I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I cut back a lot on the blog tours. This one though, I couldn’t pass up!
Mists of the Serengeti by Leila Attar is just one of those books. It’ll definitely leave you speechless and so full of emotions!!!
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.
MY RATING: 6+ BEAUTIFUL Beastly Stars
***ARC received in exchange of an honest review***
Do you know when you find that book that is THE ONE? The one book that will speak to your soul like not many of them do? Well, Mists of the Serengeti is that one for me.
I didn’t read the blurb when I signed up for the ARC. Because I don’t like to read blurbs and I trust Leylah Attar’s writing. And after this book I REALLY trust it. 5% in and I was already crying (and to make me cry is by a story is not an easy feature).
This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. EVER. You know I’m terrible at choosing, but from my almost 2500 read books, I can definitely point Mists of the Serengeti as one of the best books I’ve ever read. IN MY LIFE! I’ve read it days ago and I’m still feeling EVERYTHING. Leylah Attar is a genius. Her writing is beyond spectacular. Not only the story is beautiful, but her writing too is beautiful. It definitely manifests itself in this story, we can see the beauty of spectacular writing. And it’s a joy. You’ll want to cry not only for the story, but for the fact the story is so beautifully written.
Mists of the Serengeti will break your heart. Into a million different pieces. But it will also mend it and make it swell so much you’ll feel like it could burst out of your chest. The writing is amazing. Poetic and powerful, Leylah’s words will make you feel so much you might feel overwhelmed by how strongly they’ll move you.
This is more than a love story between a man and a woman. It’s more than a story, period. Mists of the Serengeti is maybe a species of book that sometimes you feel it’s extinct. It goes beyond the act of reading. It literally moves you. It heals you. It overwhelms you. And it makes you want to read more just for the pleasure of finding another book like it. I don’t think that’s quite possible, the story is unique and the writing is so moving. I can list only a few books that made me feel quite like it and I have a LONG list of read books.
I know we’re only in the first month of the year, but I dare say that if you could only read one book in 2017, it’d have to be this one. It’s like the rare gem of a book we so rarely find, it’s different and fresh. I had no idea going in what this book would be about and every new chapter brought a new surprise for me. It has romance, it has angst, it has sadness, it deals with a difficult topic (one I had no idea existed).
Mists of the Serengeti is beyond epic. Because of its characters, which I loved because I related to them from the moment they first appeared. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. THEM (not the bad guys, though. I hated those lol). It’s also because of the story/plotline and how well it was executed. And most of all, because of Leyla Attar’s writing. I LOVE, just LOVE, experiencing books with such a level of writing that it’ll make you want to cry for how beautiful and moving the words are. I live to find these kinds of books. Books with words that fit so perfectly they’ll fulfill your heart and soul.
“People will love you. People will hate you. And it always has more to do with them, than it does with you.”
I could talk for hours of how great this story was. How great the characters were, but I still can’t get past how great it’s making me feel. Extremely beautiful, Leyla Attar’s words will take you beyond the pages of your book/device and they’ll transport you to Tanzania’s Serengeti, to her characters hearts and they’ll give you ALL THE FEELS.
From Goma, to Scholastic and Jack and Ro, each character will make you a better reader, they’ll fill your heart in all the right places. They’ll mend it after it gets broken, because it will get broken. But it’s okay, because life can be sad. Terrible things can happen. But how we learn from it and how we survive those terrible things will change us. Mists of the Serengeti shows us how powerful love can be. Not just for the love story or all the love in it. But because you WILL love this book. And after finishing reading it, you’ll see how strongly it’ll make you feel. How you’ll feel overwhelmed and how you simply have no words for how much you’ll love it. At least that’s how I’m feeling right now.
Unlike a lot of my favorite reads, I don’t wish I could unread this book to read it all over again for the first time, because I can’t imagine not having read it. I’m not being an a** kisser when I say that my life wouldn’t be the same without reading this book. It impacted me and I literally can’t imagine not having read it, because now this story is part of my life. Every single person on the planet should read this book. We need the tears as much as we need the laughs. Just like we need the rain to experience the beauty of a rainbow. You need to read this book, just to experience the beauty of Leylah Attar’s words and how moving this story is.
The epilogue in special. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it. I don’t mind books with no epilogues, but this time I would have minded. I might not have realized it, before reading it, but it’s one part of the book that you simply HAVE to experience. After the whole story, the epilogue will be the perfect way to crown this masterpiece!
As I said, I could talk about it for hours, but even so I’d still not have all the words to express how I feel after reading this book, how incredibly moving it is and how Leyla Attar’s words can be so powerful and beautiful, so I’ll leave you with this quote: “You ever wonder what we’d find if we could pick up the threads back to the point where things unravel where paths cross and lives pivot, and people come together?”. Well, after reading Mists of the Serengeti you definitely will!
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/woman’s fiction.