Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Every Serengeti Sunrise by Rula Sinara

Posted November 15, 2017 by meezcarrie in contemporary, giveaway, romance, Rula Sinara / 15 Comments

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about the book

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?

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SERIES: From Kenya, With Love #4
GENRE: Contemporary Clean Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
PAGES: 368

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“It was as if all the perfect places from all the books they’d read had come together.”

This is my first Rula Sinara book, but it will not be my last! Fun & layered characters. A vividly drawn setting. Engaging writing voice. Witty moments. Heartfelt scenes. Emotional tension. Romantic chemistry. Family. Friendship. All of these things and more make Every Serengeti Sunrise a new fave.

While this book can absolutely be read as a standalone, I couldn’t help but notice that these characters seemed to have backstories that had already been told. So I did some digging and discovered that I was right. The really cool thing about Every Serengeti Sunrise is that it tells the story of three adult friends – Haki, Maddie, and Pippa – whom readers first met as children in the previous three books of this series. According to the author, this book takes place about 15 years after Through the Storm (book 3). Let me tell you, I am definitely going to be back-reading the first three books after falling in love with this one (and its characters).

Sinara writes with such a compelling, warm and witty voice. You can’t help but be immediately drawn into the characters and their story. It’s not long before you are emotionally invested in every facet of the plot, including the doozy of a love triangle and the survival of the wildlife you meet along the way. As a result, your heart is broken just a little bit along with the characters’ hearts, but it’s completely worth the wound.

Bottom Line: Every Serengeti Sunrise by Rula Sinara will make you smile, chuckle and – yes – shed a few tears. The characters become your friends, and the Serengeti setting feels like home. For those of us who will probably never venture across the world for the breathtaking experience of life among the giraffes and elephants and lions, we can live vicariously through Haki and Maddie and Pippa while we’re immersed in the pages of their story. Along the way, we also get a taste of important human rights and animal rights issues, as well as a reminder to be the person we were created to be – not someone living solely to meet everyone else’s expectations. A thoroughly enjoyable and engaging story in every way!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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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, where you can also sign up for her newsletter.


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

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15 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Every Serengeti Sunrise by Rula Sinara

  1. Kay Garrett

    Rula Sinara is a new author to me. I loved the storyline from your About the Book, but after reading your My Thoughts, I know I have to put this on my TBR list. Loved the cover especially the little things like the tree in the background to the dreamy look in the woman’s face.

  2. Vivian Furbay

    This is a different and unusual story taking place in Africa. Sounds very interesting! If I am blessed to win, I wouldn’t be able to take e-books as I only have a pc/

  3. Linda Moffitt

    I would Love to win Rula’s Books. I’ve had them on my wish list forever. They all sound great. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. Sabrina Templin

    Rula Sinara is a new to me author. I know when you give something 5 stars it’s a must read. And I love it’s a standalone so even though you said there is another book that mentions the characters i could still enjoy this book. Thank you for highlighting new to me authors! 😀

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