At Every Turn

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She's off to the races!

Caught up in a whirlwind of religious enthusiasm, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. Now she just has to find a way to get the money.

Alyce harbors a secret passion for speed and automobiles, and she's spent many an afternoon driving around the rustic track in the field behind her home. When she discovers that her father's company has sponsored a racing car that will ...

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Overview

She's off to the races!

Caught up in a whirlwind of religious enthusiasm, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. Now she just has to find a way to get the money.

Alyce harbors a secret passion for speed and automobiles, and she's spent many an afternoon driving around the rustic track in the field behind her home. When she discovers that her father's company has sponsored a racing car that will compete in several upcoming events--races in which the driver will be paid and could win as much as five thousand dollars in prize money--she conspires with her father's mechanic, Webster, to train and compete.

But when her friends cast aspersions on Webster's past, she realizes she may have trusted the wrong person with her secret. Will Alyce come up with the money in time, or will she have to choose between her hasty promise and the man who holds a piece of her heart?

"This heartwarming, story will find fans among readers of Lori Wick." --Library Journal

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When missionaries visit her church, spoiled rich girl Alyce Benson pledges $3000 to their cause, certain that her father will fork over the money. When he doesn't, she is stuck having to raise the money on her own or risk humiliation. She convinces her father's mechanic, Webster, to train her as a race car driver in the hopes of winning the money she has pledged. Sparks fly between them, but then rumors about him surface and Alyce wonders if she has put her heart in the right hands. VERDICT This heartwarming, story will find fans among readers of Lori Wick.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410457578
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/5/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 438
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Mateer is a novelist with a passion for history and historical fiction. She and her husband live near Dallas, Texas, and are the parents of three young adults. Learn more at www.annemateer.com.
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  • Posted November 29, 2012

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    AT EVERY TURN by Anne Mateer This book is a good historical Chr

    AT EVERY TURN by Anne Mateer

    This book is a good historical Christian fiction novel. Accurate in historical detail (including vocabulary from the time period--I found a couple of spots where the terms in Mateer's novel matched some from Jack London's The Call of the Wild, which I'm reading with my middle schooler right now), with a spunky heroine, lesser-known subject matter (women racecar drivers) and a non-preachy spiritual component, it makes for a pleasant read. The heroine, Alyce, is very likeable, and her confusion about finding God's will for her life is certainly something with which many readers will identify strongly.

    At Every Turn is the first book of Anne's I've read, and it's her second novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Great book

    Well researched & realistic to that time in history!

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    Historical Christian Fiction will always be my favorite genre. I

    Historical Christian Fiction will always be my favorite genre. I start to think YA is my favorite, and then I read a Christian Fiction book, preferably historical, and I know I was wrong. This book was no exception. 
    Alyce was so brave and so passionate about the things that she loved. Nothing was going to get in her way. I love that she is such a strong woman. That was particularly hard back then, but she did not let that stop her either. She was going to do what she wanted, even if no one else would help her. 
    Webster was the one person that Alyce would share things with. I loved Webster. He was so sweet, and from the beginning you could tell he really cared for her. It was upsetting when Alyce and others would question him. I knew he was the good guy!! There was a little bit of mystery in this book as well as the sweet romance. It definitely kept it exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book, and would definitely recommend it. 

    I received this book for free in return for an honest review. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    A decent read

    I enjoyed the book because it was a refreshing read from typical Christian Fiction. I enjoyed the end of the book and I recommend reading it. I love the advice the grandmother gives...

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

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    My husband and I are big fans of NASCAR and having the history o

    My husband and I are big fans of NASCAR and having the history of the races talked about in a book was really interesting and unique. I don't think I've read a book with that as the backdrop before.

    I thought the main character had good intentions, but there is a cliche about good intentions . . . I could understand her initial mistake, but it seemed that even though she was provided information talking about the character of Lawrence and of Webster, she ignored that (and her own instincts) in order to believe the opposite of both men.

    I loved picturing her zooming down the roads and around the racetrack. I think her driving fit with everything else we learn about her character.

    There are a couple "types" of Christian romance novels. One of them stresses the romance and another the spiritual aspects. This talked and dealt with her spiritual life in much greater depth and detail than her relationship with either man.

