Book Review: Miss Fortune by Albina Hume

25563960Title:  Miss Fortune by Albina Hume
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher: Ardua Publishing
Length: 255 pages
Format: Epub
Publication Date: June 4, 2015
Rating – 4/5

“Who would think that my inability to pronounce the letter R would turn my life upside down and lead me from Ukraine to South Africa?”

Albina Hume is often asked the same question – how did she meet her South African husband John, a property developer and a rhino breeder, who is 36 years her senior? She has always kept her response simple. Until now …

Her childhood fear that no one in Ukraine would want to marry a ‘crow’ at first resulted in various misfortunes, from failing dreams and relationships to even ending up in a police cell for 51 days, until she finally learned to focus on her dreams, not her fears.

Now, Albina and John Hume have dedicated their lives to preventing the South African rhino population from becoming extinct by breeding rhinos for future generations. In the past six years, they have bred over 500 white rhinos, with Albina emerging as a pro-rhino activist, advocating for an end to the war on trade in rhino horn that has only resulted in illegal trade and killing of rhinos and also people in Africa. Albina calls for legalising trade in horn – a renewable product – to help create harmony between African people and their natural heritage.

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Good morning everyone!! Today I am happy to share with you a book that I read at the tail end of August and finished yesterday the first of September. I would like to give a huge thanks to the author Albina Hume who gave me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

Miss Fortune is a memoir that follows Albina through her life from childhood to adulthood. If you have been a follower on my blog for awhile you already know how much of a fan I am of memoirs. I absolutely LOVE to read a good memoir and value what they have to teach me by way of someone else’s experiences in life. This book was definitely interesting and at times harrowing. It’s always hard to read about the difficult things that happen to people in their lives especially when it is something that truly happened. Miss Fortune has a little bit of everything…it has moments of happiness, sadness, romance, intrigue and peril. I absolutely love the title, I think it is very fitting and a great play on words.

It’just always so interesting to me to catch a glimpse into someone else’s life experiences and I am grateful that Albina has shared her story. I also didn’t make the best decisions as I was growing up so I appreciated reading about Albina’s life and about her learning through her mistakes. I definitely related to Albina at specific points in her life and specific attributes  she had when she was young like her naivete and willingness to see only the good in people, a quality which can be amazing but can also lead to people taking advantage. One thing I loved about the way the book is written is that she takes full responsibility for her decisions and never puts the blame on anyone else even though she was sometimes thrown into these really difficult situations where I think alot wasn’t in her control. She’s definitely a survivor and has a reservoir of strength that is amazing, especially since she always managed to see the good in things, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. After reading this book I definitely think that Albina and John were fated to be together and I am SO happy that she found her happiness…everyone deserves that.

I gave this book a four out of five star rating because I really enjoyed it. I thought it was interesting and it made me think about alot of things namely fate, how our decisions impact our lives, appreciating what you have and not judging anyone because you never what they have been through. Happy Reading everyone!

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