Review: Love At Christmas
LOVE AT CHRISTMAS - Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku
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December 2016
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
REVIEWER:  Janet Caldwell | RATING:  B
REVIEW:  LOVE AT CHRISTMAS puts a unique spin on the matchmaking phenomenon of speed dating. Author Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku sets this unique holiday romance in Barrow-in-Furness in North West England.

Feisty Emem Etim owns a bakery in Manchester City. She’s at a point in her life where she wants marriage and a family, but the traditional methods to achieving this goal aren’t working. So, when she comes home for Christmas and at the urging of her family, she agrees to participate in the Love at Christmas Couples-to-be Party.  This unique annual event held the week before Christmas enlists children, aged ten to twelve, to pair single women and men in a huge speed dating activity.  By luck of the draw, one bachelorette has the chance to select her preferred bachelor while the others are at the mercy of the adolescents.  Unfortunately, it’s not Emem’s lucky day or is it?

After missing the opportunity to be paired with her ideal bachelor, Emem is matched with an unknown participant from out of town-her least favorite choice. Coincidently, the out of town guest is a friend of her ideal bachelor and agrees to participate in this event at his request.  Down for an adventure, Runo Edewor, a mixed race professional model from Manchester is more than pleased with his match.

What ensues is an amorous adventure of discovery and enlightenment. Our lead characters fall easily in step with each other, despite the unusual circumstances of their meeting. Eromonsere-Ajanaku adds an unexpected component to Runo’s personality which is uncommon in male romance novel characters. Other characters impacting this story include their respective families, Runo’s friend Kerr and Emem’s friend Alison.

Eromonsere-Ajanaku successfully executes a very unique storyline in
LOVE AT CHRISTMAS. It is refreshing when an author offers something new. However, since this story takes place in England, the author primarily uses British English which is noticeably different from American English. Americans live in a bubble and it’s good to experience another culture.  If you are a fan of holiday romance, try something different and indulge in love, British-style.

25th December 2016 | romcol@caribsurf.com