Longing….by Karen Kingsbury


Book Description: Longing, book three in the Bailey Flanigan Series, picks up where Learning ended. After a long and lonely silence from Cody Coleman, Bailey Flanigan becomes closer to her one-time Hollywood co-star, Brandon Paul. Nights on the town in New York City and long talks on the balcony of Brandon’s Malibu Beach home make Bailey dizzy with new feelings and cause her to wonder if her days with Cody are over forever.  Meanwhile, Cody’s work coaching a small-town football team has brought him and his players national attention. In the midst of the celebration and success, Cody finds himself much closer to a woman who seems to better understand him and his new life. Even so, never does much time go by without Bailey and Cody experiencing deep feelings of longing for each other, longing both for the past and for answers before they can move forward.  Will an unexpected loss be the turning point for Cody? Will Cody and Bailey find a way back together again for the first time in more than a year? And if they do, will their brief time together be enough to help them remember all they’ve been longing for?

Book & Bible Cover Size: Medium Page Count: 352
Paper Edge Description: Plain Size: 5.7 wide  x 8.8 high  x 1.1 deep  in.  | 145 wide  x 223 high  x  deep 27 mm Weight: 1 lb | 453 gms
Available: November 2011 World Publisher: Zondervan

My Thoughts on this Book!

Longing by Karen Kingsbury

This book ended with a lot of mixed feelings for me. Karen Kingsbury is an exceptionally good writer. I love her characters and the way she makes you feel as though you are part of the Baxter family. But as a book reviewer, I will have to say the same with this book as with the first two in the series. Bailey is just too perfect. I know there are many exceptionally great kids, but no one is so perfect they pretty much do nothing wrong, and life works out so perfectly with them. And in “Longing,” it is the same with Brandon Paul. He seems to have no struggles whatsoever after accepting the Lord, even though he works in sin-infested Hollywood as a hot, number one in the business movie star? And yes I know very well that it can be done, but just a little not so real there with seemingly almost no struggles at all. And especially with he and Bailey having the perfect life. Of course Brandon does have the money to make anything happen, anytime, anywhere, and just the way he wants it. I can’t help wondering what would happen if he wasn’t filthy rich? I don’t think we would see all of the swooning from him. It’s easy to have faith when life is almost perfect and if its not,  you have money to make it looks like it is.

That is why I love Cody. With his struggles in life, his faith is just real, he is learning how to trust God with everything that has to do with his life. This was a bitter/sweet faith-filled book for Cody in very way. He is so pecial in the way that he uses what the Flanigan’s did for him and tuns it around to help someone else out that is in the same situation he was in.

I am patiently awaiting for the fourth and final book of the Bailey Flanigan Series. I hope we won’t have to wait until the very end of the book to find out that one final answer, but guess we will just wait and see.

I do recommend this book and all of Karen Kingsbury books for you to read. I’ve read them all, and love the Baxter family. I’m anxious to see what Karen has in store for us after this.

This book was provided by Zondervan for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions here are mine only.

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