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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
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 12th 2002 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2001)
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Pamela

Compellingly readable, "Covenant Child" is a contemporary inspirational built solidly upon Biblical truths. A story that touches the heart, mind, and soul. The overall story and situational circumstances are essentially realistic and heartfelt. Some of the finer details such as legal issues, police procedures, and overdrawn characterizations - not so much. Creative liberties taken for the end to fit the means are plainly evident.

On one hand, I was totally engrossed in the story. I truly connect
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Chrissy
Nov 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

The cover of this book was the reason I chose it. The lighting, the wheat in the background, the child walking away... they all came together so beautifully that I couldn't resist seeing if the story inside would match up to it.

I really liked the emotional impact of this book. One woman's undying love for her stepdaughters shone through all the muck of inappropriate content that disappointed me. The search for redemption and restoration was the thread that kept me reading when
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Kim
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars, I felt like the ending was rushed.
Arlena
Author: Terry Blackstock
Published by: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
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"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
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Amy
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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Tara
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story of redemption, restoration, and everlasting love. It's a page-turner...I couldn't put it down!
Laura
May 17, 2012 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
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Casey
Apr 25, 2012 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
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Shelbie
Feb 12, 2014 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
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Loraine
Apr 17, 2013 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
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Anna Todd
Oct 22, 2012 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!
Sharon
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent book by Terri Blackstock. Similar to The Prodigal Son, yet much more in depth. A reminder on how to pursue even when God's answer is "wait" or "not now"
Elizabeth Buckner
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Wonderful allegory of God's love for us! Very interesting and hard to put down.
Emily Ray
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Nikole Hahn
Jun 12, 2012 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
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Marlene
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock (2001, Thomas Nelson) is a standalone contemporary Christian novel. A good friend of mine recommended it (and loaned it to me). The 2012 edition, which is what I read, has an additional chapter. I can only presume that it’s the epilogue at the end, and if that’s the case, I’d definitely recommend the 2012 edition.

Amanda unknowingly falls in love with the son of a billionaire, Jack Holbrooke. Jack preferred to live a simpler life and previously told his father
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Chris
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Julie
Shelves: terri-blackstock, ill
I have a hard time giving a book 5 starts...but this story was very good, maybe to short with only 7 disks is the only downfall.
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

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Renn Shearin
Jun 02, 2012 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.

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Virginia Garrett
Jul 27, 2012 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
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Christie Hagerman
Mar 15, 2012 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
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Winnie
Nov 23, 2012 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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Paula  Phillips
Jun 03, 2012 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
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Erica Hiser
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Donna
May 24, 2012 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
Tima
Oct 09, 2014 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
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Teena Stewart
Sep 09, 2013 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
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Renee
Jun 17, 2012 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
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Teanne
Sep 16, 2009 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
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Joyce
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
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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.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived
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