Take Two

Take Two Filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison have completed their first feature film and Hollywood is buzzing with the news In the wake of that excitement the producers acquire rights to a novel that has

  • Title: Take Two
  • Author: Karen Kingsbury
  • ISBN: 9780310266174
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • Filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison have completed their first feature film, and Hollywood is buzzing with the news In the wake of that excitement, the producers acquire rights to a novel that has all the ingredients they want for their next project At the same time they cross paths with a well connected player who introduces them to the right people, and suddenly evFilmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison have completed their first feature film, and Hollywood is buzzing with the news In the wake of that excitement, the producers acquire rights to a novel that has all the ingredients they want for their next project At the same time they cross paths with a well connected player who introduces them to the right people, and suddenly every studio in town wants to talk to Chase and Keith The producers dreams are on the verge of coming true, but Chase s marriage is strained and Keith s daughter Andi Ellison is making questionable choices in her quest for stardom The producers are gaining respect and are on the verge of truly changing culture through the power of film but is the change worth the cost

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    1. I am not enjoying this series at all. There are too many unrelated storylines. I think the Bailey/Cody thing could have been in a different book as there is only the thin tie of Andi. It is once again predictable and frustrating to read as the little inconsistencies pop up. It is almost as if she doesn't pre-plan the story in anyway and just writes what pops into her head. I was bothered that no one "remembered" they knew Taz from Clear Creek High until the middle of this book. Cody and Bailey h [...]

    2. SORRY EVERYONE! I HAVE BEEN INFORMED I HAVEN'T BEEN AT YOUR PRESENCE ON THIS SITE FOR 13 DAYS! I'm incredibly sorry for the inconvenience. but I did finish this book last night and the ending was good. finished of with Kelly knowing what to do and things. BUT I wish the book included more of the Baxter side or even the Flagian side. now, I know this isn't supposed to be about them but it is just so sad to give up these wonderful characters. anyway, Karen signed this book and it is a pretty wonde [...]

    3. I love Karen Kingsbury novels but this was not even close to a good book.First, let me say, I started this series before I picked up on the continuation of the Baxters after their first series ended.Knowing that may effect my opinion of this series but really she explains everything that has happened pretty nicely and catches the reader up (almost too redundantly in each one)Take One was okay and my husband bought me all 4 for Christmas so I'm giving them all a chance but I hope the rest are bet [...]

    4. I keep hoping that her writing style goes back to her earlier books. I feel as if she is just pumping out books now and I don't really like them anymore.

    5. another amazing book written by mrs Kingsbury. i love this book although i want to hear more about cody and bailey i love hearing about andi and the poor girl she keeps making all the wrong choices here one feels for her. i wish bailey would get rid of tim and finally be with cody 😂😂 and chase!!!! watch out with him and kelly being on the outs kendall is sneaking in :) look forward to reading take 3 i cant wait

    6. I have read very mixed reviews on this book, but I really liked it. Too often when I read Christian books I feel like everything is all tied up in a neat bow and the characters are either too perfect or too sinful. The reality is that most people relate better to something in the middle of those two. I love that Karen had characters struggling through real issues and that despite their attempts, their battles haven't been won quickly. That seems more realistic. I know there has been some harsh c [...]

    7. I'm not sure if it is because I knew the characters better this time, but I liked this much better than I liked "Take One". I enjoyed the first one, but not as much as I did Karen's other books. I wasn't sure if I was going to like the series and had put off reading "Take Two". I'm glad I did and I picked up "Take Three" as soon as I finished. Maybe I identified with Kelly some, now that her character has been fleshed out more. My husband traveled a lot when my youngest son was little and I was [...]

    8. I really enjoyed the Baxters' series but I just can't get into the Above the Line series. I disliked many things about this book, including how Chase and Keith seemed to always put their families second to their work but that was okay because their work was a mission from God. I also was disappointed with how the Andi/Tax storyline played out. As a book, it basically said that what Andi did was right because it was "art". Perhaps there are repercussions in the following books but it still didn't [...]

    9. If I could give this zero stars I would. Awful. Horrible. Cliched characters. Self-righteous and judgmental. The author tries to draw conclusions for her readers by telling rather than just letting the text stand on its own and allowing readers to experience the story how ever they want to. For example, when she describes a situation in which a married man is having an affair and has gotten his girlfriend pregnant, the author describes the mother as a bad mother. I got the feeling that the woman [...]

    10. I find myself either loving a book by Karen Kingsbury or walking away disappointed. Are you with me? One Tuesday MorningLOVE. Take One and now Take Twodisappointed. I enjoy the characters and the plot line, but I see myself knowing where things are headed and just getting frustrated waiting for the inevitable.This said, I do believe there are strong messages here for college women facing challenges and making tough choices and for professionals working hard to keep their integrity in a fallen wo [...]

