I Can’t Wait for… Olive the Lionheart by Brad Ricca

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released, but not necessarily. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was originally hosted at Breaking the Spine.

My pick for this week is the true story of a woman’s quest to Africa in the early 1900s to find her missing fiancé, complete with jungles, swamps, cities, deserts, and more…

Title: Olive the Lionheart

Author: Brad Ricca

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: Aug 11, 2020

Genres: Non-fiction

Shelves: Female-fronted

From the Edgar-nominated author of the bestselling Mrs. Sherlock Holmes comes the true story of a woman’s quest to Africa in the 1900s to find her missing fiancé, and the adventure that ensues.

In 1910, Olive MacLeod, a thirty-year-old, redheaded Scottish aristocrat, received word that her fiancé, the famous naturalist Boyd Alexander, was missing in Africa.

So she went to find him.

Olive the Lionheart is the thrilling true story of her astonishing journey. In jungles, swamps, cities, and deserts, Olive and her two companions, the Talbots, come face-to-face with cobras and crocodiles, wise native chiefs, a murderous leopard cult, a haunted forest, and even two adorable lion cubs that she adopts as her own. Making her way in a pair of ill-fitting boots, Olive awakens to the many forces around her, from shadowy colonial powers to an invisible Islamic warlord who may hold the key to Boyd’s disappearance. As these secrets begin to unravel, all of Olive’s assumptions prove wrong and she is forced to confront the darkest, most shocking secret of all: why she really came to Africa in the first place.

Drawing on Olive’s own letters and secret diaries, Olive the Lionheart is a love story that defies all boundaries, set against the backdrop of a beautiful, unconquerable Africa.

4 thoughts on “I Can’t Wait for… Olive the Lionheart by Brad Ricca

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  1. Wow, this sounds amazing, and I rarely read non fiction. I can’t help but think of Out Of Africa when I read the description, although the stories are completely different.

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  2. This sounds so exciting! I imagine it would be a hard one to put down. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I hope you love it when you read it.

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