Love Story

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, retired public Librarian and long time book discussion leader



Title: Love story

Author: Karen Kingsbury

Publisher: Howard Books

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Hardcover

Length: 331 pages


For a school project, John Baxter’s grandson Cole asks him to relate his love story with his wife Elizabeth, Cole’s grandmother. Strong enduring love is a major part of this tale but many mistakes in their lives must also be included making this retelling a rather tough time for John as well as his wife Elaine who he married after Elizabeth’s death.

Other Baxter scenarios are also part of Love Story: Family friend Cody Coleman is determined to win back his twice fiance’ed girlfriend, Andi Ellison. And Cole also asks for the retelling of his mother and father’s relationship, one his mom is fearful to describe.

Fans of the Baxter family will welcome this latest book in their saga. If you have not read of the Baxters previously, Kingsbury’s books are rather character heavy making it difficult at times to figure out the roster. Her characters also seem to be too good to be true at times, even when they are doing something bad which can make parts of the story unbelievable.


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

Kingsbury fans and fans in general of Christian contemporary fiction

Christian Impact

The theme of forgiveness is extremely strong in Love Story.

Other Notes

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Love Story: A Novel

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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