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 gain custody of the twins.
Devastated but bound by her covenant to care for the girls, Amanda manages the estate, hopeful she'll be able to return it to Kara and Lizzie one day. Meanwhile, the twins grow up in an abysmal home environment with distant family members and become hard-drinking, shoplifting, promiscuous teenagers.
After years of trying to reach them, Amanda is finally able to offer them love, comfort, wealth--the life they have always wanted. But when all you've known is deprivation, how can you believe a gift of grace? When you've been lied to for so long, how can you ever know the truth?
Intensely involving, emotionally charged, and infused with hope, Covenant Child is an inspiring story that challenges us to embrace the life God holds out to us.
Modern-Day Parable| Posted March 27, 2014 've read other books by this author, but this is by far her best yet. She strayed from her usual mystery-thriller genre to write this heart-warming story with real characters, believable dialog, and a plot that pulls you in and doesn't let go. I particularly liked the part of the story where the twin sister shares about her life since moving "home," and I was reminded of the importance in telling those who aren't yet a part of God's family, how wonderful it really is.
This modern-day parable rang so true to the lives of people I love, and at times my own life, that I bawled through half of it. What a beautiful picture of the Father's love for us, of the inheritance He offers us through His Son, of the lengths He goes to in wooing us into His family. As strongly as that was portrayed, this book still wasn't preachy, and I could imagine non-believers enjoying the story line without thinking about the parallels to the Christian life. But knowing the "story behind the story" made reading this book a rich experience for me, one I will be reflecting on for a while.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishing through netGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.