The Other Daughter   -     By: Miralee Ferrell
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The Other Daughter

Kregel Publications / 2007 / Paperback

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Strained by his devout faith and her continuing doubts, David and Susanne Carson's marriage is already tenuous when a teenage girl appears on their doorstep. With nowhere to go after her mother's death, Brianna turns to the father she's never known: David. Will the shock drive the Carsons apart---or to God? 320 pages, softcover from Kregel.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825426596
ISBN-13: 9780825426599
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David Carson's ordered family life is thrown into devastating chaos when Brianna, a young teen, appears on the Carsons' doorstep, claiming to be David's daughter. The revelation of David's apparent betrayal staggers his wife, Susanne, and adds strain to an already fragile marriage. Will this shocking discovery drive the family apart, or will it draw them closer to God? Guaranteed fiction

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The Other Daughter by Miralee Ferrell, begins with a shock and rift growing between characters. Susanne Carson is at home the day of her birthday, waiting for her children to return from school. Her husband David is the boss of his own construction company and away at work. Planning to be home late, he moves their date plans even later into the evening. That was the only thing on Susanne’s mind until the sound of a car racing away brought her out of her dozing and she moved to the door to see what all the commotion is about.

Standing at the door is Brianna, a fourteen-year-old without a mother. All her life she had been told that her father didn’t want her, which had caused many problems between her and her mother. She has only a suitcase, and she claims that she is David’s daughter. Susanne’s mind spirals into a whirlwind of questions and fears.

Throughout the story, readers can see David’s connection with God along with how the family reacts to this unexpected and painful situation. But after the resurfaced memory of his cheating ordeal with another woman back when he and Susanne were engaged, David’s struggle is apparent. Pushing his wife farther from God because of his past mistake, David begs for forgiveness from her and prays that God will show her the way.

During all of this hectic rifting between the husband and wife, their children get to know Brianna and begin to value her. Over time, it’s obvious that Brianna needs to stay, but the parents still aren’t sure.

All in all, the story is well written. The twists and turns that take readers through the novel sustain interest while building suspense and curiosity about what will happen next. It is a clever plot idea, and I must applaud Ferrell’s writing style. This novel I would suggest for teenagers and older, as some of the things that happen throughout the book may not be acceptable for a younger audience. -- Eliza M. Schane, Christian Book Previews.com

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Author: Miralee Ferrell
Located in: White Salmon, WAj
Submitted: April 26, 2007

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm over 50, married for 35 years this July, and have two wonderful children, Marnee and Steven. I'm active at our small church, serving on staff with my miisterial license and working with women in a counseling/ministering capacity. My husband and I are looking forward to full retirement soon and taking off for a few months at a time on our 51' sailboat, where my writing will take on an entirely new creativity. We have a horse, a dog and three cats that my daughter and her husband will inherit while we're gone. Thankfully, they live on the adjoining property and are animals lovers.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  A little known fact about our family is that we lived a situation similar to my story line. We too had a teen-aged girl, 18 yrs old at the time, contact us claiming to be my husband's daughter that we didn't know existed. Unlike Susanne, I was willing to accept her and take her into my heart. None of the details of my story are true, but the story line was birthed from our finding Tricia and her becoming a part of our life and family.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope my readers will get a sense of the need for family unity and forgiveness from reading my book. The story of David and Susanne and their struggle with accepting Brianna, the young teen who's dropped on their doorstep should cause all of us to examine our own motives and responses to the unexpected 'opportunities' that God places in our path from time to time.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  The Lord placed a number of wonderful people in my path during the writing of this book but there are two that stand out in my mind. The first is my husband, who encouraged me and urged me on in my writing journey. The second is my dear friend Elizabeth, also an author and an editor, who convinced me I COULD write Christian fiction when I hesitated to try. Her belief in my abilities pushed me to open new doors and explore areas of creativity in myself I didn't know existed. Thank you Allen and Elisabeth, for your love and support. Thank you also to the members of the American Christian Fiction Writers where I belong...a wonderful group of Christian writers with many published authors among their ranks. They've been an inspiration to many, and to my agent who believed in me from the first reading of my book, and never gave up. Thank you Tamela!

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I have two more books in the works, a sequel to The Other Daughter that's nearly complete and hopefully won't be much more than a year behind in publication, and a romance. It's set in 1885 in Washington Territory and takes place on a horse ranch...I can't tell you more than that, but it's going to be a great story and I hope you'll enjoy my books enough to watch for more in the future. Feel free to contact me or visit my web site... http://w3.gorge.net/miralee/Author.html The opening scene of The Other Daughter is posted there so you can get a sense of the story line and my writing style, then drop me a note or sign my guest book. I'd love to hear from you!

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