by: Kay Marshall Strom
The Grace in Africa series is a sweeping three-part historical saga of
slavery and freedom that takes the reader from an island off the west
coast of Africa to Southern plantations and finally on to Canada. All
her life, Grace Winslow, the daughter of a mixed marriage between an
English sea captain and an African princess, has been sheltered from the
truth about the family business--the capture and trade of slaves.
Set in 1787 in West Africa, "The Call of Zulina"" "opens as the scorching harmattan winds blow. Desperate to avoid marriage to an odious suitor, Grace escapes the family compound only to be caught up in a slave revolt at the fortress of Zulina. Soon, she begins to grasp the brutality and ferocity of the family business. Held for ransom, viciously maimed by a runaway slave, and threatened with death, Grace is finally jerked into reality and comes to sympathize with the plight of the captives. She admires their strength and courage and is genuinely moved by the African Cabeto 's passion, determination, and willingness to sacrifice anything, including his own life, for his people 's freedom.