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New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury - the "queen of inspirational fiction" (Time) - is acclaimed for poignant, uplifting novels like Waiting for Morning. This compelling novel paints a moving portrait of a heartbroken widower and a jilted bride, thrust together by their Down syndrome siblings.

When rodeo champion Cody Gunner returns to Colorado Springs, he has no intention of keeping his deathbed promise to his beloved wife - to love again. But when his concern for his brother, Carl, takes him to the Independent Learning Center, he sees how much Carl and his fellow Down syndrome students are progressing. He also notices their teacher, Elle Downs, who glows with such infectious joy and inner beauty that he almost forgets their philosophical differences.

©2007 Karen Kingsbury; (P)2008 Recorded Books

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insightful

As a parent of a child with down syndrome, I found this story insperational. I related to what we have watched our Grace achieve and recieved hope for her adult life as well. I recomend this book to anyone who wants to understand more about special people.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What a pleasure to hear.

Karen Kingsbury is a wonderful author. Her words awaken all of your senses. I really enjoyed the story line. I would recommend all of her books. Enjoyed Tom Stechschulte as narrator. He did a very good job with the different accents. You felt as though it was really different people speaking.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Sweet. Laughs and cries

At first I thought this book was going to only be about a teacher in a handicapped classroom. Though I enjoy books about this I was glad I kept listening. It turns into a very sweet story. I will recommend it to my friends who know and love Down's Syndrome children and adults.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful story!

As with all of Karen Kingsbury's books, I was not disappointed! It was great, as all of her books are. I felt sad when the book had finished, and would highly recommend it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Patty
  • United States
  • 02-07-12

I love Karen Kingsbury Books!

If you could sum up Just Beyond the Clouds in three words, what would they be?

inspirational

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cody Gunner - his gentle love of his brother

What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Just would not have time to read on my own

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just touches your insides

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A window

Well written and beautifully narrarated, this book shows how Down Syndrome children enrich the lives of loving parents and siblings. Truly inspirational, a window into the lives of those we know so little about.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ella
  • Katy, TX, USA
  • 05-13-08

great

very well written, moving story

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Cindy
  • Lubbock, TX, United States
  • 10-09-12

Excellent Story

If you could sum up Just Beyond the Clouds in three words, what would they be?

Worth your time

Who was your favorite character and why?

Carl Joseph--his pure love for life and others; his innocence

What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

His ability to portray the voices of those with Downs Syndrome.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many moments

Any additional comments?

An amazing story of love of life and living each day to the fullest. To God be the glory.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Beth
  • Menominee, MI, USA
  • 03-21-10

Just wonderful!

This book had such a heartwarming story and taught me at the same time about the different facets in the world of people with downs syndrome! I was cheering for the underdog and loved the story right to the last line!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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kingsbury is always good

i enjoyed this very much, it's always great to listen to karen k.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful