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Could Ashley Baxter Blake's journey to forgiveness lead her back to the City of Light? In Indiana, Ashley Baxter Blake and her husband are about to take an anniversary trip to Paris, where a French gallery will show her paintings. But Ashley is hesitant. More than two decades ago, she made her most grievous mistake in Paris. She has never forgiven herself for what happened Could Ashley Baxter Blake's journey to forgiveness lead her back to the City of Light? In Indiana, Ashley Baxter Blake and her husband are about to take an anniversary trip to Paris, where a French gallery will show her paintings. But Ashley is hesitant. More than two decades ago, she made her most grievous mistake in Paris. She has never forgiven herself for what happened there, and she still harbors secrets that she’s afraid will come to light. Just before the trip, Ashley gets a call from her niece. Jessie explains that her boyfriend’s mother, Alice, remembers working at a bakery with an American named Ashley. “Could that be you?” When Alice and Ashley meet, a flood of memories comes for both women, taking Ashley back to a reckless affair and an unexpected pregnancy and Alice to the night she nearly ended it all. Can this reunion bring healing and closure? Maybe it is finally time for Ashley to forgive herself...and Paris. Sometimes forgiveness can be found only by going back to where the unthinkable happened...and putting it to rest. Once and for all.


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Could Ashley Baxter Blake's journey to forgiveness lead her back to the City of Light? In Indiana, Ashley Baxter Blake and her husband are about to take an anniversary trip to Paris, where a French gallery will show her paintings. But Ashley is hesitant. More than two decades ago, she made her most grievous mistake in Paris. She has never forgiven herself for what happened Could Ashley Baxter Blake's journey to forgiveness lead her back to the City of Light? In Indiana, Ashley Baxter Blake and her husband are about to take an anniversary trip to Paris, where a French gallery will show her paintings. But Ashley is hesitant. More than two decades ago, she made her most grievous mistake in Paris. She has never forgiven herself for what happened there, and she still harbors secrets that she’s afraid will come to light. Just before the trip, Ashley gets a call from her niece. Jessie explains that her boyfriend’s mother, Alice, remembers working at a bakery with an American named Ashley. “Could that be you?” When Alice and Ashley meet, a flood of memories comes for both women, taking Ashley back to a reckless affair and an unexpected pregnancy and Alice to the night she nearly ended it all. Can this reunion bring healing and closure? Maybe it is finally time for Ashley to forgive herself...and Paris. Sometimes forgiveness can be found only by going back to where the unthinkable happened...and putting it to rest. Once and for all.

30 review for Forgiving Paris

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Disclaimer: I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. I'm going to be an outlier, I'm sure. Forgiving Paris was presented as a a book about a marriage, a mistake made two decades ago, a reunion between two women--all set in Paris. The cover is lovely and the premise, as I understood it, was intriguing. As the story began, I was drawn in. Established in the late 1990s, set in Paris, as promised, it is the story of a mother and daughter struggling with the young woman's Disclaimer: I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. I'm going to be an outlier, I'm sure. Forgiving Paris was presented as a a book about a marriage, a mistake made two decades ago, a reunion between two women--all set in Paris. The cover is lovely and the premise, as I understood it, was intriguing. As the story began, I was drawn in. Established in the late 1990s, set in Paris, as promised, it is the story of a mother and daughter struggling with the young woman's heroin addiction and its horrifying consequences. But the book soon jumps to the present and the life of the Baxter family. This book is part of a long, long (I had not idea how long) series of books about the very Christian Baxter family. Just a few chapters in, I looked up Karen Kingsbury and found she is a Christian author who teaches at Liberty University. That was all I needed to know to explain the numerous Bible stories, scriptures, prayers, and praises to God and Jesus found every few pages throughout the book. While this story tries to be a romance, a mystery, a police procedural, a family story, a travelogue (so many things) for me, I couldn't get past the proselytizing. I felt I was in a never-ending Sunday school class instead of reading the book I was promised. Needless to say, I felt duped. Nowhere in the blurb was it mentioned that this was a "Baxter story." Some reviewers have mentioned it can be read as a stand alone, and it can. But the frequent mention of the dozens of other Baxter family characters and the filling in of their backstories really detracts from the storytelling. If you took that out, Forgiving Pariswould be about 1/3 shorter. I am obviously not the audience for this book, which is fine. I just wish that had been made clear in the blurb.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Forgiving Paris by Karen Kingsbury was a book that pulled me in by the heartstrings. I felt as if I was actually in Paris walking around seeing the sights and being a part of Ashley Baxter's life. To he honest, I wasn't sure if I would like it. I haven't read but one or two of her Baxter books and I worried I would be lost. Not the case at all. It read like a stand alone and I didn't miss a beat. The author gives a little cheat sheet in the back of all of the character's names and explained who Forgiving Paris by Karen Kingsbury was a book that pulled me in by the heartstrings. I felt as if I was actually in Paris walking around seeing the sights and being a part of Ashley Baxter's life. To he honest, I wasn't sure if I would like it. I haven't read but one or two of her Baxter books and I worried I would be lost. Not the case at all. It read like a stand alone and I didn't miss a beat. The author gives a little cheat sheet in the back of all of the character's names and explained who they were. The book featured Ashley. The daughter who is a gifted painter. The one who had been in Paris twenty three years before and came home pregnant. We get to know what happened during that time and what she felt. The inspiration of this book is that God forgives and He redeems. This is a perfect book to give to anyone who can't seem to get past their shame or regrets from bad decisions. Maybe, someone needs to read this because they cant forgive themselves. I highly recommend this book because it is well written and easy to read with a beautiful inspirational message. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Gray

