Loved 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.
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!!
Wow! 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!