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Not Guilty (Windspree #1)

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Rape is a Four-Letter Word But it is one that Christians need to discuss more openly. It's 1974 and Carrie Shepherd, daughter of the minister at Windspree Community Church, is a college senior with plans to be a missionary in Africa. Raped by a masked assailant, Carrie is so traumatized she tells no one until she realizes she's pregnant. Refusing to have an abortion, she ...more
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Published February 1st 2013 by Hopesprings Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jennifer Lombardi
Jul 23, 2013 Jennifer Lombardi rated it really liked it
Not Guilty By Teresa Pollard & Candi Pullen

In this book you have a Pastor's daughter who is pure and clean. She is in love and engaged to be married to the man of her dreams when she is raped by a masked man. As she falls into depression she finds out she is pregnant. This book goes through her struggles that come with rape and pregnancy and judgmental Christians but I do not want to give too much away so I will stop there.

My attention was hooked on page 2 and I did not want to put this book
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Nancee
Jul 28, 2013 Nancee rated it liked it
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Carrie Shepard was brutally assaulted and in her grief, shame and despair Carrie broke off her engagement and retreated into a nightmare world of her own. She kept her secret until she discovered she was pregnant by her assailant. Her doctor offered her the available choices in her situation, abortion, adoption, or raising the child herself. Her parents were supportive and brought her fiance, Joe, and Carrie back together to see if they could work through the problems that Carrie's attack cost ...more
Sandra Lassiter
Apr 03, 2013 Sandra Lassiter rated it really liked it
Carrie Shepherd has everything going for her. She's a pastor's daughter, college senior and engaged to the man she loves with plans to go to Africa as a missionary after their marriage. Everything comes crashing down around her when she is attacked by a masked assailant on her way home from college one day, and brutally raped. Traumatized, she hides the fact from everyone until she discovers she is pregnant. Now this secret could tear apart everyone she loves along with her future.

On the whole,
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TWJ Magazine
Aug 02, 2013 TWJ Magazine rated it really liked it
This is the story of a young couple’s trials after the heroine goes through a harrowing attack. Bride-to-be, Carrie Shepherd is raped just yards from her home, but is afraid to tell her parents, friends, and the police. Living in a private nightmare, she moves through her day-to-day activities in a daze, until she discovers she is pregnant, and is forced to tell her folks.

Now, the problem has magnified. Does Carrie even want to keep this baby? What about her fiancé, Joe Wright? Will he want dama
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Judy
Aug 30, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books that I have read lately. Rape is never pretty. I loved how authors Teresa Pollard and Candi Pullen put together a well written book.

Carrie Shepherd has plans to marry her sweetheart Joe. After her college graduation she and Joe will be going to the wilds of Africa as missionaries. As she makes her way up the path to her home she is grabbed from behind and is brutally raped. She somehow makes it to her home after the rape, sore, clothes tattered, and in shock. She ca
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Beth Goehringer
A Realistic Portrayal Of The Pain and Shame of Rape

A realistic portrayal of a family in crisis. The authors bring you inside the emotions, grief, confusion and shame of a college senior, Carrie Shepherd, who is soon to be married. In an instant of brutal rape her life is turned upside down. Then just when she thinks she has found a way to adjust, she discovers she's pregnant, and a new level of anguish and turmoil ensue.

A thought-provoking story, and though under similar circumstances I reacted
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Randy Watkins
Jun 03, 2013 Randy Watkins rated it liked it
I am VERY proud of my dear friend, Teresa Pollard, in her first published work! This is an easy and enjoyable read about some very tough subject matters, rape and the hypocrisy of so-called Christians in the church. I would especially recommend this book to any woman who has ever suffered sexual abuse and rape. I would recommend it to pastors who are dealing with a mean-spirited and hypocritical church body. And I would also recommend it as a book study for women's groups. It is even equipped ...more
Beth
Oct 22, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
I received this book from BookCrash for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.


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Rape is a Four-Letter Word But it is one that Christians need to discuss more openly. It's 1974 and Carrie Shepherd, daughter of the minister at Windspree Community Church, is a college senior with plans to be a missionary in Africa. Raped by a masked assailant, Carrie is so traumatized she tells no one until she realizes she's pregnant. Refusin
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Shari Howe
Nov 02, 2014 Shari Howe rated it it was amazing
Good Read with Lessons to Learn

Teresa Pollard and Candi Pullen have taken a sensitive issue, rape, and exposed it for what it is; a violent and brutal act that affect far more people than just the victim. I was hooked from the very beginning and couldn’t put this book down. The characters were genuine and their responses to the tragedy of rape and all of its horror were realistic.

