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Sixty-two years after that remarkable Christmas of 1945, when George Bailey realizes he really did have a wonderful life, his grandson and namesake has forgotten the lessons his grandfather taught him. Young George is living in New York City, building shoddy apartment buildings, kicking elderly renters out of their homes, and neglecting his wife and children. He's become o Sixty-two years after that remarkable Christmas of 1945, when George Bailey realizes he really did have a wonderful life, his grandson and namesake has forgotten the lessons his grandfather taught him. Young George is living in New York City, building shoddy apartment buildings, kicking elderly renters out of their homes, and neglecting his wife and children. He's become one of the richest and meanest men in town. But during Christmas of 2007, his life falls apart, and only the angel Clarence (who now has his wings) can help him. But will George listen? Meanwhile, back in Bedford Falls, new incarnations of Old Man Potter are slowly but surely destroying everything the Bailey family sacrificed so much to protect. In Bedford Falls: The Story Continues, readers learn what happened to George and Mary Bailey, their children, the Martinis, Violet Bick, Henry F. Potter, and the other residents of Bedford Falls. In the decades since the Second World War, new immigrants have moved to town, looking for a safe place to rear their children. They—like those who came before them—must learn the importance of of sticking together in a crisis, and standing firm against those who` put greed above the good of Bedford Falls.


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Sixty-two years after that remarkable Christmas of 1945, when George Bailey realizes he really did have a wonderful life, his grandson and namesake has forgotten the lessons his grandfather taught him. Young George is living in New York City, building shoddy apartment buildings, kicking elderly renters out of their homes, and neglecting his wife and children. He's become o Sixty-two years after that remarkable Christmas of 1945, when George Bailey realizes he really did have a wonderful life, his grandson and namesake has forgotten the lessons his grandfather taught him. Young George is living in New York City, building shoddy apartment buildings, kicking elderly renters out of their homes, and neglecting his wife and children. He's become one of the richest and meanest men in town. But during Christmas of 2007, his life falls apart, and only the angel Clarence (who now has his wings) can help him. But will George listen? Meanwhile, back in Bedford Falls, new incarnations of Old Man Potter are slowly but surely destroying everything the Bailey family sacrificed so much to protect. In Bedford Falls: The Story Continues, readers learn what happened to George and Mary Bailey, their children, the Martinis, Violet Bick, Henry F. Potter, and the other residents of Bedford Falls. In the decades since the Second World War, new immigrants have moved to town, looking for a safe place to rear their children. They—like those who came before them—must learn the importance of of sticking together in a crisis, and standing firm against those who` put greed above the good of Bedford Falls.

30 review for Bedford Falls: The Story Continues

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Keels

    Sixty-two years after the Christmas that forever changed George Bailey, George's grandson, a wealthy real estate tycoon in New York, has veered far away from what his grandfather taught him. The town a number of the Baileys hail from, Bedford Falls, seems to have lost its way as well. It's about time for another visit from Clarence, a guardian angel who now has his wings, in Bedford Falls: The Story Continues, a novel by author Anne Morse. I'll admit I don't usually read classic work continuation Sixty-two years after the Christmas that forever changed George Bailey, George's grandson, a wealthy real estate tycoon in New York, has veered far away from what his grandfather taught him. The town a number of the Baileys hail from, Bedford Falls, seems to have lost its way as well. It's about time for another visit from Clarence, a guardian angel who now has his wings, in Bedford Falls: The Story Continues, a novel by author Anne Morse. I'll admit I don't usually read classic work continuations written by people other than the original authors. It just doesn't feel authoritative enough to me, like, "Who's to say that's what did or should have happened next? I could make up my own continuation too, and it may or may not match what was in the original author's heart." However, the affirmation of an actual cast member from It's a Wonderful Life is what moved me to step outside of my usual boundary and read this book. And, my goodness gracious—am I ever glad I did. I think it can be easy to romanticize the 1946 film and to regard it as just some whimsical Christmas fairy tale with a happy ending while forgetting or missing the real breadth and depth of the story. One thing I most respect about this novel is that it isn't a fairy tale, merely romanticizing the Baileys and Bedford Falls, lacking the film's depth. Morse is clearly someone with a true grasp on the significance of the motion picture, and the complexity and spirit of the poignant continuation she's woven together does the film justice. Sure, the book has its minor weaknesses, sometimes in sentence structure, and while the typographical errors aren't numerous, a few of them are a little jarring. There are also times when the characters' reminiscing can feel somewhat unrealistic. (For instance, I don't think a grown Zuzu Bailey would remember a long-ago speech of her father's word for word, particularly when she wasn't born at the time and only later heard the news secondhand from Uncle Billy, whom I wouldn't trust to have relayed the speech verbatim. Dear Uncle Billy likely would have summarized or exaggerated, added his own embellishments for the parts he couldn't remember, or what have you.) Nevertheless, this is a moving and excellent piece of storytelling that packs in much for fans of Frank Capra's masterpiece to appreciate. It hit me in so many places, and by the Epilogue, I was sobbing so hard I had to set the book aside for a good five or ten minutes before I could finish it. This novel is going right up on my list of all-time favorite books.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ken Vance

