I feel like I know the Baxter family very well. After reading Karen Kingsbury’s Redemption Series, Firstborn Series, and Sunrise Series (a total of 13 books that center around the lives of the Baxters), I am practically part of the family!
Because I read these series over several years, I was a little sad to begin Sunset, the final book about the Baxters. I felt like I was saying good-bye to old friends. However, Karen Kingsbury uses the novel to tie up loose ends, including the mention of characters from the earliest stories, and this made the ending easier to bear.
As in the other books, the themes of redemption and God’s plan for each individual’s life were pervasive. Of course, the strong sense of friendship and family was present as well. Although the book ended exactly the way I expected it to end, I would have been disappointed with anything different.
If you haven’t read any of the books about the Baxters, I encourage you to do so. The are easy-to-read, but they include important messages. If you are already acquainted with the Baxters, you can look forward to reading Sunset, the conclusion of the series. I will say, however, that turning the final page is bittersweet!
Lauren is a wife, a mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.