Based on the life of Missionary Donaldina Cameron, a courageous woman who devoted her life to rescuing Chinese girls and young women from human trafficking and prostitution.
Well researched and richly woven, this book came highly recommended to me, and I would have to agree that they were right. The story follows Donaldina during her first decade of working with the Occidental Mission Home for Girls, as well as a young woman, Mei Lien, who believes that she is coming to America for an arranged marriage, but instead finds herself in a horrific situation at the mercy of the tong.
A moving read, and a twisting plot, with moments of despair and bright spots of hope. I admired the courage of the girls, and Donaldina, who gave her life to the mission and loved each of the girls as her daughter. Tien is a courageous young woman, and I liked how she and Donaldina find a way to work together.
This book deals with very difficult realities, but in a way that is not explicit, but allows the reader an emotional grasp of what they are dealing with. After reading this book I can't believe that this was the first time I'd ever heard of Donaldina Cameron! A powerful read that tells the story of a real life heroine and her fight to give Chinese girls brought illegally into the US a safe place and hope for a better future. A story of courage, faith, friendship, love and redemption, definitely one I'd recommend!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.