Thursday, June 14, 2012

"Covenant Child" by Terri Blackstock

Kara and Lizzie have had a very hard life. Their mother died in a car accident a little while after they were born, so they never knew her. Their father, Jack, fell in love with Amanda and married her. But, tragically he and his parents died in a plane crash about six months later. The twins were three, and even though Amanda is their stepmother and had promised to take care of the twins, there are problems. Kara and Lizzie have money, so unseemly forces in the family sue for custody and win. The girls aren't loved or wanted for anything but their money, and their choices reveal their feelings of worthlessness. 

Amanda has kept fighting for Kara and Lizzie, living on the estate she was given in the will, hoping to give it to them one day. But as the twins approach 18, all of the lies they have been told about Amanda along with the truth Amanda tries to get across to them, cause difficult choices to be made. Will the twins act as one and accept/reject Amanda? Or, will they be divided on the subject, causing more heartache for each other? Amanda had made a promise to Jack, but will she be able to keep any part of it? Come, follow this heart breaking story to its conclusion.

This book made me feel all kinds of emotions. I could feel the love Amanda had for the girls, the confusion and pain the twins felt, and was angry at the family members who used them for the money. The story is compelling and the characters lifelike. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story filled with emotional twists and turns. It will probably keep you thinking, as it has me. I received my free review copy from the Book Sneeze program for an honest review.

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