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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Walker; 1 edition (July 25 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594153396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594153396
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 16.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,232,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Concluding Kingsbury's series featuring former missionaries–turned–film producers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison (Take Three), this entry finds Chase returning to his hometown, while Keith hooks up with filmmaker Dayne Matthews. The two are ready to celebrate their success after signing one of Hollywood's top stars for their next project when their leading man is involved in a public scandal. Suddenly it is up to Keith and Dayne to save their own reputations and that of their star. VERDICT Kingsbury has been dubbed the 'Queen of CF' by Time magazine for good reason. Her emotionally charged novels often contain a strong romantic component and feature Christians at odds with their everyday world. This title is no exception. Recommend this one to readers who enjoy well-drawn characters and contemporary settings. (Library Journal)

Andi Ellison is struggling with the choice of whether or not to keep her baby. She thought God was telling her to give it up for adoption. But ever since the ultrasound, when she finds out it’s a boy, he seems more of a reality, and it’s harder to imagine giving him up. Bailey Flanigan is trying out for a lead role in Keth Ellison’s (Andi’s father) newest Hollywood film, Unlocked, opposite teen star Brandon Paul. Andi continues her internal battle, while Bailey tries to concentrate on her movie role despite the way Cody Coleman has been increasingly avoiding her. This fourth book in the “Above the Line” series concludes this chapter in the lives of the Ellison family and is a great look into the emotional journey of pregnant teens and what it takes to give up a baby for adoption, as well as to trust in God that one is doing the right thing. (CBA Retailers & Retailing) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The four complete novels in the bestselling Above the Line Series follow dedicated Hollywood producers, as they seek to transform the culture through the power of film. The series also features characters from the Baxter Family. Take One With millions of investors' dollars on the line, Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison realize they may be in over their heads in the struggle to fulfill their dreams to change lives through the power of film. Take Two Independent filmmakers, Chase and Keith discover that all that glitters is not gold, and that success in Tinsel Town could cost them everything---their relationships as well as their ideals. Take Three Keith Ellison's dream of making films that change lives is coming true. But at what price? His daughter, Andi, is growing up fast and her choices could tear the Ellison family apart. Take Four Keith Ellison and his new partner in filmmaking, Dayne Matthews, ink a deal with the nation's top young actor to star in their biggest production yet. But the actor's reputation for partying threatens the mission of the company. The producers become missionaries in order save the film, their families, and the young movie star. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I started at the end of series, then wanted to read the rest of the books in the series! I love Karen Kingsbury's writings, as so many of my friends do as well. Although the movie industry doesn't interest me so much, the story of the making of a Christian film caught my interest.
There should be more Christian movies made.
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A great ending to the series. Karen Kingsbury's books are great books to read. I did not want to put the book down until I had finished the story. I am looking forward to her next series of stories.
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HASH(0xa381a114) out of 5 stars Even more disappointed then I thought I would be... Dec 27 2010
By Happy Lady - Published on
Format: Paperback

Wow, just wow. I wrote a review for Take 3 (under the name Avid Reader. I gave it 2 stars) and said I was getting a little turned off by this series, but now I am just shocked at how far she is going with it. And there is another entire series continuing this story. I am farely certain I will not be reading it. I know that my opinion is vastly different from most people about this series, but so be it. I loved the 3 Baxter Series, really and truly. I still love them and they are all on my book shelves and I still recommend them to other people. I don't know what happened, but for me, this series went from only ok to bad to almost unreadable.

My thoughts on this book:
1. Every individual character storyline in this series is extreme. Meaning, every character is either a God fearing, Bible quoting, praying every other sentence Christian or a drug using, elicit sex having, anti-anything God heathen. I was so sick of it by the end of the book, I was literally shaking my head while I was reading. I consider myself a faithful person, but I found it almost impossible to relate to any character because of this.

