Title: Child Of Dust
Author: Shoba Sadler
Rating: 5 stars
About the Book
Beautiful but spoilt Vietnamese socialite, Cao Kim Lye, learns of her parents shocking death from the dashing Amerasian family chauffeur, Bryan Nguyen.
Kim steps out of a world of crystal and chandelier to enter the dust and chaos of working-class Hanoi. She finds herself living under the roof of a shop cum living quarters with Bryan and his adoptive family.
Ever conscious of the privileged class, Kim struggles against the emotional ties she forms towards Bryan, the reluctant saviour, who considers her an unnecessary hitch to his already complicated life.
He still bears the scars of abandonment by his mother and his American GI father when U.S. troops pulled out of Vietnam.
Eventually Bryan and Kim’s powerful attraction to each other begins to break down the walls between them, but is their attraction enough to blossom into a love that can sustain a marriage?
I’m always impressed with a story that can deliver the gospel message in a subtle, but powerful way. I enjoyed reading Child of Dust. It was beautiful to see Bryan and Kim’s relationship develop over time. At times I was on the edge of my seat and found myself smiling at some of their conversations. I will admit that Kim had to grow on me because in the beginning she was really mean. Bryan, on the other hand, stole my heart when he told Kim “Wars in the flesh can never be won. My battles are fought on my knees.” I love that he was a praying man.
His words blew me away many times in this book like when he told Kim “At what? At whom? I’ve been angry for so long. Too many years. I grew tired of being angry. I gave all my anger to Jesus. I laid my pain down at His feet. I made peace with myself. The world may still war with me, but there’s no longer a war within me. Only peace.” Bryan’s words caused me to think and pray, they also encouraged me.
It was not only the words of the character Bryan that made this a unique story. The fact that this was not a typical love story gave it extra spice and flavor. Also, the hardship they had to endure made the story more realistic. This is one story that will captivate you with all the twists and turns. Make sure when getting ready to read Child of Dust that you don’t have anything else planned for the day, you won’t be able to put this book down. I could go on and on about this book. Highly and strongly recommend it. Is it possible to give a book 10 stars?
This review was submitted by: Deborah Dunson