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Mists of The Serengeti Paperback – February 1, 2017
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Mists of the Serengeti is a story that connects two people through tragedy, connects countries and cultures by chance. An English teacher and an African coffee farmer are united by one single moment, a tragedy that sets a series of events in motion that will change the lives of everyone in its wake. It's a unique reminder that we are all connected. Is it fate that brings Rodel and Jack together? Is it sheer coincidence that two broken people can find each other and heal each other after such devastation? Or is our vast world simply smaller than we think? We are all connected. Attar brilliantly and masterfully illustrates this foreign place with its foreign practices and colors and language and makes it feel so... close, so relatable. We are all connected by pain and love and hope. We all seek joy and friendship and we all suffer the same way when we are robbed of what we cherish most. This story will stay with you. This story will change the way you see the world. This story will broaden your horizons, it'll give you hope and it'll change the way you view your fellow nan. It'll sweep you away. It'll demand you fall in love, in love with love, in love with words, in love with possibilities, in love with these characters, in love with life.
Mists of the Serengeti is a boldly enchanting story full of heart and adventure. It's as utterly captivating in its romanticism as it is in its calamity. This story broke my heart and filled it up. It's devastating and rich and the writing is as stellar as as the storytelling is masterful. There's so much more to be taken from this novel than romance. Yes, it is absolutely an epic romance that'll warm your heart and give you hope. It'll bring you to tears for these characters who so deserve good things after having endured so much loss. It'll overwhelm you with joy, it'll surprise you with just how steamy it gets, it'll kick you in the gut with the tumultuous emotions Attar creates with her words. But this is also a book that feeds your soul. It makes you feel as if you've traveled to this great land, been exposed to a culture you'd likely never otherwise know. Leylah Attar acts as our travel guide in many ways, using Jack and Rodel as a means to illustrate this place, the smells and tastes and practices of Africa in vivid detail. I love a story that makes me feel like I've grown and learned and this is one of those books.
Leylah Attar is to the book world what gourmet Belgian chocolates are to the grocery store. She's not an author with an endless stock on the shelf you can find while browsing the market, toss in your cart and gorge yourself on the whole ride home. She's the rare treat you get for Christmas, that you nibble and savor and enjoy for the rare find it is because you know you won't taste anything quite as delicious for a good long while. She is the essence of stellar writing and epic storytelling. Her sentences are as lush as her characters are magnetic. In this particular story, Attar doesn't just whisk us off to foreign lands, she steals our hearts and our minds with such an unforgettable story, I've not yet returned from the whirlwind I was taken on and I'm certain I don't want to.
Leylah Attar has written a book that is exceptional, extraordinary and quite simply exquisite. She is a poet with a paintbrush. Her words effortlessly flow on each and every page and you can't help but get gloriously lost in every single one. I was immersed into a culture that both the heroine and I couldn't get enough of. Even when it felt so foreign. Rodel's adventure into Tanzania is brought to life so brilliantly, you can almost sense the dust under your shoes, hear the sound of wild animals on the plains and smell the rain as it masked the tragedy she shared with a coffee bean farmer who would almost single-handedly become her fate.
The love story of Rodel Emerson and Jack Warden is like a slow song on the radio that you never want to end. These two brave souls are brought together by chance and are the ultimate survivors. There is plenty of push and pull between them as they find themselves on a journey neither one of them ever planned on. And what they find during the drive to help children in need, is the chance to find the light in the dark, to change those gray skies to blue and to forgive themselves because sometimes certain situations are out of our hands, no matter how much we wish they weren't.
When Jack comes to grips with his devastating loss with Rodel keeping a watchful eye, the one woman who would understand, I was overcome with emotion. You could feel the rawness of his actions and the pain he felt so deep inside himself. I was in tears so often, yet their playful banter not only soothed their hurt, it forced me to smile right along with them. You can't help but be drawn to this valiant couple and the way they become practically reborn over a summer in the heart of Africa. It is off the charts phenomenal to witness.
There is so much to this book yet the author masterfully presents it with the utmost of ease. There are the most wonderful secondary characters that made this story shine: Bahati, Goma and Scholastica. These 3 made me chuckle and gasp and smile more often times than I can count. They are pure joy. The sense of family is rich and the ties are tightly bound with never-ending love, whether blood-related or not. That is the true core to this wonderfully written saga, no doubt about it.
Mists of the Serengeti is not just a book. Not just a romance. It is a chance to discover another world, vividly described in a magnificent light. It is an epic voyage not only in the miles covered by two selfless lovers but in the steps it takes straight into your heart.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. If I could give it 10 stars I would. It's that spectacular.
5 superb stars!
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