Sunrise, Sunrise Series #1   -     By: Karen Kingsbury
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Tyndale House / 2007 / Paperback

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In preparation for their long-awaited wedding day, Dayne and Katy are determined to keep the ceremony a secret from the paparazzi. Their relationship grows closer and stronger as they plan together, but in the end it takes the help of the Baxter family and many of the CKT kids so that they will even have a chance at a private wedding. John Baxter is thrilled that his oldest son will be settling down a few miles away, but he's not sure how any of his kids will handle a situation he can no longer run from--the feelings he is having for his friend Elaine. In the meantime, the Flanigan family is struggling with their young boarder, Cody Coleman, Jim Flanigan's star receiver. After an alcohol overdose, Cody fights for his life. Only the grace of God and a miracle can bring him back from the brink of death--physically and spiritually.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 0842387471
ISBN-13: 9780842387477
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Series: Sunrise

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2008 Retailer's Choice Award winner!
In preparation for their long-awaited wedding day, Dayne and Katy are determined to keep the ceremony a secret from the paparazzi. Their relationship grows closer and stronger as they plan together, but in the end it takes the help of the Baxter family and many of the CKT kids so that they'll even have a chance at a private wedding. John Baxter is thrilled that his oldest son will be settling down a few miles away, but he isn't sure how any of his kids will handle a situation he can no longer run from—the feelings he is having for his friend Elaine. In the meantime, the Flanigan family is struggling with their young boarder, Cody Coleman, Jim Flanigan's star receiver. After an alcohol overdose, Cody fights for his life. Only God's grace and a miracle can bring him back from the brink of death—physically and spiritually.

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Sunrise by Karen Kingsbury is the first book in the Baxter Family Drama Series. This series focuses on the continuing story of the Baxter family from the Redemption Series and the First Born Series. I have to admit that when I started Sunrise I didn't realize this was a continuation of another series. As a result, I felt a bit lost and overwhelmed when I began because the story immediately takes off and you are definitely expected to know the characters.
Sunrise continues the story of Dayne and Katy as they prepare for their upcoming wedding. Dayne is still wary of the paparazzi and wants to keep this ceremony secret at all possible cost. Will it be possible for Katy to have her fairy tale wedding, or will they be forced to elope for the sake of privacy? John Baxter, Dayne's father, struggles between grieving the loss of this wife and moving on. He is excited that his son is now living close and is glad to finally be a part of his life. Meanwhile, the Baxter family's dear friends, the Flanigan's, are dealing with a tragic accident with their "adopted son" Cody. Will his trauma change him and those around him or will he allow alcohol to consume his life?
One great feature that I want to point out in this Kingsbury novel is a charity project called Forever in Fiction. Kingsbury gives the winning bidder the opportunity to become involved in her stories. She uses the biography of the winning bidder's nominee to create a sub-character in her books. To date, this charity project has raised over $100,000 for charities across the country. In Sunrise, Kingsbury features two auction winners including their real identities and bios in the acknowledgments.
This book takes off from page one and doesn't slow down until the end. Each character has a long, rich history, and as a result I honestly do not recommend this as a stand-alone book. Instead, I recommend readers start with the first series and work their way through. While I feel Sunrise is an enjoyable book and once again proves why Kingsbury is an award winning Christian author, I didn't feel like it had a specific Christian theme like most of her books do. Despite this fact I feel this book is certainly worth the read because it is a wonderful story of several Christian families living out their lives in a godly manner. Not only is it heartwarming to see these families succeed in life, but it is also inspiring to see these same families overcome tragedy while keeping their eyes on the cross. – Brandi Webster, Christian Book Previews.com

Publisher's Weekly

Welcome back to Bloomington, Ind., where some of Kingsbury's most popular Christian novels are set. Kingsbury's latest feel-good offering launches a new four-book series to follow the Baxter Family Dramas, which have nearly two million copies in print. She introduces a few new faces and follows familiar characters like the Baxters through their mostly sunny lives. Unfortunately, the plot is all but nonexistent. Hunky actor Dayne Matthews and the lovely Katy Hart are engaged to be married, but they face a dilemma: how to plan a private wedding that won't be overrun by reporters desperate for a shot of the Hollywood heartthrob tying the knot. Dayne hires a Tinseltown wedding planner who specializes in secret star nuptials, although Katy frets that keeping the wedding hush-hush may necessitate deceiving some close friends and relatives. Meanwhile, Jim Flanigan, football coach at Clear Creek High, suspects his players are drinking and tries to crack down. Inspirational platitudes litter the pages ("Jim already knew the possibilities. Now it was a matter of trusting God for the outcome"). Readers new to Kingsbury will have a little trouble keeping the characters straight and figuring out the backstory, but her many fans will relish this visit with old and new friends, despite the clichés.

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  1. Betty Monda
    Sullivan, Mo
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    this book is sensational
    October 16, 2010
    Betty Monda
    Sullivan, Mo
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book deals with kids who drink and what can happen. It deals with how our lives are so much better when we follow God's leading. The CKT kids are so amazing. Don't know what CKT stands for....read the books and find out. You will be glad you read this series.
  2. Tami Jones
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 28, 2009
    Tami Jones
    I love Karen Kingsbury's books. This one just adds to the list. Her stories deal with real life issues that we all face or have faced at one point.
  3. Laura Kotka
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 26, 2009
    Laura Kotka
    Read 4 chapters so far and the story sucks you in from page one - just as all Kingsbury stories do. You meet several families in the first chapter - and you just can't wait to see what unfolds in each of their lives. Love it so far.
  4. Vivian Williams
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 1, 2008
    Vivian Williams
    I have finished book #1 and have started #2. I enjoyed Sunrise. It brought a family in conflict together with their combined love for their Saviour and what was best in His eyes, not the worlds. It was real down to earth family life, dealing with real issues of today. Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors. She starts her books getting my interest and keeps it all through the book. Can't wait to finish book #2 and see how God works in the life of each character. Keep up the good work Karen!
  5. Forest Hills Baptist Church
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 23, 2008
    Forest Hills Baptist Church
    Karen Kingsbury's books are all so very relevant. I feel like the Baxter family is part of my family. This book was a great culmination of their family, all the ups and downs and finally John and Elaine getting married. I'm hoping this will not be the last we hear from the Baxter's.Thanks, Karen, for another wonderful series.Carolyn Eddings
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