Unplanned is set in America and follows Kennedy Stern, the daughter of foreign missionaries, as she adjusts to life back in the states as a college student. When I read the book’s synopsis a while back, I don’t know why I didn’t put together the fact that this is the daughter who is mentioned as being away at college in Torn Asunder. If you have read the books set in China and North Korea, then this is a fun tie-in to them and I enjoyed hearing her perspective on growing up in the Stern household as they housed and prepared Secret Seminary students to enter into very dangerous missions. However, if you have not read the other stories by Alana Terry, don’t worry, Unplanned stands completely on its own.
This book deals with the topic of abortion and comes from a pro-life viewpoint. But it is not just a simple storyline that attempts to pull a reader to one side of the debate or the other. There are many questions raised by Kennedy as she navigates the disturbing situation that she finds herself in the middle of. I think the author did such a great job of showing that Kennedy is a young woman who is questioning everything, including her upbringing, her feelings of apathy toward God, even the reasons she is pro-life. Some very good questions are raised in this book.
Packed with intense mystery and suspense, the twists and turns will keep the reader enthralled. There are a few violent scenes toward the end of the book, as well as a medical situation that is described in some detail. I do feel that these details were important to the story, and I believe the author handled them in the best way possible. I simply mention it for readers who may be more sensitive to this type of thing.
I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more in the series. (4 stars)
My thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Kennedy Stern’s childhood pastor asks her to volunteer at his new pregnancy center, she carves time out of her rigorous college schedule to promote the cause of the unborn.
After receiving a disturbing call from someone far too young to carry a child in the first place, Kennedy can no longer blindly hide behind the pro-life platitudes she grew up believing. She resolves to locate the unknown girl but winds up entrenched in a mystery that grows more convoluted as it unfolds.
Soon, Kennedy finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay in exchange for personal and political victory.
Alana Terry has won awards from Women of Faith, the Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Unplanned was a finalist in the Deep River Books writing contest. The ebook version contains discussion questions for personal reflection or group study.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alana is passionate about human-rights issues in North Korea and has devoted her writing to raise both awareness and funds to help North Korean refugees find freedom and safety. You can connect with Alana on her website and Facebook.
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