Thursday, September 24, 2015

Miss Fortune by Albina Hume

Miss Fortune
by Albina Hume

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: May 14, 2015
Publisher: Ardua Publishing
Genre: Autobiography - Contemporary
Print Length: 255 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
"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.

Miss Fortune by Albina Hume

Miss FortuneEveryone has a story to tell and few act on it! Thank goodness Albina Hume took the chance to tell her story, warts and all in her autobiography, Miss Fortune. Be amazed at the many facets of Albina as she tells her story through her own eyes and heart with clarity, a touch of deprecation and the naivete of a young woman becoming bedazzled then disenchanted by the world around her, until she finally found what she was looking for on another continent.

Follow Albina from her teen years, in a small village where jobs and money and prospects for the future were slim to non-existent. As she ventures out, trusting in the integrity of all she meets, she is repeatedly surprised and horrified by the cruelties and lies one human will bestow on another. From the stage of a strip bar to a kidnapping, illegal entry into another country to being used as a receptacle for the lowest form of mankind, Albina never wavers in wanting to be independent, yet loved by one special man. Her journey through the first years on her own brought shame, defiance and a few trips through the world of online dating, in search of her happiness, always hoping to find adventure and good fortune.

Although Ms. Hume has told of her life, this reads like a dark and wonderful piece of fiction that is both haunting and uplifting, in turn. This author is a brave woman, a pioneer in her own right and especially, a survivor. Don’t let the word autobiography scare you, they say truth is stranger than fiction and in Albina Hume’s case, it is a tale of strength in a world far too big for her to fit in. Please, do yourself a favor and pick this one up, but only if you don't mind shedding a few tears, grinning or getting angry in her defense.

I received this copy from Albina Hume in exchange for my honest review.

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