Feature book: My Brother-But-One
This is a powerful and moving love story set in Africa. It is about courage, strength and determination in a harsh land and the fight of people against governments, poachers and an evil psychopath. I fell into this one and found it hard to put down. The setting is beautiful and can be heartrending, but it will keep you turning the pages.
Ashley Twine is an engineer living in Brisbane, Australia, who has just broken up with her boyfriend. Her heart was never really in the relationship because of something that happened to her when she was 6 years old. She has decided on a holiday to Africa, but instead of choosing a safari holiday she decides on a working holiday as a volunteer to help with the pumps in the Hwange National Park, which includes a stay on a ranch in Zimbabwe.
Scott Decker and Zol Ndhlovu own and run a ranch, Delmonica, and a game reserve that backs onto Hwange National Park. Scott has volunteers who come and help with the workings of the National Park and get to see the animals up close as well, but he has never had a female volunteer until now. A name mix-up has Ashley arrive and the sparks fly instantly. Zol is like a father to Scott and is his brother-but-one. Zol has also taught Scott so much about the bush since Scott’s father Charlie, Zol’s best friend, has passed away. Together they have a band of anti-poaching patrols that do what they can to keep the animals and people safe.
Ashley proves that she can fix anything and together they travel around the park fixing pumps that are needed to keep the wildlife in water. Scott gives her a room in the house because all the volunteer quarters are designed for males. This starts an amazing journey. Ashley sees for herself what poachers can do to the elephants and animals living in the national park, and learns of the dangers of living in Africa. She learns to shoot a gun and survival in the harsh bush, and falls in love with Africa and Scott. Scott is falling for Ashley, but all the women in his life have not been able to cope with Africa. But Ashley has a backbone and he is now convinced that will last the distance. After she is kidnapped by a psychopath albino who is the bane in many people’s lives, Scott is torn between sending her back to Australia but neither want to be apart.
This story is going to stay with me for a long time. It is heartbreaking and very moving with so much danger. This one has a very different kind of HEA but one that will have you smiling as you get close to all of the characters who have come to life on the pages and see their strength and determination in the fight against adversity. Love is a powerful emotion and brings this big family together with the old ways of Africa and the new ways joining together for a better life for the wild animals and wonderful people. Don’t miss this one as it is riveting. Thank you for hours of reading pleasure Ms Clark.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. All ARRA members who leave a comment by 17 December 2014 will go in the draw to win the book. (Update: the giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lyn W.)