"And just like that, in an old red barn at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, I discovered the elusive magic I had only ever glimpsed between the pages of great love stories. It fluttered around me like a newborn butterfly and settled in a corner of my heart. I held my breath, afraid to exhale for fear it would slip out, never to be found again."
When a bomb explodes in a mall in East Africa, its aftershocks send two strangers on a collision course that neither one sees coming.
Jack Warden, a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania, loses his only daughter. An ocean away, in the English countryside, Rodel Emerson loses her only sibling.
Two ordinary people, bound by a tragic afternoon, set out to achieve the extraordinary, as they make three stops to rescue three children across the vast plains of the Serengeti-children who are worth more dead than alive.
But even if they beat the odds, another challenge looms at the end of the line. Can they survive yet another loss-this time of a love that's bound to slip through their fingers, like the mists that dissipate in the light of the sun?
"Sometimes you come across a rainbow story-one that spans your heart. You might not be able to grasp it or hold on to it, but you can never be sorry for the color and magic it brought."
A blend of romance and women's fiction, Mists of The Serengeti is inspired by true events and contains emotional triggers, including the death of a child. Not recommended for sensitive readers. Standalone, contemporary fiction.
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In romance, there are few books that make you realize just how small a part of the world you are. Few books that bring awareness to just how far removed we are from the true atrocities happening in other parts of the world. I can count on one hand the books that have made me feel insignificant, in the best way possible, and this is one of them. This book slayed me, it pulled back the curtain that kept me in the safe bubble of my life and gave me a glimpse at the horrific things that are still happening in the world today. Mists of the Serengeti was, at its heart, a story of healing, of redemption, of hope in the face of the worst kinds of tragedies. The plot that Ms. Attar laid out in this book was addictive and compelling. It was also one of the most impassioned stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. There were times when the words on the book were so intense, made me feel so much, I had to put down the book and just take a beat to gather myself. I needed a break to process exactly what I was feeling and how I could deal with the things that Leylah Attar put on those pages. This book was everything. It was all of the most beautiful and ugly things about the human condition. It was the darkest of darks and the brightest of brights. There moments when my chest hurt so badly I could barely breath, those moments were interspersed with glimpses of levity, which allowed me to catch my breath and remember if you look, there is always a way out of the dark. I am in awe of Leylah Attar’s writing. It was wildly obvious that she has a passion and a respect for her art that is unmatched by many authors. Her love for her characters, her plot, her message pours from each word. It is highly unusual for me to mark many passages in a book, but I continuously found myself highlighting words because they were too beautiful, too wonderfully written to pass over without acknowledgement. Ms. Attar put herself on my go-to list of authors with Mists of the Serengeti. I would be remiss to even think of missing a book she has written, if the words she crafted in this book are indicative of the care she puts into her other works.
There is nothing that this author writes that I don't love and Mists of the Serengeti was no different. I had the privilege of early reading this book and it completely blew me away. Not only because many of the events within this book were inspired by true life events but because every word, every scene, and every character embedded itself within my heart and remained there when life took me away from the book or even after finishing the story, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Leylah Attar truly brought the Serengeti to life. The imagery, the characters, the daily life of these people - I could visualize it all in my mind. Ms. Attar is a poetic genius with her words and this book is complete and utter perfection. Just another of the million reasons why I love this author and she is one of my favorite authors of all time. What truly inspires me about Ms. Attar is her ability to write outside of the box. I have read every one of her works so far from 53 Letters to My Lover, From His Lips, and The Paper Swan - each book I loved for its own brilliance and uniqueness. In a book world where there is so much of the same story told over and over again, this author is able to give us something extraordinary and fresh each and every time. I LOVE that when it comes to books and authors and Leylah Attar is a true gem and force to be reckoned with. There is a love story weaved into this story combined with the challenge of surviving. And how it all came together was just magical
Beautiful. Loved Goma and Jack. A great read. Heart wrenching. But heart felt.