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.
Kay Strom takes the reader into the heart of India and it's culture. That characteristic alone is worth the reading of this book! However, she develops the characters and challenges the reader with thoughts of class, how we love and perceive others and the heavy price that is paid when man, in his limited wisdom, abuses others because of their differences.
Ashish has protected his daughter Shridula from the harshness of her life the best way he knows how. His love and fierce protection of her eventually allows her to enter a new opportunity which allows her to truly consider freedom from slavery and a life lived with those she loves. The reader discovers that God has been working behind the scenes, even in the darkest of circumstances, and what Ashish and Shridula discover in the end will leave you breathless! This is an excellent story!! Truly excellent!
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Hope of Shridula, go HERE.