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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 e
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Published January 31st 2017 by Pitch73 Publishing
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Aestas Book Blog
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

WOW! WOW! W.O.W!!!! If you've been looking for a story that will sweep you away, one that you will feel with all of your heart and soul, one that will take on a journey unlike any you've been on, one that'll break your heart and then put it back together, then this is the book for you!!! From the moment I heard about it, I knew I had to read it. And now, having finished it, I can say with full certainty that THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Mists of Serengeti (stand-alone). An epic saga of loss, life, purpose & love!

Tragedy brought them together.

Coffee farmer Jack Warden lost his daughter.

Teacher Rodel Harris Emerson lost her sister.

Each coped with their losses differently.

A greater cause gave them purpose.

It was a mission with many challenges.

Through friendship passion burnt hot with the clock ticking.

They came to see how interwoven life truly is.

“Kissing Jack was like kissing a slumbering lion. He barel
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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5 Stars!!

'Mists of the Serengeti' is poignant, beautiful, inspiring, unique and breathtaking. It is like nothing I’ve ever read before. It is purely and simply amazing. This thought-provoking and so stunningly written story touched me deeply. I finished this book days ago and I’m still thinking about it. It made me speechless and it made me feel. This book is epic from cover to cover. Needless to say, I can already tell that Leylah Attar’s newest release will be on my favorite shelf this year.

Telling the story of two people brought together by an unspeakable act of violence, 'Mists of the Serengeti' proves to be a heartfelt and emotional read. Listening to the Audible edition, I found it difficult to motivate myself to get out of my car once my commute was over. I lost myself in this story.

Rodel Emerson and Jack Warden meet in the wake of a terrorist attack. When a shopping mall in Africa is bombed, Jack's young daughter and Rodel's sister are among the dead. This prompts Rodel's tri
Alex is The Romance Fox

This book has been on my mind long after I finished reading the last page.....something like over a week ago. I've read some good and some great books and even some incredible ones too.
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But this one - Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar is one of those timeless ones...a story that spoke directly to my soul. It evoked images, memories and so many emotions in me. A book that has stayed with you forever from the moment you put it d
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, favorites

"Once in Africa, I kissed a king..."

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I’ve been rendered speechless by this book. It’s definitely a journey of epic proportions. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been using a thesaurus to find other words to use for: beautiful, powerful, stunning, unforgettable, inspiring, you get the idea.

“My greatest loss had led to my greatest love. Hearts were broken, and hearts were healed. Lives were lost, and lives were saved.”


My mind keeps going back to the epilogue which
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars!

Once in Africa, I kissed a king…

Mists of the Serengeti has been recommended to me by so many people this year. I finally read it, and I can see why. This book blew me away. The story was powerful, important, and left me at a loss for words. Seriously, I read this book weeks ago and I’ve struggled to review it ever since. It’s one of those books that truly left me speechless. Well, almost speechless. I’ll say a little something ;)
“My greatest loss had led to my greatest lo

"We are all connected. Taleenoi olngisoilechashur."

You know you loved the book when you can't stop thinking about it no matter how hard you try, when you rush home after work looking forward to stopping at every red light because you finally, finally have a chance to read at least one word before real life and mundane things rob you again of the opportunity to savour this incredible book.

I loved everything about this book.
I loved the concept of the story.
I loved the setting.
I loved the w
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I am despondent. Ms. Attar is one of my fail-safe authors, this book however, was indulgent and specious.

But first, thank you to Ms. Attar for:
• taking us on a road trip through East Africa (Tanzania, to be exact)
• highlighting the humanitarian issues that persist in parts of that culture and
• the intelligent and vivid prose.

Now, on to the (love) story itself.

Even though I finished Mists of the Serengeti less than 24 hours ago, I struggle to remember the main characters. Jack- the H
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦We've pimped this book out so much already that I don't even know what to add :D lol I obviously loved it and would recommend it to any romance junkie who loves slow burn stories with a well-developed plot and complex characters. You can check out Arianna's fantastic in-depth review on the blog HERE.

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✰ Liz ✰
"Once in Africa, I kissed a king..."

