THE FINAL ULTIMATUM - Unoma Nwankwor
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: THE FINAL ULTIMATUM by Unoma Nwankwor is a multifaceted novel that delivers a powerful message of love, forgiveness, faith and trust. We first meet the heroine, Olanma Obinze and the hero, Abayomi Rice, in the novella, THE CHRISTMAS ULTIMATUM when Abayomi delivers the first “ultimatum” to Olanma, a freelance journalist. Fast forward five years later, and the couple, now married, are going through a very rough period in their marriage and are on the verge of getting a divorce. Will Abayomi’s final ultimatum bring this couple back together again? Can their faith help to salvage their marriage?
South Africa serves as the main setting for this story as Olanma and Abayomi travel to Abayomi’s home to celebrate the marriage of his sister, Zara. This is a precarious time for Olanma and Abayomi who have decided, for the sake of his sister’s wedding festivities, to call a truce and work on reconciling their crumbling marriage. There are several grave factors that lead to the pending divorce that our hero and heroine struggle against; factors that would place a strain on any marriage. At times, Ola and Yomi are so exasperating, I found myself yelling at them. They both bring a whole new level to the meaning of stubborn. Kudos to the author for engaging and drawing the reader into the drama that enfolds this couple. Through many ups and downs and turns and twists, it becomes clear that without God’s presence in their lives, the final outcome would not have been possible.
This novel, as I mentioned before is multifaceted. There is Christianity, drama, action, romance, African culture and family life all in one great story. Speaking of family life, THE FINAL ULTIMATUM poses an arresting question concerning family: “When one gets married, do they stop being their parent’s child? Which role takes precedence, spouse or child?” You’ll get that as you read the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Unoma Nwankwor is an adept writer who tells a potent story. If you are still not familiar with her work, I strongly recommend that you do yourself a favor and add her to you TBR list. You won’t regret it.
22nd November 2016 | firstname.lastname@example.org