ANDREA CARTER AND THE FAMILY SECRET is the third book in the Circle C Adventure series, but it easily stands alone. Tweener girls will identify with Andrea, and feel almost as though she is their friend. My twelve-year-old daughter loves these books because they have horses in them.
Andi Carter is realistically developed, and the scrapes she gets into are sometimes amusing, sometimes quite serious. I figured out part of the mystery in this book quite quickly, so I didn’t have any surprises.
Pick up your own copy of ANDREA CARTER AND THE FAMILY SECRET today for your favorite eight- to twelve-year-old girl. They will love this book, and the previous ones in the series. This book was previously published in 2008, republished now for a new generation of girls.
Susan K. Marlow has done an amazing and delightful job of weaving the story of the prodigal son into this book. She beautifully includes lessons of forgiveness and love, along with plenty of family moments…and adventure and fun. I absolutely love this book. Mrs. Marlow had me hooked, and I could barely set the book down. She realistically portrays a twelve-year-old girl in the 1880’s as well as skillfully describes Andi’s thoughts and actions. Packed with family and adventure, this third book in the Circle C Adventures series is one you won’t want to miss. So saddle up and ride into a whirlwind of excitement in “Andrea Carter and the Family Secret.” The Anniversary Edition of this book is spectacular; Mrs. Marlow added extra details that weren’t there in the original edition, which make the book even more fun and exciting. I am a fourteen-year-old girl who reviewed this book for Kregel Publications. I was never asked to leave a positive review. This review is solely and unbiasedly based on my own thoughts and opinions.
Can you keep a secret? Andi Carter's family has kept one from her for her whole life, and when she finally finds out, she's stunned. Andi's pretty good at keeping secrets, too. She and her friends find a mysterious stranger who asks for a little help until he gets on his feet again. There's just one catch--the stranger asks Andi not to tell her family about him. She agrees, against the better judgment of her friends.
The two secrets turn Andi's life upside down. She's no longer the youngest child at the ranch. Now, there are three younger kids and Andi has her hands full. If you thought the horses Andi loves are wild, wait until you meet these three rascals!
Of course Andi's faithful palomino, Taffy, is back, but when it comes to a fierce thunderstorm, even Taffy has her limits. Andi is left alone with a desperate outlaw and the three kids to discover just how strong her family ties really are.
Writer Susan Marlow shines as she brings Andi through this storm in her life. The timely story line about a broken family and forgiveness is a definite plus, with echoes of the Prodigal Son from the Gospel of Luke. This is a book your kids, grandkids, and even you will love, and that's no secret.
Andrea Carter and the Family Secret, written by Susan K. Marlow, is book number three in the publisher's Circle C Adventures series. In this installment, Andrea learns she has an older sister, Katherine, whom she had never heard of. She has grown up with a large family of several siblings, all of whom are older than her, but when she finds out about Katherine she doesn't welcome her with open arms.
Andrea feels she has been deceived by her family. All of them knew about Katherine except her. Andrea must deal with her resentment. In the process of doing so, she makes some bad decisions that almost end in disaster. But, she also finds an inner strength she never had.
What I Like: Everything.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: 8-12.
Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review
Book 3 of this series bring the reader into the family secret with an mystery twist. I felt with Andi as she discovered she'd be left out of a family secret and at the end I could not put the book down.
My siblings (ages 10 & 13) love these books. I'm their book previewer, and these books are great. I'm a harsh critic when it comes to books - especially adventure books. But these are awesome in every aspect. From the story line, to the characters, to the morals, these books are extremely well written. Many authors try to "tell" you about the character; Susan Marlow "shows" you their character. In fact, you feel like you know them.
These books aren't for girls only. My brother is 13 and has thoroughly enjoyed these books. Yes, the main character is a girl, but the series has a strong male presence in the form of her 3 brothers and her friend, Cory.