Beyond the Savanna

Maryann Martinsen

In a rural Kenyan village, nineteen-year-old Hannah Blake labors alongside her American parents to provide healthcare for a tight-knit tribal community steeped in culture and tradition. But it is impossible for her to deny her true north—her spiritual connection to the wild creatures of the African savanna.


When a lion cub is orphaned, Hannah instinctively comes to its rescue and the two form an unbreakable bond. Her unbridled passion to protect animals leads to a crossroads with a poacher, creating a dangerous enemy and unintentionally setting off a chain of events that leaves her life in shambles.


Forced to flee to America, she faces an unknown future. Alone in a foreign land and surrounded by cold hearted strangers, she is certain she will never know happiness again, until she finds comfort in the companionship of a handsome young college professor. Hannah senses a powerful shared connection with Sam Daniels, but since he is both her teacher and a taken man, anything more than friendship seems unthinkable.


In her journey beyond the savanna, Hannah must find a reason to believe, a way to forgive, and the courage to trust in her wild heart again.

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