The Beloved Daughter, an inspirational suspense novel by award-winning author Alana Terry, is a story of persecution and triumph set in the oppressive North Korean regime. The audiobook version of Alana’s bestselling debut novel is narrated by Kathy Garver, a four-time Audie award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Motion Picture Council. (You might also recognize Kathy as Cissy from the TV show Family Affair.)
The Beloved Daughter
Synopsis: In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. It is her father’s faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha’s well-being. The Beloved Daughter follows Chung-Cha into one of the most notorious prison camps the contemporary free world has known. Her crime? Being the daughter of a Christian.
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“…an engaging plot that reads like a story out of today’s headlines…” ~ Women of Faith Writing Contest
“Alana is a master storyteller, and I can’t imagine anyone failing to be
captivated by this harrowing tale. What we have here is a compelling
story, but it’s also one of great importance.” ~ Brad Francis, Author of The Savvy Demon’s Guide to Godly Living
“The Beloved Daughter is a beautifully written story that is…both personal and representative of the challenges that many North Koreans still face today.” ~ Sarah Palmer, Rescue Team Coordinator at Liberty in North Korea
“The author does a phenomenal job… HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – but have tissues handy.” ~ Pauline Creeden, Editor AltWit Press
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My thoughts on The Beloved Daughter:
I’ll tell you up front that this is not an easy book to read. But it is worth it. Chung-Cha lives in North Korea with her father and mother. Her family are Christians, which is not a good thing to be in North Korea. Chung-Cha’s father helps deliver Bibles and hides other Christians and helps them get across the border to China. It’s a suspenseful novel, full of twists and turns and scares and so much heartache. It touches your heart to think that, yes, there are people like this in the world who fear for their lives just because they are Christians and if they are blessed enough to have a Bible, that it will be found and they will not only lose their Bible but will be put in prison or killed.
As I look around my house I see several Bibles in every room, I’m free to go to church and worship God, I’m free to speak the name of Jesus. I have become so used to these freedoms that I forget how precious they are. I’m ashamed, I’m touched, and I’m encouraged all in one by reading this book. I have read the e-book and have not listened to the audio version of the book, but it would be great to have to listen to on long trips or riding back and forth to work (although you might very well shed some tears along the way) or for someone who has bad eyesight and can’t read – audio books would be great. I love Family Affair, then and now with re-runs, and I was very excited to know that “Cissy” Kathy Garver is the one narrating this book!
Here’s a short interview with the author, Alana Terry:
What inspired you to write this novel?
I’ve always had a passion for Christians enduring persecution. It’s been a great prayer burden of mine. North Korea was just always at the top of my prayer list, so it was a natural progression to write a novel set there.
I know you haven’t visited North Korea, so how did you learn so much about this country? Have you ever visited China?
Unfortunately, no, I haven’t been able to travel much. Most of my research came from reading and listening to interviews with defectors who came out of North Korea. Organizations like Voice of the Martyrs also provided a lot of helpful information.
There’s so much detail and knowledge in this book, I was wondering how long did it take you to write this novel?
I spent about three months researching and planning before I started to write. The actual first draft took less than two months, but it was several years until it was edited and published after that.
You seem to be so in tune with the persecuted church in other countries. Do you know missionaries or Christians in other parts of the world that have inspired you?
My grandma grew up as a missionary kid in China. Since then she’s returned there several times, even into her seventies, to deliver Bibles. So yes, she’s definitely an inspiration of mine! (A little extra info on Alana’s grandma…after I read this I emailed her and told her I figured she had to have had someone in her life that was a missionary. She shared this with me: “Yeah, my grandma’s pretty amazing. I’m working on a book for kids that shows a glimpse of her life growing up in China during the 1930s Chinese-Japanese war. Intense stuff!”)
Do you have any other books in the works? If so, can you share?
I have a follow-up novel to The Beloved Daughter that I need to edit and get ready to publish. Unfortunately, I had to take several months off due to carpal tunnel issues. I hope to get back into it soon, but we’ll see how my wrists hold up.
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