Book Review, “A Kingsbury Collection, Three Novels in One,” Karen Kingsbury author

kingsbury collection coverA Kingsbury Collection, Three Novels in One, includes three books by Karen Kingsbury:  Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay, and On Every Side.

In the first book, five siblings struggle to get through their father’s funeral while dealing with their disputes with each other. Ellen, the oldest, is the main character, but the book jumps around a bit from one point-of-view to another.  In the end, they all come together, but the story is extremely emotional, requiring a box of tissues toward the end.

The second book was the best of the three.  It was the story of a couple who seem to have everything going for them, until she comes face to face with depression and the consequences of past decisions.  Meanwhile, her husband races around retracing steps in her past to try to unravel the mystery of her difficulties.  The story is well written, with characters that are easy to relate to.

The third book focuses on a newswoman taking a stand against someone she would never have expected to be an enemy.  Faith decides to defend her faith when a statue of Jesus in the local park is requested to be removed.  She feels that this should not be just another religious item that is removed because it offends a few people when so many enjoy it.

These stories were well-written.  The characters seem like everyday people you could meet in your home town, as in most of Kingsbury’s books.  I did, however, find the size of the book difficult to handle.  It is too big to stick in a purse or bag, making it hard to take along with you to read.  I also found the idea of God speaking audibly to the characters in the last book a little far-fetched.  But overall, very good books for those who enjoy this author.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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