July 14, 2017

On My Side Table

I found this title through podcast notes from the Modern Mrs Darcy. This lady reads up a storm and isn't lacking for book titles if you're on the look out.

I was pleased to find it on our digital library as an ebook----how can I pass up a free read?
(Amazon.ca) "Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Paris Wife, takes readers to Kenya in the 1920s, where the beautiful young horse trainer, adventurer and aviator Beryl Markham tells the story of her life among the glamorous and decadent circle of British expats living in colonial East Africa--and the complicated love triangle she shared with the white hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa.    Brought to Kenya as a small child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised both by her father--a racehorse trainer--and the native Kipsigis tribe on her father's land. Her unconventional upbringing transforms her into a daring young woman, with a love of all things wild, but everything she knows and trusts dissolves when her father's farm goes bankrupt. Reeling from the scandal and heartbreak, Beryl is catapulted into a disastrous marriage at the age of 16. Finally she makes the courageous decision to break free, forging her own path as a horse trainer and shocking high society in the process. The British colony has never seen a woman as determined and fiery as Beryl. Before long, she catches the eye of the fascinating and bohemian Happy Valley set, including writer Karen Blixen and her lover Denys Finch Hatton, who will later be immortalized in Blixen's memoir, Out of Africa. The three become embroiled in a complex triangle that changes the course of Beryl's life, setting tragedy in motion while awakening her to her truest self and her fate: to fly."
So far, I've enjoyed this trip to colonial Kenya.

I'm still making my way through this fantastic, practical, book on a praying life. It has shown me how prayer can be part of our everyday thoughts. And I've been challenged to watch for God's gospel story being weaved through my life and others'.

Since being in Canada, my mom has bought herself a copy and had the chance to encourage others to pick it up. I hope to get my hands on a copy of his other book Love Walked Among Us someday as well.

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