    I have read all of the Baxter books from the beginning until this one. I have to say this story of Ashley and Paris is the best one since the original books. I love that Ashley is able to revisit Paris and let go of the past as well as finally forgive herself for her past. To me, it is one of the most realistic feeling books of Karen Kingsbury that I have read in many years. Recommend it to anyone who enjoys her books!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Lanigan

    I love the tales of the Baxter family. I have been following them for years. In this addition, Ashley heads back to Paris 23 years after her first visit. Ashley made her biggest mistakes and out of it came her biggest joy in Paris. Now it’s time to face her past and go towards her future. . So many small world moments in this one. These are Christian based books and I always enjoy the little moments in these wholesome books. They make their mistakes, but find love, forgiveness and trust in each ot I love the tales of the Baxter family. I have been following them for years. In this addition, Ashley heads back to Paris 23 years after her first visit. Ashley made her biggest mistakes and out of it came her biggest joy in Paris. Now it’s time to face her past and go towards her future. . So many small world moments in this one. These are Christian based books and I always enjoy the little moments in these wholesome books. They make their mistakes, but find love, forgiveness and trust in each other and their faith. I love this close knit family and can’t wait for the next installment. . Thank you to @atriabooks for an advanced copy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    Although I have not read any of the Baxter series books, I found this book easy to follow and enjoy and will definitely read the others in this series. Ashley Baxter Blake is finally reached the pinnacle of her art career and is having an art show in Paris. But she's not sure she is ready to return to Paris where her life had been derailed. Will Ashley find redemption when she returns or will memories continue to haunt her forever? This book reads well as a stand-alone even if you haven't read an Although I have not read any of the Baxter series books, I found this book easy to follow and enjoy and will definitely read the others in this series. Ashley Baxter Blake is finally reached the pinnacle of her art career and is having an art show in Paris. But she's not sure she is ready to return to Paris where her life had been derailed. Will Ashley find redemption when she returns or will memories continue to haunt her forever? This book reads well as a stand-alone even if you haven't read any of the other Baxter series books. Ashley's time in Paris led to many decisions that caused her to feel that she had left God and God had left her, but little did she know that she planted seeds elsewhere that would grow and lead to decisions that would affect not only her life but others as well. Redemption was the main focus throughout this novel. "God is waiting for you in your tomorrow....,just like He is for all of us." Another well written read from Karen Kingsbury. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Powell

    I haven’t read Karen Kingsbury books in quite a while, despite being what would probably be considered her target audience, a Christian woman. That being said, her books always force you to look within and consider your life choices. In this story, which is a continuation of the Baxter series, Ashley returns to Paris to face the demons of her past and get a chance to make new memories to replace the bad ones. Family ties are reconnected and relationships are strengthened, including their relatio I haven’t read Karen Kingsbury books in quite a while, despite being what would probably be considered her target audience, a Christian woman. That being said, her books always force you to look within and consider your life choices. In this story, which is a continuation of the Baxter series, Ashley returns to Paris to face the demons of her past and get a chance to make new memories to replace the bad ones. Family ties are reconnected and relationships are strengthened, including their relationship with God. Although I hadn’t read the other books in the series, I was able to get through it without any real trouble without knowing the backstory. This is very much about the benefits of leaning on Hod when life gets tough and the possibilities of angels all around us. Thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley for this Arc in exchange for my review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs

