Review: Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Mists of the SerengetiMists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

First, I want to say THIS IS A MUST READ! THIS IS A MUST READ! … a thousand times over.  If you don’t read anything else this year READ this book!

I think when reading the blurb, some people might be afraid that this story is too sad, serious, and profound.  Believe me it is ALL of that and children are my trigger point.  But I promise you will survive.  So please don’t hesitate.

Jack is a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania who lost his only daughter to a tragic accident.  Rodel suffered the same fate, having lost her sister to the same attack.  Rodel, who despises travel, made a final trip to Tanzania to collect her sister mementos.  She discovered secrets about her sister’s life and work for the people of Tanzania.  Rodel is adamant about finishing her sister’s mission before going home.  Rodel and Jack met one fateful afternoon – a few days trip turns into a longer adventure.  Both Jack and Rodel were two lost souls, broken, drowning in sorrow and regret but together they help each other find peace, healing and acceptance.  I love ALL the characters of this book.  Jack’s adorable little girl — her life was cut short.  Mo seems tenacious and spirited.  Ro – she is sweet, innocent yet fearless.  Jack – so damaged, hurt, rigid but breaking down the walls you will find a man with a beautiful heart full of love. Goma, the anchor of the family – love her so fierce. All the characters are well-crafted and each carried an important aspect to the story.

The author’s writing is so gorgeous, poetic, flowing effortlessly I was completely enthralled, lost within the pages.  I feel like I am THERE living, breathing among the characters and the beautiful serenity landscapes. This book reminds me so much of one of my favorite movie Out of Africa.

Mists of The Serengeti is no doubt an epic love story but there is way way way more than that — this book is about love, loss, heartbreak, finding yourself, forgiveness, humanity, family, and friendship.  The story is truly heart-wrenching, moving, powerful.  I cried a lot – not just one ugly cry. I was emotional throughout the book and I LOVED every minute of it.  There were a lot of light-hearted, funny parts and hilarious laugh-out-loud exchanges as well.  The epilogue really gave me a closure I did not know I desperately needed.  I literally let out a huge sigh of relief.  I crave books that have all the feels, books that are powerful, make me think, touch deep into my soul and this BOOK IS IT for me!  I came out of the other side renewed, inspired, and educated on the beliefs and traditions of the African culture.  A mixture of romance and women fiction – Mists of the Serengeti is one of the finest stories I’ve ever read.  Gorgeous cover, extraordinary story, flawless writing, brilliant author.

6 stars wouldn’t do this book justice! JUST READ IT and see for yourself!

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