Stepping off the boat in Mombasa, eighteen-year-old Rachel Fullsmith stands on Kenyan soil for the first time in six years. She has come home. But when Rachel reaches the family farm at the end of the dusty Rift Valley Road, she finds so much has changed. Her beloved father has moved his new partner and her son into the family home. She hears menacing rumours of Mau Mau violence, and witnesses cruel reprisals by British soldiers. Even Michael, the handsome Kikuyu boy from her childhood, has started to look at her differently. Isolated and conflicted, Rachel fears for her future. But when home is no longer a place of safety and belonging, where do you go, and who do you turn to?
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - I haven't read a story like this in awhile and it was nice to read something different. I really love the setting of this book and how descriptive it is. Also the authors writing, it just flowed so nice and beautiful that it was easy to get gripped to this story and not stop until the end. There are some scenes with animals getting hurt that I will mention if you don't like that kind of thing, it is easy to skip over.
Rachel has moved back to Kenya after six years away to find that everything isn't what it used to be like. Set in 1950, Kenya is no longer the safe place she remembers. Her father is still living on the family farm but in the midst of the Mau Mau Rebellion, Rachel is going to find out that everything has changed, with her father moving in a new woman, who is basically controlling him, who can she turn too?
Like I said, I really like the description in this book. The author really knows how to write complex characters and keep you interested to see what is happening and what is going to happen.
A story of a girl who is going home and having to deal with all the changes around her.