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Covenant Child: A Story of Promises Kept

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  2,479 ratings  ·  172 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published July 17th 2007 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published January 1st 2001)
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Author: Terry Blackstock
Published by: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA

"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 los
Mar 08, 2008 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
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A modern-day picture of the Prodigal Son, Kara Holbrooke was born heiress to her billionaire grandfather's estate. But her other grandparents, in a series of wild events, got custody of Kara and her twin sister Lizzie before they were old enough to remember. Raised on "the other side of the tracks by money-hungry grandparents, Kara grows hard and distrustful of anyone who claims to love her without motive.

This book illustrates the emptiness and blindness of rebellion while illustrating the journ

In this modern spin on the parable of the prodigal son, Blackstock introduces readers to Lizzie and Kara, twin girls who are heiresses to a large fortune. When their father dies, the girls are ripped from the arms of Amanda, the stepmom who loves them as her own, and given to their grandparents, who care nothing for the girls. Will Amanda be able to get her girls back, or will they live without ever knowing their true worth?

Told from Kara's point of view, this novel beautifully shares the story
Terri Blackstock's Covenant Child is a modern day "prodigal child" story. This novel captured my attention from page 1 until the very end. I read it in just one day as I had to find out what was going to happen next to twins Kara and Lizzie. The story line is very realistic and well developed. The characters are normal every day people with their flaws, foibles, and strengths that draw them in to both good and bad decisions.

Blackstock does an excellent job of showing Amanda's never ending love
Erica Hiser
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This book was difficult to write a review for. I finished the book several days ago and just can’t seem to put my thoughts into words.
The story is about a woman who marries the man of her dreams. He has twin daughters and she falls in love with them too. But months after the marriage the man dies and her daughters are ripped from her arms to live with their grandparents who didn’t acknowledge them before the death of the wealthy father. Fifteen years later the girls are old enough to inherit the
As I read Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock, I gradually realized that the story seemed to be a parable of God's relationship with mankind. The novel tells the story of 2 girls, grandchildren of a billionaire, who are taken by their maternal grandparents from their stepmother, Amanda, after their father dies in an airplane crash. The girls go from living in a nicely furnished home with a loving father and stepmother to living in horrible conditions with grandparents who mistreat them and only w ...more
Janice Dick
"A story of promises kept." A beautifully written book featuring the prodigal "son" theme and the unconditional love of God. I thought the story was gripping, although with the strong biblical parallels, I was able to guess the outcome. It began with a sweet love story, even though there were broad hints that things were about to change. Throughout the book, the comforting thought whispered: "It's okay, sweetie."

Good characters, tension-filled plot, interesting settings, and strong theme of rede
Addison Irish
The book Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock was thoroughly engaging and portrays a positive yet still appealing message. The message that Blackstock gives in Covenant Child is about two girls or "billion dollar babies" who were forced to live with uncaring relatives due to their fathers death. While living with their relatives they have been told that their step-mother Amanda has stolen their trust fund. The two girls have to wait until their eighteen birthdays roll around to try and win any of ...more
Anna Todd
Blackstock does not disappoint in this profoundly moving story about a set of twins in a very unique situation. This is a must read!
Alicia Lowery
Wow. This book is SO good. One of the best I've read recently. I thought I'd read all of Terri's books, but I found this one in the audio section. Honestly, it was a tough read. Very depressing and sad for the most part. But the twist is that it is a parable for how we live our lives apart from God.

This book is very unlike any other I've read by Terri. Biblical Fiction I'd say.... not her usual suspense. If you've read and loved any of Francine Rivers' Biblical fiction... you will LOVE this one
Paula  Phillips
When I got this book, I wasn't too sure what to expect but I did have a fair idea that I would enjoy it and I loved it and read it in one sitting.
Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock is a loose modern retelling of the Parable of The Prodigal Son. In the beginning we meet twins Kara and Lizzie , their father Jack and Stepmother Amanda. They lived as a happy family, away from the spotlight of Jack's billionaire father. All was well until tragedy struck and not only did Jack's parents die but also Ja
Nikole Hahn
Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock hit an emotional spring inside of me. In so many ways, the thoughts and motivations of her characters felt familiar.

Kara and Lizzie Holbrooke are the twin little girls of son of millionaire, Jack Holbrooke. In a display of contempt for his father's legacy, Jack insists that his father give his piece of the inheritance to Christian charities. Jack is a widower and meets Amanda. He falls in love and they marry. Amanda can't have children. She is delighted to be t

Kara and Lizzie should have had it all but life won't give them a break. As newborns, their mother died leaving their father to raise them alone. Just when he had found love with Amanda and was newly married, he died in a plane crash. These preschool girls should have been raised by their step-mother (as she had promised their dad) in a life of luxury but instead are whisked away by unloving grandparents who squander away their money and leave the girls to fend for themselves. Amanda won't give
Renn Shearin
Amanda's heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope...and to fight for them until her last breath.

Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are taken from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to relatives who only want the children's fortune for themselves.

Kara and Lizzie grow up questioning their worth . . . until the day when they learn the truth.

I really liked this book! I escaped to it whenever I could... stayed up late reading it... I just couldn't put it down. I got hooked from the beginning; it's a real page turner. It really made me think how one person can change someone else's lives.
These poor children in this book started out with such a promising future; they were happy, fun children who lived the first 3 yrs of their lives in such a loving environment... only to have it drastically changed one day. These twin girls go through
Kara and Lizzie have had a very hard life. Their mother died in a car accident a little while after they were born, so they never knew her. Their father, Jack, fell in love with Amanda and married her. But, tragically he and his parents died in a plane crash about six months later. The twins were three, and even though Amanda is their stepmother and had promised to take care of the twins, there are problems. Kara and Lizzie have money, so unseemly forces in the family sue for custody and win. Th ...more
This book is life changing!!

I have long been a reader of all things Terri Blackstock. She is one of those writers I have to read when I see she has a new book out. Except I just found out the book I thought was new, isn’t. It’s a repackaged book. Well it’s still new to me.

Paul Holbrooke is a billionaire many times over. His son, Jack, is a pilot and has asked to be left out of Paul’s will and instead to donate the estate and Jack’s inheritance to Christian charities. Jack’s wife dies weeks after
Teena Stewart
When twins, Kara and Lizzie Holbrooke’s mother dies a few months after giving birth, their father Jack does the best he can to raise them as a single parent. A few years later he meets and falls in love with Amanda, who is enamored with Jack and his charming daughters unaware that he is heir to the billion dollar Holbrooke fortune, a fortune he relinquished in an effort to have a normal life.

Shortly before they marry, Jack reveals this to Amanda. Their happy marriage is cut tragically short by
Christie Hagerman
Publisher's Description: Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are ripped from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to their maternal grandparents, who only want the children’s fortune for themselves.

While even the stipend their guardians get for supporting them is squandered, the children are left to raise themselves. Kara and Lizzie grow up believing they are worthless . . . until the day
This book is hard for me to rate and review because I did not like it. I was strangely riveted by it. I had to finish it! But, in the end, I felt like I had been "had."

Blackstock wrote an allegory. I figured that out pretty much from the beginning. It is a tangled story of a loving family ripped apart and then eventually rejoined. It is a prodigal son story. It is a story of "how long will it take for someone to finally hit bottom and receive what is rightfully hers" shown, in parallel to our i
From the way this novel was written, to the characters filling to the pages, to the story that grabbed my heart, “Covenant Child” is a novel to be cherished and shared.

I can’t honestly say I “enjoyed” this story as a means of pure entertainment. The story is exceptional, don’t get me wrong, but because of the strong subject matter, it quickly becomes a story that I wanted to see redeemed.

The main character of Kara is a bitter young woman and if the story weren’t written from her perspective, as
Selection for one of my book clubs – otherwise, I probably would not have read since Christian fiction is not my genre of books even though I am a Christian.

From Publisher’s 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 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
Emily Ray
In Terri Blackstock’s Covenant Child, three year old twins Kara and Lizzie Holbrook are torn from their fairy tail lives when their newly wed father, Jack, is killed in a plane crash. Their new mother, Amanda, inherited all of Jack’s possessions, but to her despair, lost custody of the twins to their distant, abusive grandparents. Growing up in such a bad home life, Kara and Lizzie become “hard drinking, shoplifting, and promiscuous teenagers.” All the while, Amanda is trying to gain custody of ...more
Terri Blackstock never ceases to amaze me. I’ve seen this book on shelves for a while now and I kept passing it up because it didn’t seem as thrilling as her other books, and it’s not. But it’s thrilling in a completely different sense. This story wasn’t about some murderer on the loose or a grand mystery that needed solved, but it was no less captivating. Blackstock handles suspense very well and I love a good mystery, but there is a time for the thrill of adventure and a time for the thrill of ...more
Mary Beth
Teri Blackstock is one of my favorite Christian writers. I did not enjoy this one as much as the many other books I have read by her. The story is a somewhat retelling of the prodigal son and despite the spiritual meaning of the book, it just didn't make sense that Amanda would not have used her resources to take the girls out of the grandparents abusive home.
I pretty much blinked through the epilogue. I don't know how she does it, but Terri Blackstock wrote a story that riveted me. This story is one that gets into your bones. It is not for the faint-hearted. If there is a chance that you might not finish this book, don't even start it. Because once you do, you will not be able to stop reading.
Jenn Misera
Even though I SAY that I started it on the eleventh, I didn't start reading it until day after Thanksgiving. It only took two days to read.

I must say, I almost gave up on it, it was darker than her other books (that I've read) and not much Christianity, because even though Amanda prayed, Kara didn't believe in God. After the first hundred pages, as they started growing up, things got easier to read. Because abuse wasn't happening to innocent defenceless three years olds, which made it easier.

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