Book Review

Book Review: Mists of Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Winner, 2017 Indie Reader Discovery Awards, Fiction

Once in Africa, I kissed a king…

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.

MISTS OF SERENGETI by Leylah Attar was my first pick for #2018FWTBRPick for the month of October – this is my way of trying to take care of my uncontrollable TBR this year and you can read about it all HERE. 

“They say that a person’s true strength comes through in times of calamity. It’s a strange and unfair measure of a man. Because disasters and catastrophes are absurd, freakish monsters lurking in the periphery of your vision. And when one of those formless, shapeless shadows shows itself and stands before you, naked and grotesque, it completely incapacitates you. Your senses witness something so unexpected, so bizarre, that you stop to question the reality of it. Like a blue whale falling out of the sky. Your brain doesn’t know what to do with it.”

I have been in a very bad reading slump for almost a week before I picked up this beautiful book – and no matter how much my brain rebelled against me reading continuously till I reached the end. I am not only speechless – but also heartbroken yet with a huge smile on my lips – because this book beautifully broke me into pieces and healed me; all in one sitting.  

Jack Warden and Rodel Harris Emmerson, both have suffered an inexplicable loss – a tragedy that bought them both together – yet as I kept reading this book; their connection, even through their grief, their connection was palpable, strong even in its infancy – that absolutely took my breath away.

Both Jack and Rodel are dealing with their grief differently – where Jack is grumpy, wearing pain like an armour and hasn’t even thought of living whereas Rodel has jumped in both feet in to channel her sister’s free spirit.  

“In a thousand lives, I would die a thousand deaths to save her. Over and over and over again.”

Rodel now has a purpose in life – she is carrying on with her sister’s mission; and for that she needs Jack’s help; and no matter how grumpy he is or how indifferent he is, he was going to help her, even if she had to make him – though she was a little more subtle than that.

I adored each and every part of this book – through the time I was reading this, I had a little physical pain around my heart, yet it was a pain that I wanted to feel – because that meant that I was ALIVE, to feel, to love, to have faith – everything that book made me feel; the most important thing it ever did, was to teach me how to fall in love with life; the life that is precious and fleeting.

“I tasted the whole universe in Jack’s kiss—the blue heat of spinning stars, the birth of distant suns, atoms buzzing and colliding and fusing.

And just like that, in an old red barn at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, I found the elusive magic I had glimpsed only 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.”

But what makes this story work is the beautiful raw world of Africa – a world that is different to ours, yet somehow more beautiful and breathtaking as well! The author has definitely done her research; research that has made sure that

With this book, I fell in love with reading all over again; for this is a book that makes you feel, that makes you lose yourself but even when it ends, what it teaches you never really goes away! 

Mists of Serengeti is a book that will remain in my heart and soul – a book that I will go back to over and over again because this book is a reading experience that I search in every book that I read!

“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.”

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


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