Friday, August 3, 2012

Coming Home

Fiction by Karen Kingsbury.

Coming Home: A Story of Undying Hope

For the whole first half of this book, I thought it was the written version of a "clip show."

You know those episodes of TV shows where the writers don't bother to come up with a new plot; they just string together a situation where the characters sit somewhere and reminisce, so they can rehash a lot of old clips and not have to really shoot any new footage? That's what was happening.

Clip shows are okay if you've seen all the old shows they are referencing and you liked them...and it's been long enough since you saw the aforementioned shows so that you are able to enjoy watching the scenes again.

But it turned out that the first half was just the background part, like when they show a few fast clips with a voice-over at the beginning of the episode, in case you missed the last few weeks. And this author had a LOT of ground to cover. Here's a list of the previous books in Baxter family series:

First the "Redemption" series: Redemption, Remember, Return, Reunion, and Rejoice.

Then the "Sunrise" series: Sunrise, Summer, Someday, and Sunset.

Then the "Firstborn" series: Fame, Forgiven, Found, Family, and Forever.

Then we have the spinoffs: the "Above the Line" series: Take One, Take Two, Take Three, and Take Four.

Last of all, there's the "Bailey Flanigan" series:  Leaving, Learning, Longing, and Loving.

I'm not even kidding here. That's a lot of books. So I guess I can forgive Karen Kingsbury for rehashing a bit.

Especially since, halfway through the book, something NEW happened!

Which I'm not going to tell you, because that would spoil it.

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