I will start by saying that this is a good book. No! This is a really good book!
I had read the first book in this sequel last year titled “Once Upon A First Love” (Click “Book Reviews” on the homepage and you will find my review on it) and as soon as I heard there was a second book following the story, I was thrilled.
This book continues with the different paths the lives of my favorite characters, Peju, Abdul, Eliana, Anthonia and Femi took after OUAFL. This is not your typical Christian fiction novel that is usually straight forward most of the time. It came with a lot of twists, turns and surprises (Some which I wasn’t quite happy with) and most importantly, the message of redemption in Christ Jesus and the knowledge that it is only God that fills any and every void in your life. What I think this book may have over the first one for me is the fact that you can actually use this book as a tool to minister to an unbeliever because in several places, it explained how and why we should give our lives to Christ and serve God wholeheartedly without it sounding preachy.
Eliana has always been my favorite character out of the lot from the first book and her story and the challenges she faced here resonated so much with me and my journey as a christian and wife. I understood her naive understanding that because she got married as a Born Again Christian, everything was supposed to work out smoothly. The high expectations she had of her husband and the grave disappointments she faced when he failed her. The ways her emotions played on her mind causing her insecurities to fuel a behavior that was even foreign to her until she didn’t seem to be the sweet God fearing girl that married Oba. The joy in her realization that God is her only pillar and teaching her to love and see her husband differently – the way God wanted her to see him.This was my best part.
What I didn’t like about this story (SPOILER ALERT) was the love triangle or I should probably call it a square between Peju, Abdul, Femi and Anthonia. Most of all, I do not believe that Peju was still bound to Abdul since he was the one who decided to leave the marriage as an unbeliever and I quote 1 Corinthians 7:15 that says “But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace”. I say this as Femi had to quench his hopes of ever having Peju because “God” told him she was still Abdul’s wife. I would have preferred the story to go another way instead but as usual I am not the writer and I guess in the end I understood her perspective. Nevertheless, I look forward to have an opportunity to sit with the author and talk about this face to face. Tope is such a talented writer and I hope that God will continue to place more stories in her heart for our pleasured reading.
Once Upon A First Love and I’ll Keep Loving You are books I would definitely be reading again soon and gifting out to people because these books are interesting, engaging and uplifting. Go get a copy and If you haven’t read the first one, purchase two of them.
I give this book a big 4 stars and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Published: May 2019 by Leverage Press
Genre: Christian Fiction
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The Author: Temitope Omotosho is a loving, caring, friendly person. She is passionate about impacting the world through timeless wisdom and knowledge in her thought provoking stories and writing that applies to all ages. Her stories and articles cut across love, relationship and romance in a way that does not deny the relevance of love in our everyday life. She is a devoted Christian, passionate about bringing people to the knowledge of God’s true and unfailing love.