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I received an advanced reader s edition from the publisher and am under no obligation to post a review A story about a brave woman, Olive MacLeod, who traveled from the Isle of Skye, Scotland to Africa in search of her fianc e, Lieutenant Boyd Alexander, who was killed due to political unrest Based on a true story.I enjoyed the story, yet found that it didn t flow well Although I was intrigued by the characters, some of the story line was too subtle and unclear.My favorite quote in the book, I received an advanced reader s edition from the publisher and am under no obligation to post a review A story about a brave woman, Olive MacLeod, who traveled from the Isle of Skye, Scotland to Africa in search of her fianc e, Lieutenant Boyd Alexander, who was killed due to political unrest Based on a true story.I enjoyed the story, yet found that it didn t flow well Although I was intrigued by the characters, some of the story line was too subtle and unclear.My favorite quote in the book, Do not live for fear If you enjoy strong female characters, or want to take a mind journey to Africa, you will enjoy the story Reviewed on June 2020I enjoyed reading Olive the Lionheart my first by this new to me author While reading this entertaining , evocative novel, was transported in time and place , and found myself experiencing a vividly , beautifully descriptive adventure Re read YesRecommend YesI just reviewed Olive the Lionheart by Brad Ricca NetGalley @Download Pdf Î Olive the Lionheart: Lost Love, Imperial Spies, and One Woman's Journey to the Heart of Africa ¾ Brad Ricca s Olive MacLeod is my favorite sort of woman from history bold and unconventional, utterly unsinkable and her story is so full of adventure and acts of courage, it s hard to believe she actually lived And yet she did Brad Ricca has found a heroine for the ages, and written her tale with a winning combination of accuracy and imagination Paula McLain, author of Love and Ruin and The Paris WifeFrom the Edgar nominated author of the bestselling Mrs Sherlock Holmes comes the true story of a woman s quest to Africa in the s to find her missing fianc , and the adventure that ensuesIn , Olive MacLeod, a thirty year old, redheaded Scottish aristocrat, received word that her fianc , the famous naturalist Boyd Alexander, was missing in AfricaSo she went to find him Olive the Lionheart is the thrilling true story of her astonishing journey In jungles, swamps, cities, and deserts, Olive and her two companions, the Talbots, come face to face with cobras and crocodiles, wise native chiefs, a murderous leopard cult, a haunted forest, and even two adorable lion cubs that she adopts as her own Making her way in a pair of ill fitting boots, Olive awakens to the many forces around her, from shadowy colonial powers to an invisible Islamic warlord who may hold the key to Boyd s disappearance As these secrets begin to unravel, all of Olive s assumptions prove wrong and she is forced to confront the darkest, most shocking secret of all why she really came to Africa in the first placeDrawing on Olive s own letters and secret diaries, Olive the Lionheart is a love story that defies all boundaries, set against the backdrop of a beautiful, unconquerable Africa I m torn between 3 and 4 stars for this one I loved the concept and idea, and appreciated that the author tried to use as much primary source material from Olive the badass as was available possible The thought of a single woman in 1910 journeying to Africa to find her disappeared fianc was a great hook, but I didn t particularly care for the first half of the book I wish her letters had been weavedseamlessly into the narrative Also, I just kept thinking about colonialism I m torn between 3 and 4 stars for this one I loved the concept and idea, and appreciated that the author tried to use as much primary source material from Olive the badass as was available possible The thought of a single woman in 1910 journeying to Africa to find her disappeared fianc was a great hook, but I didn t particularly care for the first half of the book I wish her letters had been weavedseamlessly into the narrative Also, I just kept thinking about colonialism in Africa and its impact on the continent world, so that colored my perceptions of the book I did really enjoy the last half, although I think that Olive s lost fianc kind of sucks This is a true story of Olive MacLeod s , journey to Africa to find out what had happened to her Fiance, who was killed while there on an expedition She leaves England in 1910 at the age of 30, with a couple who wereexperienced travelers and whom would be her companions along the way, a Mr and Mrs Talbot This was a very interesting story taken mainly from Olives diaries and letters, by both herself, and Boyd Alexander her fiance the author made the story flow, without changing any of th This is a true story of Olive MacLeod s , journey to Africa to find out what had happened to her Fiance, who was killed while there on an expedition She leaves England in 1910 at the age of 30, with a couple who wereexperienced travelers and whom would be her companions along the way, a Mr and Mrs Talbot This was a very interesting story taken mainly from Olives diaries and letters, by both herself, and Boyd Alexander her fiance the author made the story flow, without changing any of the details Wonderful adventures and encounters with the local tribes and animals that lived along the route that they took, trekking 3,700 miles in nine months to visit her fiance s grave and to find out what really happened to him.The story gives us a feel for what was happening in Africa, during that time period, as they would go through, British, French and German territories.The descriptions are wonderful and one gets a great feel of the different tribes and there customs Olive was truly a strong and fascinating person.I would like to thank NetGalley and St Martin s Press for a copy of this book This non fiction book about Olive McLeod is truly unique Olive exemplifies two very different examples of a woman in the early 1900 s The first being the woman of a higher class whose main goal in life it would seem would be to enter into a respectable marriage and make a good home for her husband The other woman, whom we see in the amazing setting of wild and beautiful Africa, is nothing short of the most courageous adventurer of her time.The story is told mostly told through diaries, Olive This non fiction book about Olive McLeod is truly unique Olive exemplifies two very different examples of a woman in the early 