Chung-Cha adored her father and was enthralled with the Gospel of which he was a follower…until the North Korean government swooped in and carried the family off to a prison camp. After her mother renounces Jesus Christ and her father is thrown into solitary confinement to endure torture, Chung-Cha must also endure torture at the hands of her captors. When she is finally released from the detention center several years later, she learns her father has finally cracked. He recanted his Christian faith thereby allowing Chung-Cha to be released from detention. But freedom comes at a price and Chung-Cha is fatherless after her father hangs himself. She never got to tell him goodbye and the unhappy turn of events wipe out any shred of hope she had in God.
Chung-Cha goes to work in Camp 22 where she is a prisoner. Although reunited with her mother Chung-Cha might as well be an orphan. Her mother is a changed person after they are taken prisoner. She never talks and her eyes are vacant. Before long she has given up entirely and dies. Tennaged Chung-Cha must fend for herself in the world as she learns the hard facts of prison life. Is there any hope behind the barbed wire?
How often do you read a book that you just can’t let go of? Days after you’ve turned the last page your mind wanders back to a certain story and you can’t help but mentally go over it again and again? For me it’s a very rare occurrence but that’s the way it has been with The Beloved Daughter. It’s been ages since I read so moving or thrilling a fictional tale. I was able to complete the book in one sitting and was feeling completely bummed out that there weren’t more pages to read. Alana Terry has certainly outdone herself as well as restored faith in self-published works; you will now believe the excellent writing style and talent for weaving a story this author has. This is by far the most outstanding self-published work I have ever read. (Some readers will be acquainted with my previous moanings to swear off self-published stories). The host of characters were strong and flawed. As in life, no one was perfect. Beware the story can get a little gritty as Ms. Terry does not sugar coat the facts (but at the same time she doesn’t go for the inappropriately graphic). There are things that go on in the prison camps that are unfathomable. This allows for a very unique look into the camps and what the prisoners are going through, whether they be Christians or not. Chung-Cha’s struggles were well-portrayed. She was far from being faultless but she was very believable as she confronted with all the sin and godlessness around her and how it affected her life. And then that twist(s) at the end of the story? Totally unexpected, but nevertheless welcomed. This is a must read that I can’t recommend enough. I don’t think I stopped to breathe while reading it!
Did you find The Beloved Daughter to be the flabbergasting read that it was? Then you’ll be enthralled to know a followup will be released soon.
She escaped a North Korean prison camp only to find herself enslaved again.
About the Author: Alana Terry is a homeschool mom, pastor’s wife, and Christian author. Her debut novel, The Beloved Daughter, has won awards from Women of Faith and the Book Club Network. The Beloved Daughter was a number one bestseller in Christian suspense on amazon. Her next novel, Slave Again, is due out this summer.
Giveaway Time! Alana is giving away free copies of her next release to anyone who makes a donation to Liberty in North Korea, an organization dedicated to rescuing refugees who escape North Korea. She’s also giving away a mini kobo e-reader and several copies of Slave Again, so be sure to enter the giveaway below!
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