- File Size: 662 KB
- Print Length: 227 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lemon Tree Press (November 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076VXSN4X
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Baobab Beach Retreat: The Hopeful Years Book 2 Kindle Edition
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Connie has been devastated by her husband's actions and has travelled to Tanzania to stay at her aunt's resort to escape her problems for a bit and heal. But those recent events catch up with her and some of the decisions she makes start to affect her life in Tanzania, threatening to undermine the peace and tranquility she's been experiencing there.
I've never been to Tanzania, but this story really took me there as I read it. It's so well described and I could picture the places clearly in my mind as if I was there. The character of Connie was compelling; I had such sympathy for her after all she'd been through. I felt her joy and pain, wincing a little at some of the bad decisions she made and angry at some of the other characters for their harsh treatment of her.
The other characters were vivid and colourful, as memorable as the scenery described. Kate Frost made them all seem human; none of them were black and white - even Connie's ex husband was shown to be just a messed up person who selfishly did some stupid, wrong things. I thought the romance was deftly written in to the story, so that it wasn't all encompassing, but in such a way that we saw Connie's feelings about the men in her life change and evolve over the course of the novel.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a complex, compelling book that is a romance, but so much more - a tale about the frailty of human nature, how we can all make mistakes but learn from them as Connie does.
*I received this as an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I loved the kind of adventure that Connie was having as a woman in her late thirties. It proved that it’s never too late to start over and be someone new. I enjoyed watching Connie grow and develop. The locations took me out of my world and to exotic and beautiful places. I loved the descriptions. It was a great contrast to have Connie’s life in ruins and yet to be in such luxurious places. This book has everything good in women’s fiction. It deals with serious issues, family drama, adventure, and romance. The pace of the book was great and it kept my interest the whole time. I’ve really enjoyed this series and can’t wait to read the next one!
I love how the author weaves in new characters yet also deals with Connie's past. There's plenty of action and twists too, especially when Connie discovers a dark, family secret. The romance is there in abundance and there's plenty of 'will they, won't they' moments to keep the reader guessing.
This book is brilliantly written and is an absolute must read, especially if you want that feel-good factor.
If you've never read Kate's work before then make sure you go back and get Beneath the Apple Blossom first and I guarantee, once you've read that and come onto this one, you'll be a firm fan. Can't wait for her next book. Another triumph, Kate.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*