11 September 2012

Teresa Mathews Reviews At Every Turn by Anne Mateer

At Every Turn

At Every Turn by Anne Mateer
Bethany House, 2012

Reviewed by Teresa Mathews
5 stars~*****


In this exciting story Anne Mateer takes us for the spin of our lives when she introduces us to Alyce Benson. Alyce is a spunky young woman who loves nothing better than to race around in her Packard Runabout, and very few people know just how fast she likes to go.

Alyce tries so hard to be the conventional young girl her mother desires her to be but even as child Alyce just could not be like that. She has too much energy and enthusiasm for life and that has gotten her in trouble more than one time. Like the Sunday when John and Ava McConnell missionaries to the Gold Coast in Africa speak at her church. After seeing the pictures and hearing the stories of some of the children the McConnell’s have been helping Alyce just knows there has to be some way she can help the McConnell’s bless these children. So without any forethought of the consequences, Alyce jumps up and pledges $3000.00 to their cause and to make matters worse she challenges the church to match her donation. Even though Alyce means well and her heart is in the right place there is a small hitch in her plans, she has no money but she is sure she can get it from her dad.

When Alyce finally gets up the nerve to ask her dad for the money she is shocked beyond belief when he emphatically says NO! Even though his mother is a Christian and has tried through the years to be a good witness to him, he has never seen the need to come to Christ. What will Alyce do now? How can she possibly come up with that kind of money on her own?

Trying to forget her money problems for a while Alyce makes her way to the garage to go for a spin. When Alyce gets there and sees her father’s mechanic, Webster Little working on a racecar, she gets excited and she persuades Webster to let her take it out on the dirt track. Webster has been Alyce’s confidante for quite a while, and he knows how much she enjoys driving and how fast she likes to go. If only there was a way Alyce could actually drive in a race, she just might win and the prize money would go a long ways to paying off that pledge. Can Alyce and Webster pull it off? Can Alyce finally fulfill her lifelong dream of driving as fast as she pleases and fulfill her pledge too?

When Anne first sent me her book I thought WOW this sounds like a great story, a female racecar driver in the early nineteen hundreds. I was not disappointed at all, there was excitement from the get-go, and I adored Alyce and her love for the Lord. All-in-all this story was wonderfully exciting and it had me sitting in the car revving up right along with Alyce, cheering her on! 

I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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46 comments:

  1. I would love the chance to win this book by Anne. It sounds good.
    Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  2. TERESA, wonderful review!! I hope to start reading this book tonight. After reading your review I can't wait to get to it!! Nice job!

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  3. Wish this was available in audio, T, but I don't think it is! Great review--makes me want to read this. ACK! Am going to go to Amazon and see if is on audio. Thanks!

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  4. Duh, didn't have to go to Amazon, silly tired me--Anne told me in her interview that she didn't have her books on audio (yet! from the sounds of things--bet we hear them on audio at some point in time!)

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  5. Thank you, TERESA for a great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Alyce and her story. I had so much fun writing it!

    MAXIE, it always makes me smile when someone thinks the book sounds worth reading!

    MARIAN, hope you enjoy it!

    CARRIE, I'm so sorry. I wish it was in audio for you! :(

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  6. I really enjoyed Anne's last book and would love to get my hands on this one too! I love the cover, the model seems perfect for Alyce!
    marieburton2004 at yahoo.com

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  7. TERESA is with hubby. Please pray for him...b/p high and heartbeat irregular. They are doing an EKG on him now. I know TERESA would love to be here if she could. And hoping my computer battery will come today. I can't believe I am able to stay on this long...computer keeps dying on me. :(

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  8. TERESA, what a great review-and somehow I can see you in that car-revving up the engine, gf! lol

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  9. Would love to win this! Thanks for the chance!
    likesmusic2@consolidated.net

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  10. I would surely love to win this one. Please count me in!! Blessings to all especially Teresa and her hubby! Darlene
    spangldlady(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. EVERYONE...Sorry about not being here until now..hubby is doing ok right now. Have to go have some tests run and pickup some meds. ANNE I felt like a racecar driver getting him to the Doc this morning! LOL!! I'll be back on hopefully in a little while! :) THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS!

