- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Warm Witty Publishing (22 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0648019403
- ISBN-13: 978-0648019404
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
The Zanzibar Moon Paperback – 22 May 2017
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"You actually have a lot of content in the book and the story line is an interesting "Chick Lit" and reminded me of Janet Evanovich series a lot. The mix of dialogue and locations made the book move and the way that the character travelled allowed you to explore lots of options for material. I could tell you had written it - it really came from your soul and your experiences/loves. There is a real mix of chick lit, travel, suspense and tear jerking." - Angela Spzjoda (owner of 360 Degree Wellness)
"I loved it. I really felt like I was walking the narrow lanes of Zanzibar and that I was taken on an African safari. It was a unique and beautifully written story. I haven't read anything like it." - Valerie Ibbotson (retired)
"I finished reading The Zanzibar Moon and absolutely loved it, Donna. I didn't predict the ending either. It's exotic, funny and full of adventure. It's also inspired me to go to Zanzibar one day." - Leesa Bennett (volunteer teacher abroad)
"I thoroughly enjoyed being in Africa. I think women will love reading this, as it is most women's fantasy at some point." - Tracy Wilkinson (target reader)
"I am really impressed by the book, you have really done your homework and if I did not l know any better I would have sworn that you have lived in Africa for a period of time. You have captured life here so well with the chaos, the beauty, the nature, even down to the sometimes not so pleasant aromas (haha). The story line is great and the characters are interesting. I also like how you have put the relevant chapters in the first tense for Alkina and Dr Don. It lets you get closer to the character I think. I showed some of the Swahili to my colleague and as far as she could tell you were spot on." - Kerry Zillner (UN worker in Africa)
This is Donna Munro's debut novel with a unique writer's voice that is engaging and witty. This is a well-researched story, blended with magical undertones in a contemporary setting. It's a well-written easy read. It will stay with you long after the moon sets.
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By Donna Munro
Published by: Warm Witty Publishing
The story tells of the lovely Alkina’s journey from betrayal in marriage by an Australian, via passionate adventures with an iconic exciting African, returning to being cherished by the reliable man next door in Australia. She is the mainstay of her loving family but goes on a charitable mission and discovers beautiful Zanzibar. There she meets two men who compete for her. Kendwa, the winner, is a passionate conservationist and their explicit trysts are punctuated by encounters with local wild animals.
There is drama aplenty in this novel, with her marriage breakup, poacher killings and a medical crisis. Ali is resilient and kind, bringing out the best in the men she chooses. Munro recounts their intimacy deftly, with three dimensional emotions and avoiding the pitfalls of clichéd narrative. She imbues the story with great love for Africa, its people, children and wild animals.
The portrayal of Ali’s feelings being aroused, enticed, sated and finally committed in relationship, is dreamlike, a metaphor for how to achieve life satisfaction. Perhaps true love is a place that we forge for ourselves by a sort of magic, between euphoria and disrespect, between tragedy and mundanity. Then we can happily dream because we have something to dream about, like Ali.
The Zanzibar Moon invites us to follow that rainbow. It is warm, kind and optimistic. I recommend it to anyone who likes dreams of love.
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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.