A Heart to Mend Paperback – December 15, 2009
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"A Heart to Mend will bring tears to the eyes and cheers at the end especially for those who have experienced the search for a career or tumultuous family and emotional relationships." --LAN THANO, Seattle
"...a powerful story of how love doesn't strut, never gives up, never looks back and keeps going to the end." --SHOLA ADU-OKUBOTE, Femme Lounge
"this book will have you flipping through the pages anxiously...It brings you back to the realities of life: how fragile love can be and the realizations of trust and fear." --Mariam Olagunju, gidilounge.com
"More than anything this book is a breath of fresh air - just plain easy feel good read like a top selling novel sitting on the Romance aisle at Borders or Barnes and Nobles." --Olamild Entertainment, olamildentertainment.com
From the Back Cover
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Paperback : 250 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1449047505
- ISBN-13 : 978-1449047504
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Publisher : AuthorHouse (December 15, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,816,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The characters themselves had depth and backstory, to both justify their attraction, and to create reasons it was hard for them to commit as a couple.
That said, this story was not without problems. Gladys, 26, and Edward, mid-30s, meet in Chapter 1. Then there's a long interlude filled with financial and stock trading minutiae which bogs the romance down until the characters reconnect in Chapter 5. There were a fair number of formatting issues in the e-version I read: indents that didn't belong, spacing issues. It was sometimes hard to tell from whose POV the story was being told.
In the end, do we "buy" that the couple belongs together? Yes. Do we accept the problems that kept them apart? For me, it's a no. I wanted to, but it was a "hard sell" for me.
It's about 100 times better than my first novel would have been, released with minor or no edits, but it is clearly a first novel. I look forward to other offerings from this author.
I must admit I did get lost in the details of the finance industry at the beginning but once I got past that, it was smooth sailing and I came to understand towards the end of the book why those earlier details were somewhat necessary. For those who understand that industry, I'm sure they can tell how much research went into that.
I feel like the author has broken a barrier and given us something we did not have prior. I would definitely recommend "A Heart to Mend".
Kudos Myne Whitman and I look forward to more great writing from you.
As Gladys navigates her way through Lagos, we see her emerge as a competent and independent woman. She's building a foundation for her career and relationships; one cannot help but cheer for her. She's a very believable and likeable character, and definitely isn't a caricature of a dumb village girl gone wild in the big city.
Enter Edward Bestman. Edward is an ambitious and wealthy businessman. He's immediately attracted to Gladys and pursues her with a single minded goal. He expects Gladys to succumb completely to his charms and at the same time attempts to keep himself emotionally unattached. Edward is haunted by his past, and this makes him a complicated character. Past experience has taught him that most of the women he dates have an ulterior motive and their hedonistic little souls will attempt to suck him dry.
His defence mechanism is to pursue meaningless attachments, in which neither party has expectations for the long-term. This comes into conflict with Gladys's high moral code. She will not cheapen her affection for Edward nor will she accept his trinkets as her due. She wants to be on equal footing in their relationship which proves difficult given their socio-economic differences and experiences that have shaped their world views. It is difficult but not insurmountable! Gladys is unwavering in her commitment to Edward, even when pushed to the limit. She proves to be a steadying force when needed the most.
Myne does a really good job developing the story. It is neither rushed nor drawn out too long. We are given a first hand look at the lives of ordinary people as they deal with shifting family dynamics, loss, new love, trust and betrayal, and ultimately redemption!
As someone who has never visited Lagos or the surrounding areas, it was refreshing to see vivid descriptions of places frequented by the locals that aren't your standard fare on the Discovery Channel. It was also nice to look into the workings of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
I really enjoyed this book and can confess to reading it all in one, almost uninterrupted run. My minor quibble overall is that at times the business jargon for the Stock Exchange was a little distracting. I didn't need all that detail to understand the complexity of Edward's business. But with that said, it didn't stop me from reading more and wasn't a deal breaker.
I recommend A Heart to Mend. I know it's marketed as a romance novel but it's much more than that, so please do not let that label act as a deterrent if you're someone who automatically shies away from the genre.
The writing still has a lot to improve, but I think some consideration is due because Myne Whitman is Nigerian. There are a number of grammatical and typo errors; and the prose was too simplistic and fully-laid out that nothing was left for the readers to mull over. Still, it was a good read, if only for the affirmation of the timeless lessons that the novel carries.
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The characters are wooden with no personalities whatsoever. There are no descriptions about the characters except that Gladys has milky skin and Edward is tall and drives a black car.
There are no descriptions about where they work or live, about Lagos or about anything.
It is the worst book that I have read for a long time and will NEVER read anything else by this awful 'author' - Absolute junk!
The font also tended to change from normal to italics then to bold. Made it hard to read.
It also dwelled too much on shares and related matters.
But apart from that, good but somewhat predictable storyline.