To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury ReviewTo the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury
Published by Howard Books on May 29, 2018
Pages: 384
Also by this author: Love Story
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My Rating: five-stars

About this Book

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a brand-new love story in the Baxter Family collection about two people who long ago shared a childhood tragedy—two people desperate to find each other and the connection they once shared…and just maybe a chance at love.
Brady Bradshaw was a child when the Oklahoma City bombing took his mother from him. Every year, Brady visits the site on the anniversary to remember her. A decade ago on that day, he met Jenna Phillips, who was also a child when her parents were killed in the attack. Brady and Jenna shared a deep heart connection and a single beautiful day together at the memorial. But after that, Brady never saw Jenna again. Every year when he returns, he leaves a note for her in hopes that he might find her again.
This year, Ashley Baxter Blake and her sister Kari Ryan take a spring break trip with their families that includes a visit to the site to see the memorial’s famous Survivor Tree. While there, Ashley spots a young man, alone and troubled. A chance moment leads Ashley to help the young man find the girl he can’t forget—Jenna Phillips.
Ashley’s family is skeptical, but in the end everyone comes together to support Ashley’s efforts to find the girl and bring them together. But will it work? And is a shared heartache enough reason to fall in love?
Deeply emotional and beautifully romantic, To the Moon and Back is an unlikely love story about healing, redemption, and hope that springs from the ashes of a tragedy.


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Get ready for a beautifully emotional, gripping story in To the Moon and Back by my friend Karen Kingsbury.

Not only do we get to reconnect with the beloved Baxter Family, but we get to be transported into the gripping love story of Brady Bradshaw and Jenna Phillips that has been years in the making.

Brady and Jenna both lost their parents in the Oklahoma City bombing. Brady, still scarred by the terrible day, visits the memorial every year on the anniversary to remember his mother. A decade ago he met Jenna. That was the last time he saw her. Every year he returns to the memorial and leaves a note for her in hopes he might find her again.

My heart broke for these characters as their lives and hurt became real. I loved Brady's faith journey. I also enjoyed the way Karen wove the Baxter's into this book.

If you have read all of the Baxter series up to this point, you will know that Amy has been through a lot. In the way only Karen can do, she took this kind-hearted child and created a beautiful story around a sapling.

Amy, despite her young age, shows a high level of maturity in this book. Her kindness and innocence challenged me. I'm sure her story will do the same for so many readers.

I loved how this story unfolded, and I was able to learn about a historical event through the Baxters. With everything going on in the world, this story was one my heart and soul needed to read. To the Moon and Back was the perfect reminder that love can be found in the darkness.

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