Book Review: To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury @KarenKingsbury @AtriaBooks @simonschuster

Book Review: To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury @KarenKingsbury @AtriaBooks @simonschusterTo the Moon and Back on May 29, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.

To the Moon and Back is a classic tale of Beauty from Ashes and overcoming loss. Although when first contacted by the publisher, I hadn’t realized how religious this story was, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having not read any of the other books in the series, this can absolutely be read as a standalone, I never felt lost or like I was missing any of the story line.

Brady Bradshaw and Jenna Davis were brought together by tragedy, both having lost loved ones in the Oklahoma City Bombing. With shared empathy they connected at a time, when most people in their lives couldn’t comprehend their grief. This was a beautiful tale about Redemption and understanding. It was an illustration of Trust and forgiveness.
Mrs. Kingsbury has a way with prose and wove an amazing story full of layers and beauty. I will never again look at trees the same way, now I shall always wonder.  This book left a smile in my heart and it was exactly what my soul needed. To the Moon and Back is a clear reminder that will love, anything can be overcome. Bravo.

About Karen 

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated for major network viewing sometime in the next year. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001 she and her husband, Don, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today the couple has joined the ranks of empty nesters, living in Tennessee near five of their adult children.

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