Angel’s mother has been killed by a snake, and she is alone in the Tanzanian desert. When she’s confronted by a lioness she is sure she will die. But the lion doesn’t kill her…
Angel pushed herself back against the rock as the lioness walked towards her. She knew nothing could save her now. ..Her heart raced with terror, her breath snagged in her lungs. But then, a thought came to her. She would die here, like Laura. She would not have to live on. With a sense of calm, she closed her eyes and waited for the lioness to come.
Angel’s mother has been killed by a snake, and she is alone in the Tanzanian desert. When she’s confronted by a lioness she is sure she will die. But the lion doesn’t kill her.
Emma Lindberg has come from Australia to visit the medical research station where her mother died. When she gets caught up in the search for the missing child, her plans for the future are turned upside down, and she must find a strength she didn’t know she has.
Lioness is a moving tale of love on many levels – love between mother and daughter, between lovers and potential lovers, between human and animal. Readers will be especially intrigued by the latter, with the lioness Moyo caring for Angel and seeming to have an intuitive link with other humans.
Set in rural Tanzania, and with a diverse cast, Lioness is a heart-warming read.
Lioness, by Katherine Scholes
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She stood still, staring ahead over open heathland. The sea lay spread before her – a wide expanse of heaving grey, faintly flecked with white. The leaden hue was mirrored so closely by the sky that the horizon could barely be seen. Sky and sea were one – a vast, cold realm. She felt a slow shiver travel up her spine.
Stella Boyd grew up in a small Tasmanian village, but she hasn’t been back since she was a teenager. Now she is a successful journalist travelling the world and reporting from dangerous locations. But when she receives word that her fisherman father is missing at sea she knows that she must return to Halfmoon Bay and face the demons of her past.
Back at home Stella must deal with the events of 1975 and face Zeph, the young man she met in an isolated bay near her house. Only when she deals with the emotional events of her teenage years can she begin to build a future for herself and her mother.
The Stone Angel is a beautiful, heart wrenching novel, set in a quiet fishing village in Tasmania. It is a tale of family secrets, and of life dreams, as well as of fate, and draws the reader into an emotionally fraught journey over the main character’s sixteenth summer, and the period following her father’s death sixteen years later, with glimpses at the intervening years.
A beautiful book.
The Stone Angel, by Katherine Scholes