Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Once in Africa, I kissed a king…

Borrowing the words of one of my most favourite person on this earth, “There are books and there are BOOKS. This BOOK got to me from the very first page. And then the epilogue was so touching , I almost shed a tear.”

For her to Almost shed a tear, the book was that great.

If you’ve not read this book, please, do so like right now. If I could rate the book a 6-Star, then, definitely, would do.

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“Taleenoi olngisoilechashur.”
We are all Connected

THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ IN 2017; while reading, my phone gave me a notification that I had been reading for one (1) straight hour without stopping, but then, I still could not drop the book…. Battery started warning me too, and I was like, no, I have to finish this book today.

Mists of the Serengeti is an amazing read and I laughed at Bahati a lot. As I read through the book, I was either crying, smiling or laughing really hard. 
The characters, from Boma to Scholastica to Bahati to Jack to Ro to Mo to Lily to Gabriel.

I did not just read this beautiful story, I lived it, putting myself in each one of their shoes; trying to know what they were thinking about, trying to know what they were experiencing.

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.

I highlighted on almost every page; at a point, I just started bookmarking, because I needed to highlight more than three times on some of the pages. Leylah really did justice to this book.

For the themes around this book, it circles around almost everything a human experiences in life, when I first started, I was thinking, Is this a Romantic novel? I can tell you it is not.

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?

It talks about Love, Romance, Loss, Race, Albino (endangered children), Sacrifice, Bravery, Timidity and also Travels. I’m sure people who have read the book would add more themes.

Looking through the eyes of each character, there was this scene that scared the living hell out of me. The part where Bahati’s father sensed the men coming back for the children and Jack and Rodel had to run away… In my mind, they were already safe until they could not reach the train, I was standing on tiptoes already, what’s going to happen is ringing in my head. They make it, HAPPY.
Then they recognize Bahati’s car, Oh No!! And then Jack had to jump down thinking Scholastica was with him……..

Another part was when they got back home and saw the whole house covered with blood, furniture's turned over, picture frames broken……… Tears started flowing down my eyes without even thinking. I was really scared.

“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.”

The more I read, the harder I cried, and the more deeply I fell in complete LOVE with this book.
Okay, enough about the beautiful sweet tears that flowed, before someone thinks its a sad story; NO!! It is not.

I cannot wait to read this book again, and also, if there’s the movie, and it is acted according to the book, then I am going to go through all lengths to see it. In my mind, I am re-living the experiences I felt about the book. I am gushing about it, everyone needs to read it please.

When I want to read this book again, I am going to start first with the prologue (Jack and Rode) then the epilogue then the main story, just so you know, “Taleenoi olngisoilechashur.” We are all connected. Our lives are intertwined in ways that would remain forever unknown.

Quotes in the Book

Really, quoting all of my highlighted texts in this book would make this more than 10 minutes read, just read the book or follow this link for more quotes in the book.

“Sometimes you come across a rainbow story — one that spans your heart. You might not be able to grasp it, but you can never be sorry for the color and magic it brought.”
“People will love you. People will hate you. And it always has more to do with them, than it does with you.”
“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.”
“Kissing Jack was like kissing a slumbering lion. He barely moved, but I could sense the raw power behind his restraint.”
“Losing someone you love tunes you in to the fragility of life — of moments and memories and music. It makes you want to embrace all the foolish, inarticulate longings that pull at your heart. It makes you want to grasp un-played notes of un-played symphonies. Perhaps that was why Jack and I clung to that moment, eyes locked, breaths stilled, listening to something that only we could hear, something that lived in the fleeting space between hello and goodbye.”
“My greatest loss had led to my greatest love. Hearts were broken, and hearts were healed. Lives were lost, and lives were saved.”
“My greatest loss had led to my greatest love. Hearts were broken, and hearts were healed. Lives were lost, and lives were saved.”
“What we don’t understand always scares us.”
“How is he now?”
“Intimidating. Sad, angry, bitter. I think he might have a death wish. He was standing under a tree in the storm, by his daughter’s grave, like he wanted to be struck down right next to her.”
“In a thousand lives, I would die a thousand deaths to save her. Over and over and over again.”
“Sometimes we have to let go of the people we love because we love them — because their hopes and dreams lie elsewhere. It’s the reason I let you go, the reason I never asked you to stay. And it’s why Goma is letting me go, because my heart is already with you, all day, every day. So if you want me, always and forever, here I am.”
“I would have stayed.” Her words were muffled against my shirt. “If you’d asked, I would have stayed.” My heart swelled with emotion. I knew she would have. She would have given it all up for me. So how could I not do the same for her?”

It’s a master piece of storytelling. 
Pick it up and you would not regret it.

Thank you Leylah Attar 😊😍.

“Daddy?” said Lily. Her face was all lit up as she spoke into the phone. “I’m in the safe place now.”