Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Have You Ever Heard of Beryl Markham?

Thank you to Ballantine Books for a copy of Circling the Sun  in exchange for an honest review.  
Have you ever heard of the movie Out of Africa?  It is a  movie starred Meryl Streep as Karen Blixen and Robert Redford as Denys Finch Hatton.  Beryl made a small appearance, but what is her story?
Synopsis: 
Beryl Markham was born in the colony of Kenya around the late 1800s.  She stayed on the farm there with her father.  Her mother left and went to England with her brother.   She was quite the free spirit growing up in Kenya.   Although she married early in life, her heart belonged to horse racing.   The one person that meant the most is Denys Finch Hatton.   Which readers know from their relationship with Beryl’s friend Karen Blixen.  What is life like in the colonies?  Will Beryl find happiness?
My Thoughts: 
I enjoyed the novel by Paula McLain about Hadley Hemingway.   I did find Beryl Markham interesting but her story failed to keep me interested.  When I saw Paula describe this book she often referred to Out of Africa which I did not enjoy either.   Paula McLain is a talented  author who writes  descriptive prose.  She has a talent for bringing the past to life.   I look forward to seeing where she might go next.  
Circling the Sun is out  in paperback!  I hope you enjoy your journey to  Africa.
Rating: 

3.75/5
Please visit Paula McLain on her Facebook page and Website.

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