    11. I enjoy all of Karen Kingsbury's books and story lines. And while this was another one that had a good line to it, there was also a side to this one that I didn't like. It was much more sensual than what I remember any of her others to be. While I will most likely read the next one to continue following Bailey and Cody, I didn't appreciate the plot that involves Andi. I'm not sure if I would let my teen daughter read thisobably not.

    12. Karen Kingsbury is my favorite author so I always look forward to a new book from her. This one was no exception. It is the second book of a 4-book series so it picks up where the first one left off and leaves many loose ends yet to be concluded in the next two books of the series. I will be counting the days till I can get my hands on Take Three when it comes out in spring 2010!

    13. Keith and Chase have finished filming their movie, and now it's time for the editing and the promotion of the movie. It's good for them that they have a big time movie investor and his production assistant daughter on their side as they work on getting this movie put into theaters. Success beckons and they are on a constant loop between their homes in San Jose and their time in Hollywood.Meanwhile, Chase's wife Kelly is struggling at home. Taking care of two small girls, dealing with a beyond ti [...]

    14. Real life situations and true to life struggles, make this an excellent read.Andi, a missionary's kid, now in college struggles to keep her purity. Taz, in college with Andi, seeks to win more than Andi's heart.Fillmakers, Chase Ryan, and Keith Ellison seek to make Christian movies in a hostile Hollywood arena.Relationships and marriages are strained, while sin gradually creeps in with its subtle hints that all is okay. Weaving all the broken pieces together was God. After finishing the book rem [...]

    15. I’m a huge Karen Kingsbury fan and have read all the Baxter family books, but Take 2 felt very much like a filler book with very few tied up ends or redemption. I’m banking on there being more closure and intrigue in 3 and 4, but felt like this book was far too long to only set up the books following.

    16. Story for each of the characters is moving forwarda little slow for a 5 star, but still an inspiring read.

    17. Filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison have completed their first film "The producers’ dreams are on the verge of coming true, but Chase’s marriage is strained and Keith’s daughter—Andi Ellison—is making questionable choices in her quest for stardom."I recommend this book

    18. For those who haven't read Karen Kingsbury before, this book follows on from the Redemption series (5 books), the Firstborn series (5 books) and the Sunrise series (4 books). Don't worry - you can still enjoy this without reading all the others. This offering will most appeal to those who have read Take One (first in the Above the Line series), as it follows directly on from that without covering a lot of the back story ( buyers may like to order both, or to re-read Take One while they are waiti [...]

    19. I love the continuing story of the Bailey Flannigan and Cody Coleman from her other series. Bailey is in college now and is trying to listen to her Father in Heaven as she struggles to know if she is in love with Tim or just following what Cody told her to do when she really was in love with him. Andi Ellison is growing more an more independant of her parents beliefs in staying close to those that share your beliefs and values. She is zeroed in on Taz as he believes in her acting ability. Chase [...]

    20. The "Above the Line" series follows Keith Ellison and Chase Ryan, two filmmakers who want to change the movie landscape by making films that have heart and lead to changed lives. Now that "The Last Letter" is in post-production, Keith and Chase begin the process of securing their next movie and getting "The Last Letter" into theaters. The adventure takes a huge toll on Chase's wife Kelly, who struggles with depression and over-eating as she drifts further away from her husband and from God.Meanw [...]

    21. wow.I had to check the cover to make sure I was reading what I intended to, a Christian book, on page 296 it states "enjoying the call of being pure of mind" ok that is how we as believers strive to live, it's how Pauls presses us to live. I felt like this book had taken that from me and then reminds me on the last pages of the book. I did not expect these kinds of details and was caught off guard. I'm not naïve enough to believe I don't live in this world it's because I do live in this world I [...]

    22. This book was the 2nd in the series and the main characters Chase and Keith, movie producers. The main donors daughter Kendall is attracted to Chase, and he starts to fall for her. But bothremain firm in their resolve not to get involved. Chase's wife Kelly is having problems because he is gone and she is left to do everything at home by herself. She is depressed and compensated by overeating. Kelly struggles through the entire book, but she reconnects with Christ at the end of the book by atten [...]

    23. In this book we start to see the financial struggles that both the Ellison and the Ryan families are experiencing in bringing Christian stories to film. Chase's wife, Kelly is whining in this book about how hard it is to raise two kids on her own with the little money that Chase brings in from her film making. She doesn't even try to find a job to help out with their financial situation, in spite of helping to raise two young girls in this book. She feels that it is her right to be a stay at hom [...]

    24. You could definitely tell this was a bridge book in the series: the plot was not as interesting as the first book and there remained much to be wrapped up in the next book. Our movie producers, Keith and Chase, are developing their next film while finishing post-production on "The Last Letter," the movie they were filming in the previous book. They have the funding, the hit story, and the popular young star so why are things not quite coming together? Chase also faces problems at home as his wif [...]

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