I really enjoyed African Hearts and read it within 24 hours.
It's a touching story of Gina, a nurse from Australia's Gold Coast who is called urgently to Africa to see her deathly ill brother. Unfortunately arriving a little too late, she becomes immersed in the life of his small African town as she struggles to come to terms with her newly met nephew, Justin and also the handsome but emotionally wounded doctor, Kamukama.
The mostly peaceful, but occasionally violent life of Uganda is the perfect backdrop for this gently-told tale of overcoming obstacles and making the most of an economically poor, but emotionally rich lifestyle. The characters are well-written and have their flaws, but become stronger as they use each other and their faith to realise their true potentials.
The young boy Justin is a delightful character, full of childhood innocence and positivity, but also morally wise beyond his tender years. I love his bond with the lion cub, Maucho, as they play together in the grasslands.
My favourite line from the story is, 'Kam's smile kissed her heart."
It is not the type of book I would normally read, so I thank Writers' Web for sending me a copy to review. It was time well spent. I did think it somewhat reliant on dialogue and sparse with the plot, but sometimes it's nice to read a gentle and inspirational story that makes you slow down and really think about our world. I enjoyed the writing style and thought it well edited.
On a romance scale, I'd rate it as 'Pride & Prejudice' (a very high) for it's lingering touches with heat and anticipation.I seriously can't believe it's been a month since my last review, as I've been on holidays and busily writing Dragon's Revenge. It's nice to enjoy someone else's writing for a change. :-)