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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
What’s a lonely widower to do when he needs a much-deserved breather? Harry Harambee's Kenyan Sundowner by Gerald Everett Jones tells of Harrison Gardner, an American widower who purchases a tour package intending to engage in debauchery. He finds something more profound when he meets Esther Mwemba, widowed like him, who works as a bookkeeper. Sparks quickly fly between them. Together with a tour operator named Aldo Barbieri, Esther introduces Harry to Victor Skebelsky, who is considered a force of nature, and one to be reckoned with. Harry will be carried along in a scheme that he never fully understands. All Esther wants is a decent job with a boss who treats her fairly, and the biggest question that she will have to answer from Harry is if she truly loves him.
Harry Harambee's Kenyan Sundowner is a journey of discovery. The storyline and dialogues offer a clear perspective on character motivation in a compelling setting, making the novel a brilliant study in expatriation. It is an exercise in an adventure that ends with a poignant truth about corruption and money laundering. Gerald Everett Jones knows what he’s talking about, judging from the persuasiveness of his characters. This novel is extraordinary because of the love story angle at the center of Harry’s adventure. The hedonistic life that he seeks in a foreign land becomes a probe to the uncharted mysteries of the heart. It is a strong and moving tale, inhabited by characters that are not just reactive but also active. Harry Harambee's Kenyan Sundowner is so solidly grounded in its chosen location that the whole reading experience feels organic. Read this book to find out how that feels.