The Beloved DaughterSynopsis: 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: First, this is not a book for the lighthearted. This is not a book for someone looking for light reading. There were times I had to stop reading because the subject is very tough.
Second, it's not always easy for an author to take a brutal subject such as Chung-Cha's time in prison camp and make it palatable for readers. While the author wants to be as real as possible, there is such a thing as going too far. Alana Terry does a tasteful job of portraying what went on in the prison camps without being overly graphic, yet clearly evoking my emotions and the sense of injustice.
Following Chung-Cha's story was very difficult for me. As a Christian, I would like to think that my faith is strong enough to take me through anything, but I am only human. Alana Terry does a very good job of showing Chung-Cha's struggle to keep her faith and remain alive. I kept thinking to myself, "how much more does this poor girl have to endure?" And the story does evoke the reader to ask "Why, God, why?"
The story is written from Chung-Cha's point of view, and at the end, you realize she is writing a letter to her daughter. When I reached the end of the book, I was
Overall, the author does a great job of writing a poignant story, all the while weaving in a lesson we all need to learn: God has a plan for everything. He is in control, even when we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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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 mini kobo e-reader and several copies of Slave Again, so be sure to enter the giveaway below!
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