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Trade Paperback
345 pages
Oct 2006
Tyndale House Publishers

Family (Firstborn #4)

by Karen Kingsbury

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Family. It is a word full of personal meaning. For this fourth book in Karen Kingsbury’s popular Firstborn series, many readers have developed an understanding of what family means to the Baxters. Trust. Love. Loyalty. Devotion. Faith in God and in each other. Unconditional support through good times and bad. Each of these characteristics are tested and found true in the pages of Family.

Family begins with Katy Hart on her way to California for the trial of the deranged Dayne Matthews fan who almost killed her last year. Dayne, a famous actor and a new Christian, is plagued by the paparazzi and is reluctant to submit Katy to their intense scrutiny.

When they’re not inside the courthouse, Dayne and Katy try to keep their relationship platonic, but their feelings for each other only intensify. Unfortunately, after some close calls with the paparazzi, the two decide not to pursue a relationship. Their worlds are too different. Katy returns to Indiana and her children’s theatre, while Dayne departs for the set of his latest blockbuster.

The other part of the story involves the Baxter family. John, the widowed patriarch of the family, knows who his firstborn son is—the one he and his wife had to give up for adoption before they married. He wants to tell his children, but he hesitates. He eventually begins the process of telling his children, one by one, the story of his firstborn son who was given up for adoption. But he stops short of the full truth: their long-lost brother is actually Hollywood star Dayne Matthews.

The two parallel plots converge, leaving the reader immensely satisfied at the end of the book and excited for the fifth and final book in the series. However, the teaser first chapter of the final book, included at the end of Family, left me rather upset and anxious for the conclusion to another bestselling series by this acclaimed author.

Kingsbury’s signature style is easy and pleasant prose, with just enough predictability to feel as comfortable as a favorite pair of slippers, but with enough plot twists and turns to keep the pages turning. Even though this is book four of the second book series about the Baxter family (none of which I’d read), there were enough details to fill me in on what I had missed so I did not feel lost at all. – Pattie Reitz, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

In the wake of finding his firstborn son, John Baxter looks for a way to tell his other children the truth about a secret he's kept from them all their lives. At the same time, a sensational Hollywood trial brings Dayne Matthews and Katy Hart together again, this time in a very public way. Just when love might have the chance to win, doubts and presumed scandals place them farther apart than ever. In the midst of this crisis, the truth is clear for all of them: never has family been more important.