Title: Seeking Mother
Author: Kimberly Rae
Series: India’s Street Kids, book 3
Major Themes: Human Trafficking, India
Synopsis: After helping rescue a girl from an orphanage, Jasmina turns her focus toward finding and rescuing her mother from slavery.
I discovered the series India’s Street Kids awhile ago, and after reading Capturing Jasmina and Buying Samir I was pleased to find Seeking Mother, as well. This book continues the story through the eyes of Jasmina as she tries to find her mother, hoping that at least she and her mother, of all their family, can be together.
The story begins with Jasmina helping to rescue a girl from an orphanage. The girl had aged out of the orphanage and was about to be sold as a slave. In the process of rescuing her, Jasmina found herself attacked by a young boy, who then came with them and began working with the group Jasmina was working with, trying to halt the human trafficking in the city.
As Jasmina continued to search for her mother, she found herself in more and more danger, and finally had no idea who, if anyone, she could trust. Both the boy from the orphanage and her brother appeared to be trying to catch her, to hand her over to a terrible man who was selling girls, and at the same time, her dear “grandmother”—actually an older foreign woman—seemed to be losing her mind. Where could Jasmina turn for help? Would she ever find her mother? Would the group ever find and take down the man who headed up human trafficking, before he got hold of them?
As with the other two books in the series, I found Seeking Mother to be a vivid picture of the dangers faced by children in India, without being too explicit. This story didn’t seem quite as well-written, to me, though, as the other two, as so often happens with a series. I did appreciate the way the author showed that true freedom comes from surrender to Jesus.
I received a free ecopy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
WARNING: Jasmina finds herself with a knife to her throat a few times; a woman is shot; and in one scene Jasmina fights herself free from a man who is trying to capture her.
Listening Level—Ages 10 – 12
Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15, 15 and Above, Adults