Sunday, February 21, 2016

Review of Unplanned (A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel Book 1) by Alana Terry

Selection from Amazon Synopsis:

When Kennedy Stern’s childhood pastor
asks her to volunteer at his new 
pregnancy center, she carves time out
of her rigorous college schedule 
to promote the cause of the unborn.

  After receiving a disturbing call 
from someone far too young to 
carry a child, Kennedy can no 
longer blindly hide behind the 
pro-life platitudes she grew up 
believing. She resolves to locate 
the unknown girl but winds up 
entrenched in a mystery that 
grows more convoluted 
as it unfolds.

While browsing for some Christian suspense, this synopsis grabbed my attention—the main character questioning strongly-held beliefs on the pro-life issue. I enjoy a good book that challenges me to think. I find that every time I am made to question elements of my faith, it only serves to strengthen them, and this book was no exception.

Strong pro-life supporters need not fear the suggestion that those beliefs will be presented as invalid.

This book should only be read by adults and mature teens. The subject matter is not for young readers, or for readers that dislike gory details. This book does NOT detail abortion procedures, but does have a graphic description of a bloody scene in one part of the book. 

Kennedy is thrown into a situation that makes her question her stance on abortion—a stance that seemed black-and-white before she received a crisis call from a pregnant thirteen-year-old. Having been raised in a culture that highly values the opportunity to worship God, Kennedy is also blind-sided by the nonchalant way faith is sometimes lived out in the United States.

There is not much development in the secondary characters.  Although the plot was questionable at times, and the manuscript could’ve used a closer look by an editor, it was still a good thought-provoking read.

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