A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

Category: Christian fiction, contemporary fiction, holidays and celebrations, Christmas, literature/fictionromance
Publisher: Howard Books
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Format: advance review ebook (eARC)
My Rating: 4-stars

Description

A New York Times bestseller!

Karen Kingsbury’s most beloved characters are back!

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes A Baxter Family Christmas, a life-changing story of love and hope featuring the Baxter family.

Whether you’re meeting the Baxter family for the first time, or finding them all over again…A Baxter Family Christmas will leave fingerprints on your heart forever.

Two years have passed since the terrible car accident that took the life of John Baxter’s daughter, Erin, her husband and three of their four daughters. Prompted by grief, and missing his daughter, John has invited a stranger for Christmas Eve dinner—Kendra Bryant, the transplant recipient who now has Erin’s heart.

In light of their father’s idea, Ashley and her brother Luke don’t think it’s right. They want to protect their ten-year-old niece, Amy—the only surviving member of the accident. But John is determined and believes meeting this woman is something his deceased daughter would want.

At the same time, Maddie West, the eighteen-year-old daughter of Brooke Baxter West, is praying for meaning this Christmas. Could she find it in a newfound friendship with a boy she never expected to see again? Maddie believes in miracles, especially at Christmastime, but this is a stretch even she can’t imagine. 

Meanwhile, Kendra Bryant has been struggling these past few years to find purpose in the tragedy that gave her a second chance. She believes the invitation to see the Baxters and witness their unwavering faith in God can instill peace and happiness back into her life.

Heartwarming and touching, filled with love and redemption, A Baxter Family Christmas brings together two families in the aftermath of loss and in the midst of an unfolding love story, all with the help of one very special child.

Review

Today is the one-year anniversary of the publication of The Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury.

A Baxter Family Christmas is a sweet clean read.  A beautiful book to snuggle up with in front of the fireplace, the Christmas lights twinkling in the background, while you sip on a warm mug of hot cocoa (or my favorite… Russian tea).  It feels like reading a Hallmark movie.  FYI… I mean that in the very best sense.  I love Hallmark movies!  In actuality, Kingsbury has already had a couple of her books made into Hallmark movies and there will likely be more ahead. 

Surprisingly, for as long as I have been reading Christian fiction, I have never read one of Kingsbury's Baxter family novels.  The odds of my having read one seems high since there are 25 books about the Baxters.  Yep, 25 books (and it keeps on growing)!  Yet, somehow I completely missed out.  My unfamiliarity with the Baxters didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story at all.  What it did was peak my interest in them.  Maybe it is time for me to begin delving further into the lives of the Baxter family.  If you want to join me, I have the Baxter family story, told throughout a number of series, listed out in order at the bottom of my post. It should keep you busy for a while ;).

I must send up a snow flurry to mess with this cozy scene.  Like many other stories in this genre, Karen Kingsbury’s characters are just a wee bit too perfect.  Everything that the characters desire, comes to fruition.  This Christmas gift is packaged just a bit too perfectly.  Even so, I would recommend reading A Baxter Family Christmas (as long as you don't have a tendency to hold yourself up to fictional characters and then find yourself wanting... the author perfected them before placing them on the page... your author, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is perfecting you day by day).

For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
— Hebrews 10:14 NIV
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
— Phillippians 3:12-14

Merry Christmas!

As a reviewer for NetGalley, I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.



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