To the Moon and Back

To the Moon and Back

Dear Jenna,Like I do every year, I wrote you a letter. In case you come to the memorial today. In case you want to find me as much as I want to find you.It was the beginning of a letter not meant for Ashley Baxter Blake, but somehow she finds herself drawn to it. And to the handsome stranger who left it tucked in a chain-link fence for someone named Jenna. That man is...

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To the Moon and Back Reviews

  • Susan

    To the Moon and Back

    Karen Kingsbury

    Received from Atria Books

    Wow, all I can say is, TO THE MOON AND BACK blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading and be prepared to go on an emotional roller coaster ride like you have never experienced before. It is the third book in The Baxter Family series but it can easily be read as a stand alone, which is what I did.

    Brady Bradshaw returns to the memorial site every year to mourn his mother who was tragically killed in the Oklahoma City

    To the Moon and Back

    Karen Kingsbury

    Received from Atria Books

    Wow, all I can say is, TO THE MOON AND BACK blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading and be prepared to go on an emotional roller coaster ride like you have never experienced before. It is the third book in The Baxter Family series but it can easily be read as a stand alone, which is what I did.

    Brady Bradshaw returns to the memorial site every year to mourn his mother who was tragically killed in the Oklahoma City bombing! One year while he is there he meets Jenna who is there mourning her parents who were also killed in the bombing. They share an instant connection as they feel no one else can possibly know what they are going through. TO THE MOON AND BACK is a childhood book that holds a special place in both of their hearts. This year, while at the memorial, Ashley Baxter sees Brady and the pain in his eyes and wants to help him. She sees Brady put a note on the fence and the detective in Ashley comes out. Will Brady ever see Jenna again and be able to move on and heal? He leaves her a note every year hoping to reconnect with her.

    TO THE MOON AND BACK is all about family and the past and the secrets that come out are heart tugging. It had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission. I had to know what was going to happen to Brady and Jenna and all the secondary characters. The characters are all well written and totally believable. TO THE MOON AND BACK is without a doubt one of the best books I've read in 2018 so far. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters. My heart broke for Brady and Jenna and for all they were dealing with but Brady shredded me. Karen Kingsbury really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author.

  • Anna

    Ashley Baxter Blake and Kari Baxter Taylor and their families are taking a vacation together for Spring Break. Their neice, Amy, who lost her parents and sisters in a tragic car crash, wants to visit the memorial site of the Oklahoma City Bombing. She is hoping for a sapling from the Survivor Tree that they hand out on the anniversary of the bombing. She wants to plant it in their backyard as an emblem of her own journey of hope and moving forward. While they are at the site, Ashley encounters a

    Ashley Baxter Blake and Kari Baxter Taylor and their families are taking a vacation together for Spring Break. Their neice, Amy, who lost her parents and sisters in a tragic car crash, wants to visit the memorial site of the Oklahoma City Bombing. She is hoping for a sapling from the Survivor Tree that they hand out on the anniversary of the bombing. She wants to plant it in their backyard as an emblem of her own journey of hope and moving forward. While they are at the site, Ashley encounters a young man, Brady Bradshaw, who is leaving a note in the fence to Jenna. He met Jenna eleven years prior and their connection was something he couldn't forget. Both Brady and Jenna lost their parents in the bombing, a grief they shared. Brady returned every year hoping Jenna would be there. Ashley is determined to find Jenna in hopes of healing Brady's heart. Can God work the miracle to reunite the two?

    Another beautiful story of redemption and faith.

  • Ashley

    I was absolutely delighted when Simon and Schuster contacted me about Karen Kingsbury’s upcoming release To the Moon and Back, part three in her much-loved Baxter series. Even before I was an avid reader I heard nothing but praise about Kingsbury’s writing. She is a family favorite and go-to author for my mother-in-law.

    Though this is the

    I was absolutely delighted when Simon and Schuster contacted me about Karen Kingsbury’s upcoming release To the Moon and Back, part three in her much-loved Baxter series. Even before I was an avid reader I heard nothing but praise about Kingsbury’s writing. She is a family favorite and go-to author for my mother-in-law.

    Though this is the third book in this particular Baxter Family collection, it can be read perfectly as a standalone and is a great place to get started with the series or with Karen Kingsbury books in general! To the Moon and Back was a special read for me because I happen to be the same age as a couple of the main characters.

