Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Review (+ Tour GIVEAWAY): Every Serengeti Sunrise

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Every Serengeti Sunrise
(From Kenya, With Love #4)
Rula Sinara
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Elephants, Africa’s wild savannah and three best friends…

When attorney Maddie Corallis returns to Kenya to fight a humanitarian vs animal rights case, the last thing she expects is for her childhood friend, wildlife veterinarian Haki Odaba, to be the very man she’s up against. Loyal and protective, Haki would never turn his back on the elephants he’s devoted to saving, any more than Maddie could abandon the native tribes she’s come to protect. An impossible battle…but nothing compared to the fight they face when old feelings surface and the soul-deep connection they’ve always shared threatens the worst kind of betrayal...that of their dearest friend Pippa. The one Haki is expected to marry.

Denying their feelings is torture, but giving in is not an option. Not with the suffering it would cause. Besides, Maddie left Kenya once and she’ll be leaving again soon. An ocean, a case and a friend between them. Maybe love can’t always find a way…or can it?

Other Books in the Series

My Thoughts

“We cannot condone the hunting of elephants, be it
for a warrior’s rite of passage or for retaliation,
and especially not for ivory.”
- Haki

Every Serengeti Sunrise, a clean romance in Harlequin’s Heartwarming line, will certainly appeal to romance fans, but this story is so much more. I’m not naturally drawn to Kenya as a setting and love triangles don’t really appeal, but I wanted to read this story because the author had been recommended – and I was blown away. Rich characterization, breathtaking setting, and poignant storyline all combined into a compelling, epic read that captured me emotionally from page one and never let go. The writing of Rula Sinara is impressive and I love her gentle warmth and humor.

The story centers around Maddie, Haki, and Pippa, three childhood friends who are reconnected upon Maddie’s return to Kenya. Haki and Maddie had never acted upon their feelings for each other, and when Maddie left for the States, he and Pippa kind of drifted into a romantic relationship based on their friendship, shared interests and family expectations “because their lives had become so intertwined he couldn’t see them ever being apart.” Suddenly Maddie returns, finds herself opposing Haki in a legal situation, and nothing is the same.

The author excels at breathing life into the wildlife setting so that the senses pick up on all that there is to see and care about. I'm so very impressed by wildlife rescue and am now in love with the baby elephants in need of help. The legal issues placed human rights and animal rights at odds with each other, and I could identify with each point of view. And the romance? Wow! I had to just sit back and take a big breath after turning the last page.

Every Serengeti Sunrise is book #4 in the series, and while it stands alone, I’m sure that reading the previous three would help to better understand the family background and relationships that I found a little hard to follow. Don’t let that stop you from reading this story, though! Then maybe, like me, you will be eager to follow the complete series.

Highly recommended.

I was provided a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

National and USA Today Bestselling author Rula Sinara lives in rural Virginia with her family and crazy but endearing pets. She loves organic gardening, attracting wildlife to her yard, planting trees, raising backyard chickens and drinking more coffee than she'll ever admit to.

Rula's writing has earned her a National Readers Choice Award and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, among other honors. You can discover more about Rula at her blog A Writer’s Rush, on Twitter, on Facebook as RulaSinaraAuthor or on her website www.RulaSinara.com, where you can also sign up for her newsletter.

Tour Schedule

November 13th: Launch Colorimetry
November 21st: Wishful Endings & The Power of Words
November 22nd: Heidi Reads... & I Am A Reader
November 23rd: underneath the covers
November 24th: Becky on Books
November 25th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

Prize Pack #1: (one winner, U.S. residents only)
- A set of three, 15X15 in cotton canvas ‘From Kenya, With Love’ tote bags
- A handmade wooden ‘Believe’ star ornament
- A set of 3 plush wild animal TY Teeny Tys (great stocking stuffers!)
- An autographed copy of A Heartwarming Christmas Craft & Cookbook
- An autographed copy of After the Silence
- An autographed copy of Through the Storm
- Every Serengeti Sunrise bookmark

Prize Pack #2: (one winner, open to U.S. and International residents)
Amazon Kindle (gifted) copies of The Promise of Rain and After the Silence (Winner may substitute a different backlist book by Rula Sinara, if one of the above titles is already owned. No other substitutions apply.)

Ends November 29th

1 comment:

  1. amy guillaume lindermanNovember 23, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    i love the setting....settings really make me want to read books....i love books that have a gripping storyline but still some humor