TO LIVE AGAIN - Unoma Nwankwor
Sable SiStars Publishing
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell| RATING: A
REVIEW: I love the inspirational, spirit-lifting, romantic stories so eloquently written by Unoma Nwankwor. Plus, I have learned so much about Naija (Nigerian) culture since I have been reading her books. For this story, the heroine, Itohan Adolfo and the hero, Osaro Ikimi are Nigerian, but they make their home in Florida.
Due to a devastating broken engagement, Ito (as she is called) is disillusioned by her past failed relationship and wary about forging any future relationships. As far as she is concerned, that part of her life is dead, yet she is still fighting those demons some seven years later. Osaro, aka Ro, also has some issues that he is dealing with about a family tragedy for which he blames himself. However, there’s a big difference in the way that Osaro deals with his pain, and Itohan deals with hers. That difference is the heart and soul of this story. The author allows us to witness Itohan’s transition from a “binding” place of revenge to a place that frees her of ‘invisible shackles”. What’s so good about her journey is that Osaro is there with her every step of the way, gently nudging and patiently steering her to a place of openness. It’s not an easy journey, by no means, but the one constant is 1Corinthians 13. You’ll get that when you read the story.
There are certain key elements that I look for in an Unoma Nwankwor story, and TO LIVE AGAIN does not disappoint. First, there is the infusion of an eclectic music playlist that balances the storyline. Second, it is a culinary delight to experience the Naija culture through the food that is cooked, served and eaten throughout the story. Third, there is always a battle between the head and the heart that results in an inspiring message of hope and victory.
The minor characters are well-developed, supportive and help move the story along. There is also a hint of the next book featuring a couple who gets off to a very rocky start. No spoilers; I’ll let you discover who it is.
TO LIVE AGAIN crosses a number of genres: Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Christian Romance, Inspirational, but there is one thing you can be sure of, and that is, it’s a great read from a prolific storyteller who shares her faith through her stories. I recommend TO LIVE AGAIN for your reading pleasure.
1st April 2018 | firstname.lastname@example.org