ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A word from Kay:
Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life:
Of my 39 published books, seven have been book club selections, twelve have been translated into foreign languages, and one has been optioned for a movie. My writing credits include numerous magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. Along with my husband Dan, I also have produced a series of booklets for writers. My writing has appeared in a number of volumes including three versions of the NIV Devotional Bible and the devotional book My Heart—Christ’s Home, Through the Year.
I love to write, and I love to share about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I do enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships!
ABOUT THE BOOK
India: 1946. For forty-eight years, Ashish and his family toiled as slaves in the fields of the high-caste Lal family, and all because of one small debt. At fifty-four, Ashish was old and worn out. Every day was a struggle to survive for his family including his only daughter.
His wife had named the girl Shridula—Blessings. “Perhaps the name will bring you more fortune than it brought me,” Ashish told his daughter. His words proved to be prophetic in ways he could never have imagined. And when the flames of revolt brought independence to India, they seared change into the family of Ashish.
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Hope of Shridula, go HERE.
My review of The Hope of Shridula:
The Hope of Shridula is an interesting book and the second in the Blessings in India series. I really wasn’t sure that I was going to like this book because books like this generally don’t interest me a lot. But, I do like to try to read books that can challenge and educate me, instead of reading the same types of books over and over.
I received this book for review a few weeks ago and started reading it almost right away, which is a good thing because it did take a while for me to read it. Usually, I can read a book very quickly, but this one took me some time. I didn’t read it straight through. Instead I picked it up and read a little here and there. I usually do that when a book doesn’t hold my attention very well. This one didn’t hold my attention because of anything wrong with the writing or the story. It just wasn’t my type of book. I don’t want that to be a reflection of this book though because it really is very well written and interesting. Readers who enjoy books of this genre will love it. The Hope of Shridula is certainly a thought provoking book that really made me stop and think. I definitely would recommend it and I will likely read the next book in the series because Kay Marshall Strom has gotten my attention. She did an amazing job of researching this story and including a lot of interesting details.
This book was provided for review by the publisher.