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The Call of Zulina (Grace in Africa #1)

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Grace Winslow, the daughter of a mixed marriage between an English sea captain and an African princess, is swept up in a slave revolt after she escapes the family compound to avoid an odious betrothal.

As the truth about the fortress of Zulina unfolds, Grace begins to grasp the brutality and ferocity of the family business—the capture and trade of slaves.

Despite being held
Paperback, 303 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Abingdon Press (first published July 31st 2009)
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I was drawn to this book by the premise of the daughter of a European slave trader and an African princess caught between cultures. However, the conflict was less about her search for identity and discovery of different points of view and more the external struggle of a slave rebellion. The book certainly shows the evil of slavery and the guilt of Africans as well as Europeans, but I found it hard to believe in the unmitigated evil of one of the characters or in some of the plot necessities.

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Myra Johnson
Jun 09, 2009 Myra Johnson rated it it was amazing
What happens when the mixed-race daughter of a slave-trading English sea captain and a power-wielding African princess is caught up in a battle for freedom? Kay Marshall Strom has written a riveting story about life in West Africa in the late-1700s. Readers can't help but be swept away as Grace Winslow, the heroine, learns the truth about her family's unsavory business dealings. When even her own flesh and blood turns against her, she must draw on her faith and her newfound friends as she stands ...more
Sep 04, 2009 Janna rated it really liked it
I am so excited to see the variety of settings and plot lines in Christian fiction that I have been reading lately! "The Call of Zulina" is a perfect example of originality in writing. The author, Kay Marshall Strom, got the idea for some of the main characters when she was writing a biography of John Newton. She then developed this amazing story about Grace Winslow, the daughter of a white English sea captain and a black African princess. They are living in Africa, but Grace never really sees l ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Sep 02, 2009 Clockstein Lockstein rated it it was amazing
The Call of Zulina by Kay Marshall Strom is book one of the Grace in Africa series. Living in Africa in 1787, Grace Winslow has been raised with all of the finer things in life; education, beautiful clothing, and a luxurious home, but she's lacking the one thing that matters most: freedom. The daughter of an African princess and white slave trader, she's trapped between two worlds. In an attempt to escape from betrothal to a repugnant man, she flees the family compound only to be captured as use ...more
Aug 22, 2013 Bethany rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book! The cover is absolutely stunning, the story captivating(howbeit emotional), and the writing is flawless!
Grace Winslow is the daughter of a English slave trader and an African Princess. Raised as a "proper English lass" Grace has always been protected from the horror that her family has imposed on the lives of so many African families. Until a "slave" insist that he is not the true slave but she is. A slave to her fancy privileged lifestyle, her powerful mother
Rebecca LuElla
Mar 29, 2012 Rebecca LuElla rated it it was amazing
The Story. Grace Winslow is the daughter of a late 1700s West African slave trader and an African princess fearfully known among the locals as the lioness.

Because Grace’s father hungers for respect, he pays to have Grace raised in the “London house,” built and furnished in the English style, and educated by tutors in the ways of an English lady. However, the few English people Grace knows disdain her because of her African heritage.

Her princess mother who rules the home and ultimately the slave
Jun 26, 2012 Loraine rated it really liked it
I found this book very interesting as it gave an entirely different perspective on the importation and trade of slaves from the continent of Africa. I am looking forward to continuing the story of Grace a child of a White slave trader father and a black African princess who struggles with her identify as a young adult as well as her feelings towards her parents and the slave trade.
Amanda Casper
Feb 11, 2012 Amanda Casper rated it really liked it
This book was super suspenseful. A kind of story I've never read. I enjoyed this book and I want to read the next book in the series. If your looking for a book that is about a strong Christian character... this isn't it. But, it has some references... you'll have to read it to see. This book is a pretty easy read. If your looking for an adventure read this boooook :)
Meadow Frisbie
Jun 10, 2014 Meadow Frisbie rated it liked it
there were many good points in this book that took me by surprise, but it was not without it's moments that were not believable. I did not expect the book to be so high impact, it tackled a great topic and as brutally honest about it. The description of what life was like for Grace and all those around her really made you feel uncomfortable about the whole situation, which is how you should.
It was a christian book, but was one of the first that did not over exaggerate it so it would scream 'CHR
Mar 01, 2013 Pattyrflg rated it really liked it
This is the first book of the three part series about Grace Winslow. Grace is the daughter of an English ship's captain and an African princess who live on the Gold Coast of Africa. Grace's parents are an unlikely couple and we found out early on that Grace's mother, Lingongo, was forced to marry Joseph Winslow by her father, the King of a powerful and rich African tribe. Lingongo and Joseph detest each other, but each uses the other for their own purposes.

