Friday, April 20, 2012

Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock

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Covenant Child
by Terri Blackstock

ISBN-13: 9780849943010
Trade Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Released: January 1, 2001

Source: Borrow from my local library.

Book Description from Goodreads:
Beautiful, three-year-old twins Kara and Lizzie Holbrooke live a charmed life with their widowed but doting father, Jack. When Jack finds love and marries again, it seems all their lives will finally be "happy ever after." That new life shatters when Jack and his wealthy parents are killed in a plane crash. Jack's new wife, Amanda, inherits the family's estate but fails to gain custody of the twins.

Devastated but bound by her covenant to care for the girls, Amanda manages the estate, hopeful she'll be able to return it to Kara and Lizzie one day. Meanwhile, the twins grow up in an abysmal home environment with distant family members and become hard-drinking, shoplifting, promiscuous teenagers.

After years of trying to reach them, Amanda is finally able to offer them love, comfort, wealth--the life they have always wanted. But when all you've known is deprivation, how can you believe a gift of grace? When you've been lied to for so long, how can you ever know the truth?

My Review:
Covenant Child is a Christian general fiction with an underlying allegory to it. The characters were realistic, complex people acting in realistic ways, but sometimes the dialogue wasn't completely natural because of the allegory. Still, I enjoyed the story, and I had a hard time putting down this quick read. The details about the people, their interactions, and the setting brought the story vividly alive in my imagination. I really enjoyed the story for itself and for the underlying allegory.

There was no graphic sex. There was a very minor amount of fake or "he cursed" style of bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this engaging novel.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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