In The Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt is a novel the reader will not soon forget. The underlying theme throughout this story, is hope. Main character, Rachel, is grieving the loss of her baby and the death of her mother. She craves knowledge of the father that abandoned her and disappeared when she was a child. She embarks on a journey that leads her to war-ravaged Rwanda where her father was last known to have lived. She meets Lilly, the woman he turned to and also abandoned, who wants nothing to do with Rachel. Lilly runs a home for orphaned children. At the insistence of a man who is like Lilly’s son, she allows Rachel to stay, and the two gradually build a bond. Putting herself in great danger, Rachel finds out the truth of why her father disappeared from Lilly’s life, and her own. Haupt does an exceptional job of showing the reader the devastation that occurred in Rwanda without portraying it in an overly violent and bloody way. Her characters are intriguing and the reader will quickly bond with them.
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