Learning that Karen Kingsbury was returning to the Baxter family was exciting news. It’s been years since the very first Baxter book, and the characters are all older and in different places in their lives now. We’re also starting to see the grandkids’ stories, like those of Maddie and Cole.
Love Story shares the Baxters’ beginnings: John and Elizabeth. Their romance has been alluded to throughout the many Baxter series, but this is the first time we get their whole story. Cole asks his grandpa John to share his and his grandma’s love story for a school project, sending John far down memory lane into a wonderful yet painful time.
It was heartbreaking to follow John back through his story, especially since Elizabeth died a decade ago. He struggles not to become mired in the past, but Cole’s interest pulls him deeper and deeper into it. Meanwhile, this project stirs up questions for Cole about his own history, and brings up plenty of memories for his mom, Ashley, too. Since Ashley’s story (Remember) is one of my favorite Baxter books, I loved the focus on Ashley and Cole. It was really interesting to explore more of the Baxter history and that era.
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Karen Kingsbury’s books; readers of the Baxter series; those who favor family sagas and stories of family history
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.