Title: Mists of the Serengeti
Author: Leylah Attar
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: January 31, 2016
Once in Africa, I kissed a king…
“And just like that, in an old red barn at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, I discovered the elusive magic I had only ever glimpsed between the pages of great love stories. It fluttered around me like a newly born butterfly and settled in a corner of my heart. I held my breath, afraid to exhale for fear it would slip out, never to be found again.”
When a bomb explodes in a mall in East Africa, its aftershocks send two strangers on a collision course that neither one sees coming.
Jack Warden, a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania, loses his only daughter. An ocean away, in the English countryside, Rodel Emerson loses her only sibling.
Two ordinary people, bound by a tragic afternoon, set out to achieve the extraordinary, as they make three stops to rescue three children across the vast plains of the Serengeti—children who are worth more dead than alive.
But even if they beat the odds, another challenge looms at the end of the line. Can they survive yet another loss—this time of a love that’s bound to slip through their fingers, like the mists that dissipate in the light of the sun?
“Sometimes you come across a rainbow story—one that spans your heart. You might not be able to grasp it or hold on to it, but you can never be sorry for the color and magic it brought.”
A blend of romance and women’s fiction, Mists of The Serengeti is inspired by true events and contains emotional triggers, including the death of a child. Not recommended for sensitive readers. Standalone, contemporary fiction.
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
Rodel (Ro) Emerson ended up in Tanzania due to a tragedy. A simple trip for closure turned into something more when she discovered an unfinished business she couldn’t turn a blind eye to. But she knew she couldn’t do it alone.
Jack Warden used to have everything until he lost the one thing that ever mattered. Faced with a dilemma, he willingly took a chance even when he knew he could end up even more hollow that he already was.
I am always on the lookout for books with something extra – be it a good writing, a profound story, or outstanding characters. This book pretty much has it all.
And as dark and bitter as it had turned him, he was a gladiator for standing where I would have surely fallen.
I love vulnerable characters and Jack’s pain was palpable that I can’t help but love him from the very beginning. It was fascinating seeing how he evolved throughout the book.
“We don’t always understand the things we do. We just do them and hope we’ll feel better.”
I like how Ro was brave in making changes. She was not afraid to take chances and push herself.
What’s heartbreaking is when you don’t get back up, when you don’t care enough to pick up the million broken pieces of you that are screaming to be put back together, and you just lie there, listening to a shattered chorus of yourself.
The supporting characters were fantastic. Goma and Bahati were highly lovable in their own way and added comic relief to the intense story. The story itself was highly engaging with ranges of emotions from intense and sad, to light and amusing. The author also managed to transport readers into the country and the culture with beautifully descriptive scenes.
Mists of the Serengeti is an inspiring journey of two people bound by grief who dared to rise up to do something bigger. It would appeal to readers looking to immerse themselves into richly told tales of humanity.
I despise epilogues. A lot of time they annoyed me with unnecessary/insignificant closure. Very few books have epilogue that I can tolerate. Even fewer that I can say I love. This book is in the rare category of epilogue I love. It was significant and impactful, perfectly connected the dots to make a full circle.
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Leylah Attar writes stories about love – shaken, stirred and served with a twist. When she’s not writing, she can be found pursuing her other passions: photography, food, family and travel. Sometimes she disappears into the black hole of the internet, but can usually be enticed out with chocolate.