A touching and honest story about a boy who gives up his teenage years to become a professional tennis player. Anton lets Tennis become his life but through his journey he takes ownership of his life and his career and it shapes the man he becomes. An inside look at professional sports and the dedication it takes to win.
As a white girl growing up in South Africa Robin lives a life of privilege until that life no longer exists. Robin forms a deep attachment to Beauty an African woman who becomes part friend, part mother, part protector in Robin’s new life. In Beauty’s free time she searches for her missing daughter and Robin slowly becomes involved in her search. Throughout their journey the women form a deep and lasting bond that transcends the legal limits of their time. A heartfelt and wonderful story of love and friendship and family.
Rose and Sabine end up being drawn together by a quest to find those they love with surprising results. Sabine is a retired aid worker who returns to Uganda in search of her missing niece Lilly. Rose is searching for her lover Ocen. Together the women must follow the trail left by their loved ones across a war torn country where friend and foe look to much alike. Full of action and plot twists, but with a deep and meaningful side to the plot as well this novel has something for everyone.
First let me warn you that this book was previously published under the title Learning to Live and Eat in an Italian Family. Not sure either title is a good fit for the book but I did enjoy it. It made me laugh out loud, cry happy tears and wish I knew how to cook real Italian food. Katherine takes a job working at the consulate and is welcomed to town by the family that will become her in-laws. From the start she is a cultural and linguistic mess, but despite that she forms close lasting ties with her hosts and the group has quite the adventure on their way to happily ever after. I loved the way the story is told, I felt like I was right there as events unfolded. A warm and wonderful look at families.
This is at it’s heart the story of a family, one that is both blood and the close friends who become as close or closer than your blood relatives over time. At it’s center is Mugo who was given a place on the family estate even though is father left it all to his brother who has quietly kept it afloat all these years, but as the brothers age and move into the later part of their lives their roles change and the future seems uncertain. The story weaves between the present and the past which is a story setup that I enjoy and the characters are memorable and warm and when you finish you feel like you are leaving behind a small town full for friends.