Blood & Milk

June 23, 2016

29825932Blood & Milk is the latest novel by N.R. Walker and it deals with a kind of love you don’t see every day. Sometimes love can be found in the strangest places and with the strangest people, but that doesn’t make it any less any real.

Heath Crowley is an Australian man, born with two different colored eyes. Losing his boyfriend in a hate crime makes him run far away from Australia and he ends up in Tanzania. Not knowing what he should do he walks in to a Maasai tribe and asks if he can stay. It takes a little time for the Maasai to warm up to him but they allow him to stay. As the only white man in the village he attracts a lot of attention. He quickly loses the name Heath and is now known as Ale.

Damu has always been an outcast in his tribe. They never considered him a man so he was made to women work. But when Heath Crowley entered his village, Damu learned that his feelings are not bad and that he too deserves to be loved. Over time their relation goes deeper and deeper and they are both learning new things.

Until one day their love is exposed and they are cast out of the village. What to do now?

I must say this is a totally new subject to me and I think N.R. Walker dealt with it perfectly. Love across cultures is different in itself, but to find it in a culture that basically still lives the way we did hundreds of years ago is something else indeed. But I liked it a lot and I read the story with a smile on my face. Damu sounds like a nice and sweet guy and I would have loved to meet him for real.

Heath Crowley is an Australian man, born with two different coloured eyes and the gift—or curse—of having premonition dreams. He also has nothing left to live for. Twelve months after having his life upended, his dreams tell him where he needs to be. So with nothing―and no one―to keep him in Sydney, he simply boards a plane for Tanzania. Not caring if he lives or dies, Heath walks into a tribe of Maasai and asks to stay. Granted permission, he leaves behind the name and heartbreak of Heath and starts over with the new Maasai name of Alé.

From the day of his birth, Damu has always been an outcast. The son of the chief and brother to the great warrior leader, Damu is reminded constantly that he’s not good enough to be considered a man in the eyes of his people. Ordered to take responsibility for Alé, Damu shares with him the ways of the Maasai, just as Alé shares with Damu the world outside the acacia thorn fence. But it’s more than just a cultural exchange. It’s about trust and acceptance, finding themselves, and a true sense of purpose.

Under the African sky on the plains of the Serengeti, Heath finds more than just a reason to live. He finds a man like no other, and a reason to love.

You can find N.R. Walkers personal page here. This book is for sale at Amazon.

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