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Covenant Child: A Story of Promises Kept

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Amanda’s heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope . . . and to fight for them to 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 12th 2002 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2001)
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May 23, 2012 Chrissy rated it it was amazing
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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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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C.J. Darlington
3.5 stars. Covenant Child is a departure from Ms. Blackstock's usual suspense novels, but she does a fantastic job weaving this contemporary story about two twin sisters who are heirs of a billion dollar family company... but don't know it. Only when I got about half way through the book did I see the neat way Covenant Child is an allegory of sorts. It's hard to pull something like this off, and Blackstock does a great job. It got a little heavy-handed at the end, and I wish there had been a bit ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't expect to like this book, but I had the audio downloaded; so gave it a try. I'm so glad I did. The characters are likable (except those that aren't, whom you really dislike!), and though the story is somewhat unbelievable, I was willing to suspend disbelief and go with the story. It is an allegory of the Biblical story of the prodigal son. Even though Blackstock is considered a Christian writer, this book does its "preaching" mostly through the story. I didn't care too much for t ...more
Feb 13, 2014 Arava rated it really liked it
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
May 17, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it

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
Nov 06, 2014 Loraine rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2015 Erica Hiser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 09, 2014 Tima rated it liked it
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
Mar 08, 2016 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I went through so many emotions while reading this book, times of happiness, sadness including tears, anger and frustration. Kara and Lizzie lose their mother, then their father and grandparents all before the age of 4. Their maternal grandparents find out they have inherited a fortune and decide to sue for custody in hopes to get the money. They end up getting a settlement and the girls end up being taken away from the one person left who really cares for them. The girls basically end ...more
Feb 02, 2016 K P rated it liked it
I missed this novel by Terri Blackstock when it was first published in 2002. It was a fun read that tugged at my heart strings.

Kara and Lizzie were dearly loved by their father, Jack, after their mother passes away shorly after their birth. These red-headed twins gain a new stepmother, Amanda, when they are 3 years old.

Their picture-perfect world is destroyed when they are torn away from Amanda after Jack and his parents suddenly die in a plane crash. Amanda had promised Jack that she would car
Rebecca Young
Feb 29, 2016 Rebecca Young rated it really liked it
I usually take a while to read books, as I'm quite a slow reader, so the fact that it only took me 9 days to read this is testimony to how gripping I found it, and I now feel sad that it's finished!

I thought that it was a really good fiction book and would have given it the full 5 stars if it hadn't dragged a bit in the middle.

It really clearly showed the effect of sin in our lives, with it feeling wrong at the start to just being something that we do, which is part of our lives and which doesn'
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
Jul 07, 2014 Addison Irish rated it it was amazing
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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
Oct 22, 2012 Anna Todd rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 08, 2015 Alicia Lowery rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 03, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 23, 2012 Nikole Hahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2012 Renee rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 02, 2012 Renn Shearin rated it really liked it
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.

Oct 01, 2009 Teanne rated it really liked it
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
Jul 06, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
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
Jul 27, 2012 Virginia rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 09, 2013 Teena Stewart rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2012 Christie Hagerman rated it it was amazing
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
May 28, 2012 Casey rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-kindle
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
Nov 23, 2012 Winnie rated it it was ok
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
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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

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