2. I was personally offended at how she handled the Andi story line. I don't even know if I can explain properly. This part of the story was just so completely off for me, I was skimming the parts about her. This has a lot to do with my first point, but I am so disappointed. She had questions about her faith because her friend died. This could happen to anyone, but to have her completely spiral out of control and to keep pointing out that it is because she had questions about God is just crazy. A person can have questions about God and not turn to drinking, random sex, lying, and just all around insanity. I was so turned off at the non-stop mentioning of her "lost innocence" and that her "purity" was gone. She could still be a good person! She could even still be an actress! I was so angry at every one talking like her life was ruined and how she missed her opportunity because she became pregnant. The conversation with her dad about how he wasn't around to "save" her or keep this from happening was just too much. When Bailey was auditioning for the movie, they mentioned that she had an innocence that can't be faked and Keith Ellison felt sad and depressed thinking about Andi and how she will never be innocent again. Can you really just look at someone and tell that they are a virgin or not? In several different parts of the book Andi was described as having a childlike face and young features when her pregnancy was discussed. It was mentioned several times that she looked way to young or childlike to be pregnant. But, then somehow she doesn't look innocent anymore.

Also, at the movie premiere for The Last Letter, Andi decided not to go. Kingsbury does write that she is do any day and that was plenty of reason for her not to go. But no, she just had to go on and say that Andi decided not to go because she did not want to hurt her father's or her father's production company's image. She did did not want the paparazzi to get pictures of Keith's unmarried pregnant daughter. These people are supposed to be christians! They are portrayed as horrible hypocrites. I completely appreciate the message of waiting till marriage to have sex. Kingsbury delivered that message great in the Baxter book with Dayne and Katy. I don't know what happened here, but Andi is portrayed as a problem that they have to deal with. This part was just awful.

But for me, the real kicker, was when she went into labor. It was perfectly described at the house, and at the hospital up until she started pushing. Her mom said something about the pain, and Andi thoughts are the pain of labor and pushing is nothing compared to the pain of losing her innocence. Really? I have had 2 babies and if there wasn't only about 5 pages left in the book, I would have slammed it shut and thrown it away.

I will say that I, too, am 100% anti-abortion and I actually appreciated that she kept the baby and put him up for adoption. I was also touched at the very end at the hostpital at how hard it must be to physically give your baby up. (But that did not remotely redeem the rest of her story)

3. Bailey: I have read several people mention that the Flannigan's seem to mirror the Kingsbury Family and I tend to agree. This makes Bailey's story far too arrogant for me. She is almost perfect. Her worst "problems" extend to her staying in her relationship with Tim too long or not being able to figure out Cody or deciding between Cody or Brandon Paul.

4. Cody: Desperately needs a backbone. It's really embarrassing at this point. It have been almost 6 or 7 books now with the repeating theme of "I love Bailey, but she deserves better then me." This would have been ok for a bit, but nobody would be attracted to someone with that degree of self-pity. It is not romantic. It is sad(as in pathetic).

5. Cody and Bailey's relationship: Kingsbury is dragging this storyline out far too long. AND, there is another ENTIRE SERIES coming! I started out intrested in them, then got frustrated because at some point they need some closure, whether they got together or not. Then, (in Take 3) FINALLY, they got together. They were open and told each other they had feelings about each other. Only to start this book and no, once again, dragging out. The thought that there is 3 or 4 more books for this specific part of the story to go on and on is just daunting.

6. Unlocked: The movie portayed in the this book. As I was reading this book, I knew that Kingsbury had already had a book out that she had written titled "Unlocked" which is based on the story from this book. This got so incredibly arrogant that I truly struggled to read it. There were several references to the Unlocked story saying how it is such a great story, so inspiring, has one of the best christian messages. Several of the characters mention that it is one of the best stories they have ever read. It was just really unnerving to me, that Kingsbury was writing this book and describing another book that she wrote with such high regard. It might be a good story (I don't know, I haven't read it), but I really couldn't understand her talking about her own work like that. Truly arrogant, in my opinion.

