Saturday, January 20, 2018


Circling The Sun - Paula Mclain

Product Description(
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.

Beryl 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) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0345534182 
ISBN-13: 978-0345534187

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 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

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