    4.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marie Christensen

    Pretty good…Karen is my go to when I want a wholesome book :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    God really can bring good out of messes that we make. Part of the healing process involves forgiving ourselves and letting go of those past mistakes. What a great story!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Baxter fans, Ashley's long-awaited story unfolds in 'Forgiving Paris.' Celebrating their anniversary and Ashley's art gallery opening, the Blake's travel to Paris. Realizing that she's never forgiven herself for past mistakes, Ashley has a chance to make new memories. Karen Kingsbury's life-changing fiction affords readers to reexamine their lives. Looking back, we're quick to judge our decisions. We don't realize that experience affords that reflection. While coming to terms with the past, we n Baxter fans, Ashley's long-awaited story unfolds in 'Forgiving Paris.' Celebrating their anniversary and Ashley's art gallery opening, the Blake's travel to Paris. Realizing that she's never forgiven herself for past mistakes, Ashley has a chance to make new memories. Karen Kingsbury's life-changing fiction affords readers to reexamine their lives. Looking back, we're quick to judge our decisions. We don't realize that experience affords that reflection. While coming to terms with the past, we need to forgive ourselves to move forward. Kingsbury references 'little boats' throughout the novel. Those untethered boats reference lives we've touched that we didn't realize were impacted. While facing her past, Ashley is 'shore' to discover that she made a difference in people's lives during her darkest days. Thank you to #NetGalley and the publisher for the early edition in exchange for an honest review. As a Kingsbury fan, I eagerly awaited Ashley's story. What I didn't realize, was how it would impact mine. While I've questioned choices I've made, I didn't realize I was holding on to regret. Without giving anything away, Ashley's actions helped me move forward. 'Forgiving Paris' is packed with adventure that will leave readers reconnecting with their past while carving out a brighter future.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Carper

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it hurts me to give it three stars. I absolutely love Karen Kingsbury's Baxter Family Series. It is one of my most favorite series ever and I love reading more about the family. Paris holds some critical truths for Ashley Baxter and I've been intrigued to know more about her time there. When I saw that Karen Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it hurts me to give it three stars. I absolutely love Karen Kingsbury's Baxter Family Series. It is one of my most favorite series ever and I love reading more about the family. Paris holds some critical truths for Ashley Baxter and I've been intrigued to know more about her time there. When I saw that Karen Kingsbury was writing a book about this, I was so excited! I dropped everything to read this book as soon as possible. However, much of this book fell flat for me. I found there to be too many characters introduced and a lot of them weren't connected until so late in the book. The plot just wasn't too engaging, I felt. This feeling may have been just me and my high expectations. If you're a Baxter Family lover, I encourage you to give this one a chance.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ROBIN RUIZ

    Yes. We needed this book, not only does Ashley need to forgive Paris, those of us who have followed her for years, needed closure! LOL This book takes Ashley and Landon back to a dark time in both their lives as there are painful memories, good memories, new discoveries, old friends found, new relationships and so many ways the Baxter stories can continue! So much healing in these pages and a book you won’t want to miss!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aurelia Mast-glick

