At Every Turn
It is unusual for a young woman to drive her own automobile in 1916, but Alyce Benson is a rebel. She drives too fast and shows her ankles, but her integrity outweighs her rashness.
Religion is the biggest influence in Alyce’s life. When she pledges $3,000 ($65,000 today) to visiting missionaries, her church vows to match it, unaware that Alyce expects her father to write a check. When he refuses, Alyce sees driving as a way to make money. Automobile racing is a dangerous sport restricted to male drivers; but the winners receive prize money. Disguised as a man, Alyce risks her life to win a few modest purses. When the truth comes out, the remarkably understanding members of her church help Alyce meet her obligations.
There was war in Europe in 1916, the US was debating entry, yet At Every Turn has virtually no historical framework. Alyce’s fecklessness is appalling, but like spoiled young women in any era, she has to learn her lessons the hard way. Only the patient reader will see Alyce mature in this uncomplicated inspirational novel.