigan series. I don't see a need for it, unless you really want to. At first I did have a hard time keeping up because there were a lot of characters to keep track of, but I got everyone figured out about four chapters in. Overall, I enjoyed reading Leaving and this definitely won't be the last of Karen's novels I'll be reading. I really want to see what happens when Bailey begins her new life in New York in book 2, Learning.

To buy your copy of this book go HERE.

(This book was provided for review by Zondervan.)

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