To me this series is almost a joke. This isn't a wonderful story of faith in everyday life. This is almost an obsession with God series. I don't know anyone who, in normal conversation, prays together 3 times in about a 10 minute period. Or shouts across a court room to "pray, pray to Jesus!". That doesn't bring people to Jesus, that makes you seem crazy. No matter what you are saying, if you are shouting across a room of people that don't want to hear you, you push them away. I am expecting people to disagree with my assesment, but I really feel this strongly about it. Kingsbury has an awesome platform to bring God and faith to people and she has done it wonderfully time and time again. Even Now and Ever After are not only 2 of my favorite books by her, they are 2 of my favorite books of all time. It is unfortunate, but this series feels like being strapped down and force fed faith whether you like it or not.

If you have made it through my entire review, thank you and I hope you look elsewhere for Christian Fiction. (Even other Karen Kingsbury books are a lot better)
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34bb5dc) out of 5 stars Coasting Through this One July 12 2010
By Anne Garrett - Published on
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First, let me say that I've enjoyed a number of other Kingsbury novels. Take One and Take Two were so good that they motivated me to read all the Baxter books immediately. (Reading sixteen of her novels in quick succession turned out to be overdoing it the least bit, but that was my fault not hers.) Take Three disappointed me, but I still held out high hopes for the final book in the series--hopes that the reading completely dashed.

Replacing Chase with Dayne Matthews in the film company meant too much Baxter focus for my taste. Fourteen earlier books in three series tell us their story; let's concentrate on different characters now. For a moment it looked as though we might be surprised by Andi's decision, but she ultimately took the easier, predictable road. A couple of other reviews mention that the characters celebrate Veterans' Day in October. That's not just one small mistake; it's mentioned repeatedly over several chapters. Nor would it be easy to fix in subsequent printings as it would alter the entire timeline. A couple of other smaller errors made me wonder how many people had to read the book before it was printed. (Please don't expect to smell wild lilacs and honesuckle in Indiana at the end of October, for example. Unless the Baxters and Flanigans are so blessed that God has turned Bloomington into the new Eden since I was there last.)

All in all, it appeared to me that Kingsbury tired of this story and coasted through the writing while simultaneously wanting to milk these characters through yet another series. I felt like I was reading a long commercial for the Baxter books and especially for the upcoming Unlocked and Bailey Flanigan series. Obviously I'm in the minority here, and die-hard fans seem to love the book. Karen Kingsbury is capable of much more (Shades of Blue, for one), but I won't take her writing for granted hereafter.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa30a00f0) out of 5 stars love Kingsbury but so disappointed July 5 2010
By leslieE - Published on
Format: Paperback
I feel like this book has gone from a great book series to a soap opera. It should have ended in three books. At the very least, it should have ended with the 4th book. I am not sure sure that I will read another "series" book of hers. Maybe it is best to stick to the stand alones.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa347bf48) out of 5 stars Bordering on arrogance July 12 2010
By T. Borden - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have read almost every one of Karen Kingsbury's novels, and the past 2 have done me in as a fan. I strongly feel that Karen mirrors the Flanigan Family seeing them as her own family and this has bordered on too much arrogance for me as a reader. And the spin off series of Bailey Flanigan is sure to mirror the life of her own only daughter, just as the storyline of each Flanigan family member has mirrored members of her own family. I would imagine that most characters she writes about are actually real and involved in her life in some way. Take 3 had me questioning the arrogance of writing about what seemed like her own family being the "pefectly put together wealthy Christian family that everyone wants to be or at the very least be a part of"..and by the end of Take Four..I'm pretty convinced it is. And going into the Bailey Flanigan series now is sure to mirror the life of her only daughter..and I think I am pretty much Flanigan/Kingsbury family burnt out. When it became obvious the characters were being mirrored..I couldn't enjoy the story as the arrogance seemed to just ooze more and more and seem like bragging which defeats the whole theme of the novels and Christian fiction. The fictional line began to blur too much for my comfort.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35a1010) out of 5 stars Disappointing Feb. 20 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I totally agree with Happy Lady. I could not have said it better myself. I don't even want to read the Bailey series because I don't think I can stand anymore of her and Cody's stupidity. Anyway, I thought Bailey felt God leading her not to go to New York in this book. So, why is she going in the next series? I love most of KK's books, including the 3 Baxter series, but this Bailey-Cody series is like the never-ending story.