Mists of the Serengeti is an epic love story that brings two broken people together in order to make each other whole again. With action, passion, tenderness, and beauty this story has left me completely awestruck. Set in Africa amidst a world of chaos and quiet beauty, we find that we are all connected in a unique and extraordinary way.

"We don't always understand the things we do. We just do them and hope we'll feel better."
Rodel Emerson is a young
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so late to the party, but from all the accolades this book has received, I knew I was in for something special. The exhilarating ride of the storyline, the achingly beautiful romance and the stunning backdrop, took my breath away. It is a heart pounding and emotional read.

Of course, and thankfully, I went in blind and ended up in jaw dropping amazement!

This is my first read by this author and her writing is gorgeous! I was completely captivated.

Set in the lush lands of Zanzibar, Tanzania,
Hulya Kara Yuksel
This book is a must read!!! <3

“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.”

WOW this story literally left me speechless... :'(

I highlighted almost every single page (which this an unusual thing for me because I'm not that kind of a reader) and I have a lot of things to say about this amazing, wonderful, phenomenal book but pls d
Lo Bookfrantic

5★★★★★EPIC stars

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual

"All we really want is to feel that we matter-that we're seen, that we're heard."


Rodel (Ro) Emerson; received the worse call of her life and in that call she truly thought her like ended but it was only the beginning. She took the flight to Tanzania and there in Africa she meets unforgettable people that crosses her life and she would never be the same again.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of inspirational stories
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual

Rodel (Ro) Emerson ended up in Tanzania due to a tragedy. A simple trip for closure turned into something more when she discovered unfinished businesses she couldn't turn a blind eye to. But she knew she couldn't do it alone.

Jack Warden used to have everything until he lost the one thing that ever mattered. Faced with a dilemma, he willingly took a chance even when he knew he could end up even more hollow that he
*****NOW LIVE EARLY!*****

Title: Mists of the Serengeti
Series: Standalone
Author: Leylah Attar
Release date: January 31, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
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I just finished this book minutes ago, and I'm sitting here trying to choke down all the emotions this book has me feeling. I wanted to write this while the words I soaked in are still fresh in my mind. Though, honestly, I don't see this incredible story fading whatsoever. It was just that poignant and breathtaking for me.

6 "We are all connected" stars

"You lose people you love. Over and over again. Some get taken away from you. Some walk away. And some you learn to let go."

It took one instant to take numerous innocent lives due to a tragedy, and it shattered many more that stayed behind.

Rodel/Ro Harris Emerson is a teacher in England, satisfied with the conformity of her solid, pleasant life until she loses her sister in Kilimani Mall explosion in Tanzania, Africa. She takes upon herself to collect h
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“We don’t always understand the things we do. We just do them and hope we’ll feel better.”

This book was incredible.It's one of those stories that you will never forget.I'm still thinking about this every day.Mists of the Serengeti was a powerful,unique,intense and emotional story with a heavy romance.


"Maybe it was a necessary lie,one we were trying to convince ourselves of, but in that moment, with my hand resting in Jack's warm solid
★ Larissa ~ book crusher ~
Absolutely riveting. Gorgeous. 6+++++ stars. This book left me speechless in the best of ways. A new all time favorite! ❤️

"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."

By now, this book is being talked about everywhere and it only just released. I read it about a week ago and I can say, with 100% certainty, I knew this book was going to be huge. H
Ramona Popescu
This book came as a surprise, as a total unexpected event which I am really glad to have stumbled upon:) I received another good tip from my friend Sophie and I am excited to share my thoughts with you regarding this amazing story. I hope I’ll make her proud:)

“Mists of the Serengeti” is an unique experience, a life changing chain of events which leads Rodel, the book’s heroine, to the love of her life. After loosing her sister in a tragic bomb attack in a mall in Tanzania, she wants to have peac
6+ Stars!


Rodel “Ro” Emerson is a teacher in England. While she is content with her life, she’s always lived vicariously through her uninhibited and spontaneous sister. However, when Ro receives news of her sister's death in Tanzania, she is confronted with regret and grief. Off to put her sister to rest, Ro journeys to Africa in hopes of finding solace but finds much more than she had ever imagined.

