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I was very excited to read this book after receiving it through Goodread s giveaway program.I have to admit, the first couple chapters weren t all that interesting to me As a young adult, John Rourke s issues with his wife and past experiences were all right, but not really that captivating The diary was an interesting start, but the whole beginning was just slow and took me longer to read Maybe, because of my age, I was unable to relate to John s problems Also, though I was aware of the civ I was very excited to read this book after receiving it through Goodread s giveaway program.I have to admit, the first couple chapters weren t all that interesting to me As a young adult, John Rourke s issues with his wife and past experiences were all right, but not really that captivating The diary was an interesting start, but the whole beginning was just slow and took me longer to read Maybe, because of my age, I was unable to relate to John s problems Also, though I was aware of the civil war and the issues with child soldiers, I had no real knowledge of how horrific that time in Sierra As a doctor and mother of two, I don t have much time to read any I was given this book by my sister and was pleasantly surprised by how riveting it was I agree that once you re into Mariama s diary and her story of the atrocities of war, it is hard to put down This book shows the horror that humans are capable of especially when child soldiers are trained before their moral compass has solidified It also shows the strength of women and how they heal after surviving so much The book pro As a doctor and mother of two, I don t have much time to read any I was given this book by my sister and was pleasantly surprised by how riveting it was I agree that once you re into Mariama s diary and her story of the atrocities of war, it is hard to put down This book shows the horror that I won a copy of My Heart is Not My Own by Michael Wuitchik through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest This is a heart wrenching story that takes place in West Africa about the resilience and will to live of a Sierra Leonean midwife, Mariama Lahai, in the midst of a brutal civil war.John Rouke, a Canadian physician, a psychiatrist living in Vancouver, British Columbia, receives a package all dirty and ripped from Corporal John Lewis, Canadian Forces, United Nations Office in Sierra Leone, with an I won a copy of My Heart is Not My Own by Michael Wuitchik through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest This is a heart wrenching story that takes place in West Africa about the resilience and will to live of a Sierra Leonean midwife, Mariama Lahai, in the midst of a brutal civil war.John Rouke, a Canadian physician, a psychiatrist living in Vancouver, British Columbia, receives a package all dirty and ripped from Corporal John Lewis, Canadian Forces, United Nations Office in Sierra Leone, with an envelope attached The writer knew him at the Connaught Hospital during the dark days It had been supplied by a priest belonging to a woman unknown, to the UN Mission Inside is a book with a leather cover It is the diary of Mariama Lahai, a nurse he friended when he travelled to Sierra Leone to offer medical attention and supplies to the victims of the civil war This was over ten years ago, when his medical group was evacuated from Freetown in 1999 At the time of evacuation, John and Mariama delive I won this book on a contest on Goodreads.Nadia Varga is holding a package that was just delivered to her husband of five years, Dr John Rourke Nadia knows from the return address on the package that this will flood back very painful memories of his time in Africa when he was in emergency medicine and the Balkan war was on Upon John s arrival home, he carefully opens his package and found the diary of Mariama Lahai When he was in Sierra Leone he befriended a Dr Momodu Camara and Nurse Maria I won this book on a contest on Goodreads.Nadia Varga is holding a package that was just delivered to her husband of five years, Dr John Rourke Nadia knows from the return address on the package that this will flood back very painful memories of his time in Africa when he was in emergency medicine and the Balkan war was on Upon John s arrival home, he carefully opens his package and found the diary of Mariama Lahai When he was in Sierra Leone he befriended a Dr Momodu Camara and Nurse Mariama Lahai who he had a fleeting affair with and was very fond of The diary began just after This is why I read because every once in a while you come across a book that absolutely clobbers you, a book that crushes you, a book that breaks your heart This is a book you put down with regret, then pick up again later wi Dr John Rourke worked in Sierra Leone for a time until he was evacuated because of the civil war He was airlifted to safety but he left behind two friends, Dr Momodu Camara