Circling The Sun - Paula Mclain
Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her
mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe
who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl
into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an
inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild
child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts
dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.
forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts
the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of
European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But
it’s the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps
Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity
of their love reveals Beryl’s truest self and her fate: to fly.
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (July 28, 2015)
MY THOUGHTS: I love reading about Africa at the turn of the century. Everything is just starting to grow and people are starting to settle the land. It isn't perfect, but the setting is awesome. Beryl is a small girl who's mother has left her father and went back to England. Beryl pretty much runs wild. She spends most of her childhood with Kipsigis tribe. Learning everything a boy from that tribe learns to become a warrior. But as Beryl grows into a young adult her father wants to polish her up and put her out in society. But Beryl doesn't want that, so she rebels. Beryl marries a man she hardly knows. The marriage is rocky right off. Beryl is trying to find her way in life. Where that takes her is her fate.....to fly. Wonderful book with lots of characters. I give this book 5.....
This book is for 3 of my reading challenges.......
Memoir Reading Challenge
Library Love Challenge
Outdo Yourself Challenge