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June 3, 2013

A KINGSBURY COLLECTION: Three Novels In One by Karen Kingsbury

A KINGSBURY COLLECTION: Three Novels In One               5 STARS
by Karen Kingsbury

Where Yesterday Lives
When Joy Came To Stay
On Every Side


Where Yesterday Lives

Ellen Barrett is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist with an uncertain marriage, a forgotten faith, and haunting memories of her picturesque hometown and the love she left behind. The eldest of five siblings, she longs for the time, long ago, when they were a happy family. Now Ellen’s beloved father is dead, and she returns to her childhood home to make peace–with the people who still live there, with the losses and changes that time has wrought, and with the future God has set before her.

When Joy Came to Stay

Maggie Stovall is one of the golden people. She has it all least on the surface. Ben Stovall is a godly husband and successful attorney. He has no idea of the darkness about to overtake his life. Amanda Joy is a child of society–abused, broken, thrown away. But her trust in God is still alive. When Joy Came to Stay is the heart-wrenching story of one woman’s descent into the shadows of depression, her husband’s search for understanding, and a precious child’s unwavering faith.

On Every Side

Faith Evans is an up-and-coming newscaster, a woman of honor and integrity who must take a stand against the one man she never imagined would be her enemy. A beloved, hundred-year-old statue of Jesus stands in a small-town park–but some say it’s a clear violation of separation of church and state that must come down. Jordan Riley is a powerful attorney fighting for human rights and against God, but still reckoning with bitter boyhood losses. Amid political intrigue, social injustice, and personal conflicts, will love be enough when the battle rages on every side? 

 Story Behind the Book

Each of my novels is a piece of my heart. Where Yesterday Lives was my first-ever novel, and as such it is somewhat autobiographical. The childhood story of Ellen Barrett, her love for her parents and siblings, is my story–though her current story and struggles are fictional. On Every Side sheds light on the struggle for religious freedom in today’s climate, something I am passionate about. Finally, When Joy Came to Stay is the story of one woman’s battle against depression and the secrets of her past.

This book took quite a while to read, One book, three novels.  The author, Karen Kingsbury wrote a page turner and a well written, should I say, three well written novels. You can't wait to turn the page and see what is going to happen next.

The first story, WHERE YESTERDAY LIVES is about Ellen. Her father died and the problems that arise between everyone is easy to understand.  Ms. Kingsbury makes you feel like you know the characters and what they feel.  The story has two sisters who almost hate each other. The story tells of issues from the past, 
thoughts of having affairs. The family not only has to deal with their problems but everyone else's as well. The ending will leave you teary eyed.  

Novel Two:  WHEN JOY CAME TO STAY was just as good.  Decisions made long ago causes grief for one woman.  Not only grief but guilt for the choices she made and believes her husband is the reason she made the choice she did. She decides to check in to an institution.  In turn, her husband starts investigating his wife's past to try to find out what has made her act like she has. 

Number Three:  ON EVERY SIDE is totally different than the first two stories. It's still good though.  Bethany
has had a statue for years in the town center.  Now they're facing a lawsuit There's an association that doesn't want religious statues where there should be a separation between church ad state.  They love to sue people for this kind of thing and so they go after Bethany.  There appears that a lawyer has some kind of problem with the statue.  Ms. Kingsbury pulls the story together with several different characters.

It will take some time to read this book.  I would suggest you read one story and then wait a day or so before you start another.
  The books will inspire you to live every minute of everyday in your faith, no matter what faith that is. You will find the stories have Grace and Forgiveness.  It shows how sometimes we take very bad actions and the characters led real lives.  It could be one of ours.    Sometimes those who profess to be Christians don't always act like it,  Godly decisions they do not make.  There were fathers in each of the stories that didn't live up to their job as fathers.  They didn't protect their daughters, didn't lead them in the right way.  It's so sad because it is so true in real life.  Usually the same thing happens, and it isn't ever good.
As usual Karen Kingsbury has done it again, three times.  Good, Clean ,honest reads.  They may make you stop and take a moment to reflect.  This character may have been  a copy of you.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

I  was given a complimentary copy of this book by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for this unbiased review.

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