Friday, August 31, 2012

Choosing Charity by Terri Ferran


I had planned on having my son print my pdf on my new printer, but due to not having a cable for the printer and having already reading my copy on my monitor, decided to continue doing so.
In this last in the Trilogy, Kit really comes full circle when she receives a strange letter and request from her birth mom's attorney, requesting DNA evidence that she is indeed her biological daughter she tossed away in a dumpster outside a train station. Since she was planning a trip to Ventura to visit her newly divorced mother, she was able to schedule this meeting with the attorney and her biogogical mother at the same time. When she met Alicia, she couldn't believe how cold, arrogant and hateful her birth mother is. When she finds out all she wants from "Katherine" is part of her liver to save her sixteen year old daughter Charity's life and is willing to pay her for doing so, Kit turns her down and storms out of the office.
When Kit asks her new husband Adam for guidance and prays about it, she feels peace about it, knowing she needs to do this, but when meeting with Alicia again, makes the stipulation that she needs to meet Charity before she'll agree, and to know from Alicia why she threw her away. Alicia reluctantly agrees and Kit gets the DNA testing done, plus the further tests and is told she is a match, but is declined.
When the two sisters meet, it is instant love and friendship. When Alicia is told that Kit cannot donate part of her liver, she becomes irate, telling Kit she cannot ever see or talk to Charity again.
With her parents recently divorced and both seriously dating, Kit is having serious abandonment issues, but finally is ok with it, even when her dad remarries a lady in The Church. And, when Adam suggests a family fast for Charity when Charity takes a turn for the worse, her old friend Claire asks if she can donate and so does her dad and new stepmom.
When Kit gets depressed over Alicia's tirades, she finally prays about changing her feelings towards her and proceeds to write a letter to her, forgiving her for abandoning her in that trash can so many years ago. The ending may or not surprise you, but it is a powerful one. The scene towards the end in the grocery store is amazingly hilarious. Would never have thought something like that happening there, of all places. lol I would love to see that scene in a movie.
I would like to see a book on Charity and see if she and Mark get together after his mission and to see if Alicia comes around.

I give Charity 5 stars.

Publisher: Cedar Fort
Date Published: July 2012
ISBN: 978-1-

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Having Hope by Terri Ferran


When I signed on in July to be a part of this blog tour of Terri's last book in her Faith, Hope and Charity Trilogy, I was certain I would get the Hope and Charity books read and posted on my blog by my scheduled date, which is tomorrow. I have both Faith and Hope books and if you want to read my review on Faith, just click on my archives for '08. With me over my Chemo and cancer, I felt these two books would get read, but didn't bank on my getting very sick, not being able to do anything but sleep and vomit for two weeks straight, winding up in the ER twice and being admitted the second time for two days,winding up with a UTI and being given plasma and blood. I'm back to normal and am happy to announce both books are read. So, here are my reviews from the Teri with ONE R.
Kit Matthews has been waiting for two years for her missionary Adam Bridger. Of all days to get sick is the day Adam gets home, so she stays home. After Adam's been home for awhile, Kit feels she needs something to do with her life, but feels serving a mission isn't for her, but when her best friend Tara wants to go to Roumania for three months to work in a hospital and orphonge, she jumps at the chance to make a difference.
She prays about her decision, letting doubt creep in. With help from her parents, she is able to borrow half the money. Tara's cousin Amanda and her friend Kellie also sign up and the four girls embark on a life changing journey.
Kit was able to send e-mails to Adam, her mom and to Adam's teenaged sister to keep updated on things at home. She gets attached to a few babies and chldfren,feeling sad for all the neglect and lack of love.
Kit shares her testimony with members of the branch and also meets Marcel, a medical student she shares a love for the children with and also shares the Gospel with. When Marcel shows a side of himself that shocks Kit,she wonders if he's being honest about his feelings about being baptized for the right reason.
When she gets news from home that her family is deteriating, she wonders if she needs to leave Roumania.
She learns that she has made a difference, but not in the way she thought. I loved this book, but felt her insecurities a little much with her strong testimony. I couldn't stand Amanda. Thought she was very selfish and immature.

I give this 5 stars.

I received this book from Terri back in '09.
Publisher: Bonneville Books
Date Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59955-233-0