Published by Pitch73 Publishing on January 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Women, Romance
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.
Absolutely riveting. Gorgeous. 6+++++ stars. This book left me speechless in the best of ways. A new all time favorite! ❤️
By now, this book is being talked about everywhere and it only just released. I read it about a week ago and I can say, with 100% certainty, I knew this book was going to be huge. How did I know this? Magic. Just like that. Pure, unabashed magic. This book has it in spades. Leylah Attar wrote a masterpiece of a book, something so evocative, romantic, powerful and unforgettable, it deserves to be owned in paperback form. It deserves to be cherished and placed in a bookshelf and reread and passed on and recommended. It’s that good. It’s that emotionally arresting. It was everything I was hoping for and more.
The minute I saw this book cover and read this blurb I immediately knew I wanted to read this book. That’s a huge statement, considering I wasn’t the biggest fan of this author’s previous smash hit The Paper Swan. But this looked different. And when I say different, I mean different to anything I’d come across before in my life. From the very first line of the synopsis, I was hooked. “Once in Africa, I kissed a king.”
I’m always on the prowl for something daring, truly epic, something out of the norm…. I had it with From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon and I had it with Leylah Attar and Mists of the Serengeti. From Sand and Ash is one of my favorite books of all time and my favorite book of 2016, so me even mentioning Mists of the Serengeti in the same sentence is a huge deal. Believe me. It’s the highest praise I can think of right now.
What can you expect with this book?
-You can expect stunning prose.
-Gorgeous, evocative descriptions of Africa.
-Beautiful, and emotionally poignant moments.
-You can expect highlighting the beejesus out of this book.
-Feeling as though you’ve been to Tanzania, breathing, tasting, living the culture.
-You will feel like you want to go out and do something amazing, and fantastic and daring.
-You can expect to be inspired to be all that you can be.
-Expect a raw, beautifully flawed, true-to-the-bone hero that will steal your heart.
-Find yourself in the shoes of a fantastic heroine, living the adventure of a lifetime.
-Expect to cry, to laugh… to fall in love.
-Not just with the story itself, fall in love with reading all over again, and again and again.
-You will laugh, and cry and you will have the biggest smile. All at the same time.
-You will feel like you need to take a break because the beauty is too much to take.
-You’ll lose your breath and love every second of it.
-Be on the edge of your seat, biting your nails.
-Be blown away by the epilogue.
And it doesn’t end there… once you’re finished:
-Find yourself reeling, squeeing and needing to talk about this book to everyone you come across. I can guarantee you, you’ll feel like you will burst if you don’t.
-Congratulate yourself for taking the chance on this book, for daring to read something truly different, meaningful.
-Feel a bit guilty because you’ll want to quit real life right away just so you don’t have to abandon Jack and Rodel and the beautiful secondary characters that will fill your heart. Aka, you’ll want to do a reread.
Mists of the Serengeti is not just a book, it’s an experience. Everyone should be able to feel this way about a book at least once in their life. Thank you, Leylah… for my ARC copy. It was an honor to be among the first readers of this gem of a book. You’re talented and awe-inspiring and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next!
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
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