Ann-Maree Howarth’s


What an adventurest tale this book was from a heartbreaking New Year’s Eve to all the wonders of Africa. This has been the first paperback I have read in a while and I must say I really missed this form of reading. Donna Munro is a new author to me, an this is the very first book she has published. As an Australian, I really enjoyed the Australian lingo and quirks along the way. The flow or the story was good, it will whole your attention and keep you want to read and found out more. The author did also include a lot of African words and meaning to give you a very authentic feel to the story and you just might learn a few new words of African along the way. This kind of reading might be a bit of a distraction at first but stick with it the story will flow better after the author has given us a full description of Africa and the characters within it.

During this story will find our heroine travelling from her little suburban home in Australia to the dynamic country of Zanzibar where is volunteering to find herself again. Alkina finds herself an empty nest and a too time cheating husband at the start of a new year so she decided to fulfil her dream of going to Africa.

Dr Don Cloutier wanted Ali.

Kendwa wanted Ali.

Shaun wanted Ali.

Even Roger wanted Ali back.

Ali fell in love with the magic of Zanzibar and loved her job at the shelter helping the single mothers open up the old resort to support themselves and their children.

Will she find magic in the arm of another man? Could she just have a holiday romance and then return home to her children and friends? Or will this working holiday change her life forever?

“Maybe there is magic on Zanzibar after all.”

This book is full of wonder, magic, sadness, hope, regret, strength, sorrow, joy, love, chemistry, family, heartache, wildlife and most of all adventure that will fill you as you read. There was some part of the story I went really……but it was not my story to tell but the authors. It was a lovely change to the books I have been reading and I totally enjoyed this book even though I have had it sitting next to my bed for the last few months.

Ann-Maree is a reviewer. See her website: Reading for the Love of Books