“TIME. THE LESS you have of it, the more precious it becomes.”
A bomb explodes in a mall in Tanzania and lives change and pivot in directions never thought of before this tragic event. Jack Warden, a coffee farmer in Tanzania loses his only daughter, while Rodell Emerson living in an English countryside loses her only sister. Brought together by this tragedy and endeavoring to save the lives of Albino children living on the Serengeti, Jack and Ro find strength and love. Will it be enough to carry then through or will their lives again be fraught with tragedy?
This was an exquisitely written story that pierces your heart and makes you want with all you soul for Jack and Ro to achieve their heart’s desires. These are tragic characters, but ones who are filled with strength and courage, both of which they never knew they had. They both know that “Some circles never close, some wounds never heal. Love is like that. It leaves you forever open, forever vulnerable.” The interchange of all the characters from Jack’s grandmother to the Massai warrior who finally finds his place in his world is masterfully portrayed. You fall in love with all of them as they weave you into their stories, their magic, and their will to survive, to be the very best, when tragedy is knocking at their door. “You’re like a broken chapter of my favorite story” In truth Jack and Ro were broken but they strive with all their might to fix that parts of themselves that are afraid of losing once again the one you so love. “When you lose someone you love, it doesn’t end with that event, or with their funeral, or with their name on the tombstone. You lose them again and again, every day, in small moments that catch you off guard.”
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It traversed all the emotions, it made you cry, it made you happy, and it made you realize the power of love and how strong it is and how it can often heal where nothing else can. Read this book for it is amazing and one that you will hate to see end. It is more than a love story. It is a story of healing, of caring, and of finding that invincible courage we all need at tragic times of our lives. It fills you with hope that love is the eternal charm of life and if we are loved, we are never forgotten.
“You know what’s heartbreaking?” He slipped his hands into his pockets, as if to keep them from touching me. “It’s not when bad things happen to you, or when your life turns out completely different from what you thought it would be, or when people let you down, or when the world knocks you down. What’s heartbreaking is when you don’t get back up, when you don’t care enough to pick up the million broken pieces of you that are screaming to be put back together, and you just lie there, listening to a shattered chorus of yourself.”
Leylah Attar is the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author of The Paper Swan. She 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.