Published by Howard Books on April 2, 2019
Also by this author: Love Story, To the Moon and Back, When We Were Young
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Cole Blake, son of Landon and Ashley Baxter Blake, is months away from going off to college and taking the first steps towards his dream—a career in medicine. But as he starts his final semester of high school he meets Elise, a mysterious new girl who captures his attention—and heart—from day one.
Elise has her heart set on mending her wild ways and rediscovering the good girl she used to be. But not long after the semester starts, she discovers she’s pregnant. Eighteen and alone, she shares her secret with Cole. Undaunted by the news, and in love for the first time in his life, Cole is determined to support Elise—even if it means skipping college, marrying her, and raising another man’s baby.
When Elise decides to place her baby up for adoption, she is matched with Aaron and Lucy Williams, who moved to Bloomington, Indiana to escape seven painful years of infertility.
But as Elise’s due date draws near, she becomes focused on one truth: she has two weeks to change her mind about the adoption. With Cole keeping vigil and Lucy and Aaron waiting to welcome their new baby, Elise makes an unexpected decision—one that changes everyone’s plans.
Tender and deeply moving, Two Weeks is a story about love, faith, and what it really means to be a family.
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If you have grown up with the Baxter Family as I have, then it's probably hard for you to believe too that Cole Blake is graduating high school in Karen's latest book, Two Weeks. It seems like yesterday when I was reading about Cole and Devin running around the yard.
This book is truly one of my favorite Baxter books. One of the reasons is that we get to see a deeper, more mature Cole than we have seen before. Karen took this story in a completely different direction than I ever expected and I loved this because it made the journey through the pages even more enjoyable.
Elise is new to the school and she immediately captures Cole's attention and heart. As the story unfolds Elise discovers she’s pregnant. She is eighteen and alone and turns to Cole with her secret. Elise is the first girl Cole has been in love with and he is determined to support her, even if it means changing the plans he has had for his life.
As you can imagine, the news that Cole wants to change the plans he has been dreaming of for a long time, especially for a girl he just met doesn't sit well with his parents. Karen wrote this story so well that the tension between Cole and his parents and in Cole himself was able to be felt through the pages of this story. My heart was torn right along with him.
As the story progressed, Elise decided to put her baby up for adoption. A family has been chosen and they are anxiously waiting for the day they will be able to bring a baby home. However, as Elise's due date draws near, she becomes focused on one truth: she has two weeks to change her mind about the adoption.
Two Weeks was a beautiful story that gripped my heart and kept me hooked until the very last page.