2 Book Reviews “Leaving” and “Learning”…..By Karen Kingsbury..

2 Book Reviews “Leaving” and “Learning”…..By Karen Kingsbury..

Leaving……by Karen Kingsbury


  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310266289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310266280
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches


In Leaving, Karen Kingsbury continues the story of Bailey and Cody, taking us to Cody’s life after he leaves…… and Bailey’s trip to Broadway. She finds a Christian couple in the area to rent a room from, and tries to reach her co-workers for the Lord. But this doesn’t work too well, because they think she just had the job because of her leading part in the movie Unlocked.

Cody is taking classes and working at a pizza joint, until his teacher helps find a job as an assistant coach at a small high school in a small rural Christian area. He visits his mom in jail, trying to encourage her in her relationship with the Lord. Cody is a very likeable person because of his background and the way he now strives to live for the Lord.

I enjoyed reading this first book in Bailey’s series, with Bailey and Cody struggling to now live apart from each other. I really like Cody, he’s the bad boy turned good, and seems he is content following the Lord’s lead in his life, wanting to help others in need. However, Bailey is a different story for me. Her character is just too perfect! There are just no young ladies, or young men for that matter that is perfect in everything they do, go for the lead roles in movies or plays and get the lead part, befriends a movie star that is now almost perfect, making their relationship almost perfect. The characters of Bailey and Brandon are so flat and perfect throughout the book it was kind of sickening to read. I think having a few flaws would make a more interesting story, because life is full of flaws, no matter who you are.

It was nice to read about Ashley and Landon again, and the difficulties with Landon’s health issues did make the story more interesting. Not that I want anything to happen to Landon. He’s one of my favorites.

On to book two in the series for me, and will let you know how that ends.

Leaving is a book I purchased myself for my stash of books.

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Learning….by Karen Kingsbury

Paperback: 352 pages

  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310276330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310276333
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches



In Learning, I was glad to see Bailey finally have a few flaws in her life. She learns that life isn’t so grand and perfect after all. And there is a lot more work to the Broadway job that she ever thought possible. But she still seems like a child that has been so protected in life that she has no idea what really happens in the world. She was certainly exposed though learning some things about her co-workers. She didn’t stay down on life very long though, because Brandon comes along and sweeps her away, giving her things that she probably never dreamed of with his wealth. The things he did were really almost too good to be true.

And Brandon, I guess I don’t really understand his character, he goes from being a leading Hollywood actor, and doing all of the things unsaved guys do with their wealth and fame, to being the almost perfect guy in everything. I know when the Lord saves you, He changes you, but usually it doesn’t happen overnight, and there are struggles to go through. But this character seemed to zap from one extreme to the other.

While Bailey was having her problems, it was Cody’s moment to shine. I love Cody! His character shows the true struggles of a Christian, especially one that comes from a life like Cody lived. I love that even through his every day struggles, he still depends on God to help him. He’s not looking for a spotlight position in life he just wants to help people in need, just as he was helped.

I look forward to reading the ending of Cody and Bailey’s story in the next two books.  Though it doesn’t sound like it in my reviews here, I really love Karen Kingsbury’s books. In fact, I have them all. I just didn’t care for the perfection in the two characters. I’m looking forward to Karen’s next series.

Learning was provided by the publisher, Zondervan in exchange for an honest review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

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Karen Kingsbury

New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist, with more than 15 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple bestsellers, including Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups. She lives in Washington with her husband, Don, their daughter and five sons. SPANISH BIO: Karen Kingsbury es autora de mas de treinta títulos, incluyendo algunos EXITOS de venta, uno de los cuales se uso para la película de la semana de CBS. Es una de las atoras favoritas de novelas inspiradoras.Se han impreso mas de dos millones de ejemplares de sus libros. Kingsbury reside en el estado de Washington con Don, su esposo, y sus seis hijos, tres de los cuales los adotatron en Haití.

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