Life of Sofia: The Cradle of the White Lioness

By Bea Eschen

Women's fiction, Thriller, Biography & memoir, Action & adventure, Crime & mystery, General fiction

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I notice another door leading from the dining room and open it gently. The room is brightly lit with the morning sun that now shines through the only curtainless window. I follow the sun’s rays and discover a huge wall painting of a white lioness that stands out from the dark grey background. As I come closer, I notice the intricate brush strokes of the artist, creating a complex mix of rough and fine textures around the white lioness’s face and her fur. She walks towards the viewer and looks me straight in the eye. The direct confrontation overwhelms me and I stand there in awe. Could this be the connection between Avril and me? There is a deeper sense to the obvious; we didn’t just meet by chance. When I wrote The Cradle of the White Lioness, I walked with the lioness through the African desert fighting for survival. I was there when she found her mate, and when she protected her cubs from predators. I let her descendants start a new pride of white lions, patrolling the fringes of buffalo herds and setting off for the kill. Here and now something unimaginable is taking place. I am feeling one with the lioness. I can feel my inner strength rising from a long lost place within me. A new era in my life has just begun. I am no longer vanished in a void of lost dreams nor reduced to unfulfilled memories. The first time after many years I break into a smile; it relieves me of the burden of my past, and I look forward to the new day.

Excerpt from 'Life of Sofia: The Cradle of the White Lioness' by Bea Eschen



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