by Narelle Atkins
Diamonds in the Dust (Athanatos Publishing Group, 2011) is Shirley Mowat Tucker’s powerful and extraordinary novel set in modern day South Africa.
Widowed and childless, Ida Morgan lives in her secure and comfortable home and struggles to rebuild her life after her husband’s brutal murder a few years earlier. She rescues a young girl from a plastic garbage bin floating in a swollen river and begins a life changing adventure that will challenge her attitude and beliefs concerning the plight of orphaned children.
A fast paced story ensues with a cast of characters who pulled at my heart strings and drew me into their incredible story of survival and hope against unspeakable evil and danger. The social fabric of South African society is exposed and the characters are inspired to leave their comfort zone and take action to right some of the wrongs in their community.
Diamonds in the Dust is a beautifully plotted page turner that I couldn’t put down and read within twenty-four hours. A captivating and honest story of forgiveness and redemption, I recommend this book to those looking for a compelling and thought provoking story that tackles tough social issues.
To learn more about Shirley and her publishing journey, please check out the following posts from October and December 2011 by Ruth Ann Dell:
To learn more about Diamonds in the Dust, please visit Shirley Tucker's website http://www.DiamondsInTheDust.net