Today, I am incredibly honored to share a review of the novel, The Beloved Daughter, by Alana Terry. Beyond the ability to voice my opinion on the novel, I am so blessed to know Alana in “real life” and love to have her wit shared in the weekly Christian Home Magazine.
About 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.
About Alana Terry, author of The Beloved Daughter
When Alana isn’t writing, it’s likely that she’s on the floor wrestling with her kids. Or playing outside with her kids. Or chauffeuring her kids. Or trying some random science experiment with her kids. But she’s probably not cooking or cleaning.
Alana is a homeschooling mother of three who loves to write, hates to cook, and enjoys reading a good book almost as much as she enjoys writing one.
Alana won the Women of Faith writing contest for “The Beloved Daughter,” her debut inspirational novel. “What, No Sushi?” is Alana’s first book in a chapter-book series for kids published by Do Life Right, Inc.
My Thoughts on The Beloved Daughter
This novel is one that was a pleasure to read while also presenting situations for consideration that could be viewed as rather unpleasant. Unlike some of the Christian romance titles I’ve read or dystopian novels that you recognize as being one author’s idea of our world in the future, this title presents a story that very well could be happening right now.
As an American, it is easy to forget that our freedom is not commonplace around the world. While we take for granted the ability to assemble in community and worship God, there are still many countries where the mere utterance of Christ’s name can seal your fate.
It is one of those countries, specifically North Korea, where Alana chose to set her novel. Along with bringing to light the severe restriction of religious expression, Alana also showcases that God can bring peace to the individual amid the chaos and uncertainty of the world. There’s even a small bit of a romance within the story as Chung-Cha finds love as an adult which ultimately bring to her a greater understanding of what it means to live as a Christian regardless of the danger involved.
Now, given the subject matter, there are scenes that could be considered disturbing by some. So, while I would consider allowing my teen aged boys to read the novel, I know that a few of my Christian friends take a more conservative approach with their children. Real life can be brutal and I do not have a problem with them learning about the persecution others face and the conditions in which they are forced to live. In that case, check out Alana’s new book FOR kids, What, No Sushi?, which my boys are anxious to read.