“The most profound, most memorable moments of life are the ones that make you feel. And that’s
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
5 Amazing Stars!!!!

Just wow! Such a beautiful love story and what an adventure this was! This is my first Attar book and I honestly didn't know what to expect. But I was not expecting to be blown away by the characters, the story and the beautiful backdrop of Africa. What a journey this story was...I was in Africa and I didn't even have to buy a ticket and board an airplane. I simply opened this book and I was whisked away to the hills of Kilimanjaro. Books like these remind me of why I'm a book
5/5 Stars

“My greatest loss had led to my greatest love. Hearts were broken, and hearts were healed. Lives were lost, and lives were saved.”

This book was absolutely stunning! It was breathtakingly beautiful, sensual, inspiring, heartbreaking and thought-provoking. It's like I was in a completely different world where every word was dipped with meaning and made an achingly beautiful story. I was speechless after finishing this book and I still can't seem to wrap my head around how completely
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
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Oh man what a stunning, beautiful story.

Two people lost a loved one tragically on one day in the same Mall and so two people who are slightly lost and majorly lost but where one girl teaches one man how to live and dream and be again.

Ro is the stable kind of girl, she knows routine, and lives in her books wants a home which she just succeeds in getting and is a lovely school teacher. Her sister though is the fly by the wall kind of girl, the traveler and so on one su
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That epilogue!! Holy shit! Tears everywhere. Wow. Mists of the Serengeti is truly an extraordinary and magnificent story. I devoured it and when I wasn't reading it, it was lurking in the back of my mind constantly.
I loved the characters so much. Ro, Jack, Goma and Bahati. Even the little girl Scholastica. They had so much heart and depth that they couldn't help but imprint themselves to me. I now understand all the fuss about this story because it has to be experienced. The journey Ro and Jack
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

“People will love you. People will hate you. And it always has more to do with them, than it does with you.”

Cause I want to brag, I took this photo when I was in Africa^^^ This book captured that beautiful and unforgettable continent so well!

Mists of the Serengeti is the story of two people who faced unspeakable tragedy and work together to bring at risk children to safety. When Rodel discovers her sister has been killed in a mall shooting and bombing, she travels to Tanzania to
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG the tears! I started this book not knowing what to expect. It was both sad, full of joy and bittersweet. It hurts so much but feels so good. I don’t think anything will ever compare to this crazy, beautiful adventure I have just been on.

I am a city girl, 100%, but after this I want so much to visit Tanzania and see it’s magic for myself. This story truly takes you on an unforgettable journey, in the Serengeti. Through villages and farms, the different problems people face, the simple way of
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

"Some circles never close, some wounds never heal. Love is like that. It leaves you forever open, forever vulnerable."

This book was amazing. It was one of those books that I didn’t like to finish but at the same time I couldn’t read it faster! It was my second read by this author and like "The Paper Swan" I loved it. How can she write like this! So beautiful! So magical! She is so talented. The story-line was perfect; the characters were well-written. It was a slow burn and you know I’m
Jeannine Allison
I finished this book the exact same way I started, like this:


I HATED the way it ended (because it hurt like a bitch 😰), and I also loved it if that makes any sense. The epilogue was heartbreaking and beautiful, but as much as it killed me, I think it was the perfect conclusion.

I've been meaning to read this book for awhile now. Between the rave reviews and the quotes I see on Leylah Attar's Instagram, I knew I was in for some beautiful writing and an awe-inspiring story. And I'm so glad it lived
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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You don’t always get what you want. Sometimes you get exactly what you need.

Once in Africa, I kissed a king…

Jack Warden, coffee farmer in Tanzania, only 30 years, coping with his share of storms life has thrown him. Losing his parents at just seven years old, divorced from his college sweetheart and losing his 8-year old daughter Lilly during a vicious attack, has turned Jack into a dark and bitter man.

Rodel Emerson, 24 years, recent graduate and house owner in Cotswolds UK, and a newly
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