1900 s The first being the woman of a higher class whose main goal in life it would seem would be to enter into a respectable marriage and make a good home for her husband The other woman, whom we see in the amazing setting of wild and beautiful Africa, is nothing short of the most courageous adventurer of her time.The story is told mostly told through diaries, Olive s own and her fiance s , as well as letters that both of them wrote to each other After the initial introduction to the man she believed she would marry, Olive learned that he was missing in Africa as she awaited his return From there, she against all odds it seemed to me put together a trip with a Mr Talbot and his wife, to go to the areas of Africa where her fianc had traveled.The parts I truly enjoyed were the descriptions of the African continent forests, deserts, lakes, waterfalls It was a dream I was trying to keep up with as she and her companions traveled the natives they met and the colonialists who greeted them as well I would have liked several things in the book, mainly at least a couple maps of the areas they travelled Yes, I googled the names and was fascinated Photos would also have enhanced the book The ending was not really the end of the story because there was an Epilogue, certainly, but also there was short shrift, in my opinion, of the rest of the story Perhaps even a second book would have been warranted, and the author, Brad Ricca would seem to be up to the task.What an amazing woman Olive was I won this uncorrected paperback proof in a Goodreads giveaway I won an Advance Reader s Edition of Olive the Lionheart by Brad Ricca from Goodreads.Olive the Lionheart by Brad Ricca is well written, researched, and documented, and it reads like a novel The author uses letters, diaries, and other sources to take readers on a trek through central Africa in 1910 and 1911, as Olive MacLeod endures extreme heat, rugged trails, and life threatening encounters with man and beast in her search for her fiance s grave Along the way, she experiences many joyful and I won an Advance Reader s Edition of Olive the Lionheart by Brad Ricca from Goodreads.Olive the Lionheart by Brad Ricca is well written, researched, and documented, and it reads like a novel The author uses letters, diaries, and other sources to take readers on a trek through central Africa in 1910 and 1911, as Olive MacLeod endures extreme heat, rugged trails, and life threatening encounters with man and beast in her search for her fiance s grave Along the way, she experiences many joyful and exhilarating moments, as well Olive the Lionheart touches readers hearts in surprising ways I was totally on board with this book s premise but, almost from the beginning, it was a disappointment Mostly due to the lame attempts at misdirection in an effort to create excitement in the narrative the most egregious example being Olive s disappearance which was just her being in her tent I suspect I would have enjoyed Olive MacLeod s book about her trip which was titled Chiefs and Cities of Central Africa muchthan this awkward modern reimagining that tries to frame Olive as a I was totally on board with this book s premise but, almost from the beginning, it was a disappointment Mostly due to the lame attempts at misdirection in an effort to create excitement in the narrative the most egregious example being Olive s disappearance which was just her being in her tent I suspect I would have enjoyed Olive MacLeod s book about her trip which was titled Chiefs and Cities of Central Africa muchthan this awkward modern reimagining that tries to frame Olive as a lovesick puppy searching for her fiancee.I received a free copy of this book for review from the publisher Really, really intrigued to read this Thank you to St Martin s Press for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 5.0 starsBiographer Brad Ricca has a penchant for discovering and sharing long forgotten rich historical stories which are as personal as they are informative His research and footnoting in this particualr story is herculean These citations provide the gravitas of this tremendous and epic story of Olive MacLeod, a young, fearless and driven explorer and adventurer driven by her own heartache Her quest for answers to the mysteries surrounding her fianc s famous naturalist Boyd Alexan 3.5 5.0 starsBiographer Brad Ricca has a penchant for discovering and sharing long forgotten rich historical stories which are as personal as they are informative His research and footnoting in this particualr story is herculean These citations provide the gravitas of this tremendous and epic story of Olive MacLeod, a young, fearless and driven explorer and adventurer driven by her own heartache Her quest for answers to the mysteries surrounding her fianc s famous naturalist Boyd Alexander 1910 disappearance and presumed demise in Central Africa takes her deep into to the heart of that wild and uncharted land encountering places and cultures never previously observed by any European woman Accompanied by the Talbots, a seasoned British couple well acquainted with the African land, Olive is greeted and acknowledged by many African dignitaries and leaders She and the Talbots, accompanied by a sizable entourage, endure harsh weather, subterfuge and poisoning They encounter much wildlife along their travels such as water buffalo, hippopotamus, cobras, lions, scorpions, crocodiles, giraffes, elephants and baboons The native peoples are captivated by the foreigners hair, expecially that of Olive as her flaming red tresses reach nearly to the floor when unpinned.The material for this book is drawn from the journals of Olive MacLeod and Boyd Alexander as well as the correspondence between the two of them As rich as this story is, there is much which is uncomfortable to a sensitive reader There is violence, perfidy and the harsh realities of life s greatest disappointments Yet, too, there is also much within this tale which is to be celebrated Olive starts out as a na ve, unseasoned and plucky young woman and through her nine month African exploration finds out the tough stuff of which she is made She overcomes her heartache and soars to great heights through her discoveries, whether they be physical or psychological This is a story which begged to be told and we are all that much richer for its telling.I am grateful to author Brad Ricca and publisher St Martin s Press for having provided a complimentary advance reader d edition of this book through Goodreads First Reads Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review the words of which are mine alone