My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Driven is a way to describe John Baxter. He sets off with gusto on his wife’s last request to find their lost son in this book, hiring a private investigator, and attempting, in multiple ways to find the son that he had to give up 36 years before.
Searching is the word to describe Dayne Matthews. Even though he doesn’t really realize it, he is searching for belonging, for meaning and for God in his life. He draws comfort from his good friend and potential love-interest Katy Hart after suffering a horrible loss in his life, and even travels to see a friend he hasn’t had contact with in many years.
Ashley Baxter is pregnant and is also longing for her long-lost brother to be found. Will she ever meet him? Will she make peace with not knowing him? Will she go into labor during their family reunion?
This was a really good book, but it didn’t cover a lot of ground in the story. It felt like very little substantially was changed from the end of the second book, but there were some emotional twists and turns that totally made this book worth the journey. As usual, here are my assessments of the point-of-view characters.
Dayne: He is searching, and unhappy. He finds out he’s going to be a father, only to have that hope snatched away when his ex-girlfriend opts for abortion. He reconnects with Katy and with a friend from high school. His scenes with the friend from high school (who chose missionary work in Mexico as his vocation) and his conversion to Christianity are the highlights of the book. I was so thrilled when he was able to send Katy the message, “I once was lost but now am found.” He also meets his father for the first time at the end of this book. It’s truly beautiful, even if there is still aways to go to get to the happy ending.
Katy: She spends most of this book focused on her theater kids. She does a little dating, and mostly mourns the end of her relationship with Dayne. She knows that he’s going to be a father, and she tries to honor that (and God) in all that she does. Her character is a little flat here. There’s not much for her to do, but her scenes with Dayne and her blind date are both great!
John: Just sharing with Elaine and Ashley has done wonders for the load that John was carrying, and he attempts to make contact with his son. He is persistent and he eventually does get to have the emotional payoff at the end of the book. I do love seeing him as the grandpa and the loving father to all his children throughout the book.
Ashley: She is so intent on finding her long-lost brother. It’s so sweet. She’s described as spunky in the book, and she truly is. She has child in this book, and that child comes into the world with much drama, but that’s just Ashley’s style.
I think that’s about all I have to say about this book. It’s a solid middle entry into the series, but like I said, it doesn’t really forward the plot as much as I would like, and a couple of the characters just seem to flat and subplayers to Dayne. As rich as Kingsbury’s characters have been, I admit to finding that aspect a little disappointing.
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