Every Serengeti Sunrise – Book Review

every serengeti sunrise



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?


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


“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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