Born in Africa out of wedlock, Benita Clifford's mother quickly moved to England, refusing to marry Benita's father due to his struggle with addiction. Benita enjoyed a happy childhood in England, however, when her mother tragically passes away, she decides to move back to Africa per her father's request. Benita's adventure starts long before she sets foot on African land, as she encounters the turbulent sea and becomes enamored by another passenger while she sails to the new country. As the journey continues, Benita and the other passenger, a man named Robert Seymour, grow closer, but their young relationship is threatened by a force of nature. After surviving a tragedy suffered by the ship, Benita arrives in Africa shaken, but ready to start anew. When she hears of a quest for lost Portuguese treasure, Benita is eager to join the adventure with her father and his partner. As they trek through land unknown, Benita and the expedition group brave countless challenges, including hostile native groups, shocking discoveries, dangerous environments, and a mysterious 17th century ghost.
H. Rider Haggard's Benita, An African Romance portrays a strong and brave protagonist as she embarks on a classic adventure. Set in Africa during the early 19th century, Benita, An African Romance features hidden temples, lost treasure, shipwrecks, reincarnations, run-ins with natives, and ghosts. With the fusion of adventure, romance, and supernatural genres, Benita, An African Romance is gripping from start to finish. First published in 1906, Haggard's work has remained to be fresh, innovative, and exciting even over a century later. Though rarely found in print, Benita, An African Romance is written with simple, creative prose, and is accessible and relevant to modern audiences.
This edition of Benita, An African Romance by H. Rider Haggard features an eye-catching new cover design and is printed in a font that is both modern and readable. With these accommodations, Benita, An African Romance caters to a contemporary audience while preserving the original mastery and adventure of H. Rider Haggard's work.