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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 discover
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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This book was okay... I liked it, but not nearly as much as I have liked Anne Mateer's other books. The heroine just seriously annoyed me because she was so obviously making bad decisions. Was she naive? Or just stupid? Maybe that's a bit harsh, but she was simply unbelievably... gullible? I couldn't relate to her at all. And I have to say that the romance wasn't entirely convincing either.

I did, however, really like the spiritual aspects of the story as well as the racing and history info. Quit
May 11, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This book was another story that was not only well written, but had a powerful message,. Mateer is one of my favorite authors.
Margaret Metz
Dec 10, 2012 Margaret Metz rated it liked it
First I want to say this probably deserves a 3 1/2 - but that isn't an option.

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 charac
Sep 03, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it
Absolutely delightful story! This is a library copy.

I think that Alyce will be with me for awhile. She is so real! I wanted to shake some sense into her at times,
and other times I was admiring her spunk. The story is clever, the characters quite real, and the faith line is the core of the story and carries it to the end. Very well done.

This is a great read for everyone. Squeaky clean (of course), hard to put down. Though it is first person narrative there is plenty of action. The supporting char
Jan 13, 2015 Gretchen rated it liked it
There were definitely some good and bad things about this book. The good things were that she had a very strong main female character and a very strong villain. One ting that I did not like about the main female character was that at times she seemed way too clueless. Things that even I would figured out on my own. One of the biggest things though was that there were was only one point of view, the main female character's view. There were definitely some parts where I would have loved to see one ...more
Henry McLaughlin
Oct 17, 2012 Henry McLaughlin rated it it was amazing
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Naomi Sarah
May 20, 2015 Naomi Sarah rated it really liked it
This was surprisingly enjoyable! I'm going to do this again in the list way. ;-D

What I liked:
1. The clothes. Somehow, perhaps starting with the delightful Edwardian dress-suit on the cover (seriously, how gorgeous is the cover), the clothing and the Edwardian car-driving-costumes feel really got through, and I loved that. The leather riding gloves. Profesh-looking yet feminine driving suits.
2. The old-fashioned cars. :-D *big grin*
3. Webster was a lovely guy.
4. I LOVED the grandma.
5. The Edward
A.M. Heath
Feb 10, 2016 A.M. Heath rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Anne Mateer has officially made it to my favorite author list!! At Every Turn is a beautiful example of what makes her so great. She has a smooth style of storytelling that can only be admired.

What I Loved: I enjoyed the quirky heroine, Alyce Benson. She was sweet, giving, and determined. She had such a heart for missionary work that it was so easy to stand along side of her and root for her the entire time.
The story is told through the first person so the reader is left to guess and determine
At Every Turn was a fun and exciting read. This isn't a time in history that I usually read, but I really enjoyed it and hope to read more set in this era soon.

I loved reading how racing was so different back then and yet at the same time kind of the same. Today there are very few women who are professional racers and I loved reading about a woman, who is from one of the wealthiest families, secretly racing. The scenes with her driving were perhaps my favorite, they were described so well I cou
Jan 22, 2013 AJ rated it really liked it
Shelves: comps
As with Mateer's debut novel, my biggest gripe with this story is the 1st POV. Once again, it is well done, but once again, I want more!!! I want to be inside Webster's head as he lets Alice drive his prized racing car. Otherwise, I loved this book and the energy with which captures such a unique time in American history. We need more 20th-Century historical fiction!
Jenny Q
Apr 10, 2014 Jenny Q marked it as to-read
Free today in ebook format!
Dec 05, 2015 Sonya rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015

Read-a-long with Aerykah :)
Oct 29, 2016 Caryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge
At Every Turn was the first book I read by Anne Mateer. It will not be my last!

I loved Ally's spunk and determination. I enjoyed watching as she discovered the passion in her heart. I admired her love for the Lord and the desire for His people to have a relationship with Him.

This story is well written. The imagery and details made me feel as if I were in the story. I highly recommend this book.
Kathleen E.
Sep 10, 2012 Kathleen E. rated it it was amazing
Monday, September 10, 2012
At Every Turn by Anne Mateer, c2012
Author, Anne Mateer!! Yay!!!

I was amazed at her spunk! Her unassumingness! I liked Alyce Benson right away!!
Surprisingly, Alyce thinks her father will hand over her offer of commitment money! He doesn't have the zeal and fortitude she has!! Goodness. She sets out to earn the money herself. After all, they need her!!

Join Alyce in her adventure as she pivots around coming up with more adventure than you could ever imagine possible for he
Sep 15, 2015 Loraine rated it really liked it
SUMMARY: Caught up in a whirlwind of religious fervor when two missionaries speak at her church, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. She's certain her wealthy father will simply hand her the money. But when he refuses, she must either stand up in front of the congregation and admit failure, or raise the money herself.

Alyce harbors a secret passion for speed and automobiles. It's 1916, and the latest advancements in car engines allow some to post spe
Savannah Rohleder
Nov 27, 2015 Savannah Rohleder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s 1916 and missionaries serving in Africa come to Ally’s church. She’s struck by the little faces presented in pictures. She wants to help and ambitiously pledges three thousand dollars. However, getting the money isn’t as easy as she expected, so she hatches a plan and secretly competes in her dad’s racecar. No one can find out she is actually a girl and keeping the secret becomes increasingly difficult. To top it off, she’s doesn’t know if she’d lost sight of God’s will in her excitement fo ...more
Sep 29, 2016 Jerri rated it liked it
This book is not a genre I generally choose and I was pleasantly surprised. Sweet characters and and adventuresome story in a city I know well.
Renn Shearin
Dec 20, 2012 Renn Shearin rated it really liked it
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 coul
Rambling Readers
Nov 12, 2012 Rambling Readers rated it really liked it
A book about early auto racing usually wouldn't appeal to me since I am definitely not a fan of racing. When I first picked up "At Every Turn," I wondered how much emphasis would be placed on the racing aspect of the plot. In the past, novels that focus too much on sports have not ranked among my favorites, but Anne Mateer's latest novel is an exception. A very pleasing exception.

