All she longs for is her father's love. Kondi, a 12-year-old Malawian girl, is sure her father, Bambo, doesn't love her. He seems to care more about the secret brown envelope he carries with him everywhere than his own daughter. She's convinced things will improve, though, when her mother's baby arrives. Then one night Bambo beats Mai in a drunken rage, and neighbors rush her off to the hospital. Will Mai and the baby live? Will Kondi be sold off by her uncle Kakama to a rich man to be his third wife? And what could possibly be in Bambo's brown envelope? The secrets are about to be revealed. A beautiful coming-of-age story of love, betrayal, and forgiveness that you won't soon forget.
Missionary, Sylvia Stewart, was the child of missionaries who grew up in Africa in the forties and fifties. She has a deep understanding of African culture and a heart for children. Don't miss this wonderful coming-of-age series.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "This was an absolutely amazing book, I loved every word and have read it over probably 5 times in the past 3 years. Sylvia Stewart did an amazing job portraying the mind of a preteen/teen girl, I loved how she described the culture in Kondi's hometown, it all felt so real and true and really made me feel like part of the story, like I was in Africa in her situation."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I wasn't sure this book would hold my interest because the main character is twelve, but I could not put it down!"
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The nail-biting conclusion is perfectly executed to keep the reader guessing and hoping for the right outcome."
Signed by the author, these books are a wonderful encouragement of Christian principles for young readers.