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Review: Beloved Daughter

Posted by on October 14, 2013

The Beloved Daughter, an inspirational suspense novel by award-winning author Alana Terry, is a story of persecution and triumph set in the oppressive North Korean regime. The audiobook version of Alana’s bestselling debut novel is narrated by Kathy Garver, a four-time Audie award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Motion Picture Council. (You might also recognize Kathy as Cissy from the TV show Family Affair.)

Listen to a sample of Kathy reading from The Beloved Daughter.

The Beloved Daughter

Synopsis: In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. It is her father’s faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha’s well-being. The Beloved Daughter follows Chung-Cha into one of the most notorious prison camps the contemporary free world has known. Her crime? Being the daughter of a Christian.


*My Review*

One word: Heart-wrenching. And I don’t do heart wrenching. Ha!

Beloved Daughter is the story about a young Korean girl who is thrown into a prison camp because of her father’s faith. Told in first person, the story grips you and won’t let you go. I can’t really comment on style, prose, structure, etc as it all took second place to the subject matter. How will this girl survive? How would I respond in her shoes? I walked away challenged. It’s good to remember that life is so much bigger than our little bubble.

Star ratings suck, because in the case of this novel. This story just IS. Something to read at least once, and if we’ve grown too callused or lost in our trivial matters, it’s something to read again for a good swift kick in the butt.



*Winner, Women of Faith Writing Contest

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*1st Place, Book Club Network Book of the Month

*Amazon Bestseller (#5 Christian Suspense)


“…an engaging plot that reads like a story out of today’s headlines…” ~ Women of Faith Writing Contest

“The Beloved Daughter is a beautifully written story that is…both personal and representative of the challenges that many North Koreans still face today.” ~ Sarah Palmer, Rescue Team Coordinator at Liberty in North Korea

“The author does a phenomenal job… HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – but have tissues handy.” ~ Pauline Creeden, Editor AltWit Press

“…the most compelling Christian novel I have read.” ~ Temujin Hu, Author of The Rage

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One Response to Review: Beloved Daughter

  1. Meghan Stith

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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