Sunday, May 6, 2012

Covenant Child

Covenant Child
Terri Blackstock
(Thomas Nelson)
ISBN: 978-1401686970
May 2012/336 pages/$15.99

Amanda’s heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope . . . and to fight for them to her last breath.

Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are ripped from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to their maternal grandparents, who only want the children’s fortune for themselves.

While even the stipend their guardians get for supporting them is squandered, the children are left to raise themselves. Kara and Lizzie grow up believing they are worthless . . . until the day when they learn the truth.

Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Recent books include her acclaimed Intervention Series (Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall). Other recent favorites include Shadow in Serenity, Predator and Double Minds, and the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.

In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. She hopes to remind them that they’re not alone, and that their trials have a purpose.

According to her website, this is one of Terri Blackstock's previous books that "has been repackaged and reissued, with a new chapter and other added material [and is one of her] favorite books, illustrating God’s grace and redemption." I am so glad it's been released again because I had not read it before and it's too good to miss! This is a heart-wrenching story of a family ripped apart by death and greed. My heart ached for Kara and Lizzie as they were raised in squalor and emptiness, never knowing how much they are cherished by one they no longer remember. Once they turn 18, they must choose whether to believe what they have always been told or to reach out and accept a new life beyond what they could dream. Terri Blackstock has penned a beautiful story that demonstrates the unfathomable riches available to those who accept God's offer to become His child. . .and how easy it is to stay in a familiar, though impoverished, life rather than believe the truth. I was riveted to this book and could not put it down until the very end. It would be a beautiful story on its own merit, but simply a fairy tale; however, the spiritual parallels give this fiction depth and a ring of truth, making it a novel to be read and cherished.

My one disappointment/aggravation is with the publisher, not the author: in the book, Kara and Lizzie (as well as their dad) are described as having curly red hair. The cover shows a girl with blonde hair. It drives me crazy when covers don't match the books!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson/Book Sneeze as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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collettakay said...

Oh, I SO agree about the covers not matchin the book's descriptions! I hate that. I will however put this on my wishlist because it sounds like a great read.


bp said...

Thanks for sharing. This sounds like a good book.

The Crazy Cat Lady said...

Ack! I'm the same way about covers! So glad to find another person like me :). Thank you for reviewing this book - it sounds wonderful, and I haven't read it before. Off to amazon...