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From New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Leylah Attar, comes a compelling, emotionally resonant new novel, set against the lush backdrop of the Serengeti.

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."

Mists of the Serengeti is inspired by true events and contains emotional triggers, including the death of a child.

©2017 Leylah Attar (P)2017 Leylah Attar

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This book was very different from my normal taste. I enjoyed the setting of Tanzania, Africa and I also was very interested in the humanitarian side of this story, the political violence that started this story and the unlikely love story all in one. These two are brought together because of violence and grief and they really helped each other move forward. I think my favorite thing was the ending, I love that we get a flashback from before this book started and got closure for some questions I still had. The one thing I didn't really like was the lack of descriptions. I couldn't tell you what the characters looked like nor do I have much of a vision in my head of of the setting or places they were. I also couldn't wrap my head around Jack and how he was born in Tanzania but sounded and acted completely american?? It didn't effect the story line but I just like to imagine the people and places when I listen to a book.

The narration was GREAT!! Megan Tusing was amazing, she really brought Rodel to life! Zachary Webber was great as always, he always brings so much to his characters!

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4.2 Stars - Very enjoyable and a very CR

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

Mists of the Serengeti is mostly a low in (relationship-) angst and overall a nice pretty easygoing love story to just simply enjoy and keep reading. Of course there are some sadness, sad family losses and sudden death to start with, but it solves in its own ways. We end with dried tears, huge promising love and new chances. — Best of all; it is not a overly long, not a overly complicated or a overly steamy smexy romance book. But I got enough nice steam and heat to get the feel of a yummy romance.

Mists of the Serengeti let me with the feeling of kindhearted sweetness with two main characters and a couple of second characters to sincerely like and feel for. It also gave me some hours when I was hooked in a intriguing plot (“albino children mystery”) told with high speed suspense at times.

My summary:
• All in all a yummy good holiday read when you like me enjoy to spend time with nice heartwarming love stories.
• This 12 hours audiobook is very well narrated by Zachary Webber and Megan Tusing.
• Recommended for old fashion romantic girls and ladies ... actually all kind of fans of contemporary romances.

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Absolutely the best book of 2017 so far!

The story was beautifully written and perfectly narrated. I loved every minute, from the first sentence to the ironic end. Will definitely be reading more from this author.

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Brilliant, Outstanding.

I'm at a loss for words. All I can say is brilliant, outstanding. A wonderful story of survival. I was hooked from the first page. Not only by the characters but also by the story line. Hard to listen to at some points yet so wonderful in others. Truly enjoyed it more than words can express. 5 stars by far.

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BEST AUDIOBOOK and STORY EVER, ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!

MISTS OF THE SERENGETI by LEYLAH ATTAR, is the best story ever, and listening to this Beautiful Story as a Audiobook makes it 100 times BETTER!!! The PERFECT Love Story set in the heart of the SERENGETI, told around True Life events. This Beautiful Story full of raw emotions is Heartwrenching, Painfully disturbing the Horrors of Mankind, Romance that will have you Swooning, all wrapped in a Bittersweet MASTERPIECE.. The voices portraying the two main characters are perfect and all you need is your passport for your trip to the Serengeti and Enjoy MISTS OF THE SERENGETI..

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Held me from beginning to end

Not a single character you won't come to love ... except for ~ I won't give it away k? :)

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  • Yvonne
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 09-20-18

CRAZY that only 82 people bought this audio??

I have purchased over 200 audios and lately, most of my purchases are returned. My audio" send backs' have language that I find disgusting, or there was poor narriation or the story revolves with horrific murders. This book is not anything like like that. This book held my attention and was done in 36 hours. It has intrigue, mystery romance, and humor.
This is a short review due to 5 previous reviews evaporated before I could send. A little temperamental software issue,
Again this audio screams to be heard. Exceptional !!

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I believe in the mists and the magic!

“What we don’t understand always scares us.”

This book. This beautiful collection of prose soothed my soul like a calming balm lathered over a gaping gash in my heart. Because that’s that this book did. It made me live through ghastly loss in the eyes of a loving, and now grieving father. Yet, it also taught me that perhaps life has a greater purpose despite the tragedies. I could feel that greater calling with these two achingly sad characters: Rodel Emerson and Jack Warden. I felt it as they struggled to find meaning in their shared circumstance, as they each sought to gain purpose once again in their individual lives.

Rodel and Jack cross paths when Rodel travels do Tanzania to collect the personal effects of her sister who was killed in a bombing. The same bombing that killed Jack’s only child. When they discover that their paths and lives were more intertwined than they (or I) would have imagined, the journey they take is one that will stay with me for a long time to come.

“Sometimes we need to be jarred out of our own reality. We base so much of ourselves on other people’s perceptions of us. We live for the compliments, the approval, the applause. But what we really need is a grand, spine-chilling encounter with ourselves to believe we’re freaking magical. And that’s the best kind of believing, because no one can unsay it or take it away from you.”