and Nurse Mariama Lahaie Ten years later, he lives with his wife Nadia in Vancouver and is still haunted by his experiences, but he refuses to speak of them Nadia and I have never told each other our own stories hers about Croatia during the war, mine about my last days in Freetown We ve kept the hurts secret Then Dr John Rourke worked in Sierra Leone for a time until he was evacuated because of the civil war He was airlifted to safety but he left behind two friends, Dr Momodu Camara and Nurse Mariama Lahaie Ten years later, he lives with his wife Nadia in Vancouver and is still haunted by his experiences, but he refuses to speak of them Nadia and I have never told each other our own stories hers about Croatia during the war, mine about my last days in Freetown We ve kept the hurts secret Then he receives a parcel containing Mari I was a little nervous starting My Heart Is Not My Own by Michael Wuitchik because the reviews on the back cover made me think that it would be heavy, disturbing and grotesque.And it was.I was on a tight deadline to read and review My Heart Is Not My Own for a blog tour, but once I picked it up, I couldn t put it down I read half of the book the first evening I got it I would have stayed up all night reading it if my husband hadn t said that I should go to sleep.Ten years after Dr John is eva I was a little nervous starting My Heart Is Not My Own by Michael Wuitchik because the reviews on the back cover made me think that it would be heavy, disturbing and grotesque.And it was.I was on a tight deadline to read and review My Heart Is Not My Own for a blog tour, but once I picked it up, I couldn t put it down I read half of the book the first evening I got it I would have stayed up all night reading it if my husband hadn t said that I should go to sleep.Ten years after Dr John is evacuated from Sierra Leone during the Civil War, he receives a diary in the mail belonging to Mariama, the Sierra Leonean nurse that he developed a very close bond with due to their working conditions He learns through this diary that she was captured by the rebels and atrocious war crimes were committed against her for months Ghosts from his past haunt him, and he leaves his pregnant wife Nadia behind to look fo *READ BOOK ↡ My Heart is Not My Own ↡ Dr John Rourke Is Haunted By His Days As A Relief Doctor In West Africa In The s, In The Midst Of A Civil War, He Provided Medical Attention And Supplies To The People Of Sierra Leone He Befriended A Local Nurse Named Mariama Lahai And A Doctor Named Momodu, But Lost Contact When The Conflict Escalated To Conflagration His Last Memory Of Sierra Leone Is Of Mariama Delivering A Beautiful Baby Girl To A Tortured, Mutilated Mother Just Before Armed Rebels Take The HospitalNow Living In Vancouver And Happily Married To Nadia, Who Is Expecting Their First Child, John Is Thrust Back Into The Horrors Of The Past By The Arrival Of A Package From Sierra Leone He Realizes That Before He Can Commit To His Future, He Ll Have To Confront His Conscience And The Pain Of His Past He Embarks Upon A Journey That Takes Him Back Into Mariama S World Of Child Soldiers, Bush Wives, And African Secret SocietiesMy Heart Is Not My Own Is A Story Of Love, Courage, And Resilience That Is Brought To Life Through The Powerful Voice Of Mariama My Heart is Not My Own which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is a poignant story about survival during a brutal bloodbath in Sierra Leon and about those haunted by the nightmarish experience This is a novel that tugs at the readers heart strings and begins with Dr John Rourke, a relief doctor during the chaos who s haunted by the past the deaths, the mutilations, the victimization of the helpless as well as the nurse and a doctor he was forced to leave behind when flown out of Freeport On My Heart is Not My Own which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is a poignant story about survival during a brutal bloodbath in Sierra Leon and about those haunted by the nightmarish experience This is a novel that tugs at the readers heart strings and begins with Dr John Rourke, a relief doctor during the chaos who s haunted by the past the deaths, the mutilations, the victimization of the helpless as well as the nurse and a doctor he was forced to leave behind when flown out of Freeport Only when he begins to deal with his conscience and the ghosts of his past will he be able to move on with wife Nadia and their life in Vancouver.In the recovered diary of Mariama Lahai that troubles John and Nadia with its powerful words, does the reader glimpse the horrors of civil war and the pain and suffering young child soldiers under the influence of drugs inflict on t I very quickly got immersed in this book and had difficulty putting it down Very captivating read although it is difficult at times to comprehend the horror the people of Sierra Leone experienced during the civil war in their country.