I saw this on a Goodreads friend's to-read list and was intrigued. They had it on open library so I downloaded it "just for a taste", got engrossed and read it all in two days. (despite reading two other books~ welcome to my world! :)
In a nutshell, Alice is a nurse and WW2 is over. After
caring for her terminally ill mother for four years she is free and
looking for a change. Andrew, her game warden penpal invites her to
South Africa to pursue their relationship and she immediately sets off.
Not everything goes to plan and Andrew is unable to pick Alice up when
she arrives. Instead, Andrew 's brother, Rusty takes her under his
Sounds like a pretty straightforward romance, right? Wrong! It's much more....African.
are poachers, game keepers on the "wrong side " supplying the locals
with guns, rogue elephants, 'pet ' lions, mambas, and a mystery
surrounding a native game keeper who has been found with his tongue cut
out and blinded...
Also there is a mystery surrounding Alice herself and the 'convenient' demise of her ill mother...
lots to love here. I thought it was a really well rounded book with the
focus evenly distributed between adventure, romance and mystery. The
writing is solid and engrossing and the characters felt real. This is
the first Joy Packer book I've read but I really want to check out her
others after reading this one!
PROFANITY: Mild. D, B, H
VIOLENCE: Animal attacks and poacher pursuit. Nothing too graphic
PARANORMAL ELEMENTS: village chiefs and witch doctors. "paper lion" spells.
MY RATING: PG