    Brady Bradshaw and Jenna Phillips were five years old when the Oklahoma City Bombing took their parents’ lives. Every year Brady visits the memorial, unable to move on from the heartbreak of losing his sole caregiver – his mom. On one anniversary, a chance encounter at the memorial brings Brady and Jenna together for a full day of remembrance and shared heartbreak. After exchanging numbers, the pair plans to see each other again after they both felt their unmistakable connection. Unfortunately, a set of circumstances keeps that from ever happening. Though they both fondly remember the day and the connection they shared, they no longer have the means to get in touch.

    A decade later, Ashley Baxter Blake, her sister, and their children venture to Oklahoma City for Spring Break to pay their respects on the anniversary of the bombing. When Ashley happens upon Brady, a perfect stranger, she can’t help but be drawn to his haunted expression. She feels compelled to find a way to help this young man, no matter how crazy everyone thinks she may be.

    Like Brady and Jenna, I was five years old at the time of the Oklahoma City Bombing. It was the first American tragedy in my lifetime I remember vividly. I remember watching days of news coverage with my mom, asking questions, and wondering how and why something like this could happen. Then I remember hearing children like myself were inside and some had died. It was terrifying to imagine.

    Karen Kingsbury brought these characters to life in the most realistic sense. I could truly envision the heartbreak and brokenness that comes with such tragedy. Though some characters had been through more difficulty than others, the prospect of redemption made this an exciting and encouraging read. I loved the chance to equally explore each character’s past and present, making me anxious for every page and new perspective. Though the story is told from three characters’ point of view, it was never a challenge to follow. The only negative for me was the abundance of characters in certain scenes, making it slightly difficult to keep up with who was who. This was the only point I thought it would have been helpful if I had read the other books in the series because I would have known the backstory behind each character’s name.

    Overall, this was an interesting and heartwarming read, keeping me interested from beginning to end. I enjoyed Ashley’s influence in the story, and not just because we share a name. She acted as a kind of “middle-man” helping to make a love connection happen. I have been known to feel compelled to do things for strangers in a similar fashion, making me especially enjoy her perspective, as “out-there” as it sometimes seemed.

    I’m looking forward to catching up on more of Karen Kingsbury’s books and possibly the TV series, which will be coming soon to Lightworkers.com. If you’re looking for a clean, inspirational Romantic read, To the Moon and Back is one to keep in mind. This beautiful story is available for pre-order now, releasing on May 29th.

  • Kathleen

    "Kingsbury skillfully weaves a tale of devine love ..in this romantic tearjerker." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

    This is the second book by Karen Kingsbury that I have read. I previously read and enjoyed IN THIS MOMENT.

    I like the Baxter family and how they get along together. Some of them are on holidays and are going to visit the memorial in Oklahoma

    "Kingsbury skillfully weaves a tale of devine love ..in this romantic tearjerker." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

    This is the second book by Karen Kingsbury that I have read. I previously read and enjoyed IN THIS MOMENT.

    I like the Baxter family and how they get along together. Some of them are on holidays and are going to visit the memorial in Oklahoma on the anniversary of the bombing. Amy wants to get a sapling from the "survival tree", so that she can plant it in memory of her family who was killed in a car accident when she was little.

    Brady Bradshaw was a survivor of the Oklahoma City bombing. While at a memorial he met Jenna, a beautiful girl who was also five years old when she lost her parents in the bombing. Both of them were seventeen and each one remembered his/her parent(s) saying at every bedtime, "I love you to the moon and back!" They felt a bond and exchanged phone numbers. BUT he lost her phone number and has been unsuccessfully looking for her the past eleven years.

    Ashley Baxter Blake notices Brady at the Memorial and feels compelled to watch him and get involved. Should she interfere? Can she help? Will Brady and Jenna get together?

    There are repetitive parts in the book, but I enjoyed listening to January LaVoy and Kirby Heyborne read this deeply emotional story about healing, redemption and hope.

    There is an accident. What happens next? Read the book to find the answers. 4.25 stars

  • Rissa

    Sometimes she prayed God heard her.

    Beautiful as always.

  • Gabrielle Stoller

    Oh goodness. I keep wanting to love Karen Kingsbury latest works.....but there is always something that bugs me. Perhaps it is the now obvious endings we will get (think saccharine Hallmark). Maybe it's the "pray and/or have an interaction with an angel and everything will be alright." Maybe it's the emphasis on Ashley Blake.....and how it ALWAYS is about Ashley. I like that character, I do...yet we do have other Baxter family members we could have as the protagonist.

