Thursday, July 5, 2018

C Reviews: To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury

Series: Baxter Family # 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Howard Books
Released: May 29, 2018
355 pages
About the Book:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a brand-new love story in the Baxter Family collection about two people who lost their parents in the same national tragedy—two people desperate to find each other and the connection they shared for a single day…a day that changed everything.

Brady Bradshaw was a child when the Oklahoma City bombing killed his mother. Every year, Brady visits the memorial site on the anniversary to remember her. A decade ago on that day, he met Jenna Phillips, who was also a child when her parents were killed in the attack. Brady and Jenna shared a deep heart connection and a single beautiful day together at the memorial. But after that, Brady never saw Jenna again. Every year when he returns, he leaves a note for her in hopes that he might find her again.

This year, Ashley Baxter Blake and her sister Kari Baxter Taylor and their families take a spring break trip that includes a visit to the site to see the memorial’s famous Survivor Tree. While there, Ashley spots a young man, alone and troubled. That man is Brady Bradshaw. A chance moment leads Ashley to help Brady find Jenna, the girl he can’t forget.

Ashley’s family is skeptical, but she pushes them to support her efforts to find the girl and bring them together. But will it work? Will her husband, Landon, understand her intentions? And is a shared heartache enough reason to fall in love?

Deeply emotional and beautifully romantic, To the Moon and Back is an unlikely love story about healing, redemption, hope and the belief that sometimes a new tomorrow can grow from the ashes of a shattered yesterday.

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟    (5 stars)

I always love catching up with the Baxter family. I love how this series catches us up with the Baxter Family members, but also shows us how they are interacting with others and brings in new characters. As much as I love Karen’s books, I wasn’t sure how interested I was in this one in particular. I was unsure about the topic being so close to such a real life devastating tragedy. I was completely surprised with how much I loved this book. The characters pulled me in and I learned a lot about the tragedy that I did not know. I was surprised in some of the storyline - when I started reading, I thought I knew how things would go, but there were elements of this story that I was not expecting.

I liked how Karen dealt with Ashley and Landon working through a difficult situation and their difficult opinions. I appreciate that they are not portrayed as just a perfect couple who do not deal with difficult situations in their marriage. Brady and Jenna’s story is heartbreaking, however I loved seeing how God used the situation in their lives and brought them together. I loved that Jenna stood strong to her convictions and did not compromise. Brady’s journey to faith was realistic and included many different people and situations in his life.

For any fan of Karen Kingsbury’s books, and especially the Baxter family, this is a must read. This book can be read as a stand alone book. Karen also includes a run down of the Baxter family at the end of the book for those who are new to the Baxters.
I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed in this
review are my honest opinion and completely my own.

Other books in the Series:
1 Love Story  2-In-This-Moment_thumb  

1 comment:

  1. I love the book cover. It feels like they are looking on in hope and have each others backs. Congrats on the tour.