Covenant Child

Covenant Child

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by Terri Blackstock
     
 

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Beautiful, three-year-old twins Kara and Lizzie Holbrooke live a charmed life with their widowed but doting father, Jack. When Jack finds love and marries again, it seems all their lives will finally be "happy ever after." That new life shatters when Jack and his wealthy parents are killed in a plane crash. Jack's new wife, Amanda, inherits the family's estate but

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Beautiful, three-year-old twins Kara and Lizzie Holbrooke live a charmed life with their widowed but doting father, Jack. When Jack finds love and marries again, it seems all their lives will finally be "happy ever after." That new life shatters when Jack and his wealthy parents are killed in a plane crash. Jack's new wife, Amanda, inherits the family's estate but fails to gain custody of the twins.

Devastated but bound by her covenant to care for the girls, Amanda manages the estate, hopeful she'll be able to return it to Kara and Lizzie one day. Meanwhile, the twins grow up in an abysmal home environment with distant family members and become hard-drinking, shoplifting, promiscuous teenagers.

After years of trying to reach them, Amanda is finally able to offer them love, comfort, wealth--the life they have always wanted. But when all you've known is deprivation, how can you believe a gift of grace? When you've been lied to for so long, how can you ever know the truth?

Intensely involving, emotionally charged, and infused with hope, Covenant Child is an inspiring story that challenges us to embrace the life God holds out to us.

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Publishers Weekly
In a contemporary spin on the concept of biblical "covenant" that also functions as a parable of accepting and rejecting faith, Blackstock offers a smooth though somewhat improbable tale of one woman's promise to her husband to care for her stepchildren. Kara Holbrooke and her twin sister, Lizzie, lived a middle-class existence with their doting father, Jack, who nixed a life of moneyed pleasure despite his father's wealth. Shortly after their birth, the twins' mother, Sherry, died in a car accident. When the girls were three, Jack married Amanda, but six months after the wedding, he and his parents were killed in a plane crash. The twins are easy prey maybe too easy for Sherry's redneck parents, Eloise and Deke Krebbs, who smell money and go to court to claim the girls as their own. Amanda is the beneficiary of her in-laws' billion-dollar-plus estate, but she loses custody of the twins. Bound by her promise to Jack, she manages the estate with an eye to returning it to the girls. But brought up in the ghastly home environment of the Krebbs, the twins grow into hard-drinking, shoplifting, promiscuous teenagers who are taught to hate Amanda. At age 18, the girls must decide if they will accept or reject an offer from Amanda that could change the course of their lives. Blackstock's characters are fairly one-dimensional, and it's a rather far-fetched plot, but her writing is engaging. Inspirational fiction fans will likely suspend their disbelief and enjoy the story. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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“A contemporary spin on the concept of biblical ‘covenant’ that also function as as a parable of accepting and rejecting faith…Engaging.”
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“Drawn in from the first line, my heart ached for Kara, Lizzie and their moving story. The satisfying end didn't stop the lingering sadness, as there's so much more to this novel than just the life of two little girls and the wounds that should never have been.
Ms. Blackstock tactfully and skillfully deals with the undesirable traits of her characters (promiscuity and subsequent abortion, which are briefly mentioned). The book is so well written it is hard to believe it's just fiction!”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595543288
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
07/17/2007
Series:
Women of Faith Fiction Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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Covenant Child
A Story of Promises Kept

By Terri Blackstock

W Publishing Group

Copyright © 2002 Terri Blackstock.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 0849943019



Chapter One


There's a question that haunts me in the blackest hours of night, when wasted moments crowd my dreams and mock the life I know. The question is this: How could a child born of privilege and promise grow up with nothing?

    I was Somebody when I was born. Lizzie, my twin, says we were heiresses all along. "Our grandfather was a billionaire," she says. "Just think of it, Kara!" There were newspaper articles about us when we were three. They called us the "Billion Dollar Babies."

    But these Billion Dollar Babies wore Goodwill hand-me-downs. We ate dry cereal most nights for supper, right out of the box, picking out the raisins to save for our school lunches the next day. In my memory, we never formally observed a birthday, because no one around us considered that day worthy of celebration. We were worthless no accounts to most of the people in town.

