“Don’t move. Don’t breathe. And especially, don’t try to take any pictures!” the guide admonished my friends.
I was in South Africa for a conference and we all had the opportunity to go on game drives. This was an amazing trip!
One of the groups that had gone out on a drive was sitting near a stream taking a break when all of a sudden, a bull elephant materialized next to the Jeep! He was close enough that they could have probably reached out and touched him. Aside from the fact that it would have been terribly dangerous, of course.
Everyone held their breath and watched in awe. After a couple of minutes, the bull disappeared into the gathering dusk.
And they returned to our lodgings with no photographs but this wonderful memory. . .
The Marine's Return
by Rula Sinara
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming
Publication Date January 1, 2019
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Kenya Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
He can’t be her hero…
But he made a promise to keep her safe
Wounded marine Chad Corallis just wants to be left alone. Until he discovers his best friend’s very pregnant widow is in danger. A dedicated nurse, she refuses to leave her Serengeti medical clinic when it’s threatened by poachers. Chad is honor-bound to protect her, but who will save him from falling for his best friend’s wife?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Romance in the heart of Kenya
Kenya is a country on my list of places I would love to visit. And I enjoyed being able to do that vicariously through The Marine’s Return.
Though wounded, Chad was a strong character. He had been injured and was suffering from phantom pains in his arm that was no more yet still had a strong need to protect and to serve. Until he helped his dad secure the clinic in the bush, he had felt he had lost his purpose. I liked Chad with his vulnerability and fears and was so glad to see him heal.
There was a mystery about missing medical supplies and a poacher who was known to be injured and lurking somewhere “out there”. While this played into the story, I would not consider this to be an action or mystery or suspense story. We knew by little bits and pieces about what was going on with the poacher which was done well.
I found it interesting how few details were given about the characters. Other than build and hair color, very little was revealed. It allowed me to use my imagination to decide what they looked like and deemphasized the physical, which I thought was nice.
The story was interesting but it did drag in parts. While it stands alone, there were hints along the way of other stories that came before it. And the Epilogue attempted to wrap up not only this story but others in the series as well. It did seem more like a list of what had happened, though, instead of a narrative.
Overall, I am glad I read the book.
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