Publisher's Note:  

When Candice Curry was a little girl, she put her hand in her father's back pocket so that she wouldn't get lost in large crowds. Little did she know that as she followed him, he was plying his trade: conning people. Her family drove stolen cars, lived in stolen houses, and shopped with stolen credit cards. Drug use was regular, as were visits from strange people who were trying to track her father down. Though she eventually cut ties with her father, Candice could not ignore the scars that were left from her childhood.

This is her story, one steeped in secrets but one that, ultimately, led her to a place of forgiveness and freedom. As she struggles to understand her criminal father, as well as her own imperfect life, Candice comes to realize that we are not defined by our circumstances but rather by how we react to those circumstances. She's found peace in the knowledge that God doesn't love us because we're perfect--but because he is.

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The Con Man's Daughter: A Story of Lies, Desperation, and Finding God

by Candice Curry

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When I looked at the cover of this book, I didn't really get a good idea of what might happen inside the covers of it. Once I began reading, I couldn't put this little book down! Within the first few pages, I could tell how much Candice Curry trusts in her belief in God to get her through tough times.

It was also interesting to learn that as a child, Candice wasn't sure if God "knew her name". I think a lot of readers will be able to identify with this piece of vulnerability, because many of us question our faith at one time or another. This book is a great positive example of what can happen when you're not quite sure where you stand spiritually.

This book is a pretty fast read, and yet it is packed with a powerful story. A story of a girl who went from loving her Dad and almost idolizing him, to estrangement because of years of mistakes. It tells of how a girl confused by her father's actions and line of work, eventually realizes that she must protect herself because no one else will. The Con Man's Daughter is a story of one woman's coming to terms with her past, and learning how to love despite past hurts. 

Review of an Advance Reader's Copy

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  4 religious exclamations.

Violence/Gore:  A man is reported to steal lots of items: a miscarriage is mentioned with no detail; a man drives his car very fast while he has his minor daughter with him, the girl is mentioned to worry about police pulling them over, and both of them being sent to jail; a man gets violent with his wife; a minor boy holds a loaded gun during a fight between his parents, he aims to shoot the gun, but does not actually shoot; minors are reported to have been in a car crash, many have major injuries and one dies; abuse, both mental and emotional, is reported throughout the book.

Sex/Nudity:  A man lays in a bed with a minor girl and forces himself on her, this is mentioned several times throughout the book.

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Mental, emotional, and physical abuse, sexuality, abandonment of minors, loss of a loved one, suicide.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Adults smoke cigarettes; a minor smokes a cigarette; a drug-fueled blackout involving alcohol is mentioned; a father tells his minor daughter all about hard drugs; a father keeps hard drugs hidden in a house with a minor; a father gives anxiety medicine to his minor daughter when she was not given a perscription for it; adults drink, are portrayed as drunk.

Reviewed By Lydia
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