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Love Story

Karen Kingsbury. Howard, $22.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-4516-8759-0

Kingsbury adds to her 20-plus novels involving the Baxter family with the telling of two love stories. The first centers on Baxter family friends Cody Coleman and Andi Ellison. After two broken engagements, Cody realizes he must try to convince Andi to marry him. But the first step is finding her and getting her to speak to him again. Meanwhile, when 16-year-old Cole decides to do a school project about his grandparents’ courtship—the relationship between John and Elizabeth Baxter that started the series—John must weigh the danger of reliving old emotions and the possibility of hurting his current wife. The story can be somewhat difficult to follow, as Kingsbury bounces between the two unrelated tales, takes liberty with ages and time frames, and uses similar-sounding names for some characters. Still, faithful fans will no doubt relish the ample Baxter backstory as well as closure for Cody and Andi. Agent: Rick Christian, Alive Literary Agency [em](June) [/em]