Grace was raised by Mama Muco who taug
Haley Whitehall
Apr 25, 2013 Haley Whitehall rated it liked it
I am interested in books about slavery and this premise was original and intriguing.The author did her research well. I was quickly drawn into the time period and African setting. The daughter of a European slave trader and an African princess caught is between cultures. I was expecting the book to involve a lot of internal struggle and search for identity. Unfortunately, most of the conflict was external which made Grace's character lacking. The tension is this book relies on the struggle of a ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Janet rated it really liked it
I got this as a free Kindly download three years ago and decided to read after it was recommended by Goodreads. I was very impressed by the unique and interesting storyline. It's so different from anything I've ever read before and really got me thinking about the slave trade in Africa. I received the 3rd book in the series free as well but I'm going to purchase the 2nd as I can't wait to find out what happens next.
Apr 15, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
The Call of Zulina is a great book about Grace Winslow who is the daughter of an English sea captain and an African Princess. Grace is sheltered from the family business but eventually begins to learn about the brutality that is used with the capture and trade of African slaves. After Grace learns the truth she manages an escape from the family compound and joins in with the slave revolt.
I was drawn to this book by the cover and stayed because the story was that good! I Highly recommend!
This was yet another book I picked up because of glowing reviews but I didn't enjoy it. The plot itself was fascinating - a girl with mixed parentage, both African and English, caught in the cross-fires of slavery. However, I didn't feel the story was well-written, with the narrative skipping from character to character with little transition. I didn't understand why the main character decided to cast her lot in with the slaves when she had been extremely sheltered and naive just a day before. T ...more
Aug 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This was such a great book that I finished it in a week. I have never finished a book in a week. It was great because the main character is torn between her mother and father. It is a conflict of family. The father is kind of hard to understand: the grammar. But other than that it was great. There are so many great characters in this book and some you would not like so much; maybe even hate. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction.
Jun 01, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
Although I'm close to the end I have no idea what to expect. This book is very different from any other historical fiction book I've read prior. Not only by location but the story itself is very surprising. The main character Grace Winslow has surprised me to some extent. In such a small time period Grace is hit with a harsh reality and has to deal with truths of great proportions about her whole life. At first I thought this was going to be a complete sappy chick a "chick flick" but ...more
Mar 02, 2012 Bluejay44 rated it really liked it
A most interesting read. I always enjoy learning through my reading of different parts of the world, different times and cultures.
This book shows how slaves were imprisoned and shackled in the fortress of Zulina, being held until there were sufficient of them to be shipped out.
Grace, half white and half African, yet not feeling really comfortable with either part, has grown so much since she ran away rather than be married to the man her father chose, being forced to face up to reality. The pe
Though not a favorite, I did like The Call of Zulina. It was an interesting and heart-rending story of Africans, Englishmen, and slaves… and their battles against each other. I would have liked more details, especially in the end; but there are two more books in the series, so I’ll settle for that for now.

The Call of Zulina isn’t exactly a light read. Some of the scenes are appalling and horrifying; it’s terrible to think things like that really happened. But it’s a hopeful and beautiful read
May 21, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok
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The majority of this story takes place in the fortress of Zulina and the story seemed to just drag on forever. There were parts of it I enjoyed but overall I didn't and I had to force myself to just finish it. The book ends in such a way, that I plan on reading the next book (even though most of "The Call Of Zulina" was so boring) because it just left me hanging and I hate not knowing what happens. If anyone has read this book and has a different opinion than the one I have, leave a comment and ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to start this series while waiting on one of the Harry Potter books to become available at my library. I had grabbed all 3 of this series free for my Kindle (as well as another series by this author, Blessings of India). I have never ready anything by Kay Marshall Strom, and I admit when I picked the book and started to read, I was not expecting to really enjoy it. Boy, was I wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 books in this series, about Africa, Britain and the American colonies in the ...more
I have wanted to read this book for a while. I think that the premise is very sound and intriguing. The idea of a African English girl torn between two worlds has a lot of potential. I did not however feel that it drew on even a fraction of it. It never seemed to go anywhere. The characters did not develop for me and it just seemed to jump around a lot. There was a lot of violence that did not seem to accomplish anything and none of the relationships that you would expect to develop happened. ...more
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Didn't finish
Lisa M.
May 31, 2013 Lisa M. rated it it was ok
Wow. I was not prepared for the level of violence in this book. Though just a historical description of the horrors that happened during the 1800's slave took me off guard. It ended well...but I still don't think I will read any more of this series. I just can't stomach man's inhumanity to man in this form.

The author clearly can make visuals from the words she uses...and it appeared to be well researched. But it's just not for me---and I'm not one to just quit a series.
I had been wanting to read this book for awhile; I enjoy stories that are set in Africa, and this one sounded interesting. However, I was greatly disappointed in it. The story is okay, but it doesn't pull you read it without feeling the slightest bit of emotional response to any of the characters. I won't be reading the rest of the series either, since I had such trouble finishing this one.
Dalaina May
Jan 17, 2013 Dalaina May rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. I loved the premise behind it and planned to enjoy it. I just couldn't. The writing itself was bland, the characters boring, and the plot both confusing and unbelievable. What a bummer!
Apr 07, 2013 Mel rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into this book but found it interesting aftera littlr time. We learn from this book the value of freedom and a little of what went on during the height of slave trading. Will want to read the sequel.
Jul 31, 2012 kathleen rated it liked it
The novel was a quick read. The premise was interesting, the location fascinating, loved learning about Africa, However, the character change in Grace was not believable. Really enjoyed the first third of the book.
Oct 07, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was ok
This was an interesting historical fiction on 18th century slave trade. I found it slow and predictable but I also was amazed at the author's understanding of the history of this time period.
Nov 09, 2012 Trish rated it really liked it
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Interesting story line of slavery set in the 1700's in Africa and told from the perspective of a young woman whose father "married" an African princess.
Aug 17, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Loved this series. The story lines are amazing and gives a different perspective on slavery and the Africans part in the selling of their own people.
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Kay Marshall Strom is the author of forty published books. Her writing credits also include numerous magazine articles, short stories, curriculum, stories for children, two prize-winning screenplays, and booklets for writers. Kay speaks at seminars, retreats, and special events throughout the country. She and her husband Dan Kline love to travel, and more and more Kay’s writing and speaking take h ...more
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