    "Without God, life would only be a series of meaningless efforts and irredeemable futures." And that quote is a good description of this book. In Forgiving Paris, Ashley is headed back to Paris, a place that holds difficult memories and fear for her. As she works through her fears, her husband Landon offers this insight. He used the story of Jesus calming the sea when the disciples were being tossed about. We know that story well, but what about all the other boats that were on that sea that nigh "Without God, life would only be a series of meaningless efforts and irredeemable futures." And that quote is a good description of this book. In Forgiving Paris, Ashley is headed back to Paris, a place that holds difficult memories and fear for her. As she works through her fears, her husband Landon offers this insight. He used the story of Jesus calming the sea when the disciples were being tossed about. We know that story well, but what about all the other boats that were on that sea that night? They too experienced the blessing of the calmed storm. At first, I wasn't quite sure what Landon was driving at, but as the story goes along, you will see examples of other "boats" who were helped as a result of Ashley's storm. While I've heard the concept before, the visual of other boats also finding calm as a result of God working in my life, drove the idea home in a different way than I have heard before. Another thing I liked about this story is the "angels unaware" aspect. It's not something we hear about a lot, but how many times does God send a physical angel to help us out or to protect us. I really enjoyed this book and would love to hear where the story went from here. I received this book from Atria Books via NetGalley and was not require to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I absolutely love reading about the Baxter Family. In fact, I have even read the books for kids to my daughter and she has fallen in love with the Baxters. I can't wait for her to read the stories of this family when she is older! There were always so many unanswered questions of what happened to Ashley when she was in Paris. Previous books alluded to the fact that there was more to the story and in this book, the author shines a light on the mystery of Paris. Landon continues to be such a fabulo I absolutely love reading about the Baxter Family. In fact, I have even read the books for kids to my daughter and she has fallen in love with the Baxters. I can't wait for her to read the stories of this family when she is older! There were always so many unanswered questions of what happened to Ashley when she was in Paris. Previous books alluded to the fact that there was more to the story and in this book, the author shines a light on the mystery of Paris. Landon continues to be such a fabulous character! His love for the LORD, his family and others is so great. I love how great of an encourager he is to Ashley. This book gave me a lot to think about and I am so thankful to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Karen Kingsbury is my absolute favorite author so I couldn’t wait to read this one. This is another book about the Baxter family, this time focusing on Ashley and her time in Paris when she makes some unfortunate choices. Now, twenty years later, she and her husband are visiting Paris to celebrate an anniversary and to exhibit her art work, and she is working to make peace with her past. The best part of this plot was the ways Ashley saw that her chance encounters in life had impacted others in Karen Kingsbury is my absolute favorite author so I couldn’t wait to read this one. This is another book about the Baxter family, this time focusing on Ashley and her time in Paris when she makes some unfortunate choices. Now, twenty years later, she and her husband are visiting Paris to celebrate an anniversary and to exhibit her art work, and she is working to make peace with her past. The best part of this plot was the ways Ashley saw that her chance encounters in life had impacted others in a positive way. The characters and emotions in these books are just amazing. As a reader, I always feel like I know the characters personally and am involved in their story. This was another winner. 5/5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Stoller

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Once again, Karen Kingsbury has written a book that is tied up in a bow. Or reads like a Hallmark movie. (And I don't mean that in a nice way.) When topics of redemption, grace, and moving in from the past feel like trivial plot points and cursory Christian lip service....you have a problem. Also "angels" constantly saving the day? Sure..yeah...okay. The plot of Ashley Baxter returning to Paris held lots of potential. For those of us who have read every Baxter book, we know the significance of th Once again, Karen Kingsbury has written a book that is tied up in a bow. Or reads like a Hallmark movie. (And I don't mean that in a nice way.) When topics of redemption, grace, and moving in from the past feel like trivial plot points and cursory Christian lip service....you have a problem. Also "angels" constantly saving the day? Sure..yeah...okay. The plot of Ashley Baxter returning to Paris held lots of potential. For those of us who have read every Baxter book, we know the significance of that place. And truly, in a time where there isn't much traveling, Karen did a great job taking us there. But Karen should have avoided trying to make a villain, a suspense element. Oh that BOMBED and was a plot point with a resolution that made me shake my head. (Seriously we the reader had been expecting an attempt on her life and then....the villain was just caught.?! ) I continue to read the Baxter.books. but I really feel like it's time for them to be over. Franchises can only last so long. And when you rely on Joel Osteen like platitudes and constant references to Liberty University..... The reader feels disengaged. Or at least this one does.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marie Nicol

