Happy to be on the mend; recovering from abdominal surgery is a slow process that has brought me to another remarkable, insightful, evocative, transporting read: Circling the Sun by Paula McClain. Just the word Africa is compelling. Two of the most romantic literary associations are Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa and Beryl Markham’s West with the Night. The new novel Circling the Sun must be added to these. It is the full story of Beryl’s life. It breathes. You can hear Beryl’s heart beat. Paula’s superb accomplishment brings every aspect of romance to life.