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BOOK DESCRIPTION:  Kennedy's pastor and mentor has always been outspoken. Maybe too outspoken.

Carl's no stranger to political controversy, but when his church comes under fire for hosting the Truth Warrior's men's retreat, women's rights activists and feminist leaders aren't the only ones worried that the conference will unduly restrict women's roles in the church and at home.

On a college campus where safe spaces threaten free speech and academic freedom only exists as long as other students aren't offended, Kennedy dares to defend her friend in Harvard's student newspaper. She unwillingly becomes the face of a controversy that not only jeopardizes her academic career but lands Pastor Carl in the hospital, struggling for his very survival.

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1. What is your favorite suspense book and/or movie? Why is it your favorite?

2. Have you read any of Alana Terry novels? If so, which one? What did you love about it?

3. What do you think is too much (over the top something that will you stop reading the book) in reference to the violence?

4. What do you look forward to in reading a suspense thriller story?

The AUTHOR WILL PICK a name AUGUST 31st. The Name will be Posted here and announced to the group soon after.



Jeanie M Dannheim 

Jacqueline Robertson

Kim Persails 


Tracy Fagan 

Linda Goff

Donna Brookmyer 




Vickie Jameson 


Virginia Winfield 

Victoria Pless 

Anne Rightler 

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To me a good suspense thriller is one that will keep me on the edge of my seat or will not let me put it down....if I determine the villain early I want to be so into the story I have to see if I am correct..

I don't mind the violence in a story as long as it isn't described in too graphic detail. I enjoy reading suspense books that are definite page turners! 


Jeanie M Dannheim 

Jacqueline Robertson

Kim Persails 


Tracy Fagan 

Linda Goff

Donna Brookmyer 




Vickie Jameson 


Virginia Winfield 

Victoria Pless 

Anne Rightler 

PLEASE SEND your contact information to Alana at

Yea! So excited! Alana should have my address, but if you need it, please let me know.
Did I win??

I got this book yesterday and struggled with reading it right away or waiting to savor it.  This series is so good!  Alana,thank you so much for providing this book and writing such wonderful stories!  I have posted my review on my blog   and on Amazon and Goodreads.

Abridged by Alana Terry is book seven in A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel Series. This is a really good series. And each book just gets better. The church Kennedy attends is hosting the Truth Warriors men retreat and there are many people who are upset about it. The pastor, Carl, and the youth pastor, Nick, get into heated arguments about hosting this event. While setting up for the event, someone goes into Carl's office and attacks him. While on the way to the hospital, Carl stops breathing and is left on the ventilator with brain trauma.

Carl is not the only one under attack. His wife was written about in the college newspaper. Being good friends with Carl's wife Kennedy writes an honest article for the newspaper about women's right to chose to stay at home or have a career. She finds herself being forced to apologize for the article or face damaging her education.

I just love this series. I find myself reading the books non-stop to find out what is happening and I can't wait for the next in the series. The books do need to be read in order to follow through with the story. I also enjoy how the author brings in characters from her other books. This story is very fast moving with a lot of twist and turns. While Carl is struggling for his life, his son is kidnapped. Kennedy is trying to be a friend and support Carl's wife, yet is being pulled in different directions with meetings at school regarding her article. If you enjoy suspenseful Christian Fiction you will love this book.

I received a copy of this book from the author through Book Club Network and this is my honest review.

Series: A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel (book 7)

262 pages

ISBN: 9781941735367

Publisher: First Fruits Publishing\

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So sweet of you to say. Thanks Helen!

I requested a copy of this book to read and review. The book is good as a standalone book, but better if you've read the other books as you will know the people more in-depth.  The story was a good, easy read. I liked it, but not quite as well as some of the others. It left a few unanswered questions. Hopefully, they will be resolved in a future book. The editing was good but not as good as the other books. The other books were completely error-free, but this one had maybe 2 or 3 errors. Not bad at all, just there. The mystery and drama weren't as intense as in some of the other books and for me, that was good. I enjoyed the book and I'm sure if you like a good, clean Christian mystery book, you'll enjoy this book.  This review is posted on, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Librarything.

Thank you!

Abridged—book seven—in the Kennedy Stern Series by Alana Terry is another well-written book.  The good thing about this author’s books is that they can be read in a few hours (all of the excitement—attack, kidnapping, social opposition, and budding romance).  The bad thing is that these stories end very soon.  Fortunately, the author keeps writing the series at a fairly fast pace so that the reader does not have to wait too long for another installment.  The author presents issues and conflicts from today’s world without any definite opinion or judgment so that the readers can reflect and determine their own ideas and stance.  This was another Kennedy Stern book that I highly recommend.  I received this book through the author for an honest review.   (posted on Amazon, Good Reads; not found on Christian Books, Deeper Shopping, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million)

Thanks so much for the review!

Abridged is book 7 in the suspense-filled Kennedy Stern series by Alana Terry. Junior at Harvard, Kennedy, once again finds herself in the middle of controversy. In a school publication, she has defended her pastor's wife and as a result, ends up with some rather severe consequences. A men's conference at the church finds Kennedy's pastor in the middle of controversy as well, and in fact, may just have been the reason he is in the ICU, fighting for his life. The author does a great job of keeping the pages turning with fast-paced action (volatile arguments and kidnapping), several twists and turns to the plot and a little romance too. The characters are realistic and if the reader has read the previous books in the series, the growth in their faith in God is evident. In this novel, the author boldly takes on free speech, and women's rights and women's role in church and society, two topics that are often in the headlines. She brings some thought-provoking ideas to the forefront about these two subjects. At the end of the book, there are also discussion questions for personal reflection or perhaps a group discussion. It seems like there were one or two unanswered questions at the end so I am looking forward to book 8 in this must-read series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Club network. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own.
I have posted reviews on the following sites: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Deepershopping, Christian Book, Booksamillion, LibraryThing, GoodReads, and NetGalley, if available.



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