A few pages into the story and I was eye rolling and sulking because of Jennifer’s characterization.. She was borderline into a trope that I hate: setting a female character as strong-willed but allowing a man to break all her rules by page 20, that she appears weak. However, I kept reading because the book summary looked promising.
I have a like and dislike status for Jennifer. She reminds me a bit of myself in some of her circumstances but her goody to shoes attitude is a turn off because she is clearly far from that but her character change despite her stubborn streak is admirable. Now, Rodrigo is the character who held the inspirational aspect of the story. His development is sometimes unbelievable but he has that appeal despite his flaws.
The way Miranda Uyeh [the author] broke down the plot shows her ability to lift a story and explore all its ins and out. I will admit in the middle of the story, the outcome of the Romance aspect annoyed me but the author skillfully linked it with suspense which intrigued me to read more. The mystery surrounding Stefano and Rodrigo’s past was a great plot twist. I found myself exclaiming “I knew it, I knew it, I knew it,” as my heart raced. The descriptive language with the change of scene from Nigeria to Italy to London is beautiful. I could see the boat scene, the bank scene, the estate, the river, the gun scenes etc. Ms Uyeh used the same method for dialogue/emotional exchange to an entertaining level, although all the crying got on my last nerves.
For me what stood out the most was the way the author used the inspirational/christian aspect in the story. It is one of the few times that I have seen an author used a novel to show petty judging, forgiveness, unequally yoked in a romantic relationship without an overbearing spiritual heaviness. She kept it real with “two men, one woman, a rosebush… a terrible past, an uncertain future.”
*Miranda A. Uyeh [the author] reached out to me as part of her promotional tour for her novel. I shared the summary of her novel on my social media platforms because the book summary piqued my interest. After a short conversation, the author offered a copy of the novel if it interested me, of course I said yes ;).*