I listened to the audio book of this novel. An audio book that has been on my TBR for far too long that I sincerely regret not reading/listening to it sooner. It is told mostly in Rodel’s point of view, sprinkled with a few chapters in Jack’s POV.
Zachery Webber’s narration of Jack was impeccable as always with his performances; he is one of my favored male narrators. The female narrator, Megan Tusing, was simply brilliant. She presented a British accent with a delicate lilt that was so pleasant to listen to. This, paired with the musical cadence of Attar’s writing style, I was addicted. I bathed in the light-hearted spirited nature of Rodel’s character. Tusing infused voice inflections and other character voices so perfectly executed that I followed along in the kindle book. I was engulfed in the words and the endless imagery that transported me into the vast plains of Africa.

”We hiked through a small patch of forest with trees so dense they blocked out the sky. Vines wrapped their tendrils around gray, scaly bark and moss grew like a carpet under our feet. I had to squint when we emerged from the dark canopy, even though a blanket of cotton wool clouds obscured the sun. The dirt track we were on veered and merged with a wider road up ahead.”

As Jack guided their journey, I saw and felt mists and magic and moments alongside Rodel. I delighted in learning the native culture and lands, and winced in acceptance with some of the more eccentric traditions. It really is an African adventure between the black and white letters.

Ultimately the love story that develops amidst their chaotic and heroic adventure is the icing on the proverbial cake. Their love grew and progressed gradually, seamlessly as white sands sliding down an hourglass. I felt it sneak up with surprise as their conversations were suddenly laced with electricity and tension so tight it would put any corset to shame!

“So love me tenderly, Jack. Or love me recklessly. I don’t care which. But do it now. You never know if we’ll be passing this way again.”

And the epilogue....so.much.closure. That’s all I’ll comment about it. Even now, I could hear Jack’s heartbeats echoing and haunting my subconscious, long after I listened to their story.
Jack, Jack. Jack, Jack.
A steady comfort of staccato knowing all is right in their world.

Leylah Attar is like a fairy godmother with her words: they are whimsical magic in the guise of simple text. Read this book and find your magic within it!

“The stars marched across the sky, galaxies whirled around us, and yet we sat still and suspended, not wanting to shatter the magic. It was the kind of magic that comes after a lifetime of searching, when you stumble upon something so perfect, you stop looking, and you say: Yes. This. I know this. I feel this. I’ve heard its footsteps echo down the hallways of my soul.”

✨5+++ MAGICAL STARS ✨
This is going on the top reads of 2018 for me!

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5+ STARS!!

I've postponed this book for far too long and then with dire anticipation, I read and listened at a snail's pace - waiting for the devastation to jump out and knock me down. When I finally finished, I realized my imagination was far worse than the reality of the actual story. And then I read the epilogue!!! 😭😭😭

Gorgeously descriptive, well-researched, and thoroughly plotted story. The definition of a perfect romantic women's fiction novel.

Oh, and a fantastic narration via Audible.

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This might be one of my favorite books to date.

I loved, loved, loved this book. I liked the way the ending was written, it was so surprising and really tied the whole story together. The storyline is heartwarming and horrifying at the same time as the plight of Albino children is not something we read or hear about. The description of the landscape makes you want to call your travel agent and book a Safari in the Serengeti. Looking for more stories like this.
I gave 4 stars for the performance as the characters from Tanzania had American accents. I was expecting to hear South African accents. Other than that, the narration was excellent.

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  • karen
  • 05-23-18

Nice love story

I liked the story although some of the descriptive language regarding their emotions I found a bit excessive. Also, I've listened to both narrators before and enjoyed those books (in their American accents) but unfortunately most of the story is told using a British accent and it sounded quite robotic and this is why I have rated the book a bit lower than I would have.

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  • Miss Yen C Tran
  • 02-19-18

Enjoyable - would recommend

Was recommended this author from a friend. I enjoyed the wonderful range of emotions the storytelling took me through, and it was very easy to feel in the moment in the scenes and scenarios. Some of the characters were very 'Hollywood' in their description and the plot/story arch panned out fairly predictably.

My only gripe was that I didn't much enjoying the narrators - the accents were a bit all over the place and they didn't seem to be able to add tempo or nuances in the right places. And how they pronounced some words sounded like computer-generated pronunciations; a bit robotic and therefore spoiling the sentence as you had to replay it to make sure you heard it correctly.

But I did enjoy it and would probably buy the book version so I can read it in my own voice to fully appreciate it.

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  • Ditzy
  • 11-02-17

This took my breath away!

Wow this was just amazing. Absolutely amazing! Beautiful, incredible and simply amazing! Your in for a treat listening to this.