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Grass Shoots

by: Jane Bwye

Does charity work in Africa? Not in the way you might expect.

Discover a unique adventure and love story, which also explores some uncomfortable truths, in this “fascinating” sequel of Jane Bwye’s bestselling novel, Breath of Africa.

Emily, an AIDS orphan, and Paul, Caroline’s son, are good friends, although Paul wishes it were more. The victim of a predatory stalker, Emily cannot respond to the natural urges of love, not even when Paul takes her to a remote dig in the southern desert and introduces her to his best friend Sam. Their mutual attraction is immediate, much to Paul’s disappointment.

Soon, Emily accompanies Sam on visits to the Kenya coast. She meets his family in a highland village, and, with Paul, becomes involved in a charity in the disastrous aftermath of the 2007 elections. Believing that people should learn to help themselves, she leaves her job in Nairobi to help raise the village from the ashes of destruction.

Nobody can understand Sam’s intense hatred for his father, who has reappeared after going missing for several years. The family conspire to bring about a reconciliation, but the result is precarious.

It is not until Emily has overcome her fears, and she and Sam announce their engagement, that the astonishing truth is finally revealed.

But will it shatter Emily’s newfound happiness?

Grass Shoots is a tender love story, completing the saga of Caroline and Charles and their respective families, against the backdrop of modern day Kenya.

Meet the Author
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Jane lived in Kenya for over half a century, where she was an intermittent freelance journalist, business owner and teacher. Her first novel, Breath of Africa, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, 2013. It draws on her experiences growing up in the country she still calls her home. The novella, I Lift Up My Eyes, is set in Sussex. She has been a world traveller, buying a bird book in every country she visits. Now retired in the UK, she is a volunteer business start-up mentor, she gives talks, and indulges her love for playing bridge, judging dressage, and watching tennis.
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Overview

Does charity work in Africa? Not in the way you might expect.

Discover a unique adventure and love story, which also explores some uncomfortable truths, in this “fascinating” sequel of Jane Bwye’s bestselling novel, Breath of Africa.

Emily, an AIDS orphan, and Paul, Caroline’s son, are good friends, although Paul wishes it were more. The victim of a predatory stalker, Emily cannot respond to the natural urges of love, not even when Paul takes her to a remote dig in the southern desert and introduces her to his best friend Sam. Their mutual attraction is immediate, much to Paul’s disappointment.

Soon, Emily accompanies Sam on visits to the Kenya coast. She meets his family in a highland village, and, with Paul, becomes involved in a charity in the disastrous aftermath of the 2007 elections. Believing that people should learn to help themselves, she leaves her job in Nairobi to help raise the village from the ashes of destruction.

Nobody can understand Sam’s intense hatred for his father, who has reappeared after going missing for several years. The family conspire to bring about a reconciliation, but the result is precarious.

It is not until Emily has overcome her fears, and she and Sam announce their engagement, that the astonishing truth is finally revealed.

But will it shatter Emily’s newfound happiness?

Grass Shoots is a tender love story, completing the saga of Caroline and Charles and their respective families, against the backdrop of modern day Kenya.

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