Friday, May 24, 2013

Review: The Beloved Daughter By Alana Terry

Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: April 10, 2013
ISBN-10: 1484063449
Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
The Beloved Daughter

In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. But it is her father's faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha's well-being. Is Chung-Cha's father right to be such a vocal believer? Or is he a fool to bring danger on the head of his only daughter? Chung-Cha is only a girl of twelve and is too young to answer such questions. Yet she is not too young to face a life of imprisonment and forced labor. Her crime? Being the daughter of a political traitor. The Beloved Daughter follows Chung-Cha into one of the most notorious prison camps of the contemporary free world. Will Chung-Cha survive the horrors of Camp 22? And if she does survive, will her faith remain intact? "The Beloved Daughter" is Alana Terry's debut Christian novel and was a winner in the Women of Faith writing contest.

My Thoughts:
The Beloved Daughter is one of the most timely and thought-provoking novels I've encountered in quite some time.  I was quickly captivated by Alana Terry's simple, yet alluring, writing style and her ability to capture the essence of humanity within one of the world's most secretive countries.  Although only twelve years old, Cha-Chung has a great deal to teach all of us about determination and perseverance in the presence of oppression, and the importance of Faith during such difficulties.  Ultimately, Terry's novel is about the continued existence of religious persecution but it's also about the human spirit's will to survive. The author has certainly proven herself to be a very gifted storyteller with an uncanny ability to capture both the beauty and the tragedy of humanity.  Very well written and I easily give this FOUR stars. 

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