Leopard at the Door

Leopard at the Door

Book - 2017
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"Set in Kenya against the fading backdrop of the British Empire, a story of self-discovery, betrayal, and an impossible love. After six years in England, Rachel has returned to Kenya and the farm where she spent her childhood, but the beloved home she'd longed for is much changed. Her father's new companion--a strange, intolerant woman--has taken over the household. The political climate in the country grows more unsettled by the day and is approaching the boiling point. And looming over them all is the threat of the Mau Mau, a secret society intent on uniting the native Kenyans and overthrowing the whites. As Rachel struggles to find her place in her home and her country, she initiates a covert relationship, one that will demand from her a gross act of betrayal. One man knows her secret, and he has made it clear how she can buy his silence. But she knows something of her own, something she has never told anyone. And her knowledge brings her power"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017
ISBN: 9780399158254
Branch Call Number: FICTION McV
Description: 392 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 20, 2018

You feel for Rachel who felt adrift after 6 years in an English girls boarding school where she lived a stilted life. When she returned to Kenya she was hoping everything had stayed the same and that she would find what she was missing when in England. One glaring aspect about Rachel was her lack of experience. So many things she did were frustrating to read because she didn't learn from what was going on around her and continually put her foot in her mouth. I felt like the last 20 pages were a sad attempt to tie the ends of the story together (her "incarceration" was ludicrous). Enjoyed the descriptions of the Kenya, the wild life and the political aspects but the book could have been much more.

Jun 27, 2018

A well-written, captivating story of realistic colonial Kenya. Paints a genuine story of the battle of racism and colonialism. Thus, it is not a very happy story. It is realistic fiction. It exemplifies the hurt and scars that colonialism left on Africa and native peoples around the world, instead of the pretty painting of colonists living adventurous lives and ignoring the oppression of people. Highly recommend this read.

debwalker May 02, 2018

Costco Pennie's Pick for May 2018. "If you have never been to Kenya--or are longing to return--let McVeigh's vivid descriptions and storytelling transport you to another place and another time."
Flame Trees of Thika + White Mischief....Africa did strange things to the Brits!

ontherideau Dec 08, 2017

This tale is far from heartwarming and not for those who want a happy ending. From Library Journal.
I don't need a happy ending but I do like some happy moments and there aren't many.

ArapahoeAnnaL Sep 16, 2017

It's Kenya in 1954 during the Mau Mau uprising and the beginning of the end of British rule. Forbidden love, a sadistic villain, social oppression, a wild beautiful setting, and a compelling plot make this historical novel a terrific read!

ArapahoeKati Feb 13, 2017

A beautifully written novel set in turbulent 1950s Kenya. I read this in a single day because I was swept into the story. Recommend!


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