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Meanwhile, Cody's work coaching a small-town football team has brought him and his players national attention. In the midst of the celebration and success, Cody finds himself much closer to a woman who seems to better understand him and his new life. Even so, never does much time go by without Bailey and Cody experiencing deep feelings of longing for each other, longing both for the past and for answers before they can move forward.
Will an unexpected loss be the turning point for Cody? Will Cody and Bailey find a way back together again for the first time in more than a year? And if they do, will their brief time together be enough to help them remember all they've been longing for?
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Bailey Flanigan
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Joyce Mccarley5 Stars Out Of 5June 29, 2012Joyce MccarleyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Loved the whole series of Bailey Flannigan, she was one of my favorite characters. I read all the books leading up to Bailey's and love how Karen Kingsbury addresses life problems we can all relate to. Great life stories and life lessons that we can learn from about God's great love, grace and mercy for our lives.
GCCanadaAge: 18-24Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Between 3.5 and 4 stars...May 8, 2012GCCanadaAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Follow and trust God, not the ways of this world.
That's the main message I'm getting while reading this series. And let me tell you THAT is awesome, and I could not agree more with Karen. That being said, pardon me as I honestly say what I truly felt towards this book_ frustrations. So many frustrations throughout, mostly with the characters, really, starting with Bailey. Like most readers, in the beginning, I wanted her and Cody to end up together. But at one point ( when she and Cody got to talk) I realized that Bailey could be sometimes selfish- really. ( BTW, If for any of her characters Karen was inspired by someone in real life, I am ONLY talking about the characters in the book.) Bailey says that she wants to be adored and everywhere you turn, there's practically a picture of how â€˜perfect' she is, being painted. (Not realistic). Poor Cody didn't deserve her constant anger and blame. And Brandon? (Who I'm not cheering for really, because I believe he needs to be less impulsive and a little more mature), Bailey is practically his world_ and not in a good way. I find that there is a lot of times way to much going on between them. A healthy love story should not just be based on dizzy feelings and cute scene and â€˜Baby, I love you too much'. In real life, lovers fight and make up. Nobody is perfect but on Bradon and Bailey's side, it's just a fairytale going on really.
I'm cheering for Cody; and I find that there's more to be learned from him. This mature young man (has made mistakes yes, but valleys and montains have shapped him and I'm reading book four mostly hoping that he'll find a good woman that can truly demonstrate him, whole-heartedly, the love of God for him.
That said, Sweet Karen, I wish nothing but the very best for your writing really!!
SueQueJamaicaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The book did not end as I expectedMay 7, 2012SueQueJamaicaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The book was all that I had expected and then some, it wrung so many different emotions from me. Looking forward to the next in the series. The ending just have me wondering.....?
AngelaSch1984WIAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Answered Questions left wanting moreMarch 23, 2012AngelaSch1984WIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Wow! Karen Kingsbury sure has out did herself with this one! Alot of the questions I had were answered in this book, just left me wondering what would happen to Bailey and Brandon. I use to be Team Cody, the Team Brandon and now after reading Longing I am Team Bailey. I wish that I could be the kind of Christian that Bailey is! She makes me want to strive for the Lord!
noneHamlin, TXAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent storyMarch 13, 2012noneHamlin, TXAge: Over 65Gender: femaleThe book lived up to my expectations. It was everything I have come to expect from the author. Can't wait for the next one!