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Sunset [Abridged, Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Karen Kingsbury
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Sept. 23 2008 Sunrise Series (Book 4)
A New Chapter With the demands of Hollywood life behind them for now, Dayne and Katy Matthews continue to adjust to life in Bloomington as they look forward to a new chapter together – expanding their family. Meanwhile, the entire CKT staff is busy preparing for the first production in Dayne and Katy’s theater. A Time of Uncertainty The Flanigans rally to support Bailey and Connor as they try out for lead roles in the musical, but then the family receives tragic news that weighs heavily on everyone’s mind. At the same time, Jim Flanigan faces a decision that could drastically change his family’s life. A Beautiful Beginning As John Baxter prepares for his marriage to Elaine Denning, one of the Baxters enters the most trying season of all. Will a time of renewed love and hope be strong enough to establish the sacred ground of marriage and chart a course for the future? And when the time comes to finally sell the beloved Baxter house, memories of times gone by meet with the changes of today, proving that only the support of faith and family can take a person into the sunset years of life.

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Karen Kingsbury is currently America’s best-selling inspirational author. She has written more than 30 of her Life-Changing Fiction titles and has nearly 5 million books in print. Dubbed by Time magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen receives hundreds of letters each week and considers her readers as friends. Her fiction has made her one of the country’s favorite storytellers, and one of her novels - Gideon’s Gift - is under production for an upcoming major motion picture release. Her emotionally gripping titles include the popular Redemption series, the Firstborn series, Divine, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, Oceans Apart, and A Thousand Tomorrows. Karen and her husband, Don, live in the Pacific Northwest and are parents to one girl and five boys, including three adopted from Haiti. You can find out more about Karen, her books, and her appearance schedule at www.KarenKingsbury.com.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunset by Karen Kingsbury Jan. 8 2013
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Another wonderful book by Karen. If you haven't read all the series it is a must. You can't just read one. It is best to read them in order as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE the Baxters, but am not thrilled with repetition. Oct. 18 2008
By Tanya Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you've not read the 13 books leading up to this one, but enjoy emotional, character-driven dramas, you'll LOVE this book! If you have read all the previous Baxter tales, you have no choice but to read this one too!

So why the lower rating? Oh, Karen, I hate to say this, but ... I felt like I was reading a novelized re-cap of my favorite TV show. You know how they always have "the best of" episodes in which they show you glimpses of everything you've already watched? That's what this book was like. Yes, there were a few new plot developments, but not enough to keep me interested. I was hoping for a little more action, a little more plot. Instead I got a lot of memories -- great memories!! Tear-jerker memories! But since I already have the other books, I'm a bit disappointed in paying for another book that, for the most part, echoes what was already sitting on my shelf.

That said, I LOVE the Baxters! I miss them already and would love to follow their stories further. This book continued the series' strong themes of redemption and forgiveness, both things we could all use more of. Great story. Great family. Great author. Just too much repetition for avid fans.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Final book in Baxter series is powerful Sept. 25 2008
By Christina Lockstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sunset by Karen Kingsbury is the final book in the Baxter series, tying up ongoing story lines and giving a kick-off for a new series in which the Baxters will be in the background. There are many storylines in this book, but most of them revolve around the family patriarch, John, selling the family home and remarrying. I was thoroughly impressed with how Kingbury manages to give just enough character history to make new readers feel comfortable without overwhelming previous readers. I was a new reader to this series, but after reading Sunset, even knowing how everything turns out, I absolutely can't wait to read the rest of the series. Kingsbury puts Christians into tough situations to show how God can work even in the darkest nights. One couple is struggling through adultery, another is facing a possibly dangerous pregnancy, another is still working through past trauma. In each, the love of and for God is shown beautifully. This is a family you want to be part of for life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Windup to the Baxter Saga Sept. 24 2008
By M. Kay DeFreese - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the 14th book that Karen Kingsbury has written in which have the Baxter clan in them. I suggest starting with the first novel reading them all. If I could title this book any other name it would be Forgiveness. Kari has to deal with forgiving someone from her past and helping that person heal. To fully understand Kari's story you have to start reading from the beginning although Karen does offer a Cliff notes version of what happened. Also, Luke and Reagon have to deal with forgiving her other from the incident that started all their problems.

There are some nice unexpected surprises that happen to one of the Baxter siblings at the end of the book. Often I am tempted to flip to the back of the book and read the last few pages. Don't do that. It will ruin the twists and surprises. You will not regret reading this book. I am thrilled to hear that this is not the last we will hear from the Baxters. She is writing a new series of books about a different family who will be moving to Bloomington, the town where the Baxters live which means we will get updates on what is happening in thier lives. You won't regret reading this novel if you have come to love the Baxters like they were real people.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending to an otherwise outstanding series Nov. 22 2008
By Mom of Twodaloo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sunset is the fourth book in the Sunrise Series and the last of 14 books about the Baxter family. I immensely enjoyed the first 13 books and had looked forward to this final book with much anticipation and even a little sadness. After finishing it, however, I only felt disappointment.

Knowing that this was to be the "end" of the Baxter story, Kingsbury tries to wrap up ALL of the loose ends from the previous books...many of which did not need wrapping up. Happy endings are enjoyable, but when every single ending is picture perfect, the story loses a lot of the realism that makes the rest of the series so easy to relate to. There was less depth in this book, and too many easy answers.

Finally, the thing that bothered me most in this book was the way that Angela Manning (from the very first Baxter book, Redemption) is reintroduced. How would she not have recognized Kari?!? They spoke face-to-face in Redemption! And under the circumstances, neither would ever forget the other. The fact that the author forgot -- as well as her editors and the many other people who read her books before they go to print -- is hard to comprehend. That entire storyline felt forced and untrue.

The series is an excellent one, and Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors, but Sunset left much to be desired.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll miss the Baxters! So sad it's ending. Oct. 12 2008
By Natalinaa Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First of all, all of Karen kingsbury books are amazing. I have almost every single one, they move me to tears and really touch me. Her books are for so many audiences, I'm 21 and in college and am hooked. I even got my fiance reading her stories!

I was bittersweet about Sunset. Devastated to have the series end, but also happy at the way things turned out for all the characters. This book ties up all the loose hands in a great way. I was happy at how the ending turned out for each and every one of the characters I've come to know and love. They all got an ending they deserved.

This books takes a close look at marriage as well in many aspects. I enjoyed the focus on Luke and Regean's relationship and deteriorating marriage because it's so true of what happens today in society. When we do handle things right away and let things build up and grow inside of us...it's bound to catch up. For Luke and Reagan it does, but thankfully everything works out for them. As a college student who reads I felt I could relate to them.

Anyway, Sunset is a great ending to the series. I finished it in a day. I only hope that Kingsbury will further explore Cody and Bailey's possible relationship.

- also, what happened with Ashley was predictable. But i was still happy.
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