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I simply wanted to step out of my ordinary life and find the Divine Appointment God had planned for me. I’d read about Mary Kinglsey, and it occurred to me that if I truly wanted to share an historical biography with my students, hers was it. So (with much trepidation) I booked the cheapest tour I could find to visit the Dark Continent of Africa. Who knew I’d meet a psychic named Vidalia (after the onion?) — not that I should have been surprised (after all, Bremen Tours specialized in “Voodoo relics of the Dark Continent,” or so it was emblazoned on their carry-alls, one of which I owned). But life got really strange when I met a mad (or was he drunk?) professor, a dashing prince (or possibly, the villain), a village headman (the warrior king? Or the prince of thieves?) and a witchdoctor who was neither witch nor doctor, but rather the sinister embodiment of a charlatan who preyed on tourists...and let’s not forget the man who started the whole mess—an embezzler-turned-kidnapper…of me! And that’s not to mention floating down a river full of crocodiles, two boys who wanted to hold me for ransom, an earthquake, a cave-in, the leopard in my bed, and a pink hippopotamus. In the end, my Divine Appointment from God held mystery, excitement and a whole lot more. Enjoy my adventure, Dear Reader, because I did!
Donna B Snow (Saturday, 15 October 2011)
4 ½ pearls review from me!rnrnFrom the beginning of the story Megan Jennings takes you on a grand adventure as she follows the historical path of
Mary Kingsley to Africa and tries not to miss “a divine appointment”. Most of us have a list in our head of places we’d like to see, things
we’d like to do in our lifetime – Megan has a written “List of Small Things to Accomplish” that she carries with her. Definitely the mind and
spirit of an adventurer, but from the troubles she finds herself in, she is obviously not experienced with the ways of the world and the darkness that
lurks there.rnrnFrom the handsome man she meets in the café in Paris, to the Professor and Gilbert, Ms. Maytree takes us on a whirlwind tour where we
meet lots of interesting characters and find ourselves in several questionable situations. What a grand adventure it really is! I hope you join her in
Megan Jennings has great admiration for Mary Kingsley and her search for a divine appointment from God. An instructor at a local college Megan is literally following in the footsteps of Ms. Kingsley in order to provide an example to her students. Dressed in Victorian era attire she launches on an inexpensive tour of West Africa in search of what could prove to be her own divine appointment. As her flight is about to leave Paris she is moved to first class accommodations apart from her tour group, which she assumes is good luck on her part. This is one of many digressions from her charted course. Megan meets people of questionable character, but her strong and opinionated nature is her strength. As her digression from the tour leads her through dangerous yet picturesque African territory, Megan follows her instincts. Not knowing who she can trust Megan relies on her instincts in following what she believes may be God's divine appointment for her life.
Gold Trap is a fast-paced "trip