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African Skies (Palisades Pure Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Rispin
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Though Laurel Binet and Darren Grant both love their work in exotic Africa, they can't stand each other. Their opposing passions spark arguments over what's really important: she's investing her life in the study of wildlife for a master's degree; he has no time for people who waste their energies serving animals when people need food and shelter. When their worlds collide during calamitous seasons of starvation and epidemic, Darren and Laurel have to learn to work together. Encounters with deadly snakes, the unscrupulous acts of a fanatical conservationist, and a frightening kidnapping force both Laurel and Darren to examine their faith -- and their feelings for one another. Can love bring harmony where once there was war?

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About the Author

Karen Rispin loved experiencing a mix of culture and adventure while growing up in Kenya. After high school, she returned to America and earned a bachelor's degree in biology. Karen has written six novels, including two Multnomah titles, Summit and Rustlers. Karen lives in Three Hills, Alberta, with her husband and two daughters. In addition to writing, she teaches riding lessons, trains horses, helps run a rock-climbing club, and hikes and canoes with her family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (May 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4X2WQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read!! December 11, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Palisades Romance book I have ever read and BOY! was I impressed! The author really takes you to Africa, complete with the conflicts and daily turmoil there. She also shows you the beauty of the land and the power of God in creation. I fell in love with the characters and I hope she continues to put out such wonderful books. (maybe even a sequel using Farah or Stacy as a main character!) I look forward to her next adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romancejunkie August 10, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This really should be listed as the sequel to Summit. The story picks up one of the characters from Summit and leads us through her journey of growth and love. I love how the character became aware of the need for compassion for her quirky mother. Her change of heart could lead to her mother's change of life. The touch of suspense at the end was incredible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read March 14, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book for it's very unique plot. I did not always know what to expect and the storyline had some interesting twists and turns. The characters were at times irrational or unreasonable in my opinion, but I enjoyed it anyway and have since bought other books by this author.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy Read February 12, 2010
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Karen Rispin tackles an issue I've never before seen in Christian literature - the problem of humans not taking care of God's creation. She puts them part and parcel on a level together. That animals are just as important as people - at least that is how I interpreted it. So that basically makes up the plot of this book. A theme that is reiterated time and time again - annoyingly so.

The female protagonist's relationship (or lack of) with the male protagonist is weird - to say the least. They are attracted, they want to be a couple, they can't be together, but they want to be together. So the tug-of-war proceeds throughout the entire book until the end.

Additionally, the way characters respond to one another is quite unbelievable and cheesy. I didn't believe in the story - or the couple themselves. In fact, I didn't believe any of these characters existed (which is something you should feel when you are reading great literature).

In short, strange Girl goes to Africa and serendipitously meets Boy en-route. Boy likes Girl and Girl likes boy, but there are many pointless underlying issues that keep them apart. Girl studies baboons, tries to change the way the community views animals, gets beat up and thrown in a snake den by Mean Boss, and finally comes to a realization of her love for Boy. Boy rescues Girl and gets rid of Mean Boss. Boy and Girl get married. THE END.

I cannot put my finger on what exactly turned me off about the book, but I just didn't like the way it was written. I thought I was settling in for an adventure in Africa. It was more like an animal rights activist's fight for animal rights in Africa and her struggle to let this nice guy love her.
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