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Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar, Blog Tour – Book Review

Leylah Attar’s MISTS OF THE SERENGETI is here!


Title: Mists of the Serengeti

Author: Leylah Attar

Publication date: 29 Jan 2017

Publisher: Pitch73 Publishing

Format: eBook

Source: Author review copy

Rating: 5/5

Time period: Contemporary

Location: Serengeti, Africa and partly in England countryside. 

Profession of main characters: Coffee plantation owner and School teacher

Mists of The Serengeti Cover

SynopsisOnce 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 thoughts

Rodel and Jack are the central characters in the East African based story – Mists of the Serengeti, surrounded by raw, wild beauty of nature, the hide and seek playing animals, beautiful Masai natives and the whimsical mist shrouded Mount Kilimanjaro. 

Jack is a coffee plantation owner and Rodel is in Africa, to take stock of the time her sister spent there, following her sudden death in an African Mall bomb blast. Jack and Rodel are brought together when Ro’s sister’s unfinished business leads her to Jack, looking for his help finishing it.

Jack and Rodel lock horns in their first meeting but end up being addicted to each other. It’s not just a simple route from strangers to lovers, fear not there’s plenty of love and some wild passion too. Mists of the Serengeti sets the stage for 2 people bound together to do some dangerous  good Samaritan work that Rodel’s sister started with the Albino kids of Africa. 

On  the way Rodel and Jack’s passion, love and attraction for each other only grows during the silent nights they spend in the beautiful African bush with wild animals for company. 

If the magical mist of the Kilimanjaro mountains, heady mix of attraction and passion, some honest to god good work wasn’t enough to make one swoon there’s the medley of some fantastic characters and humour around Jack and Rodel. 

Jack’s grandmother Goma is love at first sight for any one who appreciates gumption and people of the earth, then there’s Bahati – the quintessential light hearted character whose strength shines through during crucial situations. There’s also the cutest, brave and adorable children who add a complex and necessary layer to this breathtakingly soulful story. 

I signed up for this book for 2 reasons, besides one of my favorite author (Katy Regnery) recommending to check out  Leylah Attar’s upcoming book (Mists of the Serengeti) another reason was solely Africa – the promise of Mists on the Kilimanjaro and the beauty of wild animals was compelling. 

My all time fav book (The Lioness by Nell Brien) is based in Africa and it’s beauty, passion and wilderness still remains in my heart. To sum it up I can proudly say Mists of the Serengeti is my second favorite story based in Africa and one of my fav this year so far. 

Things I loved about Mists of the Serengeti

  • What appealed  to me about this story is the depth and layers it has. 
  • The passion of the characters shines through. 
  • Africa is gorgeous and makes you yearn for a trip.
  • The struggles of locals smack in the middle of stunning scenery and nature is moving, it touches your soul and tears do make an appearance out of the blue. 

So download the book, set your feet up, grab some coffee and take a trip to the mist filled Kilimanjaro mountains and by the way the hero – Jack is Dreamy and might make an appearance in your dreams post Reading the book. 

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Do check out some fab teasers, the book trailer and connect with the author, details below. 


Mists Teaser




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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.

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Reviewed by Bharti

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