Mateer paints a unique vignette of the early 1900s. There are parts of the plot that are predictable; but as a whole
Victor Gentile
Nov 10, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 28, 2012 Renee rated it liked it
It's not everyday that you read a book set in the early 20th century in which the heroine is a racecar driver -- at least I know I don't read them! At Every Turn immediately caught my attention because even today it's a bit of a rare thing for ladies to race so to read about a "proper young miss" in 1916 doing it even though she's completely fictional sounded fun. I am so glad I wasn't wrong in picking this book to read and review as it has proven to be both entertaining and interesting.

Alyce Be
Heather Goodman
Aug 21, 2012 Heather Goodman rated it really liked it
Once again, Anne Mateer has given us a strong (and strong-willed!) female character who you can't help but love. Alyce Benson, moved by compassion for children in Africa, pledges $3000 dollars to the missionaries working in the Gold Coast. One problem: the money isn't hers to give, and her father is none too sympathetic to Christian causes. She must find a way to raise the money on her own. She uses the one skill she can: driving. Alyce begins competing in car races in Chicago and Indianapolis.

Sherri Smith
Jan 30, 2013 Sherri Smith rated it it was ok
Ok, so I have another book I received in the mail, compliments of Bethany House. This book is called “At Every Turn” by Anne Mateer. The back of the book basically describes it as “Alyce pledges money for mission work, thinking that her dad will give it to her. She learns that she must earn the money on her own, and that is done by secretly racing a sports car in races with the help of her father’s mechanic”.

At least that’s the gist I got from reading the book. First off, my overall impression o
Sep 16, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it
This was such an enjoyable read about trusting in the Lord and not placing your will and plans before His, and loving people for who they are.

I haven't read many books set in this time period, and I really enjoyed it! The automobile theme was pretty interesting. I'd have to say I liked this one even more than "A Home for My Heart", which I really enjoyed as well. (The two books are both in the same time period, but the setting, and social class are pretty much opposite those in Home for My Heart
Alyce Benson leads a seemingly charmed life. She’s the only child of a wealthy man, and has no need to either work or find a husband to support her. Her father freely gives her money whenever she asks, so she thinks he’ll give her the three thousand dollars she pledged to mission work. But Mr. Benson doesn’t approve of Christianity or of his money being used for Christian causes, and so he denies her request. Alyce must find the money in just seven weeks, but gives away as much as she obtains th ...more
Carrie Padgett
Aug 28, 2012 Carrie Padgett rated it it was amazing
Alyce Benson is the pampered only daughter of the richest man in Langston, Indiana in 1916. She loves Jesus, her family, and running around the countryside in her Packard Runabout. Driving and driving fast invigorates her. One Sunday morning, after hearing from a missionary couple about their work in Africa, she rashly pledges $3000 to them and challenges the rest of the congregation to match her donation. Alyce is quite surprised when her father refuses to give her the money. But she determines ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it
One wild ride!

Alyce Benson is so moved by the stories of the visiting missionaries that she presumptously pledges three-thousand dollars to their mission, and challenge the rest of the congregation to meet her donation. But she meets an unforseen roadblock, her father refuses to give her the money, and now she must raise it all on her own. And the only way that she can get the large amount is to use her God-given talents and her love of speed!

Can she make everything right before everything spins
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
Dec 18, 2012 Valerie (Val's Vicinity) rated it really liked it
Set in 1916, At Every Turn is a unique historical tale that's written in first person, told solely from Alyce's point of view. I love first person writing, though it's somewhat uncommon in historical fiction.

I wasn't able to completely connect with Alyce...she's likeable enough, but she occasionally seemed just a little bit "too good". Her personality is extremely impulsive, but at the same time she's very determined to meet her goal of raising $3,000 for missions. These two traits come together
Vera Godley
Nov 19, 2012 Vera Godley rated it really liked it
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 s
Amanda Tero
May 13, 2015 Amanda Tero rated it really liked it
Rating for plot interest and production: 5 stars
Personal conviction rating: 3 stars

Questions prodded me forward throughout this novel. Would Alyce keep her zeal? What if her father didn't provide the money? Would the $6,000 be gathered - and if so, how? Was Mr. Trotter all that he was cut out to be?

I appreciated the message that Mateer had throughout the story - the continual reference to trusting God and the finale of Alyce realizing her sins and how she failed. It was inspiring to read of her
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While I have been writing for what feels like my whole life, I began seriously studying the craft in 2000. Since then I have completed five novels, had several pieces published in local periodicals, attended six writing conferences and managed to final in ACFW's Genesis contest in 2006, 2008, and 2009. My first historical novel, Wings of a Dream, released in September 2011. My second, At Every Tur ...more
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“I can't get those kids out of my head. I see their little faces, and I know I have to help them." I raised up and looked him straight in the eye. "I have to do this. It's more than just wanting to be part of God's work in this world. It's an aching hole in my heart. I don't know any other way to fill it.” 2 likes
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