Review: To The Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury (The Baxter Family #3)

 

TO THE MOON AND BACK by Karen Kingsbury

Publication date: May 29, 2018

Howard Books Hardcover / ISBN: 9781451687651 / $23.99

eBook ISBN: 9781451687675 / $11.99

 

 

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a brand-new love story in the Baxter Family collection about two people who long ago shared a childhood tragedy—two people desperate to find each other and the connection they once shared… and just maybe a chance at love.

Brady Bradshaw was a child when the Oklahoma City bombing took his mother from him. Every year, Brady visits the site on the anniversary to remember her. A decade ago on that day, he met Jenna Phillips, who was also a child when her parents were killed in the attack. Brady and Jenna shared a deep heart connection and a single beautiful day together at the memorial. But after that, Brady never saw Jenna again. Every year when he returns, he leaves a note for her in hopes that he might find her again.

This year, Ashley Baxter Blake and her sister Kari Ryan take a spring break trip with their families that includes a visit to the site to see the memorial’s famous Survivor Tree. While there, Ashley spots a young man, alone and troubled. A chance moment leads Ashley to help the young man find the girl he can’t forget—Jenna Phillips.

Ashley’s family is skeptical, but in the end everyone comes together to support Ashley’s efforts to find the girl and bring them together. But will it work? And is a shared heartache enough reason to fall in love?

Deeply emotional and beautifully romantic, To the Moon and Backis an unlikely love story about healing, redemption, and hope that springs from the ashes of a tragedy.

 

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Here’s the thing about To The Moon and Back… don’t read it if you don’t like reading about religion because the whole story revolves around that. 

This book sounded incredibly romantic and sweet and… it’s really not. It is the love story of two people but I feel like the main story is someone’s relationship with God and how badly the community around them wants them to believe which I really didn’t enjoy at all. I like religion, I’m not against it, I like going to church and my beliefs fall in a “you do you as long as you’re not hurting anyone else”. I can believe in something and I won’t push someone else to believe in the same thing, we can believe different stories and that’s fine. I respect you, you respect me. Simple as that. 

Don’t push people into believing something just because you do. 

With this book I felt like it was a small community of people pushing someone to believe and I really, really didn’t like that. The book was well written. The story is okay. It has a nice structure and I found the whole Memorial thing very loving and nostalgic. The characters were kind (besides the whole pushing thing). The storyline goes on at a nice pace. It wasn’t hard for me to imagine elements of the environment… I couldn’t put them together as a whole but maybe that was just me.

Basically, it’s not a bad book, just don’t read it if you’re not into religion, because even though it has a good story you’ll be overwhelmed but how much the words ‘believe’ and ‘God’ are mentioned. 

 

Massive thanks to Howard Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

 

3 / 5 flowers

 

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated for major network viewing sometime in the next year. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001 she and her husband, Don, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today the couple has joined the ranks of empty-nesters, living in Tennessee near five of their adult children.

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