    It was an entertaining book and I thank Bethany House for providing it. Their gift in no way influenced my review.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    In Anne Mateer's latest book, At Every Turn, the reader will fin

    In Anne Mateer's latest book, At Every Turn, the reader will find they are on a rapid race to see if Alyce can be many things -

    ---A woman driver in 1916 when cars were new and women drivers virtually non-existent.
    ---A woman driver in a competitive automobile race - when automobile racing was new and only males allowed.
    ---A Christian with missionary zeal to help the unfortunate children and peoples of Africa when she is confronted with photographs and stories of them.
    ---Compassion for people she meets who are in need from day to day.

    Alyce is a daughter of wealth, but her wealthy father does not share her Christian beliefs and will not help in her desire to give $3,000 (Yes, a lot of money - especially in 1916) to the missionary from Africa. Since she has publicly pledged to give this amount, she is honor bound to produce it. But how?

    Alyce's life is further complicated by deceiving folks about what she is doing even if what she is trying to accomplish is for a good cause. Also, she has trust in individuals where such trust should not be placed.

    There is a sweet romance in the story with no overt involvement of the characters with one another.

    A fast moving story of a young Christian lady who is not the typical lady of the times as she simply does not fit the genteel lady mold that constrains.

    DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of At Every Turn on behalf of the author in exchange for my honest review. There was no obligation to render a positive review and all opinions expressed are solely my own.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    ¿At Every Turn¿ by Anne Mateer ¿ is a unique and fun story of a

    “At Every Turn” by Anne Mateer
    … is a unique and fun story of a women doing the impossible things she loves against all odds. I love the great balance between a seemingly “manly” love of racing balanced with the idea of also being very feminine and how those two ideas were successfully blended together. The creativity and adaptability the main character used to try and fulfill her promise and keep her word was fun to experience. While I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh story line of this book, I was a bit disappointed by the Christian themes. That a person who loved God and so desired to be used by Him would even begin to think of using deception as a means to fulfill His Will is a disturbing and unbelievable concept to me. I must say, however, the repentance and redemption themes were developed well – but did not make up for the repeated occasions of deception.

    This book was given to me complimentary from Bethany House to review.

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

    At Every Turn by Anne Meeteer was such a fun read. It is a Chri

    At Every Turn by Anne Meeteer was such a fun read. It is a Christian historical fiction full of entertainment. Alyce Benson is twenty two years old and has found that she has a need for speed and a love of the Lord. The year is 1916 and she lives in Indiana. I love that Indiana was the setting of this book. I felt that Anne Meeter wrote Alyce Benson with such a zest that I wondered is there a little bit of Alyce in the author and does she have a need for speed or is Alyce totally made up? Alyce meets a missionary and this stirs the compassion in her heart for the cause of that missionary that she pledges a whopping three thousand dollars (please keep in mind the year is 1916) after all she will just ask her wealthy father, upon asking her father she finds herself in a bit of a pickle when he says no. This is where the story gets fun. She has to come up with a way to keep her pledge. This is where Webster the mechanic enters the story she has him secretly teach her to race so she can race in an actual race for prize money. The story has predictive aspects in it but is such a fun read I did not care. There is speed romance and surprises I give this book my four and half star rating. I did receive this book from Bethany House Publishing Company for my honest review.

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    Alyce Benson is a 22-year-old in 1916. She is impetuous, but has

    Alyce Benson is a 22-year-old in 1916. She is impetuous, but has a heart that is full of faith and compassion. Alyce loves to attend church, although neither of her parents attend. One Sunday, Alyce hears the story of a missionary couple. She wants to help those on the Gold Coast who have so little, and she, with her wealthy father, has such abundance. Impulsively, she stands up and pledges three thousand dollars to the mission.
    Unfortunately, her father does not simply hand over the money. Alyce determines to come up with ideas to raise the funds herself. What is she good at? Driving fast! With the assistance of Webster Little, her father’s mechanic, Alyce trains and races.
    Races in cars expected to be driven by men only.
    But Alyce is determined to help those children. She will have to juggle her secrets and the stories associated with them. When she’s in a deep rut, can she trust Him to lead her out of it? Will she allow Him to mold and shape her in His own way?
    Mateer creates a subtle heroine in Alyce. She is not a weapon-wielding warrior-woman. She humbly strives to help others. Mateer’s research into the time period is both obvious and appreciated. Her characters seem real, and the story progresses smoothly. While I did not love the book, I did like it. It may be of particular interest to those who enjoy historical fiction and/or Christian fiction and/or car racing stories with a female protagonist.

