By Melissa Haynes
Playing with a lion’s testicles: An African announcing that implies to take foolhardy chances.
For the reader who has ever dreamed of going to Africa or is aware the soreness of loss and guilt, Learning to Play with a Lion's Testicles will fill your soul.
Melissa, an exhausted government from the town seeks which means and goal from her paintings volunteers for an enormous 5 conservation undertaking in South Africa. Her boss, an over-zealous ranger, nicknamed the Drill Sergeant, has no endurance for urban folks, specially if they're ladies. He attempts to ship her packing on day one, yet Melissa stands her floor with grit and backbone, besides the fact that shaky it may well be.
Conflict quickly units the velocity with a forged packed with predatory cats and violent elephants, an on-going conflict of wits with the Drill Sergeant. Even mom Nature kilos the reserve with the worst hurricane in a century. however the so much enduring and profound clash is the interior conflict occurring inside Melissa, as she attempts to come back to phrases with the guilt surrounding her mother's demise. whilst dying grips the sport reserve, it's the very animals Melissa has come to save lots of that turn out saving her.
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