Leaving by Karen Kingsbury
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Once again Karen Kingsbury has written a captivating story that sucks you in within the first few pages. It's well written with deep characters who share their lives with us to both encourage us and challenge us in our walk.
While I enjoyed the book and the new story that still weaves in past characters I also have a reservation about this book. It is a great relaxing read to unwind with, but you can also get so caught up in the storyline and so attached to the characters that you find yourself wishing you were them or had them in your life. Be careful that this fiction series stays fiction and doesn't become a Christianized soap opera.
Leaving is clean and wholesome in that there are no scenes I feel the need to warn anyone about. However, it is an adult novel and I would advise caution and great supervision in allowing teens to read this book and series. Not because of anything outright wrong, but rather because it addresses issues of life that adults deal with and that teens - especially younger ones - should not.
The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City.
She's determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive. In order to be closer to his mother in jail, Cody takes a coaching job in a small community outside Indianapolis. New friends, distance, and circumstances expose cracks in his relationship with Bailey Flanigan.