From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes A Baxter Family Christmas, the first in a new series, combining the charm and holiday ambiance of The Bridge with the familiar members of fan-favorite family, the Baxters.
Two sorrowful years have passed since the terrible car accident that took the life of John Baxter’s daughter, Erin, along with her husband and three of their four daughters. But this year John has invited a stranger for dinner – Kendra Bryant, the transplant recipient who now has Erin’s heart.
In light of her 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 meaning in the tragedy that gave her a second chance. She believes this invitation to see the Baxters and witness their unwavering faith in God can instill hope and happiness back into her life.
Heartwarming and touching, filled with love and hope, A Baxter Family Christmas brings together two families in the aftermath of a tragedy and in the midst of an unfolding love story, all with the help of one very special child.
This is a good Christmas novel. I was a little confused at the beginning. That was only because I have never read any stories about the Baxter family or the Flannigan family.
I can’t say that I enjoyed this book more than The Bridge because I didn’t. The Bridge is still my favorite.
The reason it isn’t my favorite book is because there were so many characters. It took me a couple chapters to figure out who was who, and it wasn’t just that. It was also the fact that Karen switched POV (point of view) every chapter. That made it even more confusing.
All of the characters were very well thought out, but that was because there already was a series about both the Baxter and Flannigan family. I wanted to cry so many times during this book. It was very emotional.
The cover was very good. I like the house, snow, and the two people in the window. It was very creative. I will give it 4 stars!!!
As for the actual book, I will give it 3 stars. I liked the story, but it was confusing because I haven’t read about the other side characters.
Title: A Baxter Family Christmas
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Author’s Website: http://www.karenkingsbury.com/
This review is written in my own opinions and words.