But when Ashley receives some devastating news about the child she's carrying, can she trust God's sovereignty, no matter what the outcome? Review originally appeared in RT BookReviews Jun 25, Rhonda rated it it was amazing. Karen Kingsbury's book, Summer,is an exceptionally well-written book with three story lines that will keep you turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next.
The most pivotal story of the three focus around Ashley Baxter Blake and finding out there is a problem in her pregnancy and how her faith as well as her extended families faith is stretched. I found myself literally crying at the resolution of the story and silently praying that it would end differently. Karen Kingsbury has a Karen Kingsbury's book, Summer,is an exceptionally well-written book with three story lines that will keep you turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next. Karen Kingsbury has a remarkable way of writing that captures the reader,draws them in, causes them to reflect on their own beliefs and trust in God and leaves them being touched spiritually.
Jun 28, Shannon rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian-romance , romance , family-relationships. This story was a sad one but also very touching and healing. The author did a great job drawing me in to the story and I felt the emotion. She is truly an expert at making your heart connect with her characters.
I want to be a Baxter. They have an awesome, yet realistic family with real-life problems. One of the underlying themes of this book is the importance of communication. The author shows the fallout when people close off their hearts to each other and she also shows the beauty of allowing This story was a sad one but also very touching and healing. The author shows the fallout when people close off their hearts to each other and she also shows the beauty of allowing God's will and not fighting it.
This was one of the most emotionally touching stories Kingsbury has written. Highly recommended. Christian family romance.
Summer (Sunrise Series #2)
This book is full of the struggles that threaten to destroy her characters, like all of her others. I'm probably through reading this author. All 3 of the books, form different series, are essentially the same. Oct 03, Jerry rated it really liked it. A Quickie Review It's been a long time since I've read any installments in this series, but, I remembered enough about it well enough to follow this one. While the story is rather convoluted and has diverging plot points, the story itself is enjoyable, though a bit heart-wrenching.
Fans of Karen Kingsbury know what to expect from her writings, and that's just what they'll get here. Jan 20, Reagan Soper rated it it was amazing. Jul 14, Courtney rated it it was amazing Shelves: Heed my advice, I have to share some to post a fair review I cried like a baby, not just a few tears, I sobbed and prayed to God while reading this novel.
Karen Kingsbury is the type of author that will pull the true emotions out of a person, usually by making them look deep inside themselves to find the truth of how marvelous God truly is! There are so many different stories going on in Mrs. Kingsbury's "Baxter Family" novels, and "Summer" was no exception. We learned about Dayne and Katy their newly formed marriage , we see deeper into John and Elaine their budding romance , we peek through Brooke and Peter as we continue to see their faith grow , we watch the heart break in Kari and Ryan as their pregnancy is normal while someone close to them is not ; and lastly we cry buckets with Ashley and Landon for the one that was lost.
I believe one of the things that touched me the most was the fact that Ashley and Landon's son, Cole, was about to hold on to his faith when all of the adults had seemingly lost theirs. Many think that being eight years-old is to young to handle "adult" situations, but when raised right and having the love of the Lord- some eight year-old kids are smarter than said adults. Never judge a book by it's cover, you never know whats underneath the surface. After reading "Summer," I don't believe I will ever look at another tabloid in the check out isles again without immediately doubting everything they are printing.
How can intrusion into someone's life make the general public happy, I myself included? When it is printed in black and white before you, you see first hand the damage it can cause, it makes me sick to even think about it. My prayer is for all Christians whose lives are under constant scrutiny, it's not fair what they have to endure for other people's pleasure. The last thing I want to mention, for I don't want to give too much away, is the fact that this novel has "choose life" stamped all over it.
That is a powerful statement and I think that is the biggest thing that I will take with me from "Summer. View 1 comment. Sep 05, Anne Marie rated it really liked it. This book completely made up for any doubts I was having with the first book of this series, Sunrise. Now that I'm more familiar with the characters, and suddenly realized all the Baxter books I've been missing, I've come to really like this family, as well as the Flanigan's.
In this book, the CKT theater gives its last performance, Godspell. The building will be put up for sale and condos will probably be built. I still don't understand why Dayne couldn't buy the building for his wife and the c This book completely made up for any doubts I was having with the first book of this series, Sunrise.
I still don't understand why Dayne couldn't buy the building for his wife and the children, being he's a big movie star and would undoubtedly be making millions. Now that Dayne and his wife Katy are filming their first movie together, things are not good. The tabloids are creating rumors and taking pictures that tell the story of Dayne and Katy not being happy together, even breaking up.
Cody Coleman, who has been living with the Flanigan's, left to join the army. He reassures Bailey that he's only like a big brother to her, but as he's leaving, we learn what really has been on his mind. The other story in this novel is of Ashley and her husband Landon. Ashley finds out that her unborn daughter, who she named Sarah, has anencephaly, a fatal birth defect. Conflict arises between her and her doctor sister, Brooke. Brooke insists that Ashley have an abortion since the outlook is certain death anyway.
But Ashley perseveres, and we learn that Sarah's life is a celebration, and a learning experience for all involved. It is a very emotional and coming closer to God experience. Jan 01, Courtney Marie rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I've known about the discussion and the ending of this book for quite awhile. I'm a person that reads spoilers.
Bad habit I know. But I've always been a person who doesn't really like surprises. Especially in books. I like to know ahead of time in books and in Television and Film what heavy topics may come up to prepare myself. Prepare myself emotionally if that makes sense. And Let's be honest you really need to prepare yourself when you read Summer. Mainly Emotionally. Summer Hit home for me b I've known about the discussion and the ending of this book for quite awhile. Summer Hit home for me because I have a very tender heart when it comes to Babies and their lives.