    Absolutely loved this book. One of her best ever !!! You need tissues. Such a wonderful book about God's love, grace and forgiveness. This book really spoke to my heart and soul . Just brilliant and such a comforting message of Gods love. Absolutely loved this book. One of her best ever !!! You need tissues. Such a wonderful book about God's love, grace and forgiveness. This book really spoke to my heart and soul . Just brilliant and such a comforting message of Gods love.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    This book kept me interged...as was reading. There was a point in that I could not put it down and so even though I was closing my eyes to sleep for the night I wanted to finish it. And so I did finished it and it was a 👍 to say the least.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Thank you to NetGalley and Atria books for the ARC. Like all of this author’s stories it is heavily Christian fiction. I did enjoy reading about all the characters stories.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Wow! God can even work God out of awful messes that we make. What a powerful demonstration of this truth! Very well done!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    The story of redemption never fails to satisfy me in my love for the Karen Kingsbury's book! Ashley Baxter Blake finally learns to forgive Paris and come to terms with her past. The story of redemption never fails to satisfy me in my love for the Karen Kingsbury's book! Ashley Baxter Blake finally learns to forgive Paris and come to terms with her past.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Ashley has always been my favorite of the Baxter family. Her story is so heartbreaking and encouraging, so I was very excited to dive into another story with her as the focus. Even though Ashley came to terms with her mistakes in past books, it felt very realistic for her to have some unresolved anxiety about Paris years later. I loved how this focused on Ashley's journey to forgive herself, and my favorite parts were the flashbacks between Paris trip #1 and today, showing how much she and Landon Ashley has always been my favorite of the Baxter family. Her story is so heartbreaking and encouraging, so I was very excited to dive into another story with her as the focus. Even though Ashley came to terms with her mistakes in past books, it felt very realistic for her to have some unresolved anxiety about Paris years later. I loved how this focused on Ashley's journey to forgive herself, and my favorite parts were the flashbacks between Paris trip #1 and today, showing how much she and Landon had grown. Despite that, I had some real issues with the plot in this. The entire Albert plotline was ridiculously unnecessary. From the moment it was introduced, it felt unbelievable and unrealistic. It clearly wasn't difficult to find Ashley, given the phone call from Jean-Claude's people in the one of the previous books, so if Albert was so obsessed with finishing his job, he had plenty of opportunity to do so over the last 23 years. And to make this plotline even more pointless, (view spoiler)[ Albert's arrest happened entirely offscreen, so there was all this build-up for a confrontation that never even happened. (hide spoiler)] I'm not sure why this was even included. The book would have been much better if it focused on Ashley reconnecting with Alice and Mia. Additionally, the amount of angel intervention in this seemed excessive. I consider the Baxter stories to be semi-realistic Christian fiction and the use of angel intervention in two very separate scenarios a couple of chapters apart was just too much for me. I know this could be countered with "this is happening all the time and we don't notice," but I still find it unrealistic that there would be two instances that the same family recognizes as angel intervention. Overall, I'd recommend if you are a fan of Ashley and the Baxter family because the Ashley / Landon moments are sweet, but be prepared for some unrealistic plot. Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen Collier

    I greatly enjoy reading stories dealing with redemption and forgiveness, and this one addresses those themes quite well and from a somewhat different angle than many stories. It was refreshing to see how the main character's life impacted others in ways she didn't see at the time, and how that realization later impacts her. Forgiving Paris was billed as a standalone story, and I do think it works well that way. I suspect I may have gotten even more enjoyment out of it through recognizing connecti I greatly enjoy reading stories dealing with redemption and forgiveness, and this one addresses those themes quite well and from a somewhat different angle than many stories. It was refreshing to see how the main character's life impacted others in ways she didn't see at the time, and how that realization later impacts her. Forgiving Paris was billed as a standalone story, and I do think it works well that way. I suspect I may have gotten even more enjoyment out of it through recognizing connections to other characters and their stories if I had previously read more from the Baxter Family series of books, but pertinent details were provided as needed throughout, so I didn't feel like I was missing anything. While I've never been to Paris, the descriptions in this book made me want to go see the sights there myself. Thank you to the publisher for providing an advance reader copy of this book through NetGalley. This review represents my own honest thoughts on the book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kay Owens

    This is another Baxter Family story. If you have followed Karen Kingsbury series then you are grabbing the right book! Ashley is having to overcome some things that happened in the past that took place in Paris. I know that they say this can be a stand alone read but with how many charterers are within this read, I highly recommend that you stay with the series. You will not be able to fully see the big picture of the story. The story is wanting Ashley to forces on herself and over come forgivin This is another Baxter Family story. If you have followed Karen Kingsbury series then you are grabbing the right book! Ashley is having to overcome some things that happened in the past that took place in Paris. I know that they say this can be a stand alone read but with how many charterers are within this read, I highly recommend that you stay with the series. You will not be able to fully see the big picture of the story. The story is wanting Ashley to forces on herself and over come forgiving her own self. Which as well know that it is hard to do depending on what happened. As always, Karen Kingsbury has written a beautiful novel. I highly recommend if you start one of her series if you haven't already. Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the advance read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Konet

