By: D.A. Winstead
Reviewed by: CBM Christian Book Reviews
Review Date: September 12, 2012
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D.A. Winstead releases his second novel, Southern Crosses - An African Ghost Story. Based on Psalm 19:10, "The judgment of the Lord is sweeter than honey and the dropping of the honeycomb," this intriguing novel will keep the reader engaged until the very end. Traversing the lessons learned from the past, the Bible, a ghost named Mary Margaret, ancient bush rituals, history and human nature, D.A. Winstead has traced the journey of a family impacted by the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. He brilliantly encapsulates the period in South Africa that followed that fatal day many years past. Half a century later, Sarah Johnson takes the forefront as a prominent, black confident female with the American Foreign Service. She is searching for something in her life, but unsure of what that might be.
Although successful, Sarah Johnson, still feels a void within herself, but is not sure exactly what that void is. Upon her travels she is transferred from the London office to South Africa where she will face many battles between good and evil that will forever change her and perspective in life. In her search for a meaningful existence and in an effort to fill the void, she gains strong allies in South Africa that impact her life more than she could have imagined. She is changed internally through this alliance and through her adventure into the inner workings and understanding of post-apartheid South Africa.
This novel reads like a post-colonial Southern novel filled with tid-bits of history offering glimpses of life in South Africa while intertwining racism in the United States and comparing South Africa's history with that of the U.S. Through the use of fresh perspectives involving the novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," readers will find this book not only historically educational, but inspiring as it leads them to the Cross. This work is truly an enchanting novel to be cherished, giving hope and faith.
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