Book Review: Unplanned

25 Jun

e679b-unplanned2b-2b8When 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 in the first place, 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.

Soon, Kennedy finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay in exchange for personal and political victory.


alana-terryAlana Terry is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, and Christian suspense author. She has won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Unplanned was a finalist in the Deep River Books writing contest.

My Impressions:

Alana Terry has a heart for her subject matter. After writing novels featuring human trafficking in China and the persecuted church in North Korea, Alana has turned to suspense novels set in the United States. Main character, Harvard freshman Kennnedy Stern, grew up with the example of missionary parents and the dedicated young people that they train. But when faced with questions of her own faith, Kennedy wonders if she has what it takes to be a bold witness for Christ. In Unplanned, the first novel in the Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense series, readers are challenged to rethink their own beliefs about the sanctity of life.

Unplanned is a plot-driven novel. This relatively short and quick read looks at abortion from both sides of the argument. Inspired by an event in the author’s life, the story takes off quickly and keeps on accelerating. Kennedy faces extreme danger, but it is her struggle with faith, doubt and trust that will make the reader think. Alana doesn’t pull any punches and the novel has a gritty edge to it. As I said, it is the plot that is important in this novel. I do wish that there had been a bit more character development to make the characters reactions and motivations a bit more believable.

Alana has just finished the first draft of book 2 in this series, and I look forward to more from Kennedy.


Audience: older to teens to adults.

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(Thanks to the author for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



2 Responses to “Book Review: Unplanned”

  1. Alana Terry June 30, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    Thanks so much for posting your review. I hope you’re having a fabulous summer so far!


    • rbclibrary July 1, 2015 at 6:39 am #

      You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by.


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