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The Voyage of Promise: Grace in Africa Series #2 by [STROM, KAY MARSHALL]
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Straight from the nightmare of the eighteenth-century African slave trade comes the second installment in Strom’s historical inspirational series, Grace in Africa. Best known for her nonfiction work, Once Blind: The Life of John Newton (2008), Strom skillfully weaves historical fact into an historical romance to conjure the atmosphere of this time, and the horror of a family being ripped apart at the seams. As the story of Grace Winslow, a woman with an African royal for a mother, an Englishman for a father, and an African husband recently taken captive in the slave trade continues, she is determined not to be enslaved or to lose her beloved forever. Grace will speak to women of faith in this robust tale recommended for admirers of triumphant women and realistic depictions of the heart-wrenching past. --Elizabeth Ponder

About the Author

Of Kay Marshall Strom’s 39 published books, four have been book club selections, nine have been translated into foreign languages, and one has been optioned for a movie. Her writing credits also include the Grace in Africa Series and the Blessings in India series. Her writing has appeared in several volumes, including More Than Conquerors, Amazing Love, The NIV Couple's Devotional Bible and The NIV Women's Devotional Bible, and The Bible for Today's Christian Woman. Her best-known book is Once Blind: The Life of John Newton, which is packaged with the recently released DVD Amazing Grace. She also has written several books with her husband, Dan Kline. Kay is a partner in Kline, Strom International, Inc., leaders in communication training. She currently lives in Eugene, Oregon. Learn more about Kay at

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  • File Size: 1659 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043VEGQ6
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This was a moving read that is sure to touch its reader's heart. Grace Winslow's story is powerful and rings with truth. How many countless women in Africa knew the same, or worse, horrors. As I read about Cabeto's story, I couldn't help cringing and gapping in horror. It is so sad to see how some humans can treat others with such depravity--and so cold heartedly! Indeed, the slave trade was a nightmare for those Africans taken from their homes by force. I can't imagine surviving on one of those slave ships. When Cabeto described how packed they were, my skin began to crawl--I would be so claustrophobic in there, I'd go crazy!

As I read about Grace's adventures in the first book and neared the ending of this book, I had the feeling that book 2 didn't have as much action/adventure as book 1 had, and as book 3 seems bound to have. I still enjoyed the story and found it easy to be drawn into its pages. Kay writes with such blatant truth--never pulling any punching in regards to the slave trade and how slaves were treated--you are sure to learn something new through The Voyage of Promise. Though she doesn't hide the horrors of the slave trade, there wasn't anything inappropriate in this book. Besides the mention of one sailor trying to get frisky with Grace, nothing else even caught my attention as something that readers need be warned about.

The story often changed to another character's point of view (POV) throughout the book, without so much as a sentence break. While this didn't ruin the story or confuse me, it took me a while to get used to it. There were many characters in this story that, I felt, had been in the first book. While I did learn a little bit about them, I had the feeling that they were spoken of more in depth in the first book.
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A Kid's Review on December 22, 2010
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It is one thing to read that slaves were brought to this country in colonial and early national days or that African slaves were brought to England to be sold, and quite another to live that life vicariously. In one sense I did not enjoy reading this account. In another, I find it essential. We read historical fiction to experience what it was like, the human side, not the factual side of life. To be in that period as a slave is very different from reading a few facts in a history text. As usual, Kay Strom has done an excellent job of on site research and brings this period to life very effectively.
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History matters. Not just the dates and the what-happened facts. Not just the famous names who made their marks on important documents. Ordinary people also contributed to our history--people who saw the need for change, who stood for justice when it wasn't popular to do so, who never gave up the cause for freedom. Kay Marshall Strom draws wonderful word pictures of people like these in her Grace in Africa series. Yes, of course her characters are fictional--but they are born out of painstaking research, out of passion, and out of a desire to communicate present-day conditions through stories of past struggles.

The second book in the Grace in Africa series, Voyage of Promise, gives the reader an almost too-close experience on board a slave ship bound for England in the late 1700s. Being in the mind and heart of a man living this horror will change you. Our story's heroine, Grace Winslow--the estranged daughter of an African princess and a British slave ship owner--believes she will be reunited with Cabeto, her African husband, in London and live a life of happiness together, in spite of the murder of their son and being ripped away from all they knew and loved in Africa. Little does she know her husband is bound for the Americas--and no one in London, not even her own father, is interested in helping her. She unknowingly becomes embroiled in an unpopular anti-slavery movement, which turns sour and puts her in harms way--a place she has become rather used to. Grace is determined, resourceful--and, yes, sometimes impulsive and foolhardy. But she represents what is best in those who truly care about making a difference in our world. And she believes that she, like the biblical Queen Esther, was born "for such a time as this."

If you love historical fiction, you will love this series. Be prepared to care again--to learn something--and to lose yourself in another place and time, at least for a few hours. Kay Marshall Strom never disappoints.
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Once again, I am pleased that Kay Strom faces the issues of the African slave trade head-on. I find it refreshing to find someone willing to admit that Africans also used the African slave trade to enrich themselves with money and power. Ms. Strom provides quotes from English Parliamentary proceedings which show the slavers' side told to Parliament in an effort to preserve England's involvement in the African slave trade, then a description of what actually happened on a slave ship. The manner in which the slavers twisted the facts is appalling.

I read the books out of order, as I obtained the last book, Triumph of Grace, first. Then I read Call of Zulina, and lastly, Voyage of Promise. I have found the entire trilogy to be well-written and believable. Admittedly I am no historian, but nothing leaps out as inconsistent with my limited knowledge of the period. The Christian theme that runs throughout is not over-done, and seems integral to the story rather than overlaid or forced.
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