Review of Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Happy Monday once again word nerds! I had the privilege of reading and reviewing this amazing book and I have been (im)patiently waiting for my turn to share my thoughts on Mists of the Serengeti. So without further ado…


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 book. I wish that I had a thousand beautiful words to tell you how much I love this book. People may look at it and think “oh, just another romance huh?” but this book is more than that. It is about being courageous and fighting even when it is scary to do so. It is about finding hope and the ability to survive in the face of a soul crushing tragedy. And just when you think you are okay the epilogue happens. No spoilers here people- just make sure you have your tissue on hand.

One of my favorite things about this book is the magic. It reminds me that sometimes I just need to slow down and take the time to appreciate everything around me. I think that often when searching for a safe place to land we can forget to live and Leylah reminds us that it is okay to find a home to call our own but sometimes home is not a place.

I give this book 5 stars. It was beautiful and magical. If you are looking for something to really sink into and take your time reading I definitely think Mists of the Serengeti is a good one. It is a book you take your time to savor and feel.

Thanks for hanging out! When you read it let me know what you think! I for one will be reading any and all books by Leylah that I can possibly get my hands on! If you want to know where to get your copy of Mists of the Serengeti here are some buy links for you 🙂

Buy Links:

Amazon Author page ➜
Barnes & Noble ➜
iBooks ➜
Kobo ➜
Add to Goodreads ➜


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