Blog Tour (Book Review): Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

 

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Title: Mists of the Serengeti
Author: @LeylahAttar
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 stars

SynopsisOnce 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.

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Every time I begin one of this author’s books, I know I am going to get something original.  While she tackles some common themes from the romance genre, her stories are so unique, that they are impossible to compare to other works.

This is a story of love and loss.
How tragedy impact everyone differently and how each individual moves on from that tragedy.
How the strength of another can help one let go of the past and move on.

Just like all of the author’s previous work, it is beautifully written.  From the descriptions of the African landscape to the emotions of each character, the words capture your imagination.

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.

I will be honest, this isn’t a book that will have your heart racing throughout.  Yes, there are some tense moments, but this was more of a thought provoking, emotional read.  If you read the synopsis, you know there are heart breaking moments, and the struggle for two individuals to recover, is the heart of this story.

“Maybe the lesson is not for you but for me.  So you can teach me that it’s okay to sit in the rain without Lily, and not feel like dying.”

While tragedy bonds Rodel and Jack in their shared heartbreak, the connection between them takes time to build.  This is mostly due to Jack who has put up so many walls around his heart that he literally seems to fight against the chance at happiness.  I wouldn’t categorize this book as a slow burn, but you will have to have some patience with the characters as they get to know one another.

Have you ever sat across from someone, fully clothed, and felt them slowly unbutton your heart?

What spurs the two to join forces was unexpected.  Until I read this book, I had no idea of the poor treatment towards albino people.  I loved how Rodel and Jack sacrificed their time and risked their lives as a road to healing.  I also loved the supporting cast of characters who help them along the way, particularly Goma and Bahati.

One thing I have always loved about this author’s books, is how she immerses the reader into a new culture.  With this book set in Africa, a place I have never been to, she exposes you to the landscape, the customs, the history, without making it feel like a school textbook.  It’s like a great travel journal, but with the emotional weight of the plot to keep you invested.  This is a book with a message.  How you interpret that message and what you learn from it is up to each reader.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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Leylah Attar writes stories about love – shaken, stirred, and served with a twist.Sometimes she disappears into the black hole of the internet, but can usually be enticed out with chocolate. Leylah is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance/women’s fiction.

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