Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry Blog Tour and Book Review + Enter to Win a Kobo Mini!

*Disclosure of material connection- I received an advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

The Beloved Daughter, an inspirational suspense novel by award-winning author Alana Terry, is a story of persecution and triumph set in the oppressive North Korean regime.

About the book-

Synopsis: 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 has won awards from Women of Faith and the Book Club Network. It was also a #1 amazon bestseller in Christian suspense and is the top-rated ebook in several different kindle categories. The Beloved Daughter is available in kindle or paperback. You can also get the audiobook narrated by four-time Audie award-winner Kathy Garver.

My Thoughts: 
This book was gut-wrenching from the start. The story is about Chang-Cha, a 12 year old girl in North Korea and how she ends up in a prison camp because her father is a Christian who refuses to renounce his faith. Prison Camp 22 is an awful place to be. It is already just gut wrenching to think of someone being in a prison camp simply because they believe in God, but the treatment of these prisoners and the things this 12 year old girl has to go through are things nobody should ever have to go through, let alone a child. These types of novels, fictionalized versions of things that are true to life and horrible, are hard to read, but read them we must if for anything to pray for the people that are in these situations in real life and pray that things will change in countries like North Korea. Back to the story- Chang-Cha goes through everything you can possibly imagine, even at the tender age of 12, in this prison camp. She suffers a betrayal by someone she thinks of as a friend (and you will feel bad for that situation too, because that character is also a child just trying to stay alive) she suffers ridicule and shame at the hands of the guards, feeling as though she has to give herself over in ways she isn't prepared for just to make sure she is given a decent amount of food. Chang-Cha also understandable so, struggles with her own thoughts about faith and Christianity and some of the most interesting parts of the book are her coming to terms with what she believes, with some wise words from an old woman she is imprisoned with at one point. Although it is difficult to read, Beloved Daughter is very well written. Alana Terry has done a great job with these characters and making the reader feel like they can feel how Chang-Cha and the other characters in the book feel as they go through the surreal motions of being held prisoner. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read fictionalized accounts of possible real life situations or likes to read books written by Christiana authors.

Order your own copy of The Beloved Daughter.

About the author-

Alana Terry is getting ready to release her next novel, Slave Again, about a North Korean refugee who escapes prison camp only to get trafficked across the border.

Alana is giving away free copies of her next release to anyone who makes a donation to Liberty in North Korea, an organization dedicated to rescuing refugees who escape North Korea. She's also giving away a Kobo Mini e-reader and several copies of Slave Again, so be sure to enter the giveaway below!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the kind review! Good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway!