Buying Samir - A Book Review
I received a copy of "Buying Samir" written by Kimberly Rae, from NetGalley for the purpose of generating a review. Italicized quotes are from the book. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Buying Samir is the second book in a series entitled “India’s Street Kids” written by Kimberly Rae. I reviewed the first book, Capturing Jasmina, a few weeks ago. You can read that review here.
Jasmina continues to adjust to her new life with a mission family, Mr. Mark and Asha. But she never forgets her brother, Samir, whom she has not had contact with in months. She fears he is still a victim of human trafficking. Slave labor. Working in a rock quarry because his parents took money from a man offering them an “education.”
It wasn’t the kind of eduction Jasmine’s family had in mind.
After several months with this new “family” who rescued her, Jasmina devises a plan to rescue her brother. She sneaks out on her own and finds her way to the rock quarry where they used to work together.
She didn’t find her brother right away. Instead, she found trouble.
Hope clouded my judgment. I had lived on the streets long enough to recognize a predator when I encountered one, but months with Asha and Mr. Mark had numbed my senses.
Eventually, Jasmina does find her brother. For all the good it does her. Samir has rescued himself, so to speak. Not by finding an alternative lifestyle, but by becoming a trafficker himself.
As the story unfolds, Jasmina must make a decision. Give up all the freedom she’s received to rescue her brother. Or find a way to save herself before it’s too late?
She also must decide what this Jesus she keeps hearing about has to do with things. Can she possibly find a relationship with Him after all she’s been through in life?
Amrita once said she could not follow Jesus because she could not give up her hate. I have nothing left that I would not throw at His feet, even all of myself, if I could... if I had anything left that was acceptable.
This series tells a story well. Excellent writing and it keeps you turning the pages. But I'm praying it will also remind me to take action. While the series is fiction, it's about real events that happen every. single. day. May we never stop trying to make the world a better place for all.