    But all along we had an inheritance that no one told us was ours.

    I sometimes try to remember back to the days before we were three, but my memories are tainted with the lies I've been taught and the pictures I've seen. I can't quite sift out real recollections from my faulty assumptions, but I do know that the things I've laid out here are true. Not because I remember them, but because I've studied all the sides, heard all the tales, read all the reports ... and a few things have emerged with absolute clarity.

    The first thing is that my father, Jack Holbrooke, was the son of the Paul Holbrooke, who did something with microchips and processors, things I can't begin to understand, and amassed a fortune before he was thirty. My father, Jack, got religion in his teens and decided he didn't want to play the part of the rich son. He became a pilot instead, bought a plane, and began flying charter flights and giving lessons. He disowned himself from the Holbrooke money and told his father that, instead of leaving any of it to him in his will, he preferred that he donate it to several evangelical organizations who provided relief and shared the gospel to people all over the world.

    My grandfather tolerated his zeal and noted his requests, then promptly ignored them.

    My mother, Sherry, was a teen runaway, who left Barton, Mississippi, at fifteen to strike out on her own. She wound up living with a kind family in Jackson, and she got religion, too. She met my father in Jackson, when he put an ad in the paper for some office help at his hangar, and they fell in love around the time she was nineteen or so. They got married and had Lizzie and me less than a year later.

    She was killed in a car wreck when we were just weeks old. Our father raised us himself for the next three years. I've seen pictures of him, and he looks like a kind, gentle man who laughed a lot. There are snapshots of him kissing us, dunking us like basketballs in his father's pool, chasing us across the lawn of the little house we lived in, reading us books, tucking us in. There are three birthday photos of our father lying on the floor with two cake-smeared redheads tearing into boxes of Barbies and Cabbage Patch dolls.

    Sometimes I close my eyes and think hard, trying to bring back those moments, and for a while I convince myself that they are not just images frozen on paper, but they're live events in my head somewhere. I even think I can smell that cake and feel my father's stubbled face against mine. I can hear his laughter shaking through me and feel his arms holding me close.

    But in truth, my memories don't reach that far back.

    I don't even think I remember Amanda. Lizzie says she has more impressions of her than memories, that the snapshots just bring those impressions into clearer focus. I guess that's true with me, too.

    But I wish I could remember when she met our father and us, how she wound up being his wife, how she was widowed and robbed of her children, and how she spent her life trying to keep a promise she had made to him ... and to us.

    But, according to Lizzie, truth is truth, whether it lies in your memory banks or not. So I'll start with Amanda's story, the way it was told to me, because it is very much the beginning of mine.


Chapter Two


My father was playing guitar the first time Amanda saw him. He sat on a metal folding chair at the corner of the crowded rec room, watching the animated faces and soaking in the laughter around them as he strummed some tune that she didn't know. She would later tell that her eyes were drawn to the red hair that was in dire need of a cut; the open flannel shirt, its tails draping down along the sides of the chair, a plain white T-shirt beneath it; jeans that looked as if they'd been washed a dozen times too many; and torn, dirty tennis shoes that spoke of age and overuse.

    Her best friend, Joan, who'd attended the Bible study for single professionals for several months, told her he was a pilot. But Amanda knew little else about him.

    When the group had been called to order, people found places to sit along couches and rocking chairs in the big, rustic room. Amanda chose a spot near the guitar player and sat on the floor with her arms hugging her knees. He smiled at her and kept strumming.

    The leader turned the meeting over to him, and he began to lead the group in praise songs and rock-rewed hymns, and she finally heard the voice, deep and gentle, unadorned, as it brought them all into worship. When he'd finished singing and playing, he put the guitar down and took a place beside her on the floor. His presence birthed a sweet homesickness inside her for something she couldn't name. She had known right then that he held some treasure that belonged to her, one she longed to unearth and possess.

    When the meeting was over, he held out a hand. "Name's Jack."

    "Nice to meet you, Jack." She shook his hand, feeling the guitar calluses on his fingertips against the bottom of her hand. "I'm—"

    "Don't tell me. Let me guess." He held tight to her hand. "I once worked at a fair and did this for a living."

