I am a huge fan of the author as she continues to serve very interesting Christian fiction stories set in Nigeria. I have reviewed several books by her (see “Book Reviews”) so you can check them all out. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This story is a prequel to two of the author’s books I have previously read ‘Dance With Me’ and ‘Crumbled’. It is also a modern day retelling of the biblical account of the Prophet Hosea and his wife Gomer which I have always found intriguing.
John is a young pastor and believes God has led him to marry Funlola, room mate to his sister Audrey. Funlola has just turned downed a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Odiran and is unsure why a “good boy” like John would love her despite her past. She accepts his proposal because she believes it will be an easy escape from poverty and hopes the marriage will work as she is filled with doubt. On getting married to John, Funlola finds herself going back to her old ways while John is bent on keeping the vows he has made to God.
There is also Daniel, John’s cousin who is hopelessly in love with Adesuwa but in an unguarded moment sleeps with Efe, a family friend who gets pregnant and they have a daughter together. Their parents insist that they should get married but Daniel still loves Adesuwa and would jump at any chance to repair their broken relationship if she is willing to take him back. This is a story about redemption, love, forgiveness, and the complex nature of relationships.
It took me an unusually long time to finish reading this book because I didn’t get into the story as quickly as I expected. As always, the writing was fluid and I loved the idea of a modern day retelling of the biblical account of Prophet Hosea, however, my main issue with this story are the multiple love triangles that the different relationships were based on. I am not a fan of stories with love triangles so it affected the way I received the story. Perhaps, if the author had not kept the circle so small, I would have enjoyed the story better. It was also a delight to read the back stories of some of the characters from the books I had already read which gave me more understanding of those stories.
Nevertheless, it is still a very good story. Tope’s stories always end up to be a blessing to me anyhow so I would still highly recommend. Off to read the second book in this series.
Rating: 3 Stars
Published: February 2021 by Leverage
Genre: Christian Fiction
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