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Readers love to share about books they’re reading. We asked readers to recommend a book they enjoyed which most of their friends had not read. We’ll be sharing what we learned and hopefully you’ll find a new book to read. I know my TBR list will be growing as we get introduced to all these books.

Today Christie from Smokin Hot Book Blog is sharing ➜ Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

“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.


This was my first book by Leylah Attar. It was one of those reading experiences that made me sit back in awe. You know, one of those, “Where has this gifted author been all my life” kind of reactions? This story really resonated with me so much more than I could have anticipated. For me, it was a combination of things that made this a top favorite read of the year.

➤The beautiful prose of the writing.

➤The characters that hit my emotions hard.

➤The uniqueness of the story and the fact that it was based on real life events and people.

➤The amazing setting in the Serengeti was described so vividly and flawlessly. The animals, the city, the people, everything down to the food was laid out for you. Her research and attention to detail was absolutely brilliant.

For me, any story that can reach your heart, make you hurt and heal right along with those fictional characters is something special. There are some books that I can’t remember two days later because I’ve read so many others like them. I know for a fact that five years from now, I’ll still remember this incredible story that Leylah created and love it just as much as I do now. It was a beautifully written, poignant book about love, loss, healing, and hope.


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