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I am a writer and speaker who loves learning about the world. And what better way to learn than to travel? My dear husband puts up with me... even accompanies me on occasion.

Of course, the more I learn, the more I want to write. And then I want to jump up on my soapbox and share all my insights and ideas.

For years I've been known as a writer of non-fiction. That's still true, but I am also having the time of my life writing fiction. Sometimes there is no better way to share a passion than through a rollicking good story! I just finished writing one historical trilogy, "Grace in Africa," (Book 1: The Call of Zulina, Book 2: The Voyage of Promise, Book 3: The Triumph of Grace). Now I'm working on the next series, "Blessings in India." What fun! It's like eating my chocolate dessert when I haven't finished my broccoli!

Come, explore the world with me. Together we'll strive to make it a better place.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A book with an impact! 5 Mar 2011
By Katie Garvin - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.

Reading about Grace's little baby was very sad. After the scene ended, I stared at the page for a little while, thinking "No way. That did not just happen!" But it did. One of the sad truths of the slave trade. I felt that her baby's story was told a bit hurriedly and briefly. I didn't feel remorse along with Grace about her baby because, after her initiate mourning, it is many chapters until she thinks of him again. While this was a fact I noticed, it did not ruin the story for me in any way.

Reaching the last page, I am now left hanging. Taking advantage of the first two chapters of the next book (which I found at the back of Voyage of Promise) I find myself left with a cliffhanger. I cant wait until the next book comes out. Grace wants nothing more than to go to America to search for her beloved Cabeto...but how can she do that from prison? Wow! Yes, as I said, a cliffhanger! You won't regret the time spent reading this wonderful, eye-opener book.

Special thanks to the author for sending me a review copy. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Voyage of Promise 23 Dec 2010
A Kid's Review - Published on
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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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Goes deep, makes you think 12 Feb 2011
By Jeanette Morris - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Second installment 29 May 2012
By Tah_Dah - Published on
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Again, I do appreciate what the author is trying to do here -- this was an awful period in human history, and sadly slavery is still with us today, albeit in different forms. After reading the first book, I was hopeful that this one would have more character development. I was looking forward to seeing the relationship between Grace and Cabeto unfold, but instead, we are flung five years into the future and suddenly they are in a happy little village... but then Grace's world is shattered once again. The cruel death of her son and separation from her husband are without a doubt traumatic, but somehow I still felt like a clinical observer throughout the story rather than being drawn in emotionally. I did enjoy the growth of her faith as she read from the captain's Bible, but just wish that other elements of the story had been developed in the same fashion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Exciting tale, worthy cause 13 Nov 2010
By Linda S. Clare - Published on
Format: Paperback
Kay Marshall Strom writes about history in relation to today's injustices. In this series, 18th century slavery in Africa is painted with all its ugly tentacles. Grace is a sympathetic yet strong character. The second book in the Grace in Africa series, Voyage of Promise can also stand-alone. If you haven't discovered Strom's action-filled writing, you're missing out. She paints her characters with depth and generosity and brings history to life. The faith element is subtle, but just right. Not coincidentally, Strom is very active in the fight against 21 century human trafficking. I highly recommend the book The Voyage of Promise as well as the series.
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