Monday, November 26, 2012

At Every Turn - Anne Mateer

"At Every Turn" is Anne Mateer's second novel published with Bethany House.  Since I didn't have the pleasure of reading her first novel, "Wings of a Dream," I was looking forward to seeing what she had in store for us.
In this novel, the main character, Alyce Benson, impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to a missionary couple and challenges her church to match the donation. The near-impossible figure is comparable to many people's annual salary. The problem is, Alyce doesn't have a job or any money of her own.  Since her wealthy father has always given her everything she's ever asked for she is depending on him to simply give her the money.  Her father refuses, however, because he wants nothing to do with religion.  Alyce must decide whether to confess to her church publicly her inability to follow through or to raise the money herself. She decides the only viable option is to race cars and collect the prize money. Her close relationship with the estate's mechanic, Webster, allows her the privilege of doing this without anyone else's knowledge -- even her father's, who is sponsoring the driver and paying his (her!) salary.
This was a fun, light romance with not much emotion shared between the two characters.  I would have liked to see a much stronger attraction there, especially with the additional drama of the employee/employer's daughter factor.  The author worked in a mild mystery that added depth to the plot.  All in all, it was a good book and kept me interested to the very end.
This book was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an objective review.

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