Bailey Flannigan and fairy tales
I have not posted a book review and some of you may not like this one. If you are a Kingsbury fan, well, you won’t like what I have to say! This is such sappy stuff, it can’t qualify as a fairy tale. It doesn’t have a wicked stepmother. When the Bible tells us to guard our eyes, it includes what we read as well as what we see. Here goes:
Weary of the soap opera fiction of the Bailey Flannigan series, I put down book three and went to Amazon.com to read a few reviews to see if I stood alone. To my utter amazement, I found many “kool-aid” drinkers, but also found some real thinkers in the reviews. The thinkers rated the works one star, at most two stars.
When I worked in a Christian bookstore, Kingsbury books were in a category called, “never-out-of-stock” and one of my jobs was to track the inventory. Since I don’t care for contemporary fiction, I never read any of the famed Baxter family books. History and fiction mix well under the pens of some select authors. Western fiction is good, particularly under the pen of Stephen Bly. I’d rather learn than be entertained, but a good Gilbert Morris “House of Winslow” book is a fine mixture.
Since I found myself with a Kindle™ after Christmas, I also found this wonderful site on Facebook called, Inspired Reads. And I fell for it. They put all three Bailey Flannigan series books out for 2.99 each. That was in March. I didn’t start reading them until recently. I thought that Leaving was a bit sappy and a big overdose of Christian content. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the Lord, I love Him so much, I don’t want folks to fall into the same trap as I did. Bailey Flannigan and her wonderful family are so fictitious as to make one ill. Yes, they have struggles and sin issues, but Karen Kingsbury has an answer for everything. She tucks in Bible verses for everything. We do need to saturate our minds with the Word of God, but really, in a book of fiction? Somehow it takes the power of the Word of God into a world of make believe. It is an awkward fit.
Of course, I don’t like to spend money on something I don’t use, so I trudged through Learning. Again, it was sappy, but maybe not as sappy as the first book. I really liked Cody Coleman and since I like sports, I just had to see how he handled that football season. Of course, that went way out of hand too. How could one town and one team have so many sappy scenarios? Life just does not happen that way. But I told myself, “Get a grip, it is just entertainment.” So I trudged on.
My journey through Longing cane to a screeching halt tonight in chapter 11. All of the drama and tears, and ragged edges of souls and hearts, and oxygen being sucked out a room had to stop! I can’t take any more. Such drama over having a baby! It happens. We don’t need tears along a secluded beach and endless kissing of every type. No Loving for me. I can’t even finish book three. So, I cheated. I went to Amazon.com and found some reviews for book four. Aach! The series has a disappointing ending.
I read and enjoyed the 9/11 series. Maybe it is the love of history that kept me reading all three books. The stand alone books are okay. But not the Baxter family books. If I want soap opera stuff, it is free. To put it into fiction under a guise of Christian romance—not so much.
Stay with the biographies but always, read the Bible first. There’s some REAL life changing stuff there and it isn’t fiction.