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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
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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Alice
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
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Sarah
This book was another story that was not only well written, but had a powerful message,. Mateer is one of my favorite authors.
Joyce
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
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Naomi Bennet
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
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Henry McLaughlin
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Margaret Metz
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
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Shae
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
Megan
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
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Jenny Q
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Amanda Tero
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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Martha Groeber
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Alyce Benson is a recent college graduate, returned home and looking for adventure. When a pair of missionaries come to her church to talk about their mission in the Gold Coast (present-day Ghana), Alyce impulsively pledges to give $3000 toward their mission. Alyce's wealthy father refuses to give her the money, and Alyce must find a way to come up with the money. Alyce's love for car racing gives her an idea. She decides to race her father's racing car, in disgui ...more
AJ
Jan 22, 2013 AJ rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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!
Bekah
I was excited to delve into the final book I had yet to read by this author. I loved the setting of this story and the journey that Alyce was on to discovering God's plan for her life and that deception will always come back to bite you. I also appreciated reading how she came to discover that pride was at the root of her deceptions and pretty quickly after she realized that, she turned her life back around.

I also liked the character of Webster Little. His selflessness was so inspiring, as well
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Loraine
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
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Leah
I read Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer last year and really enjoyed it. When a friend gave me At Every Turn, I was really excited to read another book by Anne Mateer.

When missionaries visited Alyce’s church and asked people to donate to their mission work in Africa, Ally jumped at the chance and quickly offered $3000. Little did she realize that her father would not give her the money and she finds that she must raise the money herself. After offering to drive people around and asking people to
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Renee
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
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Melissa
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 ...more
Victor Gentile
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
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Sara
When I first signed up to review this book, I was only moderately interested in reading it based on the summary. I was mainly reading it because of how much I enjoyed the previous book by Anne Mateer, "Wings of a Dream."

Once again, just like in Wings of a Dream, I thought the story started out just OK. I thought it was nice and that it was different, since it is about a girl who drives race cars, but I wasn’t really expecting much else out of it.

Over the course of the novel, however, I got more
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Kelly_Instalove
Grade: C-

I fought a ridiculous desire to throw myself into his arms. Instead, I pulled back my shoulders and lifted my chin. “Show me the way.” And he did just that.


This could have been so good — SO GOOD — but the lack of subtlety and tension early in the story, and the lifeless writing, left me dwelling on my annoyances with the heroine.

I knew Alyce would undergo some much-needed Life Lessons, but her initial poor-little-rich-girl cluelessness, reinforced by the first-person POV, came *thatcl
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Renn Shearin
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
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Erica Marie
What an exciting novel! I thoroughly enjoyed At Every Turn! I loved how it was written in the first person, that was very refreshing and different from the typical third person books I've been reading. The author portrayed in beautiful detail Alyce's passion for God and for the mission in Africa she so boldly pledged three thousand dollars to. I loved that about this character. Alyce's passion for spreading God's Word throughout the world was a main theme through the whole book and left my heart ...more
Rambling Readers
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
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Sally
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
Morgan
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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 e
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Regina Spiker
Alyce Benson loves to race her little sports car, especially out in the countryside, but it's only 1916 and women drivers are frowned upon - especially those who don't drive a sedate speed! Alyce is also a bit impulsive - her heart is in the right place but when missionaries come from the Gold Coast of Africa and share the need for funding, a pledge of $3,000 pops out of Alyce's mouth. When her well-to-do father angrily opposes donating the money in her name, Alyce does the only thing that she d ...more
Sherri Smith
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
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Heather Goodman
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.

I
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IrenesBookReviews
I loved this book and thought the story line was refreshing and it makes this book a must read. Alyce is a great driver and she is about to experience a once in a life time event. Will she do well in a race meant for men? Will she win the heart of her intriguing mechanic Webster?

I liked how this story was set in the early 1900’s. It helped make this story believable and a fun read. The main character, Alyce, is full of life and written very well. The story is told in the first person and that r
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Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
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
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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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