When We Were Young (Karen Kingsbury book)
It is the fifth novel in her Baxter Family Collection series, and the 28th novel overall featuring the Baxter Family.
Noah and Emily Carter have a storybook marriage, and their lives are followed by millions on Instagram. But behind the scenes, their marriage is anything but a fairy tale: Emily is tired of having every moment of their lives shared with the public, while Noah refuses to pull the plug, as he has turned their social media following into a six-figure income.
Ultimately Noah and Emily decide to end their marriage, with Noah moving out of the house. Emily is afraid to tell her Bible study leader, Kari (Baxter) Taylor, while Noah says nothing to his fire chief, Landon Blake (husband of Ashley Baxter Blake). The book's plot starts on the evening before they will officially separate; Emily and the children have left Noah at home for the night while he packs.
Waking up the next morning, everything is different. Like the legend of Rip Van Winkle, he is now 20 years older, Emily is gone and the children are older. And like A Christmas Carol, strange events occur throughout the night, and now he wants a second chance at restoring his marriage, something that will now take a miracle.