Occasionally I’ve found that someone else can describe the purpose of my books more clearly than I can. This is the case with an endorsement I received for The Queen’s Daughters.
The future for girls would look brighter if we all took to heart the wisdom of The Queen’s Daughters. It is not the hideous thought of sexual abuse that changes the future for girls. It is the love and persistent effort of men and women like Katharine Bushnell whose story inspired the second of two novels by Lorry Lutz. To journey with Katharine Bushnell into the uncharted territory of shielding girls from sexual slavery is not only profoundly eye opening, it is deeply inspiring.
Daniel Rickett, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, She Is Safe, Inc.
I’m impressed that this endorsement was written by a man. Generally historical novels, especially about women, are read by women. But when men read Katharine’s story they are incredulous about the abuse women and girls suffer — and that it’s been going on so long. Katharine was a pioneer in the late nineteenth century to expose the abuse, and to courageously get “in your face” with politicians and powerful men who could do something about it.
Go to The Queen’s Daughters on Amazon. I hear they plan to raise the price for the print book soon. Watch for special offers for free or 99c e-books. As a writer I feel cheapened to see my hard work sold at that price– but I understand it helps sales. And it’s great for my readers.
Dan Rickett is just one of other men who have found Kate’s story challenging. If you’re a wife, you might add this book to your husband’s Christmas gifts, or read it together. I promise you there are no “purple patches” (salacious scenes). The story is set in the Victorian era!
This will make you weep! Read these statistics from She Is Safe which focuses on Preventing, Rescuing, and Restoring young women around the world in danger of being trafficked:
- 200 million girls are “missing” from the world today.
- 98% of sex slaves are female. Demand is rising for younger girls.
- 90% of poor families in India do not educate their girls.
- 52 million girls under the age of 18 are forced to marry each year.
On the other hand:
- Girls will invest 90% of what they earn back into their families.
- Girls who are safe, free, equipped and know their God-given value will raise the next generations of boys and girls to be safe, free, educated and contributing.
For more information contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
And to read the story of a committed, persistent woman risking her life and reputation to expose”white slavery” (trafficking) in the 19th century, read my recently released Daughters of Deliverance and The Queen’s Daughters
Three days before I left Kenya this summer I made a short video about The Queen’s Daughters. Adams, who heads up the media equipment department at Daystar University, brought his camera. I watched him through my window, moving a chair from one spot to another — aah, he was looking for just the right spot. He finally moved the chair part way up the side of the massive rock behind the house, near a young banana tree (no bananas yet–the ones I’m holding aren’t from that little tree!) Once he was sure the background and the lighting were just right he called me to come.
That was the first problem– I’m not good at climbing anything these days, though I didn’t tell him that. I stepped carefully, trying to avoid stones and anything unstable. But I suddenly jammed my foot between two rocks , and I went down on my knees, screaming. Of course Adams and Wekesa, a student working in the garden, came running to help– “Mum Lorry!” But I didn’t want them to lift me up — I was afraid they’d drop me and all three of us would roll down the hill. They knew better. Each grabbed an upper arm and as though I was light as a bird, up I went. No damage– just my pride.
Hence, the video I was about to show you is a little shaky from that experience, but will tell you how I learned some things while in Africa that made me even more thankful for the privilege of writing Dr. Katharine Bushnell’s story in The Queen’s Daughters (released in September).
Hopefully by the next time I’ll have figured out how to import a UTube into my blog. Any ideas? Unfortunately this edition of the video here doesn’t work. But go back to Facebook and open the video posted today — October 5. I’m still a bit shaky but the stories are true.