Kingsbury Offers 24th Book in Baxter Family Series Just in Time for Christmas

Written by Ann Byle on . Posted in Local

COVERBestselling author Karen Kingsbury has written many books, 24 of which are part of the Baxter Family collection. Her most recent is "The Baxter Family Christmas," released just in time for this holiday season.

The book is first in a new collection featuring the Baxter family. The second, "Love Story," comes out in June 2017 and a third next fall. "The Baxter Family Christmas" has John Baxter eager to bring his family together on Christmas Eve. He also wants to invite the young woman who received daughter Erin's heart after her untimely death.

Some of his family are happy to meet her, but some want nothing to do with this stranger who reminds them of their deep loss.

"I try to create people who are real and readers can relate to," said Kingsbury. "Readers see themselves or a family member in these characters."

Kingsbury sees fiction as more than just a good story well told. "A story can go through the back door of the heart like a teaching book cannot," she said. "When Jesus wanted to touch a heart, he told a story."

The Baxter collection is a favorite among readers, according to Kingsbury, and continues to draw a strong fan base.

"The characters have faith and flaws," she said. "Through all of life's ups and downs, they have stayed strong together. Things might not end perfectly, but the Baxter family stays strong. It's beautiful for readers to have that reminder."

Filmmakers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are working on a television series based on the Baxters. It will air in late 2017 or early 2018; no network has been decided.

Visit Karen Kingsbury's Facebook page and website  for more information on her books and book launch events.
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Ann Byle
Ann Byle is a freelance writer and owner of AB Writing Services. She writes for a number of publications including WMCN, Publishers Weekly, CBA Christian Market and Grand Rapids Magazine, and is author or coauthor of several books including The Baker Book House Story, The Call to Care: A Compassionate Response to Caring for Vulnerable Children (2018) and Christian Publishing 101 (2018). She and her husband Ray, a science teacher, have four young adult children.

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