Christmas is supposed to be the season of celebration,
family, and peace, but tragedy doesn't celebrate holidays.
The closeknit Baxter Family always makes time to share
Christmas together, but this year multiple emotional traumas
have taken away some of that positive spirit. With one
family member killed in a car accident, leaving her young
daughter orphaned, the remaining Baxter family wants nothing
more than to make young Amy's transition into life without
her parents as easy as possible.
But, when Amy finds out her mother Erin's heart went to a
woman named Kendra, she is torn between meeting the woman
holding an intimate tie to Erin and mourning her mom. John,
Amy's grandfather, befriends Kendra and invites her and her
husband Moe for Christmas with the Baxter family. The rest
of the Baxter's do not share John's enthusiasm, and want to
shield Amy -- and themselves -- from any more pain. It is
just too soon. How can they look at this women and not miss
Erin? John feels that if they all pray the answer will come
Karen Kingsbury writes a very inspiration novel. I am
not a very religious person, but this novel did make me
think a lot. I am not sure if this was happened in my
family if I could welcome this person into our lives.
Karen Kingsbury is such a great writer. I have never
read any of her books before this, but I would really
like to get a few and read more about the Baxter family.
Karen makes them all so real. It was easy to put my own
family's faces onto the Baxter characters, but they also
stand out on their own as fully fleshed out people. I cannot
wait to read more.
Two years have passed since the terrible car accident that
took the life of John Baxter’s daughter, Erin, her husband
and three of their four daughters. Prompted by grief, and
missing his daughter, John has invited a stranger for
Christmas Eve dinner—Kendra Bryant, the transplant recipient
who now has Erin’s heart.
In light of their father’s idea, Ashley and her brother Luke
don’t think it’s right. They want to protect their
ten-year-old niece, Amy—the only surviving member of the
accident. But John is determined and believes meeting this
woman is something his deceased daughter would want.
At the same time, Maddie West, the eighteen-year-old
daughter of Brooke Baxter West, is praying for meaning this
Christmas. Could she find it in a newfound friendship with a
boy she never expected to see again? Maddie believes in
miracles, especially at Christmastime, but this is a stretch
even she can’t imagine.
Meanwhile, Kendra Bryant has been struggling these past few
years to find purpose in the tragedy that gave her a second
chance. She believes the invitation to see the Baxters and
witness their unwavering faith in God can instill peace and
happiness back into her life.
Heartwarming and touching, filled with love and redemption,
A Baxter Family Christmas brings together two families in
the aftermath of loss and in the midst of an unfolding love
story, all with the help of one very special child.