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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209048
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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?

"This heartwarming, story will find fans among readers of Lori Wick." --Library Journal

About the Author

Anne Mateer is a novelist with a passion for history and historical fiction. She and her husband live near Dallas, Texas, and are the parents of three young adults. Learn more at www.annemateer.com.

More About the Author

Anne Mateer has loved reading and writing stories since childhood. In 2000, she began studying the craft of fiction and working toward publication. Ten years later, she received her first book contract. Anne is a three time Genesis contest finalist, a Carol Award finalist, and a contributor to A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts.

Anne and her equally history-obsessed husband live in Texas. They are the proud parents of three young adults who spent many family vacations touring historical sites.

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Historical Christian fiction is my favorite leisure genre to read.
April Feagley
Anne Mateer's "At Every Turn" will keep you turning the pages as it is filled with excitement, suspense and romance!
K. Ingerto
Unfortunately, I found the main character to be annoying and just a little too fluffy.
S. Poston

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chels on January 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
We've all felt that thrill of wanting to help some amazing mission in some
important way. Still, I just cringed when Alyce popped up and made a huge
pledge of help. You just know that she is going to have all kinds of
trouble raising that money. Maybe I'm too old now to understand, but her
zeal and recklessness as she goes about raising money, donating it, and
losing it seemed frustrating. Some of the societal situations could have
included more humor; I expected it, but didn't find it there. I loved her
relationship with her grandmother. Grandmother's faith contrasts with
Alyce's - one is so steady and calming, and the other is so flighty and
questioning.
I think most readers will feel the sinister undercurrent of one of
Alyces's suitors. Yet, Mateer still managed to make me doubt the
sincerity of the other man who Alyce daydreams about. It's great that
Webster is so talented in the early years of car construction and racing.
His support and pride in her driving accomplishments really shine through.
As the author slowly introduces all the terrific qualities about Webster,
it just makes you like him better and better as the story goes on. When
Alyce learns to accept disappointment with humility, when she loves even
when she's unsure that it is returned, she grows into a much more likable,
engaging character.
It's wonderful to read and imagine what the jouncing and dirt felt like
for a young woman racer driving laps around a board track at 89 miles per
hour. I hadn't realized that the cars reached such speeds in 1916. This
historical Christian fiction delivers delightful reading in all three of
those categories.

*Received a copy of the book for review, this in no way affects my review*
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By April Feagley on August 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Historical Christian fiction is my favorite leisure genre to read. While some books in this genre seem to follow a "cookie-cutter" plot, At Every Turn is fresh, fun and faith-inspiring - three f's that add up to a A+ in my book! I actually got so caught up in the story I read too quickly for my liking, so I read it again just to savor it a second time. Simply excellent!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mika on November 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's 1916 and we have an overly independent girl charging her church to meet her "$3000 pledge" to this mission work in Africa.

Let me repeat. It's 1916.

If you don't find any irony in the statement above, you are probably not interested in history at all, because I think it's very plain to anyone that no woman in 1916 would charge her church to raise or meet her three thousand dollars. Three thousand dollars is a lot of money today (but do-able with social media, larger friend bases because of the ease of travel, etc), but in 1916, $3000 dollars could have very well been a million. It was an unreachable number for those common folks, and even a large and valuable some to the rich.

I think you can see what I'm getting at. It wasn't that the writing was poor, or the characters unlovable, it was just the simple preposterous-ness of the entire idea of the novel.

On the flip side -- the writing was quite good, the characters cute, and there were quite enjoyable parts to the book! If you aren't into history (and if you like books written in first person which I really don't), this may be a book you would enjoy!

I've never heard of Anne Mateer before this, but I think her writing has a lot of promise, and I very much would like to see another novel by her! Here's to hoping the next one will have a feasible plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leahhhh12 on April 18, 2014
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I read Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer last year and really enjoyed it. When a friend gave me At Every Turn, I was really excited to read another book by Anne Mateer.

When missionaries visited Alyce’s church and asked people to donate to their mission work in Africa, Ally jumped at the chance and quickly offered $3000. Little did she realize that her father would not give her the money and she finds that she must raise the money herself. After offering to drive people around and asking people to donate, Ally still finds herself needing a lot more money. Ally soon finds herself racing cars in order to win the prize money. But no one knows that it’s a woman driving the race car as she is hiding her identity.
But soon Ally must learn who to trust – Lawrence is suspicious about Webster and Webster doesn’t trust Lawrence. In the end Ally must learn to let go of her pride and rely on God.

This was a fun story and a quick read. I enjoyed it well enough. It was not a favorite but I would still definitely recommend it to people looking for a quick, interesting read. I especially liked learning about some of the history of cars and racing cars.

I received this book from a friend and was not required to write a review. All opinions stated are my own.

Leah B.
Must Love Books
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 21, 2012
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When I asked for a review copy of the book, I was not aware what the book was all about. When I did receive my review copy I was a bit skeptical as the subject matter was something which I least expected.

But like Alyce Benson in the story I was soon caught up in a whirlwind of enthusiasm and found the book to be a delightful read with its twists and turns. One great lesson the book has taught me is to trust in the faithfulness of God to meet our every needs, whether material or spiritual.

The story of Alyce Benson is the story of many Christians - impulsive, emotional and spontaneous. More often than not, many Christians are driven by emotions. Alyce too found herself caught in an emotional frenzy and pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa.

All too good, and that too for a noble purpose! But the problem is: Where would she get such a huge amount of money?

With her reputation and honor on the line, Alyce, who harbors a secret passion for speed and automobiles, started practicing when her father's company announced a racing in which the driver could win as much as five thousand dollars. With the support of her father's mechanic, Webster, Alyce's journey into the unknown is what At Every Turn is all about.

It is a story of a promise and a secret passion - a promise that must be fulfilled, and a secret passion that must find its reality if the promise is to be met. Or is Alyce on the fast track to love or disaster?

Disclosure: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.
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