Release Day, 5 Heart Review, Excerpt & *Giveaway* – Mists of the Serengeti, Leylah Attar
January 31, 2017
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.
Wow!! I am a huge of Leylah’s so I knew once I opened the book, I wouldn’t want to put it down. And once again she had me hooked from the very beginning to the very end. I mean…even the Author’s Note was meaningful. The synopsis explains the book perfectly so I am going to try to make this short and sweet. This is not just a love story…it’s an adventure.
Rodel just bought her first home. She was excited to start her summer by spending time settling in and relaxing before the start of a new school year. She was a teacher that loved her job. It was her passion. But then she heard the news that would change everything. Her only sibling died in a bomb explosive at a mall in Tanzania. She decided to go there to gather her sister’s belongings and to take a few weeks to travel. That all changed with a post-it. She was now determined to finish what her sister had started. To save lives of children. Three children from three different cities. That one post-it took her on an adventure she would always remember. It also led her to Jack. A man that she would never forget.
Jack didn’t want to help them. He didn’t think he could. Not after losing his only daughter. But something changed when he couldn’t let them drive away. There was something about Rodel that made him stop her in her tracks. He agreed to help her save the children. The ones that could lose their lives if they didn’t get to a safe place. Maybe he couldn’t help his daughter get out of that mall but he could save them. He thought it would be a few stops on the way, a few chats with Rodel. What he didn’t expect was to feel again. To believe in magic. To find a rainbow in the storm. To fall for a woman that he knew would have to leave.
I loved this story. The writing is beyond beautiful. You can feel Leylah’s passion on every page. The story is unique and at the same time it’s real. It’s so devastating what happens to children around the world. I felt for these children. I felt for Rodel and Jack. Bahati. And man that wanted to be a warrior. Scholastica. A girl that wanted to be safe. And Goma. A badass Grandma that you don’t want to mess with. They all have their stories. All of these characters are strong, loyal, and want to find their place in the world.
Jack and Rodel’s love story and adventure is both tragic and beautiful. During their travels Rodel learns about different cultures. Their way of life. And she also learns about the man that is taking pieces of her heart every day. They make each other laugh even when they are in danger. They don’t know if they will survive this. Survive the adventure. Survive being apart when it all over. Will their love survive? Or will it float away with the mist?
Overall…this story is the perfect blend of love, heartbreak, fight, beauty, passion, and magic. I felt like I was right there next to them on their journey. I cried but I also laughed. I felt the danger but I also felt the heart. It’s another amazingly beautiful piece of art by Leylah Attar.
P.S…ok, that wasn’t short. Sorry.
“Maybe I shouldn’t have accepted the invite to the communal orgy we’re headed for?”
“What?” I stopped in my tracks.
“Never piss off an old geezer. We’re cranky, constipated, and we need our beauty sleep.”
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.
**And I have to add this last one for us book lovers.
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.