A Kingsbury Collection – Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay, On Every Side – A Review

KingsburyCollectionOne thing that I have learned is that when it comes to Karen Kingsbury, you simply cannot put a book down and when it is finished, you feel like you just have to read another! It is so easy to fall in love with the characters and be captured by the truths that she weaves through each of her novels. Inspirational, without a doubt, A Kingsbury Collection is a book you will read cover to cover, leaving you feeling like you lived through it all. The best part is, since this is a collection, when you finish one book, you can move on to the other. This collection includes, Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay and On Every Side. 

Where Yesterday Lives is about a journalist named Ellen Barrett. Upon her Father’s death, she returns home to her four siblings and to the yesterdays filled with haunting memories that left her scared, the faith she had long forgotten, and the love that she left behind. But there were also other yesterdays that she missed, and the happy times that she and her family once had. Karen weaves this story so beautifully with reconciliation and peace. Where Yesterday Lives will give you a new perspective of your own yesterdays and even your todays and tomorrows.

 In When Joy Came to Stay, Maggie Stovall is forced to face her past when she loses control of the identity that she fought for so long to portray fails as she spirals into a deep depression resulting in her deserting her faith, her church and her foster kids as well as serving her husband divorce papers. Maggie checks into a mental hospital fighting to overcome her depression, while her husband begins to search Maggie’s past for answers. In the midst of all this, there is Amanda Joy who comes into the picture with such a faith! This is such a beautiful story that will keep you turning the pages!

On Every Side is about a newscaster, Faith Evans. This book really caught my interest with a mix of political issues (addressing separation of church and state), conflicts that rise out of a history between characters all in a big mix of social injustice! Way to hit it! Jordan Riley really makes the story! Although this is not my favorite of Karen’s books, it still has the ability to capture you and draw you in to wanting to read more!

All in all, Great books to read! I highly recommend getting A Kingsbury Collection. You will be captured by the truths, the characters and how it is expertly weaved together!

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Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist. There are more than 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen’s recent dozen titles have all debuted at or near the top of the New York Times Bestseller’s list. She is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen lives and works outside Nashville, Tenn., with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom were adopted from Haiti. Also living nearby is their only daughter, Kelsey, an actress in inspirational films and married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. For more information visit www.karenkingsbury.com. Karen is also on Facebook and Twitter, where she regularly interacts with nearly half a million reader friends.


I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review as a part of their Blogging for Books program.

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