Filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison have completed their first feature film, and Hollywood is buzzing with the news. In the wake of that excitement, the producers acquire rights to a novel that has all the ingredients they want for their next project. At the same time they cross paths with a well-connected player who introduces them to the right people, and suddenly every studio in town wants to talk to Chase and Keith. The producers' dreams are on the verge of coming true, but Chase's marriage is strained and Keith's daughter - Andi Ellison - is making questionable choices in her quest for stardom. The producers are gaining respect and are on the verge of truly changing culture through the power of film - but is the change worth the cost?
I was stunned to see such low ratings on this book. While I do agree it is NOT Karen Kingbury's best work, it does not deserve a 1 start rating. I agree however, that perhaps it's time to come up with a newer theme, fresh town and characters. It very well may be time to leave Bloomington for good. However, children ARE seduced by many things-pictures, words, music, just to name a few. They are exposed to so many things that older people were never exposed to and the fact that the young lady in this book was seduced is very realistic. She also needs to find a faith of her own, which she very obviously doesn't have. Children often live through the faith of their parents and do not learn to develop their own faith until after they have crashed. Of the three in the series thus far, this is the worst book.
I love everything that Karen Kingsbury writes! She goes into every concievable issue: from alcoholism to adultery, and she doesn't pull any punches...she tells it all like it is...I go back and forth, somewhat, between contemporary fiction and Amish fiction. When I read Amish fiction, I thank God that we have electricity..Our life is not that complicated, if that is all we have ever known. The Amish think being an "Englischer" is complicated, but I feel their lives are harder than ours are... we basicly love what we know and are used to...I enjoy all the fiction I read...
In many ways this is like the 15th book in a series because they link together--which I love because Karen always leaves characters that I want to know about. The plot is not bad--a little redundant--but also realistic in it's challenges. Only a couple chapters dragged on (for me) and the rest left me wanting more. I got so into it that I read at work and spent a Friday night finishing it. : ) All together a good read! Now I have 5 months to wait till the next installment to see what goes on with Bailey, Andi, and the movie.
I'm less supportive of Karen with each installment of her strongly secular settings and wishy-washy character traits and choices. God is a bit player, not the center of her work anymore and her followers are getting blinders on.
I'm wondering if all Karen is going to write about revolves around glamour and glitz of the "beautiful people" because unfortunately it sells? God was powerfully absent in this tale and I'm wondering about the direction of her final book.
Karen Kingsbury has done it again. She is, in my opinion, the best Christian books writer around. The characters are not Christians in name only, but love and serve the Lord in their every day life. They pray to Him when in trouble and He answers them. This book is about the film business and the people working in it. How wonderful it would be if there were really people like them who want to make a change in the industry and in people's lives. Write on, Karen Kingsbury - you are a blessing to all your readers.
I personally have really enjoyed the ongoing series that Kingsbury has written. I find myself very much engaged with the characters and their story line(s).Some may disagree with the ending of this book, but I was impressed with her willingness to allow "good" girls to challenge God's path and present the result of choices made. And to show how the enemy tempts and gradually pulls us from the path of righteousness.Again, personally, what I have learned from books has often challenged me to make godly choices. I'm one who does NOT have to go through something to learn what not to do! I will encourage my daughter to read this series as she reaches her older teen years.
Any book by Karen Kingsbury is the top of the line reading. I read every book she has put out up to date. Her books are exciting and clean fiction. You feel closer to the LORD AFTER READING ANY OF HER BOOKS. I EAGERLY AWAIT HER NEXT BOOK
I love Karen Kingsbury and I must say that I was pleased with the way that she handled the questionable content of this novel. While my children are still young, I teach teens and I was impessed with the reality of the novel but also in the non-graphic way Kingsbury included sexual material. It is time for Christian authors to write about truly real situations our teens and college students find themselves in. I was very pleased with how she handled this and once again loved the series! Can't wait to read the next two!
Karen Kingsbury has put together a good story of people who struggle with the many problems that come with trying to produce a movie with a message to bring people closer to God. A good book with a good message.
After I read one of Karen's books, I think it's the best one yet! But each one keeps getting better. This one is no exception. She writes about the real world issues people are struggling with and shows that God is still in control. Keep up the good work Karen!