*Warning: this book contains content not appropriate for children under 13.*
Torn Asunder by Alana Terry
Torn Asunder is the newest suspense novel from award-winning author Alana Terry. Torn Asunder is the story of Hannah and Simon, two North Korean refugees who sneak back into their country to serve as underground missionaries. In this world of spies, secret police, and informants, Simon and Hannah learn that staying together won't just compromise their ministry. It could cost them both their lives.
My Review: Oh my soul, this book....
This book was harder for me to read than the other two, The Beloved Daughter and Slave Again because it was such a beautiful love story. There were times in the story that I was in tears. There were times I was rejoicing and cheering Hannah and Simon on. There were times that I was cringing from the brutality and heinous treatment they received in the gulags. This is not for the light of heart.
Hannah is a true role model. Even in her lowest points, she is still stronger in her faith than I imagine I could be. Her sweetness and goodness is endearing. I can understand why Simon is so enamored. At the beginning of the story, I like Simon. His chivalrous nature toward Hannah was something most men are sorely lacking. About halfway through the story, though, I was highly disappointed with him. It took most of the story for me to start liking him again. In the end, he redeemed himself.
The message of the story was weaved in Bible quotes, hymns, and personal reflections througout the story. God will sustain you and keep you. You might not understand His ways, you might not even agree with them, but He knows what He's doing and He always has a plan.
Overall, if you're looking for a poignant story with a beautiful love story and themes of redemption and God's grace, this is the one for you.
*Thank you, Alana, for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
About the Author: Alana is passionate about human-rights issues in North Korea and has devoted her writing to raise both awareness and funds to help North Korean refugees find freedom and safety. You can find out more about Liberty in North Korea and Alana’s rescue campaign at http://www.alanaterry.com/.