My Heart Is Not My Own

My Heart Is Not My Own

Book - 2013
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Dr. John Rourke is haunted by his days as a relief doctor in West Africa. In the 1990s, in the midst of a civil war, he provided medical attention and supplies to the people of Sierra Leone. He befriended a local nurse named Mariama Lahai and a doctor named Momodu, but lost contact when the conflict escalated to conflagration. His last memory of Sierra Leone is of Mariama delivering a beautiful baby girl to a tortured, mutilated mother just before armed rebels take the hospital. Now living in Vancouver and happily married to Nadia, who is expecting their first child, John is thrust back into the horrors of the past by the arrival of a package from Sierra Leone. He realizes that before he can commit to his future, he’ll have to confront his conscience and the pain of his past. He embarks upon a journey that takes him back into Mariama's world of child soldiers, bush-wives, and African secret societies.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Penguin Canada, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780143187981
Characteristics: 367 pages ;,23 cm.

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Dec 28, 2014

I could not put this book down. It was a reminder of how fortunate I am to live in the civilized world. It was also a reminder of how much for granted western civilization in general takes. We have never known the kind of hunger or fear portrayed in this book.

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