The Beloved Daughter - Alana Terry

5 Stars!!!

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?

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.
Visit her at her website - HERE

Very powerful book! This is one of those books that is so hard to keep reading, but you keep reading because it is just THAT good. This story never lost my interest. It almost gives the feel of reading a memoir, a good one.The writing was excellent.
This story also reminded me a little of "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" by Loung Ung, also an excellent 5 star book for me. It had that same feel to it.

This is a story about Religious persecution, a father's strong Christian faith, years of torture in a Korean prison camp, and a young woman's struggle with her own faith. The torture she had to endure was almost too hard to read at times and I had to take breaks from reading. It was very sad and heartbreaking but also very exciting, hopeful , endearing and encouraging. This is definitely one of those books that makes you feel lucky for the life you have.

The character development is excellent. You get into the characters right away.
You definitely know that you are in N. Korea - the author gives great descriptions. I don't know that I have ever read a book that took place in N Korea so this may be a first for me.

This book got mostly 5 star reviews so this is one you don't want to miss.

A huge thanks to the author - Alana Terry for sending me this e-book to read and review.

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  1. Sounds fantastic and she sounds like someone I could hang with.

  2. This does sound like a very heart wrenching tale. North Korea is such a mystery to those on the outside - news bulletins are always fascinating and yet, at the same time quite horrifying. So glad to read your review. I look forward to reading this.

  3. Thank you so much for the review! I really appreciate it.