    I think there has only been ONE Karen Kingsbury book I kinda sorta liked and I cannot recall the title, it was that forgetful. There was no mention in any of the premises that this is part of a series, and no word about how long the series has become. While the some parts of the story were intriguing there was my too much Christianity and faith throughout the book. I am a Catholic girl myself and I believe in Jesus, but in this book it seems like it forced on the reader to become a Christian and I think there has only been ONE Karen Kingsbury book I kinda sorta liked and I cannot recall the title, it was that forgetful. There was no mention in any of the premises that this is part of a series, and no word about how long the series has become. While the some parts of the story were intriguing there was my too much Christianity and faith throughout the book. I am a Catholic girl myself and I believe in Jesus, but in this book it seems like it forced on the reader to become a Christian and it is off putting. For a good religious Christian series, I recommend the 11/12 books of Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, not this garbage. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!! I forced myself through this but clearly this book is not for a reader or audience like me. Cannot recommend. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Netgalley, Karen Kingsbury and Atria Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Available: 10/26/21

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I must say that every Karen Kingsbury book I have read I have fallen in love with and this book is no exception to that. I love the Baxter family and getting to know their backstories. I always feel like a part of the family when I get lost in a Baxter book! Karen Kingsbury had an awesome way of doing that and helping us to remember our faith while we are at it. I love these books! In this installment of the Baxter Family, we get Ashley Baxter's story. Ashley and her husband are about to go to Pa I must say that every Karen Kingsbury book I have read I have fallen in love with and this book is no exception to that. I love the Baxter family and getting to know their backstories. I always feel like a part of the family when I get lost in a Baxter book! Karen Kingsbury had an awesome way of doing that and helping us to remember our faith while we are at it. I love these books! In this installment of the Baxter Family, we get Ashley Baxter's story. Ashley and her husband are about to go to Paris for an anniversary getaway as well as Ashley being featured there for her artwork. What else could be better right? For Ashley, Paris has a lot of bad memories and she is hesitant to go back there. Ashley had just graduated and was ready to take on the world, even if that meant leaving one of her closest friends back in the states. Ashley went to work and live in Paris right after graduating. Not only did Ashley make some choices that were not the smartest, but they also left her with lasting effects for her choices. Not everyone knows her story and she is not sure what people will think of her if they find out the truth. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. It is just what we choose to do with those mistakes that matters. Ashley made some bad choices but also influenced others to make some good choices that saved some lives in the end. You will have to read her story to find out! You will get lost in this book and never want it to end. I did! Congrats on a job well done once again Karen Kingsbury! Now I will be patiently waiting for the next book! I voluntarily read and reviewed this book for my unbiased review. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an advanced copy of this book! Such an AWESOME read!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This was a book that pulled me in by the heartstrings and made me tear up often. I felt as if I was actually in Paris walking around seeing the sights and being a part of Ashley Baxter's life. I caught myself so worried about Ashely that I would lay in bed and think about praying for her only to remember this is a fiction read. I love the Baxter family and can’t get enough of these books. That being said this book can be read like a stand alone. The author gives a little cheat sheet in the back This was a book that pulled me in by the heartstrings and made me tear up often. I felt as if I was actually in Paris walking around seeing the sights and being a part of Ashley Baxter's life. I caught myself so worried about Ashely that I would lay in bed and think about praying for her only to remember this is a fiction read. I love the Baxter family and can’t get enough of these books. That being said this book can be read like a stand alone. The author gives a little cheat sheet in the back of all of the character's names and explained who they were. The inspiration of this book is that God forgives and He redeems. This is a perfect book to give to anyone who can't seem to get past their shame or regrets from bad decisions. What I found most encouraging in this read was an apology of little boats. Landon uses the analogy in the book of Jesus calming the storm. His disciples were in a storm and asked Jesus stop the storm and save them but there were probably other small boats on the sea that night. We never know how our storm is affecting others. We are in a season of waiting with our adoption and I can feel alone in my boat majority of the time but God is always at work and could be using my story to bring others closer to him. There are little boats around us and so is God. I highly recommend this book because it is well written and easy to read with a beautiful inspirational message. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion. TW: Abortion

