A SCOOP OF LOVE - Unoma Nwankwor
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ROMANCE
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: If you are looking for a sweet romance novel with a West African setting and a religious theme, then A SCOOP OF LOVE by Unoma Nwankwor is just the novel you seek. In this story, the reader is immersed in the West African culture of Nigeria through the heroine, Ibiso Jaja, and her family, and the hero, Rasheed Danjuma, and his family. This story is book 1 in a series (The Sons of Ishmael) that focuses on the 3 Danjuma brothers, Rasheed being the first. The theme of forgiveness and letting go of the past in order to live in the present serves as the catalyst for Rasheed and Ibiso’s story.
As mentioned, the setting for this story is Nigeria, specifically the capital city of Abuja. The bustling, energetic, northern city serves as the perfect backdrop for this story of the young restaurant/caterer entrepreneur, Ibiso and the established business consultant, Rasheed. As can be expected, the language and dialogue has an authentic foreign flavor that is sprinkled with African phrases and words throughout the novel.
The family is a key element in this modern love story, and the author gives the reader insight into the strong family dynamic in the Nigerian culture. Rasheed is struggling to forgive his father who abandoned him, his mother and brothers. In addition, this subplot uncovers the Christianity vs. Muslim polarity that exists. Ibiso’s dilemma revolves around her Christian beliefs and applying them to mend her relationship with her estranged family, to deal with the deceit of a previous relationship, and to nurture her present relationship with Rasheed. Not only does Unoma Nwankwor pen the West African culture in vivid details, but she also weaves the universal themes of love and forgiveness into a well-written story.
If you are looking for a different take on a contemporary romance set in a foreign country, A SCOOP OF LOVE is the perfect story which has a great “happy ever after” ending. I recommend it, and I think you will enjoy it too.
17th June 2015 | firstname.lastname@example.org