Published by Howard Books on June 6th 2017
Also by this author: To the Moon and Back, When We Were Young, Two Weeks
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About this Book
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a new book featuring everyone’s favorite family—the Baxters.
From the day they met, John and Elizabeth were destined to fall in love. Their whirlwind romance started when they were young college students and lasted nearly thirty years—until Elizabeth died of cancer.
So when John Baxter is asked to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson Cole’s heritage project, he’s not sure he can do it. The sadness might simply be too great. But he agrees and allows his heart and soul to go places they haven’t gone in decades. Back to the breathless first moments, but also to the secret heartbreak that brought John and Elizabeth together.
At the same time, Baxter family friend Cody Coleman is working through the breakup of his complicated relationship with Andi Ellison. He is determined to move on when a chance sighting changes his plans—and heart. Can Cody convince Andi to give their love another try, or is it time for them to say goodbye, for good?
As school comes to an end, Cole presents his report on the love story between his grandparents John and Elizabeth Baxter. It is a tale that touches the hearts of the entire family, and one that causes Cole to better understand his own beginning.
Whether you’re meeting the Baxter family for the first time or finding them all over again, Love Story will stir your heart and remind you of the generational impact of love and the eternal bond of family.
Love Story by Karen Kingsbury held my heart as I reunited with the Baxter Family and learned about the not so perfect John and Elizabeth Baxter.
Cole has a heritage project for school and wants to talk to his grandfather, John Baxter. As you can imagine there are mixed emotions in the family as John will have to relive his life with Elizabeth Baxter. Since John is remarried, this creates an even more awkward situation for him.
I absolutely loved the concept for this story. I thought the class project was a brilliant and interesting way for the story to play out. In what could be a long drawn out family history lesson-turned into a trip to the past where I was standing and watching a love story blossom.
Through Cole’s project, we learn how John and Elizabeth met and their relationship. Many times we can view John as a picture perfect individual who seems to do what is right, but in this story, we get to see a different side of him.
I love how beautifully Karen wove together this story with tenderness, hurt, sorrow, forgiveness, and love.
It was fun to reconnect with the Baxters, a family so many readers have come to know and love. While the story focused a lot on John and Elizabeth, we were able to connect with other members in the family as well.
This story inspired me to take a look at my own heritage, which is something I had been considering doing for a while.
This was truly a story only Karen Kingsbury could write. One that drew me in, took me back in time, and melted my heart all at the same time.