July 2, 2019 by kissandtellbookblog
Standalone by Leylah Attar
Jack Warden is suffering a terrible loss. He works on his family’s coffee farm in Africa. He has basically shut himself off from the world because he feels guilty for his loss. He’s drowning in sadness. He’s angry and bitter. He’s living in a world filled with grief. However, underneath there is a man who wants to really live and have a purpose.
Strong Female Lead:💋💋💋💋💋
Rodel Harris Emerson is a teacher from England who suffered a terrible loss. She makes her way to Africa to deal with it all. She lives her life through books instead of stepping out of her comfort zone. She is from a family of adventurers and travelers and has decided that is not the life for her. What she doesn’t realize is that she also has that sense of adventure and her life isn’t really complete without it.
An explosion at a mall in Africa causes major losses for both Jack and Rodel. While Rodel is there to get some closure, she runs into Jack. He’s obviously suffering and is quite rude. However, he agrees to help Ro on her “mission.” They have to work together, facing enemies and danger. They develop a strong friendship while trying to reach their goal.
It seems that Jack doesn’t like Rodel right away. Rodel is immediately attracted, but knows her life is in England. They agree to be friends. That doesn’t last long. Their feelings for each other continue to grow. Their romance is a slow, satisfying burn.
This book is crazy emotional. Right from the beginning these characters suffer tremendously. It’s also filled with suspense that kept me turning pages. My favorite part about this book that we see throughout is how every event and every character is somehow tied together. The epilogue, especially, was amazing to read to really see the depth of all those connections.
Book Summary from author:
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.