By Elaine Neil Orr
"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, asserting, Whom shall I ship, and who will opt for us? Then stated I, the following am I; ship me. "When Emma Davis reads the phrases of Isaiah 6:8 in her room at a Georgia women's collage, she is familiar with her actual calling: to turn into a missionary. it's a bounce of religion that sweeps her away to Africa in an odyssey of non-public discovery, large problem, and profound transformation.
For the earnest, headstrong daughter of a wealthy slave proprietor, residing one of the Yoruba humans is completely in contrast to Emma's sheltered childhood--as is her new husband, Henry Bowman. two decades her senior, the mercurial Henry is the item of Emma's mad past love, intensifying the sensations of all they see and percentage jointly. on a daily basis brings new tragedy and heartbreak, and every day, Emma by some means reveals the desire, ardour, and self-discipline to press onward. via all of it, Henry's first present to Emma, an easy writing box--with its pink leather-bound diary and area for a couple of adored keepsakes--becomes her closest confidant, Emma's final connection to a lifestyles that turns out, during this unusual new international, like a passing reminiscence.
A story of social and non secular awakening; a dispatch from a tricky period at domestic and in another country; and a meditation on religion, freedom, and wish, a special solar is a charming fiction debut.
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