My daughter has been reading Three Novels in Ones lately, and when "A Kingsbury Collection" by Karen Kinsbury came available to order, I jumped on it. My daughter's books have been around 200 pages each, so, when this one arrived with well over 700 pages of three complete novels, I was a little shocked! This book really is a great value, because it is three complete stand-alone novels, not shortened versions or just short stories.
The topics that Kingsbury covers in these novels are sometimes not covered, or even well represented in the Christian community, but Kingsbury truly gives the reader a genuine look into many modern day issues. Each of the characters in this trio of novels seem very real and authentic.
In the first novel, "Where Yesterday Lives", Ellen Barrett, a successful journalist, struggles with her marriage and is called to her hometown when her father passes away. While at home, she wrestles with making peace with her lost faith, her four grown siblings, a high school heart-throb, and of course the loss of her beloved father.
"When Joy Came to Stay" addresses the high expectations of living a "perfect" Christian life. Maggie Stovall on the outside is a successful columnist married to a godly, successful attorney, Ben Stovall. Ben has no idea of the dark secret that Maggie has kept from him their entire married life. In a twist, this story also follows an abused, foster child, Amanda Joy who has an unwavering faith. Can Maggie overcome her deep depression, make peace with her husband and find the child that she loved, but gave up before her marriage?
"On Every Side" takes place in small, town America that ensues in a battle over a one hundred year, much loved Jesus statue in the city park. Big town attorney, Jordan Riley has come to town to fight for human rights and once and for all, get back at God for his own boyhood losses in that town. Faith Evans, the town's sweetheart newscaster must face her own demons and take a stand for her town and her God.
All three books are fantastic, and will give you many hours of reading pleasure. These novels don't pussy foot around the issues of our society and will have you sitting on the edge of your seat in anticipation of the outcome and rooting for it's characters. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from Waterbrook Multnomah.
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