A lone woman travels to a foreign country because of her sister, a place full of new customs, a totally different culture than her own and sparse tranA lone woman travels to a foreign country because of her sister, a place full of new customs, a totally different culture than her own and sparse transportation. There she meets a fellow named Jack where they travel this third-world country together to fulfill the goal of her sister's and go through adventure after adventure, dancing together, dodging bad guys and falling in love until they reach a happily ever after.
Holy guacamole, that's the plot for one of my favorite movies: Romancing the Stone!!
That same plot holds true in Mists of the Serengeti too, except both stories are still totally different.
Book Jack is a lot nobler than Movie Jack, and the book's plot deals with deeper issues like grief and saving orphans, while the movie is on the lighter, more entertaining side. But I ended up liking both (movie Romancing the Stone and the book Mists of the Serengeti, that is!).
If you're an armchair adventure, this is a good book for getting in some rich, amazing descriptions of places and animals in Africa. It makes the actual plot story run a little slower at times, but it definitely doesn't scrimp on details.
The grand adventure part was over by 70% or so and the story returned to just the couple being couple-y, which slowed the pace down even more, but there were definitely some harrowing, heart-pounding moments in there too!
Lots of beautiful writing! I highlighted a lot of lines!
And that twist-ending in the epilogue...it was my favorite part.
Some of my favorite lines:
"The most profound, most memorable moments of life are the ones that make you feel."
“People will love you. People will hate you. And it always has more to do with them, than it does with you.”
"When she left, she took my heart. And if I had another, I would give her that too”
"He wanted me to find my place in the sun instead of living in the shadow of his life."
"I could spend forever in the corners of her mind and never get bored. I could kiss her lips every morning and still not learn all the flavors of her soul." ...more
This was my first J.M. Darhower book. I don't usually read fiction that focuses on the seedier side of life, that spotlights antiheroes who kill someoThis was my first J.M. Darhower book. I don't usually read fiction that focuses on the seedier side of life, that spotlights antiheroes who kill someone at a moment's notice and feel no remorse, where sex and drugs and illegal guns are just normal everyday life, and I hate, hate, HATE cliffhangers, but dang it, if I didn't have all that in this story yet I liked it anyway!
I'm glad the book didn't just immediately jump right into the dark side of things as soon as the story opened. It kind of reminded me of the movie Pulp Fiction in that regard. You know that scene where John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are in the car talking about hamburgers and French fries or whatever right before they go off and kill people? They could've just cut straight to the killing part, but it never would've made that movie as good as it was. No, first, they make us relate to Vincent and Jules's characters as real, normal people, people we might know or be. We get a sense of them before, WHAM, that "whoa, what the heck just happened" part does happen. So we tended to tolerate their actions more because we'd already kind of bonded with them. Plus it makes those crazy, bad things they do stand out a lot more starkly when they're juxtaposed with such a normal, everyday conversation next to them.
I thought that was a genius thing to do on Darhower's part in this story too, to get me adjusted and used to the world Lorenzo and Scarlet lived in and to kind of see some normalcy in it before, bam, she delivered the "did that really just happen" parts. I think it helped me to like the main characters more too. And I totally did. Especially Lorenzo. For being so totally depraved, he's just so freaking entertaining and cute! I like how he's unconventional and doesn't seem to follow any rules or logic but that you can also spot the decency and heart in him under all the menacing layers, despite how much he insists he has no feelings.
Scarlet/Morgan and Lorenzo are good for each other. They'd both be good people if they hadn't gown up in the seedy under-life they had to. But they adjusted and became something they probably never would have just to survive. The fact that they found each other in this world and discovered kindred souls is a miracle. I hope they accomplish their goals and help each other get through his ugly world together and can heal each other's battered pasts. ...more
So good!! I loved the relationship between these two. They just got each other when it felt like no one else did. I liked their chemistry, the way theSo good!! I loved the relationship between these two. They just got each other when it felt like no one else did. I liked their chemistry, the way they worked together, how they were always honest and straight with each other. My heart ached for the hopelessness of their situation and I worried how they would ever make it, so I'm extra happy I got my happily ever after. This is the only motorcycle club book I've ever read, but that part didn't feel too extreme--like women weren't treated like objects and all submissive-like and beaten down, and the guys weren't sadistic, law-breaking murders or anything--so don't let that part dissuade you if you're not into MC romance. It was just a good, heart-warming story of two kids helping each other find peace and acceptance with themselves. ...more