    "What? Played guitar?"

    "No," he said, "guessed names. Now don't tell me. I can do this. I'm psychotic, you know."

    She laughed. "You mean psychic?"

    "Yeah, that, too." He winked as he gazed into her eyes. "Let's see. I'm getting an A."

    Her eyes widened.

    "An M."

    She snatched her hand from his.

(Continues...)


Excerpted from Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock. Copyright © 2002 by Terri Blackstock. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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Meet the Author

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com Facebook: tblackstock Twitter: @terriblackstock

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Covenant Child 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
themiraclesnook More than 1 year ago
Terri Blackstock is in my top ten authors that I would want to have if I got stranded on a desert Island, stuck in the house due to a blizzard you know that kind of thing, so when I found that Book Sneeze was wanting reviewers for a book I was giddy with excitement. The book Covenant Child did not disappoint. It is a page turner for sure and for those who read their books on their lunch hour it will make it harder to return to your work as you will want to not put this book down. Terri’s writing is like chocolate to me, I want it and love every bite of it when I have it and I long for more when I do not. This book is about a set of twins Kara and Lizzie. They were born “ Billion Dollar Babies” but after the death of their mother and later on their father they are taken from their step mother the only mother they know and are raised by money hungry grandparents. They grow up eating cereal for suppers saving the raisins from the cereal for lunch the next day. They grew up with had me downs clothes and celebrating no birthdays all the while their grandparents lived off the money left to the children and kept all they could for themselves. The twins don’t realize the love one woman has for them and how she made a covenant with their father. Amanda Holbrooke made this covenant with their father Jack and she goes out of her way to keep it. She would enter their lives when they need it the most. There is so much more to this story but I do not want to give it all away. I love that the book is so entertaining but I love the message more. The message I got is that we are all Billion Dollar Babies to God. I also love that this is not a preachy book, so if you never read Christian fiction you will still enjoy it just as much as those who do read it. Do yourself a favor get this book! I don’t care if you buy it, check it out at the library or borrow it from someone any one. I truly think you will not be disappointed. I give this book a five star rating. Now it’s the time in the blog where I have to tell you I got this book from Book Sneeze as a complimentary copy to read and review. This review reflects my own opinions and thoughts of the book.
montanabookchic More than 1 year ago
This book is a great example of having someone who loves you, no matter how badly you mess up. Story of 2 twins that lose their father and step-mother in a short period of time and are used by relatives. The step-mother tries desperately to get them back w/o success. Will the twins return to the woman who loves them when they turn 18? This story is a page-turner for sure....read Covenant Child to find out what happens and to see how the story relates to Christ's unconditional love for us....all we need to do is decide to accept and grasp it.
Morgan Miller More than 1 year ago
Love this book!
I_like_clean_reads More than 1 year ago
This has been one of my favorite Terri Blackstock books. I was interested from start to finish, the Christian message was phenomenal, and the ending through its message was joyous. Granted, I did a lot of sobbing throughout the book - it is a tear jerker - but  what an awesome story to show Christ's love for us! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The love amanda has for her two children taken from her shows through
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book to read and it'll show the importance of God's covenant with his children
mrmcb More than 1 year ago
I rally enjoyed readig Covenant Child. This was the first book Ihave ead by ths arthor but wil not be my last. I enjoyed the story/
jackiekaulitz More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for an edifying Christian fiction book that will magnify your love of God, you've come to the right place. Living up to her reputation as a leader Christian fiction author, Teri Blackstock's writing skills are far superior than other authors. Blackstone weaves a very enjoyable and captivating story about family and love in this re-telling of the the prodigal son story. This book leaves readers with a lingering though: "Wow, how beautiful is this story of a savior and an inheritance that sounds too good to be true." This is a story about grace and an inheritance that is free. Readers should know that this book does not focus directly on Christianity, Jesus or God, as the main characters are not Christian or shown praying or coming to believe in Christ. I wouldn't have expected to recommend a book where the main characters don't become Christian, but the thing I loved about this book is that by the end, I believe most readers will see God through this story in a stronger way than all those Christian fiction books that portray Christian