Sunset, Sunrise Series #4  -     By: Karen Kingsbury
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Sunset, Sunrise Series #4

Tyndale House / 2008 / Paperback

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The fourth book in Karen Kingsbury's "Sunrise" series and the fourteenth and final book chronicling the Baxter family is a book of beginnings as well as endings. Woven throughout its pages are the recurring themes of the redeeming love and the unending faithfulness of God. Memories of times gone by meet with the changes of today in a story that proves that only the support of faith and family can take a person into the sunset years of life.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0842387587
ISBN-13: 9780842387583
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Series: Sunrise

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2009 Retailer’s Choice Award winner!
As John Baxter makes plans to marry Elaine, one of the Baxters enters into the most trying season of all. During a time of renewed love and hope for the future, the Baxters try to come together to establish the sacred ground of marriage and to chart a course for the future. Memories of times gone by meet with the changes of today in a story that proves only the support of faith and family can take a person into the sunset years of life.

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Sunset, the fourth book in Karen Kingsbury’s Sunrise Series, and the fourteenth and final book chronicling the Baxter family, is a book of beginnings as well as endings. Woven throughout the pages are the constant recurring themes of the redeeming love and the unending faithfulness of God.

John Baxter is facing new beginnings in his sunset years as he finds love again after the unexpected loss of his beloved wife to cancer. John’s son Luke, whose marriage is in shambles due to poor choices and pride, finds that unforgiveness is blocking not only his relationship with his wife, but his relationship with God as well. Ashley, John’s daughter, fears that another pregnancy will end up in heartache after the devastating loss of her daughter, Sarah.

I enjoyed this book, as well as the entire series. The character portrayal was real enough to make me feel like I knew this family, and Sunset tied up the ongoing story lines nicely. Kingsbury did a good job of incorporating Scripture into the story lines: Psalm 130 was a recurring theme, as well as Philippians 4:6, and Jeremiah 29:11. God’s ways aren’t always our ways, and hurt and loss are a part of life. But this book shows how God can redeem any situation to His glory.

Sunset gives snippets from past story lines to give the reader a sense of what has happened previously, so in that way, this could be read as a stand-alone book. But don’t cheat yourself. Begin with the Redemption Series, then on to Firstborn, and finish with the Sunrise Series. You will enjoy the ongoing saga of the Baxters, and the redemptive power of the cross in their lives.-- Tracey Bonsell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Irene
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 2, 2011
    Irene
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5

    "The power of a family’s love and the healing miracle of redemption." This quote, found on the cover of the book, perfectly describes the wonderful series about the Baxter family. Sunset, is the last book in this Karen Kingsbury’s must read series. She has written this book in such a way that you think the Baxter’s are a real family and she has written their stories just for you.

    A couple tore apart by betrayal. A family dealing with health issues. A widower getting married and dealing with the merging of families. This fictional Baxter family could be anyone’s family. The author describes each issue in a way that helps you understand that the Lord is your answer in all your difficulties. You will also see how a family should help instead of hinder each other in their spiritual growth.

    If you have read the other books in the series you will love how Sunset brings all the stories to a close. You are left knowing that each member is moving on with their lives and happy.

    If you have not read any of the other books you can still enjoy the stories. Just don’t be surprised when you put this book down and rush off to find the first book in the series that started it all, Redemption.

  2. Angela Pearl
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 8, 2010
    Angela Pearl
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    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female

    Fabulous book. I wish she would write more books about the baxter family I have read all three of her series on the baxter family and have fallen in love with them. I look forward to her new books.

  3. Deborah
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 20, 2009
    Deborah

    All good things must come to an end and it's time to finally bring to a close the Baxter Family Drama series. It's interesting enough that the word drama is used because that's pretty much has been happening throughout the series. It seems that anything and everything that could happen to the family does happen to them. It's quite a roller coaster ride with lots of dips, turns and loops from the first book all the way to this last one. In this book, we finally see the Baxters bring everything to a close. John has decided he wants to finally move on with his life and this includes a life with Elaine. Ashley has to deal with fears of another pregnancy. Luke and his wife must come to terms with their relationship. The family comes together to help out each other in times of need.While I enjoyed the book, there just seems to be a little too much soap opera action for me. Affairs are discussed, marriages take place, pregnancies are happening, past relationships get brought up. Like I said, there's a lot of drama that happens to this family. It felt like all stories had to have happy and tidy ending but not without tear inducing moments. Now I myself never felt compelled to cry at all but I can see how some of these scenarios can force a few misty eyes while reading. I did feel though that everyone going into labor at the same time felt too coincidental to me.Overall it's a satisfying read if you've been following the family since the original series. Everything you want to happen happens, and everyone is together again for the finale However don't fear that you'll never hear from the Baxters again. Kingsbury has already released another series, The Above the Line series, where the Baxters can be seen in the background. It's like a spin off of your favorite show with cameos from the characters. The Baxters will forever live on.

  4. Gail Totzke
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 1, 2009
    Gail Totzke

    I loved this good as did I love the last 13 books, I was in tears as I finished this book knowing it's the end of the Baxter era. I enjoy reading all Karen's book. Please keep up the wonderful work. Every book has given me hope in some aspect of my life. Thank You!!!

  5. nicole
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 21, 2008
    nicole

    This was a wonderful way to end the series. It tied up loose ends and had great surprises along the way. It was hard to put down yet I did not want the story to end. I thought it was great how Luke and Regan asked forgiveness of each other and how John had Elizabeth and God's blessing to marry Elaine.

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