  28. 4 out of 5

    Samuel McElwain

    Finally after 22 years Ashley Baxter returns to Paris, a place that brings up unhappy memories in her life. Is she ready to forgive Paris and move on? This book was so good and one of my new favorites by Karen Kingsbury. From being a huge fan of the Baxter’s and knowing about this time in Paris since the very beginning it was nice to see this story up close and really see why it was that Ashley wanted to forget Paris. Kingsbury did a great job at continuing on the stories of Ashley and Landon but Finally after 22 years Ashley Baxter returns to Paris, a place that brings up unhappy memories in her life. Is she ready to forgive Paris and move on? This book was so good and one of my new favorites by Karen Kingsbury. From being a huge fan of the Baxter’s and knowing about this time in Paris since the very beginning it was nice to see this story up close and really see why it was that Ashley wanted to forget Paris. Kingsbury did a great job at continuing on the stories of Ashley and Landon but also introducing new characters to the story that are very important. Karen never introduces characters that does not have anything to do with the story. Every character in her books always has a purpose and we see that in this book. I would honestly love to read more about Alice, Marie, and Gabriel because I really loved learning about them and how there story closely relates to Ashley’s. I really did not want this book to end, and I loved how Kingsbury set up Paris in such a way that not only makes me want to visit it, but made me feel like i was in Paris watching this story unravel. This story also has a very good message to it: The message that everyone in there life has a Paris, something that we regret, and even after God has forgiven us and the people that may have been involved forgiven us, are we ready to forgive ourselves?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Dean

    I have read all the Baxter Family books and they are of at the top of my reading lists of all time favorites. And Ms Kingsbury had added yet another fabulous read to this list with Forgiving Paris. I’ve always wondered about Ashley’s time in Paris and so happy Ms Kingsbury wrote it for us. The way the theory of Landon’s little boats was interweaved into Ashley’s past was remarkable. My favorite of this story. We all have little boats and it made me realize that I when I am down and sulking or de I have read all the Baxter Family books and they are of at the top of my reading lists of all time favorites. And Ms Kingsbury had added yet another fabulous read to this list with Forgiving Paris. I’ve always wondered about Ashley’s time in Paris and so happy Ms Kingsbury wrote it for us. The way the theory of Landon’s little boats was interweaved into Ashley’s past was remarkable. My favorite of this story. We all have little boats and it made me realize that I when I am down and sulking or depressed about something, that my little boats are out there and that warms my heart. Even if I don’t know what is being held in my little boats. All the feels on emotion is in Ashley’s story. You cry, you smile, your heart is pushed in so many directions and the love that flows through this story of redemption, Ashley’s redemption. I enjoyed the parts of the past we didn’t get in the other Baxter books. Made the story fresh and new and loved how we didn’t see a lot of repeat of what we’ve read before but enough that this can be a stand alone read. Thank you Karen for sharing Ashley’s past with us. This is going to change the hearts of the hurting and confused. Because we all have a past, we all have secrets and God loves us through each and every one. No matter what! We always have our Father.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Milinda Yount

    Forgiving Paris gives us another story about the Baxter family as Ashley (Baxter) Blake and her husband travel to Paris for a showing of her paintings at an art gallery. Using memories for a dual timeline we find out a lot more about what happened to Ashley when she ran off to Paris as a very young adult. What I appreciated most about this story was seeing Ashley process her mistakes of the past and learn to forgive herself. I also liked the instances of serendipity that are attributed by the ch Forgiving Paris gives us another story about the Baxter family as Ashley (Baxter) Blake and her husband travel to Paris for a showing of her paintings at an art gallery. Using memories for a dual timeline we find out a lot more about what happened to Ashley when she ran off to Paris as a very young adult. What I appreciated most about this story was seeing Ashley process her mistakes of the past and learn to forgive herself. I also liked the instances of serendipity that are attributed by the characters to God or even angels in the flesh, I suspect this happens in real life more than we realize. I enjoyed the description of various places in Paris though I would have benefited from a quick overview of the way the city is divided into twenty arrondissements – I’ve never been there and sometimes felt a bit lost by the geographical references as she was visiting sites, both in memory and present day. Karen Kingsbury fans will love this and anyone could pick it up and read standalone. For me the book was both an easy, fast read but also though-provoking. Thanks to Net Galley and Atria books for a copy to read and review; all opinions are my own.

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