A Kingsbury Collection: Three Novels in One by Karen Kingsbury ~ Review

A Kingsbury Collection: Three Novels in One: Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay, On Every Side

My Review:  Three of Ms. Kingsbury's moving tales all in one volume!

This three-in-one volume had some of the most emotionally heartwrenching stories in it that I have ever read from Karen Kingsbury (as I have read only Unlocked and The Bridge at this point). These tales had a seriousness and emotional depth that I hadn't read from Ms. Kingsbury before, and to be honest there were times when I thought the pace was kind of slow, yet I could see how that helped the realistic-ness of the story.

All of these stories were stand-alone, but were linked in the fact that all of the stories centered around newpaper reporters. Yet the stories were diverse and each delved into a different topic, whether be coming to terms with the past and reconnecting with family, or a high profile court case debating the supposed "separation of church and state," which was handled very well.

Overall, it's really hard to go into detail and desrcibe each book individually, without making this post longer than is reasonable. So I will simply say that these are three emotionally deep reads that weren't always my cup of tea, but were great reads either way.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

About the Books: Where Yesterday Lives Ellen Barrett is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist with an uncertain marriage, a forgotten faith, and haunting memories of her picturesque hometown and the love she left behind. The eldest of five siblings, she longs for the time, long ago, when they were a happy family. Now Ellen’s beloved father is dead, and she returns to her childhood home to make peace–with the people who still live there, with the losses and changes that time has wrought, and with the future God has set before her.

When Joy Came to Stay Maggie Stovall is one of the golden people. She has it all together...at least on the surface. Ben Stovall is a godly husband and successful attorney. He has no idea of the darkness about to overtake his life. Amanda Joy is a child of society–abused, broken, thrown away. But her trust in God is still alive. When Joy Came to Stay is the heart-wrenching story of one woman’s descent into the shadows of depression, her husband’s search for understanding, and a precious child’s unwavering faith.

On Every Side Faith Evans is an up-and-coming newscaster, a woman of honor and integrity who must take a stand against the one man she never imagined would be her enemy. A beloved, hundred-year-old statue of Jesus stands in a small-town park–but some say it’s a clear violation of separation of church and state that must come down. Jordan Riley is a powerful attorney fighting for human rights and against God, but still reckoning with bitter boyhood losses. Amid political intrigue, social injustice, and personal conflicts, will love be enough when the battle rages on every side?

What Readers Are Saying About KAREN KINGSBURY Fiction…
“All–and I do mean all–of Karen Kingsbury’s books have touched my spiritual life in a deep way. I have recommended her books to men and women alike!”
–Debbie, Marana, AZ “Karen Kingsbury’s Christian fiction is the standard by which I judge all Christian fiction.”
–Robin, Fairfax, VA “Karen Kingsbury is our book club’s favorite author. We often discuss how each of her novels not only entertain us, but inspire us to live out our faith in a real, everyday, every moment way.”
–Lynda, Covington, WA “Karen’s books never cease to amaze me. After reading one, I not only feel connected to the characters and the events, I feel I’ve walked in the presence of Christ and He’s spoken mightily to me. I always cry when I finish one…tears of good-bye to the friends I’ve come to love and tears of thankfulness to my heavenly Father. I can’ t wait to read the next one!”
–Linda, Batavia, IL
Story Behind the Book
Each of my novels is a piece of my heart. Where Yesterday Lives was my first-ever novel, and as such it is somewhat autobiographical. The childhood story of Ellen Barrett, her love for her parents and siblings, is my story–though her current story and struggles are fictional. On Every Side sheds light on the struggle for religious freedom in today’s climate, something I am passionate about. Finally, When Joy Came to Stay is the story of one woman’s battle against depression and the secrets of her past.


  1. That collection has two of my all time favorites of Karen's books. When Joy Came to Stay and On Every Side.

    This is what I call "classic" Karen Kingsbury. Before she did the Baxter saga and all the books that go with them.

  2. Indeed! I'm a little scared to start the Baxters because the series is so long! I really liked how diverse all the stories, yet very strong each in their own right. Thanks for stopping by Dawn!


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