There were many twists and turns in this story that I didn’t expect along with gossipy old biddies in the church tha
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Julia Wilson
Sep 26, 2014 Julia Wilson rated it really liked it
Not Guilty by Teresa Pollard and Candi Pullen is a Christian novel tackling a hard and often taboo subject – that of an attack on a young Christian girl, Carrie.
Set in 1974 Carrie, the daughter of a pastor, and the fiancé of Joe who is a minister in training, was attacked by a masked man as she walked from the bus stop to her home. At first Carrie tells no one and withdraws from her family and friends, returning her engagement ring to Joe. She feels alternately angry, guilty, upset and has to r
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Teresa Kander
Nov 13, 2014 Teresa Kander rated it really liked it
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**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

This book covers the extremely sensitive topic of rape in a very caring manner. I was drawn into the story from the beginning, and could hardly bear to put it down until I was finished. I was touched by the courage and strength of the main character through all the trials she had to endure, and saddened by the hypocrisy of some so-called Christians she had to face.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
Wilani Wahl
Jun 19, 2015 Wilani Wahl rated it it was amazing
Page Turner that is well written. The difficult subject of rape is covered well with how it affects all involved. It is an emotional read. I loved the way the Lord was mentioned in the healing process.
Jennifer Short
Apr 06, 2013 Jennifer Short rated it liked it
Engaged. Then raped by a masked man, and pregnant with his child. This is the situation Carrie Shephard finds herself in back in 1974. Her parents, knowing something is wrong, don’t push for details. This seems a bit unbelievable because if I had a twenty-one year old daughter and her behavior changed so radically, I would want to know why! Also unbelievable to me is the fact that the Christian university she attends doesn’t expel her for being pregnant. I don’t say this lightly. The Christian ...more
Catherine Castle
Dec 06, 2014 Catherine Castle rated it liked it
A Thought Provoking Book

Rape is a Four-Letter Word.

But it’s one that Christians need to discuss more openly.

It’s 1974 and Carrie Shepherd, daughter of the minister at Windspree Community Church, is a college senior with plans to be a missionary in Africa. Raped by a masked assailant, Carrie is so traumatized she tells no one until she realizes she’s pregnant. Refusing to have an abortion, she must find the courage to face her family, her fiancé, her friends, and a gossiping, angry congregation w
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Debbie
Jul 23, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing
"Not Guilty"is a great story! I love it when authors can take a hard subject like rape and turn it into a great story that teaches life lessons! Yes the subject is hard to to read about, but it is so much better reading about then it is watching a movie or a tv show, like Law and Order SVU, and this book deals with the feelings of all effected by rape, and not just the victim and how the community deals with it. It is also Christian Fiction so that makes it a better read for me.
Carrie Shepherd
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Jessica Allen
Mar 27, 2016 Jessica Allen rated it it was ok
Plot: The plot in this book isn't bad, but I also don't think it's entirely original. Carrie, after being raped, has to live with everything that her life has now become. Her friends and family, too, have to deal with the aftermath of the experience. There is a bit of mystery and a plot twist as to who the attacker really is which makes the book a little better.

Characters: I felt that the characters were all a little cheesy. There also wasn't a whole lot of character development. The characters
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Linda Rainey
Jun 30, 2015 Linda Rainey rated it really liked it
I liked this book mainly for the content of what happens when a young person is raped and the mystery surrounding it.
What makes it hard for the main character is that she is engaged, she is a minister;s daughter and she doesn't want anyone know what happened.
She is forced to reveal the rape when she finds she is pregnant.
I applaud her fiancee and her parents reaction to the rape and pregnancy. This is not the case in so many instances. The reaction from many of the congregation was typical becau
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Joyful
Jul 14, 2015 Joyful rated it it was amazing
A Story Of The Pain and Shame of Rape
This story of a family in crisis brings you inside the emotions, grief, confusion and shame of a rape victim. Then there is a new level of anguish and turmoil when she discovers she's pregnant from this rape. This pastor's daughter is just beginning her life as she is to graduate college, is engaged to be married to a preacher, and they are to become missionaries. How can she accept this child? When she sends the ring back to her fiancé without explanation,
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Ruth Trippy
Apr 16, 2016 Ruth Trippy rated it really liked it
What is a young woman to do, raped outside her own home? Carrie Shepherd is so traumatized she tells no one--until she discovers she is pregnant. Then members of her father's congregation suspect her of living a "loose life" and spread malicious gossip about her. And, is it possible the rapist is part of the very congregation that should be comforting her? This story is particularly for anyone who has experienced this trauma. It provides realistic, emotional support as well as Scriptural ...more
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