I have read the entire Baxter series (all 22 books) and consider the family members some of my all-time favorite characters. After being very disappointed with the Bailey series, I was nervous to read this book and anxious to see if it would follow the trend of the Bailey series or return to the life-changing tales fans have come to appreciate from Karen. This book did not disappoint.
The first part of the book is a walk down memory lane for fans of the Baxters (and can catch up a new reader) as the various kids and their families travel to Indiana to celebrate John Baxters' 70th birthday. When tragedy strikes, the family must rely on each other and Jesus as they face the unthinkable.
It's hard to say what I thought about the book without giving away what the tragedy is, but through the horrible events, the common theme from all of the Baxter series shines through: total dependence and faith in Jesus no matter the circumstances. I loved the various chapters being told through the eyes of the siblings, giving one last glimpse into these characters' lives. I loved the hope despite the hurt. I loved seeing the kids who I read about when they were born as teens and preteens with their own story to tell. (I can see Karen doing a book about Cole in the future.) And most of all, I loved seeing a book by Karen that went back to the storytelling that made us all fans.
Fans of the Baxter family will enjoy this one last journey with an amazing family that endured some of life's most bitter circumstances with faith and even joy.
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.