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About the Book
Two years have passed since the terrible car accident that took the life of John Baxter’s daughter, Erin, her husband and three of their four daughters. Prompted by grief, and missing his daughter, John has invited a stranger for Christmas Eve dinner—Kendra Bryant, the transplant recipient who now has Erin’s heart.
In light of their father’s idea, Ashley and her brother Luke don’t think it’s right. They want to protect their ten-year-old niece, Amy—the only surviving member of the accident. But John is determined and believes meeting this woman is something his deceased daughter would want.
At the same time, Maddie West, the eighteen-year-old daughter of Brooke Baxter West, is praying for meaning this Christmas. Could she find it in a newfound friendship with a boy she never expected to see again? Maddie believes in miracles, especially at Christmastime, but this is a stretch even she can’t imagine.
Meanwhile, Kendra Bryant has been struggling these past few years to find purpose in the tragedy that gave her a second chance. She believes the invitation to see the Baxters and witness their unwavering faith in God can instill peace and happiness back into her life.
Heartwarming and touching, filled with love and redemption, A Baxter Family Christmas brings together two families in the aftermath of loss and in the midst of an unfolding love story, all with the help of one very special child.
If I had to pick only one family to read about, it would absolutely be the Baxter family. I have been reading about them for years. Make sure you check out Karen’s website and check out every book in the series. You will not be disappointed! Such a wonderful and real family. They have struggles just like we do, and they haven’t all made the right choices. But in the end, it always leads to how God can help us and how strong the power of family is. But back to this book…..
The topic of transplant is very real and near to my heart as my husband is a transplant recipient. He is alive today because unfortunately someone else lost a love one. For that very reason I could totally connect with Kendra and her husband. And while our donor’s family has chosen not to respond to our letters, I still think about them and pray for them. This book was so emotional for me to read. I kept thinking about that donor family and what they must be going through. Were they Christians like the Baxters? Was it someone young and with a family? Was it someone older who had lived life to the fullest and had a wonderful personality? Unfortunately we’ll never know, but I personally believe perhaps they would have been like Erin and her family.
If you have never read one of the Baxter books before that is ok. Karen does a wonderful job in the beginning of letting you know who are the characters are and how they are all connected. That being said, I highly suggest you start with book one and continue on through. I promise you will fall in love with this family instantly. In fact, all of America will be able to see them on TV soon – stay tuned to Karen’s website (click here) for more information on that. This reader and fan is super excited!!
Karen has such a gift in her writing ability. She writes in a way that you feel every single emotion throughout the book. I understood Ashley’s objection as well as John’s need to see Kendra. And having Kendra and her husband not believe I think added a wonderful storyline. Can a Christian family really share God’s love with non-believers and have them see the light? Thank you Karen for giving us all hope that we too can share the gospel.
I was so glad to hear that Karen decided to continue updating us on he wonderful Baxter family. I cannot wait to read the next installment. I think once you finish this book you’ll find that you feel exactly the same way. So what are you waiting for? Go get your copy of grab a chair. But be forewarned. You’ll probably want to read it in one sitting 🙂