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Miss Fortune

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"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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Emotionally charged and powerfully inspirational, Miss Fortune is the debut release by Albina Hume.  A remarkable memoir, recounting an extraordinary life, which articulates the complexities, failings, contradictions and triumphs of love, loss and opportunity. Capturing poignant and pivotal moments in her life, it proves an undeniably sobering read at times, one that will leave few hearts untouched whilst proffering a unique and inspirational perspective on the choices we make and the struggles that ultimately define us. Told in simple prose that abjure unnecessary complexity, Hume ensures her story is never held hostage to the subject with timely observed relationship dynamics, anecdotes, social commentary  and an unerring ability to grasp the reality of her past. It’s a feat to which many memoir authors might aspire, but few achieve with such faultless finesse. Refusing to cast herself in the role of victim, it makes for an incredibly emotive read, but through Hume’s  openness we are reminded of the indomitable spirit that so many embrace when forced to travel the path of adversity.

 

Powerful, thought provoking and highly inspirational, Miss Fortune has all the hallmarks of a bestseller. Deserving of your attention, it is strongly recommended.

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