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Good start into new seriesMay 23, 2009
By Jackie Tortorella
Take One is the first of a new series by Kingsbury. We're introduced to a couple missionaries, Chase and Keith, who have returned from Indonesia to produce a movie. It is to have a strong Christian message and yet appeal to a wide audience. Their idea and plan are sound, but their limited budget threatens to end their film-making careers before they can get started. The book's main theme is the struggle to complete the filming amid show-stopping obstacles.
I found the beginning to be a bit slow as I tried to get into the new characters. As soon as the book started focusing on Bailey Flannigan and her relationships with Tim and Cody (from the Sunrise Series), I found it very engaging. This series will bring new stories and people while continuing the Baxter saga.
Of all Kingsbury's novels, the Baxter stories are the most popular, and with good reason. This author develops multi-dimensional characters who practically live in the minds and hearts of readers. While one could start with Take One, I recommend reading the entire saga for maximum enjoyment. It teaches how a family should care about one another and live in Christ. I'll list the entire line of books below, in order, because it's hard to figure out the right order by looking through Amazon.
1. Redemption 2. Remember 3. Return 4. Rejoice 5. Reunion 6. Fame 7. Forgiven 8. Found 9. Family 10. Forever 11. Sunrise 12. Summer 13. Someday 14. Sunset 15. Take One 16. Take Two (available for pre-order as I write this).
If this number of books seems daunting, don't worry. You'll love each one so much that you'll soar through them. These are my favorites of all the series' in the Christian Fiction genre. I wish I had them all to read for the first time still ahead of me!
16 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Encouraging storyApr 13, 2009
By Sue Foley
I enjoyed this book - read it on a plane and it kept me from watching the movie; an encouraging story of hope and change and not too emotionally threatening or distressing as some of these stories can be ; with enough action, character depth and engagement -
15 of 15 found the following review helpful:
FantasticNov 05, 2009
Anyone who has read Karen Kingsbury know what a great author she is...her books still bring cover price at the closest used book store. This book is no exception. Characters struggle with finances, family and faith - and learn lessons on the way.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Great audiobook versionJul 22, 2009
By Barefoot Contessa
I am a big Kingsbury fan; and it's so great that this book takes place in Hollywood, with her leading characters struggling to balance basic Christian family values with the pitfalls of Tinsletown. The characters are all believable, and each dealing in different ways with their faith.
I really enjoyed the multi-voiced production of this book; it made it so interesting and easy to follow, switching from each characters point of view. I kept having to stay in my car after getting home to listen to the end of each chapter!
I must say I enjoyed this presentation better than the woman who previously read Kingsbury's books.
These Cds were very enjoyable, and I was sad to come to the last one.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Singing the praises of Take OneJun 03, 2009
By Keleigh Crigler Hadley, author of Revenge Inc.
I always gauge a good book by the sound I make when I read the last word and close the cover.
I give this book a resounding. "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh."
Great plot, great characters, great Christian inspiration.
Karen Kingsbury is one of the most popular authors in this genre for good reason. I am looking forward to the entire series.[...]
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