Living in Kenya, it was too good an opportunity to pass up to not set a novel there. As a great lover of nature, I hugely enjoyed winding back Nairobi’s clock to the year 1903, watching the buildings of this teeming metropolis disappear and transform into a tiny township surrounded by Masaai herded plains, teeming with wildlife.
Iris is an intelligent, passionate young woman who wants nothing more than to go to university and study. But this is Edwardian England and instead, she is sent by her parents to far flung British East Africa to marry a colonial officer she has never met before. Iris is desperately lonely in Nairobi, but determining to make the best of her life there, she explores her new surroundings, eventually assisting a young Kikuyu teacher in his school house. But as their friendship deepens and her relationship with her husband worsens, Iris knows the terrible risk she is taking. If she chooses to follow her heart, the price she must pay will be devastating.
Set in early colonial Nairobi and the upheaval of 1950’s Mau Mau Emergency Kenya, this is a story of one brave and passionate woman’s journey through foreign terrains and life itself.
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