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Review of Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry

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About the Book —

In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. It is her father’s faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha’s well-being.
“The Beloved Daughter” follows Chung-Cha into one of the most notorious prison camps the contemporary free world has known. Her crime? Being the daughter of a Christian.
“The Beloved Daughter” is Alana Terry’s debut Christian novel and has won multiple awards, including the Women of Faith writing contest and the Book of the Month award from The Book Club Network.

My Review —

“I Want to Know More About Moses!”

Alana Terry presents such a gripping and realistic picture of life in North Korea. The mentality of the Korean prison system becomes chillingly clear. Overtones of George Orwell’s 1984 ripple through this book. The determination to break spirits, destroy loyalties and humanity, and snuff out hope is everywhere. But faith is really the only answer, the only hope, in this visionary work, no matter what goes wrong, no matter how flawed or pressured God’s servants may be. God will do His work and prepare His servants.

About Alana —

When Alana isn’t writing, it’s likely that she’s on the floor wrestling with her kids. Or playing outside with her kids. Or chauffeuring her kids. Or trying some random science experiment with her kids. But she’s probably not cooking or cleaning.

Alana is a homeschooling mother of three who loves to write, hates to cook, and enjoys reading a good book almost as much as she enjoys writing one.

Alana won the Women of Faith writing contest for “The Beloved Daughter,” her debut inspirational novel. “What, No Sushi?” is Alana’s first book in a chapter-book series for kids published by Do Life Right, Inc.

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The Beloved Daughter has won awards from the Book Club Network and the Women of Faith writing contest. It is also currently one of the nominations for Book of the Year at bookfun.org.

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Causing and Calming Storms: A Review of Summer Storms by Rebekah Lyn

Summer Storms (Seasons of Faith)

I was given a copy of the book by the author’s publicist. If you dismiss Christian fiction as sappy or shallow or “chick lit,” you’ll miss really fine books like this one. It isn’t really a romance. It’s certainly not women’s fiction. Several male characters get a lot of ink, men flawed, fine, and being refined.

It’s mostly about loss. Lizzie and Jeffrey have each lost something. As they deal with their losses they either create storms or calm them. There are real, physical storms in the book (it takes place in Florida during hurricane season). But the storms and calms in people’s lives will keep readers guessing, about who will stir one up or calm one down next.

Lizzie is a wonderful character. She bakes cookies, dozens of them at a time. She stands up to selfish, irrational people on a daily basis and helps and comforts helpless ones at times. She works hard cleaning up some big messes, physical and spiritual. Her story reminded me of how God works to draw people to Himself and to clean them up. Lizzie has to deal with serious setbacks in the process, and so does God. She also has to just buckle down and ride out storms sometimes.

The author clearly loves creating characters, and if there’s a flaw in the story, it’s that some people detract a little from the main plot when they don’t seem that important. But it’s not confusing, not stuffed with characters a reader can’t begin to keep up with. There are some typos and homophone errors but they don’t detract that much.

There is a romantic aspect to the story and it was quite a surprise to me. Nobody goes through the book on a seesaw of attraction and repulsion. That is a big plus. I can’t stress enough that it’s not just a book for women. The portrayal of men is very different from the common “men are scum” or just plain weak or overly emotional. Strong men, good examples, men who love their wives are all here. So are men who are willing to learn and grow.

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