Leylah Attar’s MISTS OF THE SERENGETI is here! Check out this standalone contemporary romance/women’s fiction, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!
Once in Africa, I kissed a king...
"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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5.0 "Taleenoi olngisoilechashur" Stars!!!
“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.”
It's been a while since I read a book that had me rendered speechless that in effect had me the hardest time writing a review. Not because I don't like it, but because I do not know how to put my emotions into writing. Once I write my review there's no turning back, I said my piece, that's how I felt, everything I wrote legitly came from deep within me. But this one right now, it's so hard, because I am afraid I cannot give justice to the book the way it deserves. However though, I just cannot leave it here because more than my fears of fucking it up with my review, I realized it's more of a shame when I let my fear take over my will to spread to the world how breathtakingly beautiful this story is.
Mists of the Serengeti ...that title alone caught my attention. When I saw the gorgeous cover and read the blurb, I know right there and then that this book is something you don't want to miss. Add to the fact that Leylah Attar wrote it, hell bring it on! Indeed, I was right, the book is everything you'll never imagine and expect. It was hands down one of those books that will definitely leave a mark in your heart and in turn will ruin you in the most possible heartbreaking and beautiful way.
Set in Africa, I was in awe of the author's imagination and her exemplary writing skills. It was narrated and described beautifully that it was vividly marked in my imagination. I haven't been to Africa but longed since to visit the parks and scenery and see for myself the wonders of what is Africa. To know more about their culture, values and traditions. But reading this book feels like I've been there. I feel like I've traveled the vastness of God's creation when in fact I was just lost to Leylah's writings. I learned more and that's what make me root for this author's writing. I just don't get lost with the story, but I'm sure I will learn a lot too. But more than that, I know for sure I am in for a one-hell ride of a roller coaster journey in the Mists of the Serengeti.
True to it, the story is as magical as is the words of the author. Right from the first page I was hooked. It took my whole interest that had me stopped caring everything because I was lost into the story. There's no question with the characters because I had an instant connection to them all, not just with the primary ones. I adored them and loved them so much especially Jack Warden. I had envisioned him as if he's real, like I can tap him real, really. Who wouldn't when this man is all sorts of beautiful and flawed rolled into one but beautiful nonetheless. I love this man to pieces!
And then there's Ro, sweet and fierce Ro. I adore her character just as much as I adore Jack. This woman had me with her strong personality and her will to do what she really wanted. I am so awestruck with her.
But more than that, what really struck me and made me love this book to pieces is the fact that I get to read a book inspired by true events and that it was delivered excellently. The emotions portrayed are so powerful, lyrically written and perfect. It was deeply moving and awe inspiring. I can so much feel the loss, the pain, everything! And I mean everything! From the deepest sadness to the overwhelming happiness, to the panty melting scenes and to the heart gripping-gut wrenching ones. This book is a roller coaster ride of emotions yet to be known by man. My heart may have ached for Jack and Ro's loss but I am so proud the moment they coped up with it. Their journey to healing amazes me because I just don't get to feel the pain but I get to feel their pursuit to happiness too. It's a bittersweet story but in the end you'll get to realize that it's real. That, not everything is a fairy tale, rainbows and unicorns. At some point, we get to feel and experience the cruelness of life.
“My greatest loss had led to my greatest love. Hearts were broken, and hearts were healed. Lives were lost, and lives were saved.”
Once in Africa, I kissed a king... what a beautiful line that held so much meaning. And that EPILOGUE, I haven't recovered from it yet. Everything just made more sense. "Taleenoi olngisoilechashur ”...
We are all connected.
I knew that whenever I thought of love, it would have a face, a name, a voice. And I would hear its heart beating from inside a tent in the wilds of Africa. In my case, whenever I thought if Africa, it would be Jack and Ro's journey in the Mists of the Serengeti.
Great job Leylah Attar!!! This book is an EPIC story, EXCELLENTLY written, EXPERTLY portrayed and delivered! Gah! I love every moment I had with this book!
Leylah Attar writes stories about love - shaken, stirred, and served with a twist.Sometimes she disappears into the black hole of the internet, but can usually be enticed out with chocolate. Leylah is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance/women’s fiction.