main characters. The story is about redemption and a savior who loves unconditionally. The story shows the main characters come to believe their "savior" (a mother in this fiction story) has good intentions towards them and is not "too good to be true" and not "seeking to use them" and when they finally realize this life with their mother/savior is the thing they want the most, their mother/savior is standing with open arms, welcoming them home. Her love for them is unconditional and she freely forgives their rejection and hatred of her. The only thing missing from this story is relating the mother/savior to Jesus Christ. The reader must ponder the story afterwards to see the deeper meaning. Readers should be aware that this book may not be appropriate for younger audiences: underage girls are sleeping around without any remorse or regret or repentance, molestation from father, child abuse from parents, alcoholism, gambling, drug abuse, one severe beating, deaths, abortion with no lasting/deep consequences and very difficult life situations. My disclaimer - I received this book from the publisher but I am not required to give a positive review. I always give brutally honest reviews and attempt to critically point out parts of the book that may not agree with the Bible and so not appeal to others. I want you readers to be able to confidently choose a book based on the stars I give it, because I know you have limited money, time and energy to read. So let's make the most of our lives and discern and choose the very best books wisely.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
First of all, I’m a huge, huge Terri Blackstock fan. I have never read a bad book by her and this one is no exception. The book is about twin girls, Kara and Lizzie, who are part of a very loving family. Their mother has died when they are young, but their father, Jack, is a loving, Christian man who loves them very much. When he meets Amanda at church, he knows that he has found someone that he can share his life with again. Amanda loves Kara and Lizzie like they are her own and they start the process for her to adopt the tow girls. Jack’s father is a billionaire; however, Jack has told his father that he doesn’t want the money to be left to him but for his father to give it to charity. The complication comes when Jack, a pilot, is taking his father and mother to a family wedding and the plane goes down, taking all three lives with it. Suddenly, Amanda finds herself an heiress to a fortune she doesn’t even want but Kara and Lizzie’s mother’s parents do. When the girl’s grandparents find out about the death of Jack and the fortune left for their granddaughters, they decide to go for custody of the children for the money. Unfortunately, the judge awards them to the grandparents. Kara and Lizzie are only three years old and are suddenly thrust into an unloving, unclean environment. They are told lies about Amanda and don’t remember her or their father, so they believe the lies. The grandparents squander the millions meant for the girls on gambling and drink. Not one penny goes for caring for Kara or Lizzie. Amanda never stops loving the girls and watches over them from afar their entire childhood. The story is so wonderful and encompasses the prodigal son and the fact that the Lord has so much for us if we will only accept it. I read this book in less than 24 hours because it was so good I just couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this book. It’s uplifting and the story is so good. You’ll come away caring about each and every character (well, except for the grandparents – lol). The ending is wonderful …the whole book is just so well written you won’t be disappointed. *This ebook was provided to me for my honest review by The Booksneeze Program
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and... what can I say? It was finished in no time but not without a few tears. A trully emotional book in some ways but overall excellent and stunningly well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When three year old twins lose their mother and then their father, the result is all about money. The love of Amanda is so great but her frustrations are so many. Legal entanglements prevent her from fulfilling her promise to her husband. Evil grandparents neglect and abuse the twins while living off their money. Even though the twins suffer the same fate, they part ways over a very difficult decision. It costs both of them dearly. Written to take place in the south, about people and places which literally come alive, Blackstock did a great job of keeping the reader totally spellbound until the very end.
Anonymous 6 days ago
Wasted my time and money. They were abused and no one notified social services - surely the writer could have added that in her story.
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glcjr More than 1 year ago