    -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

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    Anne Mateer in her new book, ¿At Every Turn¿ published by Bethan

    Anne Mateer in her new book, “At Every Turn” published by Bethany House brings us into the life of Alyce Benson.

    From the back cover: She’s off to the races!

    Caught up in a whirlwind of religious enthusiasm, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. Now she just has to find a way to get the money.

    Alyce harbors a secret passion for speed and automobiles, and she’s spent many an afternoon driving around the rustic track in the field behind her home. When she discovers that her father’s company has sponsored a racing car that will compete in several upcoming events–races in which the driver will be paid and could win as much as five thousand dollars in prize money–she conspires with her father’s mechanic, Webster, to train and compete.

    But when her friends cast aspersions on Webster’s past, she realizes she may have trusted the wrong person with her secret. Will Alyce come up with the money in time, or will she have to choose between her hasty promise and the man who holds a piece of her heart?

    History and auto racing, what a combination. It is 1916 America and only men drove in competitive auto racing, it was just that simple. However, Alyce made a pledge to give three thousand dollars and the only way she is going to cover that pledge is not only to drive in the race but to win. Alyce is an innocent, a woman who happens to speak without thinking of the consequences and then she is stuck. Ms. Mateer gives us a story about social conventions in the 1900′s when certain things were expected of women as they were trying to break out of the mold. And then there are the cars and the racing which gives us a really exciting story. I liked the characters and I liked the book, what more can you ask?

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    Alyce Benson has a tendency to be impulsive, and it has landed h

    Alyce Benson has a tendency to be impulsive, and it has landed her in hot water more than once. This time, she pledges three thousand dollars toward missionary work in Africa. Her wealthy father refuses to have any part of church related donations, so Alyce must rely on her own resources. Unfortunately, she can’t think of anything to do to raise the money. Except drive. Despite the fact that it is 1916, she has her own car and loves to drive. She does manage to raise a bit of money by offering taxi and errand services. But it’s not enough.

    The light bulb goes on in Alyce’s head when she learns that her father decides to enter his race car in an event in Chicago. Alyce convinces her father’s mechanic Webster to let her drive in the race. For you see, the winning driver gets a large sum of money, plenty to cover her commitment to the mission fund.

    Lawrence Trotter, one of Alyce’s father’s employees, expresses an interest in courting Alyce. Her parents want to see her settle down and get married and encourage the match. Alyce likes Lawrence’s attention, for the most part. She also enjoys common interests and camaraderie with Webster, who somehow seems more down to earth than Lawrence does.

    Readers may want to buckle up, for Alyce truly does face something at every turn, whether it’s a need in the community or overseas, or a race consisting of only male drivers. Or two young men that she admires. Her tender yet impetuous heart entangles her far beyond her means.

    Anne Mateer tells an engaging story with likeable characters and unexpected events. Her attention to detail is subtle, rich, and effective; I had no trouble imagining what Alyce’s world looked and felt like. It’s a fun read, yet one that makes you think about where your heart’s priorities lie. This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Mateer; it won’t be the last.

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    I read historical fiction all the time, so much so that I often

    I read historical fiction all the time, so much so that I often run out of good books to read. To find a new author that I enjoy is a big deal for me. I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Mateer's first book and eagerly awaited the opportunity to read her second. "At Every Turn" is beautifully written, taking on a topic I've never read about, in a time period not often visited by authors of historical fiction. Mateer takes us to a world where women are finding their place in the early 1900's and shows us that women can be strong, feminine and adventurous all at the same time. I loved her main character, Alyce, and truly enjoyed cheering her on as a race car driver and as she finds love. Can't wait to read Anne Mateer's next book!

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

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    I don't read a lot of historical fiction, it's not my genre of c

    I don't read a lot of historical fiction, it's not my genre of choice,
    but I'd read Anne Mateer every time. I loved her first book, On The
    Wings of A dream, and so I was really excited to read At Every Turn.
    Anne did not disappoint. She pulled me into the history, made me love
    it, and left me wanting more of the people, more of the story, more of
    the faith journey that Alyce Benson takes. Anne writes fresh,
    well-rounded characters with stories that melt my heart. Loved this book!

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