Zan: Birth of a Legend

In 1908, on a mission to find a new breed of ape in central Africa, an unfathomable thing is discovered – a wild, white man, living among gorillas. Local villagers know of him. They call him matokeo ya utafutaji kwa, the untamed one.

Arianna Day, the 21-year-old niece and ward of renown photographer, Sullivan Vinson, joins the team tracking the man, but, unbeknownst to anyone, she catches the untamed one’s eye. Believing she is meant for him, he takes her captive. Eventually, Arianna is rescued, the untamed one is captured, and they are sent separate ways: the wild man to be retaught language and social skills, Ari back home to England to try to fit back into her old life. An advantageous  marriage proposal awaits, but thoughts of the untamed one haunts her.

Amidst the backdrop of London in the summer of 1908, as the Olympic Games are hosted and the Franko-British Exhibition is held, the newly civilized wild man returns home with his original name restored, Sebastian ‘Zan’ Shaffer. Again and again, he and Ari are drawn together again only to be ripped apart by social convention and Marshall Derringer, the man determined to have her as his wife.  But Zan is not the only one with an untamed heart…

“…a thoroughly captivating tale. Set in 1908, readers get a taste of life in Edwardian England. Zan is a character of convincing depth, from the “untamed one” in Africa to the man struggling to find his place in Society. Ari navigates a bewildering array of emotions, dangers and betrayals in an admirable way. Brilliant, thought‑provoking and addictive reading.”

Affaire de Coeur

“… excellent historic context and two deeply emotional characters whose bond is irrefutable. An interesting spin on the legend of Tarzan, with a spark of creativity that is all its own.”

The Romance Reviews

“I couldn’t think of a more prefect ending. This is the untold story of Tarzan & Jane. It will capture your hearts.”

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