THEY RESCUE WOUNDED ANIMALS BUT CAN THEY RESCUE EACH OTHER?
Renny Kudrow, Director of the Kihali animal orphanage in Kenya, is a brilliant scientist and an expert in animal communication. But human communication?
Not so much, thinks Starlite Higgins, the orphanage's wildlife vet he has hired over the objection of others who think a woman is not up to the job. Renny is prickly, remote, critical, and Starlite, anxious to please and accustomed to success, is unable to win his approval.
When Renny and Starlite are forced to work together to rescue a baby rhino from poachers, they must face the secrets they both hide--and the attraction they can no longer deny.
Meet the brave and lovable baby rhino, Zuri (the name means "beautiful" in Swahili), Doris and Maisie, the wise and caring elephants, and Boozie, a mischievous young goat. Get to know the Kenyan wildlife experts, string bean-skinny Jomo and strong, athletic Muthengi, the witty, handsome half-Kenyan, half-English photo safari guide, Ian Stewart-Montgomery, and all the other human and animal friends who find a home at Kihali.
A KISS AT KIHALI will appeal to readers who love animals, adventure and stories about second chances.
A KISS AT KIHALI is suitable for a wide range of readers and contains no sex or cursing.
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RUTH EXPLAINS WHY SHE WROTE ZURI:
A life-long lover of animals, I wrote ZURI to draw attention to the greed-motivated poaching which has brought African rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction. The valiant efforts of the scientists, conservationists and veterinarians who rescue baby animals orphaned and left to die by the slaughter provided the real-life inspiration for ZURI.
ZURI's plot twists and turns are based on extensive research and current scientific studies of animal psychology and behavior. Rhinos, with their heightened sense of smell and hearing, have extraordinary memories and bond closely with humans. Elephants are far more intelligent than once thought and possess sophisticated methods of communication.
The illicit global trade in wild animals is third only to the smuggling of drugs and weapons. Rhino horn, of no medical value, is more valuable than gold and elephants tusks are sought after for the manufacture of ivory trinkets.
I hope ZURI will draw attention to the crisis faced by these majestic animals and have donated to organizations dedicated to this effort.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This isn't a book that I would typically read, yet I really enjoyed it! The first chapter starts out with Zuri's point of view. Zuri is a baby rhino. It made me stop and think--are there really people who study rhinos enough that they know how they're feeling and what they're thinking? I believe there are. The story then switches over to humans, with Zuri still in the picture. I loved Starlite, the vet. She had great ideas and was trying really hard to overcome a tragedy from her recent past, which came out bit by bit throughout the story. Renny, too, is struggling with things from his past and is trying to move on. I love that he is able to realize he was a little too quick to judge and stepped back to try and fix things. I'm trying to put my finger on what exactly it is about this story that I enjoyed so much. I loved the compassion and loyalty these vets and animal caregivers showed. They were persistent in trying to find the poachers and in trying to help these injured animals recover. I loved reading about the animals and the ways that they helped each other. And I loved the ending--everything came full circle. Content: Two swear words, that I remember; very mild romance; some violence, mostly related to animals and animal cruelty, but it wasn't too graphic. Clean! *I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
"Zuri" is a story that encompasses a rainbow of emotions. Reading the murder of Zuri's mother was a hugely emotional experience. I felt like the child watching "Bambi" for the first time. "Zuri" is the sort of novel that changes lives and inspires people to act for their planet. Written for both adults and children, "Zuri" by Ruth Harris is a novel that should hit your reading list and be at the top of the TBR pile. The character of Zuri, the baby rhino is beautifully written. She is a baby but has seen the "tourist creatures" before but not the ones with the "shiny sticks that make a boom noise." When the poachers cut off her mother's horn and the first chapter ends with her calling out for her mother, I was sobbing. There is a recovery period where the animal must build trust. As Zuri recovers, Renny and Starlite's relationship deepens. There's a beautiful scene in which the pair watches Zuri sleep and Renny identifies with her nightmares. Starlite probes lightly and reveals information Renny didn't realize anyone knew. The conversation is casual and yet intimate and shows a great talent for those emotionally driven moments. Harris is an author who knows when to give with both guns but to also hold back which drives the reader to bond with the character. Underwritten in "Zuri" is a great deal of information. Harris had to have gone deep in her research of this novel. Harris gives us the realistic and detailed look at both poaching and animal protection. Making the novel seem less like an instructional manual is a beautiful and subtle love story between Renny and Starlite. To be honest, this reader fell a little in love with Renny as well as he built a bond with both human and animal.
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