    Wonderful story “It’s a Wonderful Life” is my favorite Christmas movie. I watch it every year and have tears every time. This book continues the story of George and Mary Bailey’s children and grandchildren. Anne Morse beautifully recounts important events from the movie that tie the two stories together. George’s grandson, also named George, who is the only child of Peter Bailey, George and Mary’s oldest child, chose a different path than his beloved grandfather. But the thread of redemption runs Wonderful story “It’s a Wonderful Life” is my favorite Christmas movie. I watch it every year and have tears every time. This book continues the story of George and Mary Bailey’s children and grandchildren. Anne Morse beautifully recounts important events from the movie that tie the two stories together. George’s grandson, also named George, who is the only child of Peter Bailey, George and Mary’s oldest child, chose a different path than his beloved grandfather. But the thread of redemption runs through this narrative in a beautiful way. If you’re a fan of the movie, I think you will find this continuing story very meaningful.

  3. 4 out of 5

    J Layne

    LOVED reading this! These iconic characters come to life again. No profanity. Some Bible verses throughout. Love that Zuzu opened a flower shop named Zuzu's Petals and that Janie became a concert pianist and traveled the world. Great to revisit these memorable characters and Bedford Falls again. Neat Bailey family tree at beginning of book. I learned about this book through a Breakpoint Daily article by Eric Metaxas on 12/15/16. LOVED reading this! These iconic characters come to life again. No profanity. Some Bible verses throughout. Love that Zuzu opened a flower shop named Zuzu's Petals and that Janie became a concert pianist and traveled the world. Great to revisit these memorable characters and Bedford Falls again. Neat Bailey family tree at beginning of book. I learned about this book through a Breakpoint Daily article by Eric Metaxas on 12/15/16.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert Colvin

    If you love the iconic Christmas film, you'll enjoy this quick read. It's kind of like speculative fan fiction, but it was still interesting. The kindle version had too many typos to give it 5 stars, but after watching the film a few days ago, this little novel was just what I was looking for. Recommended, especially if you love the film. If you love the iconic Christmas film, you'll enjoy this quick read. It's kind of like speculative fan fiction, but it was still interesting. The kindle version had too many typos to give it 5 stars, but after watching the film a few days ago, this little novel was just what I was looking for. Recommended, especially if you love the film.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    3.5 felt like it tried to hard. But I do love the characters!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Voytek Ucho

    I was unable to put it down. I liked the way different names were referred back to, people from George’s past. Very enjoyable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Greg Van Vorhis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I wanted to like this so bad. But half of the book is a a flashback to the film and rehashing almost every scene. The other half is full of plot holes large enough to fly a helicopter through. If a vehicle breaks down and it's in the way, most regular people would tow it out of the way. If you need a parking lot to land a helicopter in, the hospital parking lot would probably fit the bill instead of driving the patient to another parking lot at another business. That being said, the author is ver I wanted to like this so bad. But half of the book is a a flashback to the film and rehashing almost every scene. The other half is full of plot holes large enough to fly a helicopter through. If a vehicle breaks down and it's in the way, most regular people would tow it out of the way. If you need a parking lot to land a helicopter in, the hospital parking lot would probably fit the bill instead of driving the patient to another parking lot at another business. That being said, the author is very effective in her use of word and getting her point across efficiently. Some of her most effective chapters were only a page long.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    A fabulous follow-up to Its a Wonderful Life I was a little worried that the follow-up story to my favorite movie might end up being campy. I was thrilled. It was just perfect. It flowed well and it respectfully made callbacks to the movie without over doing it. You will not be disappointed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Blair

    A fun read during the holidays!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Great little Christmas read..follows the lives of the family after a Wonderful Life

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mallory Rohach

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    Monica T

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    Steve Verleye

  14. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

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    Tim Soukop

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Sutton

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lee B. Donahue

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Kunz

  21. 5 out of 5

    George Mascio

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    Holly Ressler

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    Patricia J Habegger

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