Book Review: Best Family Ever by Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell + GIVEAWAY!

Posted 13 February, 2019 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in 2019 Reads, Book Reviews / 7 Comments

Book Review: Best Family Ever by Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell + GIVEAWAY!
Title: Best Family Ever
Author: Karen Kingsbury, Tyler Russell
Published by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Series: Baxter Family Children #1
Date Published: 5 February, 2019
Pages: 288
Genres: Children's Fiction, Christian Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon~ B&N~Book Depository
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Much-loved storyteller Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter Family books have captured the hearts of millions who have come to think of the Baxter family as their own. Now Karen Kingsbury and her son Tyler Russell tell the childhood stories of the beloved Baxter children—Brooke, Kari, Ashley, Erin, and Luke—to inspire and entertain younger readers.

Brooke is the perfect older sister. For that reason, Kari and Ashley work hard to make their parents just as proud of them as they are of Brooke. Each girl has her own talents. Brooke is an excellent student. Kari is a great soccer player. Ashley, a talented artist. And they are always there for each other. But when the news comes that Dr. Baxter is moving the family from Ann Arbor to Bloomington, Indiana, and the Baxters need to leave the only home and friends they’ve ever known, no one is happy. Saying goodbye is hard but the family still has what’s most important—their faith and their love for each other.

The first book in the Baxter Family Children series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell tell the story of what it was like to grow up in the Baxter family, the best family ever.


I was so excited for the release of this novel. Karen Kingsbury is one of my absolute favorite authors and her Baxter family has been my favorite for a long time now. This book is the start of books about her Baxter family characters as children. I’ve always wondered about the Baxter kids and what there life was like growing up, and with this book, we get just that and so much more!

This one focuses on Ashley Baxter. Ashley was one of my favorite characters in the Baxter series and her character as a child……let me tell you, she was full of mischief and I saw myself in her so much! The experiences of having to move and make new friends and adjust to life in a new way, was something that I could relate to, after my dad retired from the military and I had to leave my best friend. The faith, the hope, the love that the Baxter children had as young ones was inspiring, even for this adult!

Whether you have a child or grandchild, niece or nephew, who loves to read, this book is perfect for them! Every child, and adult needs to read this sweet book! I read it in one sitting. Mother and Son did a phenomenal job on this creation! If you’re 8, or 98, this is a 5 star read that you will want on your shelf forever! Bravo and magnificently done, Mrs. Kingsbury and Mr. Russell. I can’t wait to read the next one!

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About Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist. There are more than 25 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.

About Tyler Russell

Tyler Russell has been telling stories his whole life. In elementary school, he won a national award for a children’s book he wrote, and he has been writing ever since. In 2015 he graduated college with a BFA from Lipscomb University. Soon after, he sold his first screenplay, Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle, which premiered in December of 2017 on Hallmark. Along with screenplays and novels, Tyler is a songwriter, singer, actor, and creative who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he enjoys serving his church, adventuring around the city, and spending time with his family.

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7 responses to “Book Review: Best Family Ever by Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell + GIVEAWAY!

    • I am just a few books shy (mostly the children’s books!) of a complete KK collection. I have her true crime books and even the movies based on her books. My favorite book by her, however, is Divine. That one touched me deep in my soul. My favorite character is actually Dayne Matthews.

  1. Kim Hardie

    I’m unfamiliar with Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell books but it’s never too late to come to know them. I’ve got a couple granddaughters who I believe would enjoy this book.

  2. Arletta Boulton

    Waiting for Morning or Halfway to Forever were two of my favs. I loved her earliest books but have lost track with some of the more recent ones in the Baxter Family series.

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