An Ocean Away by Lisa Harris
Book Review by Diana Flowers
4 stars~ ****
An African Adventure!
Lisa Harris immediately sweeps us away on an exciting adventure to the wilds of Africa, a beautiful and majestic place, but one fraught with many dangers as well. Lizzie MacTavish loves her life as a missionary to the people of southern Africa, serving the natives along the banks of the Zambezi River. From the time she could walk, Lizzie has lived among the natives, learning their language and customs, and teaching them of God's love. Even when a tragedy befalls Lizzie and she loses both of her parents, her desire is to stay and work amongst those she has grown to love as family.
Andrew Styles is a man on a mission, and he has come on behalf of Lizzie's aunt and uncle to persuade her to return to New York, an assignment that proves to be very difficult for him. Soon a tribal war ensues, and Lizzie and Andrew must help move her people to a safer location. In transit, a hippo overturns their boat, and Andrew almost loses Lizzie. When she is attacked by someone in the jungle, Lizzie and Andrew begin to question whether it was really a hippo attack that caused their boat to capsize or was it a person? Who would want Lizzie out of the way and why?
Finally, out of necessity, Lizzie leaves her beloved Rhodesia to live in New York with her aunt and uncle, a place where she feels she doesn't belong; a place of secrets. Her heart longs to return to Africa, and Andrew fights within himself, concerning the call from God that he left behind years earlier. Soon it appears that Lizzie is no longer safe even in New York and Andrew fights to protect her and find out why someone wants her out of the picture. Is there any hope for Lizzie and Andrew, who belong to two different worlds, for Lizzie knows she must return to her beloved Africa.
Lisa Harris, herself a missionary in Mozambique, takes us on an exciting journey from page one...with wild elephants, warring tribes, dangerous hippos, mystery and romance all rolled into one! Her descriptive writing makes one feel as though they are right there. Loved it!