I’m excited to be on the blog tour today for Fire On The Mountain by Jean McNeil.
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Nick then meets Riaan, the Lissons’ son, and so begins an intense connection that threatens to erupt into a relationship neither had ever considered. In the shadow of the Brandberg, the glowing mountain that stands at the heart of the desert, Nick will discover that his passion for Riaan is not the only fire which threatens his newfound home.
The thing that most struck me about this book was the beautiful, vivid descriptions of the African landscape. I felt that I could really see it in my mind’s eye, see the sun sparkling on the water and feel the intense African sun on my face. I visited Africa in my early twenties and these descriptions have made me want to go back again!
Nick is a very conflicted character who goes on a real journey throughout the book as he discovers who he is. We learn near the beginning that he is running from something but he is a fairly mysterious character, who comes across as slightly moody and we don’t discover until later what this is. Despite this I felt sorry for him as he was obviously struggling with something but I also wanted to shake him and tell him to snap out of it and appreciate where he is.
The love story between Nick and Riann was wonderful to read about and definitely my favourite bit of the book. It is very tender and nervous at first but soon develops into something more passionate and it was great to go on the journey with them and watch their relationship developed. It seemed very realistic and it was great to see Nick come out of his shell.
My only slight criticism of this book is that it was quite slow to start with and I initially struggled to get into it. I do think the beginning was necessary though as it helps to set the scene for the book and helps the reader learn more about the characters and Africa. I’m glad I stuck with it though as I ended up enjoying reading about Nick and Riann and their trip into the bush.
This is Jean McNeil’s 13th book but the first I have read and I will definitely be looking out for future books from her. If you like books with lots of fantastic description and character development or love books about Africa you will enjoy this book.
Thank you to Imogen Harris and Legend Press for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
About The Author:
Jean McNeil is a prolific fiction and non- fiction author whose work has been nominated for and won several major international awards. She is Reader in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her first novel with Legend Press, and 12th overall publication was The Dhow House (2016).
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