Once to Every Man by Elizabeth Cain

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Just before her sixteenth birthday, missionary Reena Pavane stepped onto African soil and called it home. Four years later, she’s swept from her post in Huzuni amid rumblings of war by British photojournalist Jim Stone, a man who loves East Africa and wants to tell its story and show its many
faces. Staying true to their separate callings is complicated by their unexpected feelings for each other.

When Stone leaves hurriedly for a top-secret story but doesn’t have his malaria medicine, Reena enlists the help of black man Dakimu Reiman to help her find Stone. Deep in the jungle, they discover
Stone is being held by militants, and death for all seems inevitable.

The lives of Stone, Reena, and Dak evolve in the political turmoil of the 1950s and early 1960s in Tanganyika. Their personal goals, unrelated at the start, become increasingly dependent on and resolvable only inside their surprising and complex
relationship. From the wild savannahs and forests of East Africa to England and the United States, spiritual, racial, and cultural barriers threaten and divide them. There is one thing among them that cannot be shaken and brings them to the harrowing
edge of every choice they have made and every tenet they have believed. Their road to redemption is marked with controversy, self-doubt, and pain.

About Elizabeth Cain

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Elizabeth Cain is a native Californian now living in Montana. She was a secondary schoolteacher for thirty-one years and still teaches poetry units at Lincoln School. She writes short stories and poetry, and she is the author of the nonfiction book They Call Me Sunny. Cain is working on her second novel, Almost Paradise.
Published July 18, 2012 by iUniverse. 235 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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Dakimu Reiman, a young African, helps her on the journey but finds himself torn between wanting to help Reena and Jim and wanting to hate them because of what white people have done to his fellow Africans.

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