Rachel's parents work in a hospital in a small village in Africa in 1919. Although they are from England, Africa is the only home Rachel has ever known. When a highly contagious disease sweeps through the village, Rachel is left on her own. Another family sends her to England, where Rachel must pretend to be someone else.
This book is a bit similar to A Little Princess or Heidi, in that an orphaned girl befriends new acquaintances from a different background. The book spans a long period of time, and some sections are given much more detail than others. This gives it a slightly off-balance feel, but the book still goes quickly. The details of the illnesses at the African hospital and the loss of her parents may be sensitive topics for some readers.
" I was like the leopard at the moment before it springs, tasting only what was to come."
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