GLORIOUS SUNSET - Ava Bleu
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REVIEWER: Brenda Maxwell | RATING: A
SYNOPSIS: African King Taka Olufemi has traveled over four hundred years to find the woman who holds the soul of his murdered queen and he's a little cranky. With a ruby brooch as his vessel, the former king is forced to grant wishes to ungrateful mortals hoping to one day find, and win, the heart of his lost love.
REVIEW: Taka Olufemi has traveled more than four hundred years through time to find the woman who holds the soul of his murdered queen. Needless to say he is a little cantankerous. A one of a kind ruby brooch, no brass lamps for him, is his unlikely vessel. When the brooch is found, Taka is obliged to grant three wishes to whatever ungrateful mortal loosed him. Over the years he has seen all sorts of changes in life and lifestyles. Oh, for the good old days, when men were men and they protected what was theirs, whether family or an entire kingdom! Now Taka is tired and all he wants is to win the heart of his long lost love.
Violet Jackson could care less for Taka’s admittedly good looks, superior intelligence, and impressive pedigree. The take no prisoners interior designer does not remember Taka or their history. Love equals heartbreak. Money and winning are her immediate life goals. As far as she is concerned the handsome “genie” can just grant her promised three wishes and move on.
Taka is praying for his submissive queen. Violet prayed and got burned anyway, so no need to continue praying. Guardian angel, Aniweto, is interceding for both of them.
GLORIOUS SUNSET is a larger-than-life love-story. Taka and Violet are on such seemingly different pages only an intervention from God, himself can bridge the gap. A cast of supporting characters lends backbone and backdrop to the story.Although the book does some back and forth time travel, it is not hard to follow the storyline. The concept is fresh and exciting.
Woven throughout the story is the bigger picture of Taka’s relationship with an omniscient God. Distrust brings a lifetime, or in Taka’s case, several lifetimes of hardship and disappointment. Total trust ultimately brings the desired results. Violet is not left untouched. She has chosen to walk away from faith in God, because it did not work, to her way of thinking, previously. She has to be reminded of God’s goodness and mercy seeing her through all of the episodes of her life, even when she did not acknowledge He was there.
GLORIOUS SUNSET is fun, witty, romantic, and just an all-around glorious read. The story forces the reader to examine their relationship with God and the plan He has for their life, plus she does it without being preachy. She demonstrates not trusting in Him has life affecting consequences even for the reader. In Taka’s case the consequences lasted four hundred years. Ms Bleu definitely takes “license” in her presentation, but I found it only added to the plausibility of the events. Definitely buy the book and enjoy the read!
5th September 2014 | firstname.lastname@example.org