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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Thanks to the author, Andrew JH Sharp, for sending me over a copy of his book, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Beth, locum doctor in England, is young and feels trapped in her one-year old marriage to the man of her dreams, trapped because, her husband has a mental illness, due to which, he has lost almost all his past memories, as result making him dependent on Beth and without her demanding mother-in-law's support, her marriage has become a hell for her. It is then when she meets an old man from Zimbabwe in the hospital, asking her to deliver the deed of his land to his son in Zimbabwe. Beth agrees to the request and soon finds herself set on a journey which is going to change her life forever. And this is where she meets a whole lot of different kinds of people, some were helpful in her, some were deadly and in some she can see new opportunities. She never expected that delivering a simple letter can cost too much, especially when tough and dark politics and laws come in her way. Can she find her way back home? All I can say is that it has got a happy-ever-after ending.
What draws the reader for this book is that the plot being set in Zimbabwe. The culture, flora-and-fauna and lifestyle of Zimbabwe is shown more vividly through the pages of this book. The story telling of the author is not at all fabricated, which makes the whole plot more believable and sensible. As we see the journey through the eyes of this young protagonist, Beth, we can feel her pain and joy equally. The characters were also very true and solid, thus making the whole plot more thrilling and interesting. Even though it’s real life incident, the author has done full justice by making this incident more thrilling and intriguing to his readers.
So if you want to read something memorable, then this is the perfect book for you, as the story remains etched in our minds for a very long time.
Yet, Beth Jenkins, a locum doctor, young and somewhat lost in a one-year old marriage to the love of her life - who lost his mind, has enough on her plate, and enough inexperience to make a royal mess of things. Especially when she gets entangled with her patients such as Mr. de Villier. He needs a favor, and Beth has enough challenges, with her demanding mother-in-law, a new mysterious friend, Fortunate, and circumstances pressuring her, to evacuate her poshy life in England for the more intimidating African bush.
Zimbabwe has just been liberated. What promised to be heaven soon proved to be hell-on-steroids for the inhabitants and a little bit better for tourists with pockets full of spending money. For illegal tourists it gets even more tougher and thrilling! The adventures are more intense, the ambiance volatile. That is where Beth's break from her own reality leads her to. She would make enough mistakes to last her a lifetime, but would gain enough new insight into a world her husband, as an archaeologist, discovered and loved. Her voyage will ultimately lead her home - a place she was unable to find before. Home. It is not what she thought it was.
It is a great story. A relaxing, informative, adventure. A soft-landing for anyone interested in reading more about the African lifestyle behind the glitz and glamour of an African Safari, but with the same intensity and feeling of being-there. Really being there. Nothing in the book is outrageously extravagant or overly exaggerated. On the contrary! ...
This is a really enjoyable book. It is multidimensional - covering the life of a young woman finding her path in life, meeting warm-hearted, sincere Africans, introducing tragicomedian politicians acting out their mafia-style looting of a continent's resources, and addressing loves lost and found. These elements serve a smorgasbord of different interests, which makes it an informative, great read.
It is the second book of Andrew J. H. Sharp that I read. I am looking forward to the third, for sure.
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