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  12. Thank you, MARIE, for your kind words about Wings of a Dream! I hope you enjoy this book just as much--or more!

    DEBBIE and DARLENE, thanks for stopping in!

    TERESA, glad hubby is doing better. I imagine you did feel like a racecar driver! Praying all is well.

    DIANA, hope that battery arrives soon!

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  13. TERESA, so glad to read that good report! That was scary! Prayers have been answered!

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  14. TERESA, thank God hub is doing better! I will keep praying.

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  15. Good job Teresa! Great review!

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  16. This book sounds great and I just added it to my to-read list.

    Loraine Ertelt
    Lpertelt@aol.com

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  17. Nice review, lovely cover!! Another new-to-me author!! Thanks Teresa!

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  18. This is an unusual concept, I'd love to read it.

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com
    Thanks for the chance.

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  19. JUDY, LORAINE, LADETTE and MELISSA! Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to read TERESA's wonderful review! You are all entered in the contest. Good luck!

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  20. THANK YOU MARIAN for helping me out. I'm back home and hubby is resting on the couch! :) THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HAS COMMENTED ON HERE TODAY! :)

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  21. Glad you and hubby are back home!

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  22. This character certainly sounds like she gets in trouble alot, even though she's trying to do the right thing! I think I can connect - I'm an adult & a pastor/missionary wife & still get told to BEHAVE!

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  23. LOL MELODY! I bet Teresa hears that now and again, too. ANNE's story sounds so good!

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  24. Just started reading the book tonight. Really like it so far! :)

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  25. CARRIE...who me??? Don't ask Diana 'cause she might tell on me!:D LOL!!


    MARIAN I knew you would like it. :)


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  26. LORAINE, thanks for adding it to your to read list! I'm sure if that list is anything like mine, it's a long one!

    LADETTE, it's fun to find new authors, isn't it?

    MELISSA and JUDY, thanks for stopping in!

    Lol, MELODY! I think you and Alyce will understand each other quite well!

    Glad you are enjoying it, MARIAN!

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  27. At every Turn sounds very interesting, and unlike any story I've read yet! Love the cover too! Great review Teresa :)

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  28. sounds like a good book I'd love to read and I love the cover thanks for the chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  29. Oh how I would LOVE to read this book!!!! ctbi4@att.net

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  30. APPLE BLOSSOM, it is a great book! Good Luck!

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  31. ANONYMOUS...Good Luck in the drawing!

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  32. I bet she was shocked when Daddy said NO!

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  33. So glad to hear that you enjoyed this book Teresa. I read Anne's first book and loved it, and have been looking forward to her second release. Sounds like I will not be disappointed.

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. Hey y'all! So good to see some familiar faces--and some new ones, too! Thanks for dropping in APPLE BLOSSOM, ANONYMOUS, MELODY and PATTY!

    I think you've got Alyce pegged, MELODY!

    You are so sweet, PATTY! Always happy when a reader looks forward to the next book! :)

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  35. This is on my TBR pile competing with a few more, older books. I can't wait to get to it because I loved Anne's debut book. (Which you'll hear about soon!)

    Congratulations, Anne on another wonderful book!

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  36. DEBRA...put it close to the top of your TBR pile, it's so good! :)

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  37. You are sweet, DEB! Hope you like it! And I know all about those towering TBR piles! It stresses me out because I want to read so many at the same time!

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  38. I keep seeing more & more reviews of Anne's books! They are definitely on my to-read list. Thank you for the chance to win :)

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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  39. Sure wish your books were on audio ANNE. Sigh... I was really looking for a good audiobook earlier today in my downloads and had to continue listening to a YA with a little too much violence in it for my taste.

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  40. I'm so sorry, CARRIE! Can you listen to it from your kindle?

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  41. This sounds interesting! Enjoyed reading the review! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    Jes
    jswaks at gmail dot com

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  42. DARLENE KEITH, You are our winner for the overall drawing this week. CONGRATS!!! Random.org chose you based on your comment on this review!

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