Amanda is not able to have children because of a medical condition. She falls for a man, Jack, who has two daughters. They get serious and she reveals her medical condition expecting to be rejected and abandoned. Instead he says that is okay. She can be the mother to his children. He then reveals he’s not just a normal man but he is the son of a billionaire but he’s rejected his family’s money. She’s okay with that. And they get married. They have a wonderful six months and she loves the two girls Lizzie and Kara. She loves being a mother and the twins love her. Then one day Jack needs to go on a trip with his parents and leaves Amanda and the kids behind. The plane goes down and everyone is killed. Not long later, the maternal grandparents show up and file for custody from Amanda. They aren’t really interested in the girls and just want a piece of the inheritance. Amanda offers them settlements to keep the girls but they refuse them. And they are awarded custody of the girls and 10 million dollars to help raise the kids. She offered the grandparents more for the girls but they were suspicious and rejected the offer. Their lives with their grandparents are hard for Lizzie and Kara. The grandparents gamble away the annual payments and the girls have to resort to thievery. In addition, the kids are lied to about Amanda. The grandparents tell them that Amanda killed their mother and their father. And that she wants to kill them too. They plan to try for the family fortune again when the girls are 18. Kara embraces that lie. This is a great book and I would recommend that you try this book. The book illustrates the horror that some orphans face by the justice system that doesn’t always get it right and when the system doesn’t take into consideration the character of the people involved. One size does not fit all. I would also recommend checking out Terri Blackstock’s other books. She is an excellent author.
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
"Covenant Child" by Terri Blackstock was truly a well written story Christian fiction making this an exceptional good read. This author is truly one that can bring it hometo all of us.... for she knows who to keep the reader spellbound until the end. This novel was definitely one I was not able to put down until I had finished it. From the twins losing their mom....then their dad...his parents and even Amanda(step-mother) for a time...living with those evil grandparents(who loved off the twins money)...for these 'billionaire babies' were now living in poverty...definitely a family ripped apart by death and greed....until the twins turned 18... now they could choose between the two lifestyles...which truth would Lizzy and Kara choose? ...lies...of what they had been told by those greedy grandparents or the truth from Amanda...which would be a new life for both of the twins. Amanda was my favorite character in this novel.... for she was a stepmother that cared deeply for the twins and loved God. Thank God for the friends she had (Joan and Matt) that helped her and helped Amanda to know that God would see her through all of this...just leave it in His hands. Amanda had promised her husband(Jack) that she would take care of his twin girls...should something happen....when it did and it looked like this would not be done.... I will only say their is no limit to a mother's love.. how far she will go....Well, I am going to stop here and just let you read about this in this wonderful read of "Covenant Child." The big question is Will the twins except the truth that will change their lives or not? The author did a great job with us understanding ...Amanda, Kara, Lizzy, greedy grandparents (maternal) and the boy to men relationships. The details were well noted and the interactions were very vivid in this wonderful novel. Amazing novel and a very moving story is all I can truly say about "Covenant Child." This was definitely a wonderful photo of God's love for us. If you are in for a excellent read...this read is for you.
dnabgeek More than 1 year ago
Covenant Child is the story of twin girls who lose their mother long before they have a chance to get to know her. Their father raises them on his own until they are three when he meets Amanda, who he promptly falls in love with and marries very quickly. They have the seemingly perfect life together until tragedy strikes again and throws the girls into the arms of uncaring, money-hungry relatives that care about nothing other than their money, having no memory of the family they left behind. While this isn’t the next Anna Karenina or even the next Annie, this book had a certain charm to it. The plot was somewhat familiar, having read my fair share of Christian fiction with this theme before but in some ways it still felt fresh. I loved the author’s parallel with the girls to the tale of the Prodigal Son. I found it interesting to have Amanda painted as the patient father figure, waiting patiently. The story was different in one way that I hadn’t seen in quite some time. The truth of a life outside the church was more realistic than most books of this genre. The characters actually suffered through some things and made choices that typically aren’t seen in Christian literature ever. I found the convenient wealth a little bit contrived but it worked for the story and so it was tolerable. Honestly I thought that while the book was generally a good read, there were a few things I would have changed if I had been in the writer’s shoes. The title to begin with. I found the writing style of the author to be a bit inconsistent. Sometimes it was deep and thought provoking but other times when I felt like it should have been, the writing was simplistic and not effectively rendered. There were so many places I was wanted to get more angst or get a better sense of what these girls were going through and it just wasn’t there! It concerns me that an author with some many published works would have such an inconsistent writing style. While this was a fun read, I’m glad that it was one I got for free.
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