The first book in Karen Kingsbury's Baxter Family series will certainly have you wanting to read all the others back-to-back! I have never highlighted or made notes in a Fiction book before, but Karen's writing filled with encouraging words, scripture and life lessons makes all of her books go-to guides for years to come. This first book introduces you to the members of the Baxter Family and all their struggles, focusing mostly on Kari Baxter who has just learned her husband is having an affair. Despite advice from family, friends and a long-lost love, Kari decides to try and make the marriage work and forgive her husband. Such a testimony of family and the healing powers of forgiveness.
This series has good themes, but the execution is not great. It's too much like an over-dramatic soap opera for my taste. What I really enjoyed was Gary Smalley's life advice at the end, which was excellent.
I loved the Redemption Series, as well as the follow-on Sunrise series. I have struggled with what I might have done wrong with my son as his faith is wavering. These books really outline that many other people struggle with the same thing and the answer is prayer!