Summer also allowed me a glimpse of the emotions my parents went through nearly 22 years ago when they where given my birth defect diagnosis. I thought Maybe Ashley would have a moment of feeling like Sarah's diagnosis was God's way of punishing her for her time in Paris. But by God's Grace it didn't. And That truly taught me that God wipes all our sins. To end a note let's be honest I really wanted to skip this book maybe even the last chapter because of my tender heart.
But I want to read every Baxter Book and I've journeyed with them through everything.
God Bless, Courtney Dec 05, Sara Fite rated it really liked it Shelves: christian-religious , I was really frustrated and annoyed with their actions, or lack there of. Like, why didn't Dayne buy the theater for Katy? That could have prevented a lot of the strife in their marriage and we know he was perfectly capable of doing it.
I was also frustrated with their actions in general and lack of communication.
It is almost out of character for them based on the other books we have already read about them in. Other than that though, this book is amazing and probably my favorite in this series. Yes, it's a little slow moving as in no major action happening quickly and it is VERY emotional, but it is still a really great book. Just not quite worthy of 5 stars.
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Sep 01, Taryn Rai Spearey rated it it was amazing Shelves: chriastian-books , favorite-series , library-books. Great book! Both Ashley and Kari and both pregnant, and the Baxter family is excited. However, one of Ashley's ultrasound reveal to her and Landon that their baby girl has neural tube defect. Ashley refuses to have the baby aborted, even though the doctor told them that Sarah would die at birth. John Baxter is friends with Elaine, but, Ashley seems to think there might be something more between them.
Meanwhile, Katy and Dayne have been asked to do a episode reality show, to make the press happy Great book! Meanwhile, Katy and Dayne have been asked to do a episode reality show, to make the press happy. Sadly, the reality show happens to cause more problems between them, and they question whether or not their marriage will survive. I was so saddened when Sarah died at the end of the book. I also loved seeing all the Baxters together during that sad time. Addicted to these books!
Jun 24, Kathy Murphy rated it it was amazing. Loved this book! Karen Kingsbury deals with real life experiences that we all deal with as we go through this world. And, she does it through a Christian's point of view. Life is hard. Living through difficult times without Christ is hard, with Him is hard as well. But, with Christ, we see how He speaks to us and helps us find our miracles even when He doesn't answer our prayers the way we think they should be answered.
I cried so much during the last pages of this book. But my faith is strength Loved this book! But my faith is strengthened. That is the message. Jun 30, Bonnie rated it liked it Shelves: Oh my this was a tough read at parts. They whole book focuses on abortion vs choosing life. She was able to save lives with hers. Jan 06, Valerie May Rabak rated it it was amazing. I love the journey Karen has us on with Dayne and Katy, and the Baxter family expecting two new babies in the family.
I love how she shows that there's beauty in a situation even when God doesn't move in the way we pray that He will.
His ways are perfect, no matter the outcome. We just need to trust Him through it all. Mar 20, Lauri Gentry rated it really liked it. I liked this one than book 1 Sunrise in this series. The Baxter family receives a different kind of miracle. You might need a hankie or two. The firstborn Baxter, Dayne, meets new challenges with his new wife as they embark on making a movie together and the stress put upon a celebrity couple.
The story of Bailey continues to develop. Dec 03, Sherri rated it it was amazing. Wow, this was a tough one. I almost deducted a star because the book was not an easy read. Summer reflects this dramatically. Thank you, Karen Kingsbury, for writing the hard stuff. Feb 01, Anna rated it it was amazing.
Summer (Sunrise, #2) by Karen Kingsbury
Tear jerker. Took a bit to get into this one but cried my eyes out at the end. Nov 04, Betty rated it it was amazing. Too teary-eyed to write a review. It was such a tender novel. I had hoped that Sarah would survive but the ending surrounding her brief little life was a blessing to all the Baxter family.
Jun 29, Lindsay rated it it was amazing. This was my first Karen Kingsbury novel and I am hooked! Going to start back at the beginning with the Baxters, because I want to know everyone's story. That being said, there were some intensely sad moments, but I loved the way their faith helped them through. Jul 16, Brooke rated it it was amazing Shelves: karen-kingsbury.
Cried my eyes out! Loved how Karen ended this book. I'm glad she went the way she did with the story. It would have been easier for a miracle to happen and heal everything but to see God work even when it isn't easy going is a good thing! I haven't cried through reading a book the way I did through this one in a very long time. What an amazing story!! They do happen and they come in many forms. Just listen for His gentle whisper. Thank you Karen! May 06, Tracy rated it liked it Shelves: books. There were a lot of characters to keep up with in this book.
I didn't read the first one in this series so that may be why I was a little lost. The story was heart breaking but there was a good message in the book. Listen to God's whispers, don't expect a hurricane. May 09, Connie rated it it was amazing. Her friendship with Cody Coleman continues to blossom after his graduation. But will it be too late?
Meanwhile, John Baxter takes the next step in his growing relationship with Elaine, giving him a season to contemplate selling the Baxter house. As the rest of the family considers the future and what may lie ahead, they must pull together like never before. During a time of renewed love and hope for the future, the Baxters come together to establish the sacred ground of marriage and to chart a course for the future.
Memories of times gone by meet with the changes of today in a story that proves only the support of faith and family can take a person into the sunset years of life. Read More. Product Details Published: December 6, Binding: E-book Keywords: book collection, expanding the family, christian living, death of a loved one, contemporary christian literature, religious romance, clean romance, marriage, pressures of the celebrity lifestyle, filming a movie, pregnancy, fame, hollywood, work life balance. Search Submit.