My all time favorite literary family is the Baxter family. They come from a huge number of books from Karen Kingsbury. It is quite the committment at probably over 20 books total but they are totally worth it.
I found this series while I was on bedrest with my first pregnancy. By the time I gave birth to my daughter, I picked a middle name for her after one of the characters in the books.
One time I asked for prayer for a character in these books and halfway through remembered it was a book. That’s interesting to explain.
To say I love them would be an understatement.
I thought this series was over. I didn’t realize Karen Kingsbury had written more stories about the Baxters.
Last week I was browsing in the public library, trying to find something light hearted. I had read several dark and depressing books so I needed a change of pace.
First I read A Baxter Family Christmas.
It’s hard to summarize this book without giving away too much of the past twenty books. John Baxter, the patriarch of the family, decides to invite someone to Christmas Eve dinner and some of his children do not agree with his decision.
The thing I loved so much about this book is that I didn’t have to take the time to meet new characters. It was like going to my own family Christmas and reuniting with loved ones I hadn’t seen in a long time. I devoured this book so quickly as I caught up with all my favorite Baxter friends.
I also picked up, Love Story, the first book in the newest Baxter spinoff, The Baxter Family. This story does a nice job of continuing the story of the Baxters and their friends and also taking us back in time to when John and Elizabeth Baxter first met, and how their love began this whole family.
I invite you to start at the beginning and love the Baxters just as much as I have the past 12 years.