    I did love Amy, the little

    Oh goodness. I keep wanting to love Karen Kingsbury latest works.....but there is always something that bugs me. Perhaps it is the now obvious endings we will get (think saccharine Hallmark). Maybe it's the "pray and/or have an interaction with an angel and everything will be alright." Maybe it's the emphasis on Ashley Blake.....and how it ALWAYS is about Ashley. I like that character, I do...yet we do have other Baxter family members we could have as the protagonist.

    I did love Amy, the little niece and daughter of Erin. Her sweetness, her innocence, her childlike faith. That was one of the bright spots in "To the Moon and Back." I did love all of the attention and detail to OKC's bombing. I was also five years old so I don't remember anything about that event.....I found myself wanting to look things up and learn more.

    The message of the book was a good one. I like this quote "The reason a tree survives the storms of any season is because its branches bend in the wind. Otherwise it would blow over and die....Whenever God's spirit might to her (Erin) or lead her in a certain direction, whatever He whispered for her to do or not do....she wanted to be sensitive." May the same be said of me.

    So yes, I'll keep reading Kingsbury's books because I can't stay away. But I do wish she felt it okay to leave characters broken sometimes. Because we are human.Even with Christ, we don't always get a happy ending.

  • Becki

    Okay, I think I've figured out why I'm not loving Kingsbury's books as much as I used to. I'm really done with the Baxters. I enjoyed the original series. And some of the add ons. But I'm read to move on as a reader. The Baxters are just too perfect for me right now. Especially Ashley, who can do no wrong and is always the epitome of wisdom. Even an argument between her and her husband was just glossed over and solved by him apologizing for not understanding as if she didn't have a role to play

    Okay, I think I've figured out why I'm not loving Kingsbury's books as much as I used to. I'm really done with the Baxters. I enjoyed the original series. And some of the add ons. But I'm read to move on as a reader. The Baxters are just too perfect for me right now. Especially Ashley, who can do no wrong and is always the epitome of wisdom. Even an argument between her and her husband was just glossed over and solved by him apologizing for not understanding as if she didn't have a role to play as well.

    I think I would have enjoyed the story of Brady & Jenna had it been a standalone.

  • Gianna

    It’s typical Karen Kingsbury - short, to the point, cliched, obvious ending. Some of her older books were great but her more recent ones are just sub-par. I still read them because they’re an enjoyable way to catch up with the characters but honestly, they aren’t very good.

    I also think this book presents a dangerous message - the two characters met each other once when they were 17 and yet they are “meant” to be together? It’s very strange and perpetuates ideas that aren’t realistic. It takes

    It’s typical Karen Kingsbury - short, to the point, cliched, obvious ending. Some of her older books were great but her more recent ones are just sub-par. I still read them because they’re an enjoyable way to catch up with the characters but honestly, they aren’t very good.

    I also think this book presents a dangerous message - the two characters met each other once when they were 17 and yet they are “meant” to be together? It’s very strange and perpetuates ideas that aren’t realistic. It takes more than a day as teenagers to know whether you are supposed to be with someone. And then to say, “I love you. I always have,” —- you don’t truly love someone after spending a day with them and then not seeing them for eleven years. That’s infatuation, chemistry, and all that is great, but love is far more than that.

    I also dislike how the puts angels into all her books now.

    Everything is always tied up at the end is a neat bow, and that’s not how life works. Life is messy, and Karen Kingsbury can’t authentically depict that messiness.

  • Brianna

    I don't even know what to say. This author used to be my FAVORITE. I read every book, owned most of them, and modeled most of my early writing after hers.

    So what the heck happened? Maybe it's the fact that she's churning books out left and right, but I have no idea. All I know is that this book drove me insane. There was the Jesus stuff that is always great, but the characters didn't speak to me. Ashley and Landon drove me nuts (they used to be my favorite).

    And the words are bigger. Does

    I don't even know what to say. This author used to be my FAVORITE. I read every book, owned most of them, and modeled most of my early writing after hers.

    So what the heck happened? Maybe it's the fact that she's churning books out left and right, but I have no idea. All I know is that this book drove me insane. There was the Jesus stuff that is always great, but the characters didn't speak to me. Ashley and Landon drove me nuts (they used to be my favorite).

    And the words are bigger. Does anyone else notice that? So when it's a 400-page book, it's actually only 300 something because of the big font.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I don't think when I picked this up exactly what kind of story I was getting myself into. For now, I'm going to put this one on hold. I don't think it is the type of story for me right now.

    *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

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