RELEASE DATE: 23th June 2016
BLURB: Heath Crowley is an Australian man, born with two different coloured eyes and the gift—or curse—of having premonition dreams. He also has nothing left to live for. Twelve months after having his life upended, his dreams tell him where he needs to be. So with nothing―and no one―to keep him in Sydney, he simply boards a plane for Tanzania. Not caring if he lives or dies, Heath walks into a tribe of Maasai and asks to stay. Granted permission, he leaves behind the name and heartbreak of Heath and starts over with the new Maasai name of Alé.
From the day of his birth, Damu has always been an outcast. The son of the chief and brother to the great warrior leader, Damu is reminded constantly that he’s not good enough to be considered a man in the eyes of his people. Ordered to take responsibility for Alé, Damu shares with him the ways of the Maasai, just as Alé shares with Damu the world outside the acacia thorn fence. But it’s more than just a cultural exchange. It’s about trust and acceptance, finding themselves, and a true sense of purpose.
Under the African sky on the plains of the Serengeti, Heath finds more than just a reason to live. He finds a man like no other, and a reason to love.
I believe this is going to be one of those books you either love or hate, some will label it as controversial, others will label it as a wonderful but somewhat painful love story of two men from very different cultural backgrounds, coming together with love in their hearts.
I’m a romance reader, so my review is based on the love storyline that unfolded, not any political correctness or the probability factor of something like this happening, it’s a fiction love story and should be treated as such.
“Keper ainei” he murmured “Keper ainei” – My heaven. My heaven.
Heath Crowley has an incredible gift, or should that read an incredible curse? He has premonition dreams. His life has never been easy, his sexual preference alienated him from his family and when he finds love, it’s taken from him cruelly and leaves a deep emotional scar, life has no meaning for him now.
In one of his dreams, he is told to go the Maasai in Tanzania, not caring if he lives or dies and after telling his mother exactly what he thinks of her as a person, he leaves for Tanzania with only a rucksack as his companion.
Kasisi, the leader of this group of Maasai, accepts him into the tribe. He has been expecting him through his own dreams. He believes that Heath is the ghost of the revered Kafir and bought to them to show them the way forward. Heath is then renamed “Ale” and given into the care of Damu.
Damu is a social outcast in the village, something that Ale struggles with. To him, Damu has a serene calmness about him and projects this calmness to him, a calmness that he has never felt before and so their love story begins.
But it’s not all plain sailing to get to their HEA. Life in the Serengeti is harsh, cultural differences and beliefs become major hurdles to overcome, can these two men, whose love if found out, would mean instant death, overcome those hurdles and be truly together?
For me, the author wrote the most amazing character in Damu, this was his book all the way. His acceptance of his position within the tribe was heart-breaking to me. But seeing him blossom and flower with Ale was a delight to read and made up for the tears and injustices. The delight in seeing things for the first time was a truly humbling experience and his easy acceptance to all things new was heart lifting and joyous, as I said, the author wrote a truly marvellous character.
4* heartfelt stars from me.
**** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.****