"The Covenant Child" by Terri Blackstock is a wonderful book. It follows the life of the "billion dollar babies" who happen to be penniless orphans raised by neglectful and abusive biological grandparents. They are the grandchildren of billionaires whose mother dies shortly after their birth. Their father remarries and then is killed in a plane crash with his parents. His parents are the billionaires. Their step-mother is in the process of adopting them at the time of the death, but their maternal grandparents step in with dollar signs in their eyes. I normally do not like to read or watch stories where children are taken from their parents, whether they be biological or not. I believe a child should not be separated from the one who loves and cares for them. Lizzie and Kara, twins, are taken from the only mother they know and given away to strangers who happen to share genes. In this case, everything is about the money.
When the girls turn 18, they come to a cross roads and one goes one way, one goes the other. The story follows Kara, the prodigal child who chooses to not trust anyone and go for the greed. One might wonder how she can be so dumb, but if you think back to your own mistakes, I am sure you can figure it out. I did. This is a Christian story but uses it to relate to real life and not get preachy. It also talks a bit on abortion. Kara feels guilt, but is not condemned. I like where the author took that story line. I would highly recommend this one. I have read Blackstock before, but this one is my favorite from her. I received this e-book for free from www.netgalley.com.
From the way this novel was written, to the characters filling to the pages, to the story that grabbed my heart, "Covenant Child" is a novel to be cherished and shared.
I can't honestly say I "enjoyed" this story as a means of pure entertainment. The story is exceptional, don't get me wrong, but because of the strong subject matter, it quickly becomes a story that I wanted to see redeemed.
The main character of Kara is a bitter young woman and if the story weren't written from her perspective, as one who stands back and looks back on her life, I think I would have become fatigued with her. But to see the struggles of Kara and Lizzie and not have your heart wrenched is an impossibility.
The story is gripping from one chapter to the next moving on a swift emotional roller coaster. My heart was jerked more than one time.
I loved that the story was first person, it truly came alive. Though I would have loved to experience the story from Amanda's point of view.
I believe this is a rerelease from a previous edition, but the story is timeless. A stirring story from a masterful story teller and a wonderful allegory for God's unending grace and love.
This review is my honest opinion. My thanks to the publisher for my copy to review.
Covenant Child is a story about Amanda, Lizzie, and Kara. Amanda is the step-mom who fights to keep twins Lizzie and Kara when death claims her husband, their father. She fights the girls' maternal grandparents and when the dust clears they have won_or at least it looks that way. Kara tells the story based on information given her by Amanda and others, as well as Kara's own memories.
The entire story begins sometime Ã¢â¬Ëafter the fact' but harkens back to when Amanda met their dad, they fell in love and married. The twins were three at that time.
Amanda's selfless love toward the twins and the diligent care she gives to their future is what keeps this story from being too dark and depressing.
The characters were adequately developed, maybe a little unbelievable at times but not enough to detract from the story. I liked the way Ms. Blackstock kept the story moving. Showing glimpses into the twins' lives over a fifteen year period. It was such a sad story that if she had dwelt any longer on any one time period it would have been hard to get through. I also like how she had Amanda turning to the Bible and finding hope and living out her faith.
The story reminds me of someone riding along in a train on a bright sunny day with their back to the front of the train. When suddenly they find themselves going through a tunnel. For a very short time they can still see light from outside but before long everything is dark. Then stays dark the whole time they are in the tunnel and even once they come out of the tunnel they still see darkness until the train is far enough away from the tunnel to see full light again. Only in this case the darkness lasts approximately fifteen years.
Even though there are inspirational parts I'm not sure I'd recommend it to others or not. I liked Amanda's commitment to her promise and love, but even though Ms. Blackstock was writing this as an analogy of coming to The Father and becoming a Christian, sadly it didn't come across that way to me.
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Terri Blackstock's novel, "Covenant Child," is a gripping, emotional story that will keep you turning the pages all the way to the end.
Book Description from the publishers:
"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."
Kara and Lizzie grew up having very little and believe they are worthless, when really it is the exact opposite on both accounts. This is how many people see themselves, but really each of us is worth so much and can have have everything through being a child of God. This book is such a great story that is filled with suspense, heartache and promise! My heart went out to these girls and Amanda and I found myself wanting to help them (as if they were real!). Blackstock has written numerous novels and this one is at the top for being the best! This is a great reminder of God's love for each of His children!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*
Jesus used parables to get his point across in many instances. Terri Blackstock tells a parable of the entire gospel, intertwining her versions of the parable of the lost sheep and the prodigal son (in this case daughter) masterfully. There is a certain poignancy and depth to the story that helps emphasize the elements of forgiveness and redemption, all the while pointing each reader to the similarities of their own journey to accepting both.
Kara and Lizzie are orphaned twins. Their stepmother, Amanda, had promised their father that she would do anything for the girls, and that she would always take care of them. Unfortunately, before long the strength of that promise was put to the test, and it would take everything Amanda had to make good on it. In the meantime, Kara and Lizzie are not living the life they should be, and in time their complicated situation becomes all they know. They don't remember Amanda or their father, and the more life that happens, the more certain they are that this is not a loss.
Amanda refuses to give up, though. She wants very much to show the girls that not only does she love them, there is One who has always loved them. As Amanda leans on Jesus, she trusts Him to show her how to show the twins that there is more to her promise than they could ever imagine - and that there is nothing that will change her plans to fulfill it.
Terri Blackstock always delivers. She writes stories of faith and forgiveness that are entertaining and thought-provoking. I am always able to find a connection to my own experiences in her tales, and I have yet to read one that disappointed. As long as she continues to write, I will continue to read.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. 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