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This warmhearted and moving prequel to the “heart-tugging and emotional” (RT Book Reviews) #1 New York Times bestselling Baxter Family Series follows the family members as they face rising tensions during a wedding and a colossal storm.

A terrible storm builds in the early morning sky over Bloomington, Indiana, as Elizabeth Baxter prepares to celebrate her daughter Kari’s wedding to Tim Jacobs. It’s supposed to be the happiest of days, but Elizabeth can’t shake a growing sense of dread. Is the storm a sign? Something bad is about to happen. Elizabeth knows it.

Indeed, there are dark currents of conflict and doubt coursing through the Baxter family. In the midst of them, Kari Baxter is starting to panic. Is marrying Tim a mistake? And what about her family? Her brother Luke is angry and resentful of their sister Ashley, who has recently returned from Paris, a single mom with a son she too often leaves with their parents. At the same time, Ashley and their sister Brooke have lost the faith that is the family’s glue. Against all this, Kari sees Ashley rejecting her longtime love, Landon Blake, who clearly cares for her, no matter what happened in Paris.

When the storm reaches a terrifying crescendo, a shocking moment of danger brings important truths to light. At the end of the long day, can the Baxters remain a family, tested but stronger? 

From an author who “writes with seemingly effortless poetic elegance” (Booklist), The Baxters is an unforgettable testament to the power of love, family, and faith. 

©2022 Karen Kingsbury. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001, 2007 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Silly, simple

These characters just frustrate me! Their problems could easily be solved with simple conversations!! A question or two and all is right in the relationship again. I haven’t finished book, half way though, but I’m not sure that I can finish. The male reader is kind of hard for me to listen to. I need a deeper read.

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Good story but not a great prequel

I really loved the earlier sets of the Baxter family books and have read and listened to them multiple times. I was very excited about a prequel and wanted to love this book but I just could not. There are too many situations and actions that are not consistent with the original story at all. I found myself thinking, “that is not what happened!” several times.

If you are not familiar with the original books I think this would be a solid family drama story. It does have some very touching parts and the Baxter family is full of good characters. I also liked the narrators and thought they did a good job. I just wish it was more aligned with original story.

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Prequels are tricky

Although I have been a huge fan of Karen Kingsbury for years, this book fell a little flat for me. I think it’s difficult to write a truly accurate prequel after so many years, and many of the details in this book are contradictory to details provided in later books. I feel like this book was trying too hard to rewrite history that wasn’t there, and honestly it lacked The depth that I have grown accustomed to finding in her writing.

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Amazing story of the Baxters

Another heartwarming story that was to good to put down! Ready to read Redemption! Thank You for all the great reads!!

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Narration was 6/10 but story was 12/10 😍

Okay, so let me start off by saying I didn’t love the narrators of this particular story (I’m much more partial to Sandra Burr’s performance of the Redemption series, which was one of the best audiobook narrations I’ve ever heard). BUT.. that didn’t change the fact that I enjoyed this book SO much. It truly was the missing piece to the Baxter family story. It was a deeply touching and sentimental read, and it answered so many questions I never even knew I had about why each character is the way they are. Kari, Ryan, Ashley, Landon, Luke, Elizabeth.. I learned so many new things about each of them in this book. The entire story spans just 24 hours, which I think was a brilliant move on Karen’s part because it allowed her to spend a lot of time diving deep into past events that will eventually shed light on the things that take place later on in the Redemption series. It’s also filled with LOADS of fantastic foreshadowing, which I’ll always be a sucker for. The Baxters: A Prequel truly is the story before the story. Whether you’re new to the whole saga, or like me, you’ve been in love with the Baxter family for years, you won’t want to miss this heartfelt read. Thank you, Karen, for continuing to keep this fictional world growing even now, a decade after it was birthed. Please don’t ever stop writing about the Baxters! I can’t get enough!