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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY: The Love of Divena by Kay Marshall Strom

THE LOVE OF DIVENA
Blessings in India, #3
by Kay Marshall Strom
Abingdon Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4267-0910-4
Christian Historical Fiction
Book received from publisher for blog tour.


All opinions expressed are solely my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In this final book of the Blessings in India trilogy, Divena struggles against an entire culture to proclaim a faith close to her heart while rocking the world of two families.
India 1990. In the final book of the Blessings of India series, Shridula, old and stooped at fifty-nine, makes her painful way to pay homage to the elephant god Ganesh, lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. “Why are we Hindus instead of Christians?” her seventeen-year-old granddaughter Divena asked.
“Because we are Indian,” said Shridula.
So begins a spiritual journey for Divena as she struggles against an entire culture to proclaim a faith close to her heart while rocking the world of two families.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Kay Marshall Strom is the author of forty published books.  Her writing credits also include numerous magazine articles, short stories, curriculum, stories for children, two prize-winning screenplays, and booklets for writers.  Kay speaks at seminars, retreats, and special events throughout the country.  She and her husband Dan Kline love to travel, and more and more Kay’s writing and speaking take her around the word.
Her latest book is the Christian historical fiction, The Love of Divena.

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REVIEW

What a powerful story! I confess it broke my heart in places to read this, but at the same time I don't regret for a moment doing so.  Divena is a character that won my heart right from the moment she landed on her grandmother's doorstep. Reading about the caste system which unfortunately still exists in many areas of India was hard at times. It was refreshing though to read about some of the changes that are slowly occurring bringing more freedom and choice to both the poor and women in general. There is of course a long way to go, but as this book presents so clearly, progress is being made.  I think what I liked most about the book was the faith and courage of Divena and her friends in facing seemingly insurmountable odds. I love stories like that. I appreciated the fact that the author did her research and has visited India herself several times while writing this series and that it is based on people and places she met and saw while there.  The afterword is very informative. I highly recommend this book.
GIVEAWAY

To be entered to win a print copy of The Love of Divena, complete the mandatory entry in the Rafflecopter form below. After you complete the mandatory entry, more will be unlocked and you may complete which ever of those you would like. Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only and ends October 14, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Good luck!

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1 comment:

  1. When I think of India I think of people riding elephants and camel

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