Book Review: “At Every Turn” by Anne Mateer

November 10, 2012 at 8:48 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Anne Mateer in her new book, “At Every Turn” published by Bethany House  brings us into the life of Alyce Benson.

From the back cover:  She’s off to the races!

Caught up in a whirlwind of religious enthusiasm, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. Now she just has to find a way to get the money.

Alyce harbors a secret passion for speed and automobiles, and she’s spent many an afternoon driving around the rustic track in the field behind her home. When she discovers that her father’s company has sponsored a racing car that will compete in several upcoming events–races in which the driver will be paid and could win as much as five thousand dollars in prize money–she conspires with her father’s mechanic, Webster, to train and compete.

But when her friends cast aspersions on Webster’s past, she realizes she may have trusted the wrong person with her secret. Will Alyce come up with the money in time, or will she have to choose between her hasty promise and the man who holds a piece of her heart?

History and auto racing, what a combination.  It is 1916 America and only men drove in competitive auto racing, it was just that simple.  However, Alyce made a pledge to give three thousand dollars and the only way she is going to cover that pledge is not only to drive in the race but to win.  Alyce is an innocent, a woman who happens to speak without thinking of the consequences and then she is stuck.  Ms. Mateer gives us a story about social conventions in the 1900’s when certain things were expected of women as they were trying to break out of the mold. And then there are the cars and the racing which gives us a really exciting story.  I liked the characters and I liked the book, what more can you ask?

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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