26 October 2017

A Delightful Read With an African Setting | A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star by J.A. Myhre

ABOUT THE BOOK

Follow along with thirteen-year-old Kusiima in the third book of J.A. Myhre's The Rwendigo Tales.

Just thirteen years old, Kusiima has no time for school, sports, or hanging out with the other boys in his African village. With no father or mother to take care of him, he works long hours to support his grandmother and sickly baby sister. Then one day, Kusiima's life suddenly changes when he travels into a nearby protected forest. In the forest, Kusiima is presented with many choices, all with uncertain outcomes. Should he go along with illegal logging? Help to save an endangered baby gorilla? Follow a donkey to who knows where?

With each choice, Kusiima has to make yet another decision about what is right in front of him. As he does, he meets a mysterious doctor who holds the key to his past and his future. In the end, Kusiima is faced with the hardest choice of all. Can he forgive a great wrong and heal a broken relationship?

Readers of all ages won't want to put down this exciting book that addresses current realities, like AIDS, malnutrition, and environmental destruction, all set in a richly detailed African adventure story. Following along as Kusiima makes his decisions, readers will find themselves considering their own choices and growing in empathy for others. This action-packed tale of a boy, his sister, and an orphaned gorilla is also a clear call to give up bitterness and forgive deep hurts, restoring broken lives and relationships.

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MY REVIEW

Readers in search of adventure need look no further than A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star. Set in an African village, where a young teenaged boy faces choices that could change his life, J.A. Myhre’s story transports its readers into the adventure, drama, and suspense within its pages. It’s a quick and delightful read with a great exotic feel, perfect for children and adults alike. It’s definitely a story worth reading.

★★★★

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group, I received a complimentary copy of A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J. A. Myhre serves as a doctor with Serge in East Africa where she has worked for over two decades. She is passionate about health care for the poor, training local doctors and nurses, promoting childhood nutrition and development, and being the hands of Jesus in the hardest places. She is married to her best friend and colleague Scott, and together they have raised four children for whom many of her stories were written as Christmas presents.

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