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.
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?
You can read an excerpt of Longing here, in PDF format.
New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist, with nearly 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple bestsellers, including Unlocked, 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, now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, their daughter and five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti.
I have been a fan of Karen Kingsbury for many years now, and have read almost all of her books since the very first one. I always enjoy how real-to-life the characters and their life experiences are. She never stays away from tough topics (like death, infidelity, adoption, etc) and always leads the characters (and ultimately the reader) to remember their strength is found in Christ.
I have enjoyed this last series from Kingsbury, and did really like Longing. The writing style is classic Karen Kingsbury and the experiences are all ones that we could all easily find ourselves in. You will laugh, cry and otherwise feel like you are right in the pages of the book with each word you read.
However, I did find the book (and the series) a little more suited for young adults versus those of us who have lived more, and thus experienced more. Maybe that is what the author was going for, not sure. That said, I did really enjoy the storylines of Bailey and Brandon/Cody but honestly felt that there were too many other storylines going on. I believe that part of my frustration was that the book seemed to move at a slower pace than it seems other Kingsbury books do. While this is not a huge issue, it was definitely not typical of this author. I will definitely read book four, and will continue to read Karen Kingsbury's work, but was a little disappointed with Longing.
Despite this, I still really do love Kingsbury's work and will continue to recommend her to all my family, friends and blog readers. I give Longing a 4/5 and a thumbs up!
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