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Maria Kuol’s happy childhood ends abruptly in 1992 when she is captured in a violent assault, trafficked, and taken to the UK. She escapes and is tricked into joining a drug running gang, arrested, and sent to prison. Abuse, isolation, and grief are the demons Maria must fight but her inner strength and unfailing hope are rewarded when her family, and lost love, are returned to her.
Reviews: Although the subject–human trafficking and modern-day slavery–could not be more serious, this novel also powerfully communicates the joy and love that can grow out of meaningful work and allow people to rebuild their lives despite traumatic experiences. It was a great pleasure to read.
I really enjoyed this book. Maria’s story is shocking and distressing but her character and the main character Jane are well rounded and invoke the sympathy of the reader. I wanted to know how their lives would turnout. The background story of slave trafficking and the Trust is interesting and some of the descriptive narrative is beautiful.
Maria and her fiancé, Manny, are in Juba, capital of South Sudan. Maria hopes to trace her missing siblings, Rachel, and Joel. A twisted tale of forged papers and human smuggling leads to a criminal cell in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Maria overcomes challenges of loss, deception, and forgiveness, to find her lost sister, and come to terms with the truth about her brother.
Volume 3 will follow the story of Maria’s husband, Emmanuel, and his family.