Review: Mists of the Serengeti by Leyla Attar.

5++ Beautiful Stars!!

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Blurb:

 

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 newborn 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.

 

Review:

It’s been more than a week since I finished reading the Mists of the Serengeti, and here I sit still contemplating how to write a review for this beautiful tragic love story. When I try to think of just one word that could some up this book I can’t help but think “unforgettable”. This is a book that you will never be able to erase from your memory.

I absolutely adored Jack and Rodel. Two people from completely different parts of the world brought together by a tragic event. They help one another in a way that neither ever thought could be possible, and along the way they save one another. I felt so much emotion reading this story, so much from each character that my heart felt as if it would break and then heal over and over again. I wanted to laugh, to cry and to even scream at moments. I must admit I love a book that brings emotions out of me, that makes me crave more. I wish I could put into words what this book made me feel because it’s nothing like any other book has done before. I truly loved this story! I loved the author’s writing, I felt it was exquisite and I loved that she had written a book that allowed for the readers to have a little insight into what Africa could be like.

I found myself wish I could jump onto a plane and go to Africa, obviously something that can’t happen for me. If you haven’t read this book yet, please do so! It will truly leave you wanting for more. I have to admit, the ending wasn’t one that I had expected at all, but it gave us as readers an insight into seeing that we are all connected and that Jack & Rodel has truly been connected before they ever realized or ever would. I felt my heart pounding so hard as I read the ending and wanted so badly that something would be different but knew it couldn’t be. As I finished though, I was content with the ending because it gave us some kind of answer to questions that had been asked along the way.

Omg, I feel as if I have just babbled incoherently about this book, but that’s what it’s done to me. I can’t even put together words to explain it. I just loved it so much, loved the characters, their strength and their needs to do good by those they cared for.

If you can take anything away from my babbling, please take with you that this is an amazing book, one that is beautiful and will leave a mark on your heart forever. ❤

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