A heart-warming story that touches upon human trafficking. I never thought I would write a sentence like that. But that description is true for a fiction novel, “The Shadow,” written by a lady who has answered her calling to fight the vile selling of human beings.
Kimberly Rae is an award-winning author of 20 books as well as an Amazon bestseller. Rae lived in Bangladesh, Uganda, Kosovo and Indonesia. She rafted the Nile River, hiked in the hills around Mount Everest, and tried cow brains just to say she’d done it, according to her author website. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children.
Recognizing the lack of books about slavery and trafficking that focus on those who are making a difference rather than glorifying the evil or being overly graphic or despairing, she has also since created a series on modern day slavery for teens and pre-teens (“Capturing Jasmina,” “Buying Samir” and “Seeking Mother”), and recently completed a resource for adults to help train children to recognize and avoid childhood sexual abuse (“I AM SAFE”), a major risk factor in childhood and adult exploitation. Printable handouts and other resources, as well as autographed books, are available on her website, www.kimberlyrae.com.
Rae was not available for an interview when I wrote this review as she was recovering from a major surgery. More details on her progress are available at her author website.
Although “The Shadow” started off slowly, I enjoyed the story and hated for it to end. It keeps your attention and makes you root for the good guys through every plot turn.
According to the book’s synopsis, In “The Shadow,” Meagan Winston loves working at Rahab’s Rope in Gainesville, Georgia, selling jewelry and other creative items made by rescued trafficked women in India. On each of her journeys to Mumbai the past few years, however, drugs have also made the trip, and she is the only connection the FBI can find.
When bulky former Marine Cole Fleming enters her shop demanding answers, Meagan at first refuses but eventually is taken in for questioning. Can Meagan trust her own heart as Cole discovers and begins to track a possible stalker, or is Cole the man secretly following her?
There’s a bit of everything for all genre interests, from romance to action to suspense.
According to her website, Addison’s disease brought her permanently back to the US. Rae created a series on living joyfully despite chronic health problems. Though Rae could find deep, heavy books on chronic illness, she wanted a book that was funny and encouraging. When she could not find one, one night when she couldn’t sleep from her medication, she started writing one! “I want my Sick & Tired series to give empathy, encouragement, and a little practical help,” said Rae. “When you’ve had health problems for years and years, you just want somebody to say ‘It stinks, you’re not alone, and here’s a funny story to help you get through your day!’”