You'll need to keep close to you a box of Kleenex because A Baxter Family Christmas, by Karen Kingsbury, it will be published this Oct 25 2016 by Howard Books, is a wonderful moving story.
I hadn't never read I confess, any adventures of the Baxter Family and so at first when I started to read the book pretty worried: and now, I thought?
It was more simple than what I thought and Karen Kingsbury has a new reader!
Her writing-style is so passionate, so felt, so extraordinary beautiful that while you read the book you feel a great participation. Problems, joys, sorrows, are told by the author as if they would have been lived by her in first person. And you can't stop to smile or to cry.
I loved so badly the couple of Ashley and Landon. In their case love remained untouched by the force of the time.
The story this one: John Baxter (and his numerous family) two years before lost his beloved daughter in a car accident.
Erin passed away and with her also the husband and three of their children. The only one who survived, Amy, lives with aunt Ashley and uncle Landon.
Of course it was a moment of profound sadness for the family Baxter although believing in God they were in grade to survive, enriching where possible their life with new and touching experiences and adventures.
In the while organs of Erin donated. John discovered later who had the heart of his daughter, a certain Kendra. Kendra was a not-believer, so this one a big difference for the family Baxter, true God's believer.
Reading this book you meet God in every page. Kendra lives a profound existential crisis with her husband.
John starts to call her, to send her letters. He wants to stay connected with her. The sound of the heartbeat of his daughter to him incredibly beauty from the beginning.
When she grew up, when she wished him all the best the day she left the house and then she died, the day of course she was born.
John wants to meet Kendra and decide to invite the lady for Christmas Eve dinner.
The family is divided. Why inviting a perfect stranger in a special day like Christmas Eve is?
But is Kendra a perfect stranger after all? She has the heart of Erin.
Luke and Ashley decide to spend their Christmas Eve apart because they don't want to meet this lady.
Ashley fights a lot with her dad although of course very sorry for it, because she loves her dad from the bottom of her heart.
John starts to think that this one won't be a great Christmas Eve after all with his family divided.
At the same time another young love-story: Connor falls in love for Maddie, the daughter of Brooke Baxter West while they're preparing a Christmas Show but Maddie can't love him because of what happened when she was little to her sister.
Beautifully felt I don't want to ruin the rest of the tale.
Go for it with the certainty of finding a wonderful product, for another moving adventure of the Baxter Family.
At the end of the book also the favorite game of the Baxter Family and some recipes for a perfect Christmas.
The cover of A Baxter Family Christmas is captivating, truly dreaming. It gives a sense or warm and unity. The perfect portrait of the Baxter Family!
I thank NetGalley for this book.
Anna Maria Polidori