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"Nigerians and Africans are not known for romance writing. The reason can be attributed to a sense of morality..Myne Whitman's book, A Heart to Mend, makes a bold statement to the contrary." --Sylva Nze Ifedigbo, Author of Whispering Aloud

"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

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SHE HAS AN OPEN FUTURE 
Gladys moves to live with an estranged aunt in Lagos and to continue her search for a job. Before long she lands the job of her dreams with the foremost oil company in the city and makes several new friends. She also gradually resolves the mystery of why her aunt previously cut all ties with their family. But the best part about her new life is meeting Edward Bestman. 
HE HAS A CLOSED PAST 
Edward is good-looking, super rich but emotionally scarred. Gladys gets him to see that she loves him and that together they can surmount all their differences. However, when they return from a romantic trip abroad, they find that some unnamed people are about to take over his business empire. Edward's past has come back to haunt both of them as Gladys is enmeshed in the loss of several million shares of the Bestman Group. 
AND HE WILL PAY . . . WITH HIS HEART 
Who are the people close to Edward who want to betray him and destroy his happiness with Gladys? Will Edward overcome his fear of love and commitment and put his trust in Gladys?
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449047505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449047504
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,860,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.5 stars. How many of us have visited Lagos, Nigeria? I had no clue that it was a city of about 15 million people - bigger than Los Angeles. A Heart To Mend is worth reading if for nothing else than for the details of what life is like in such a world, like how the buses don't run on a particular schedule, but when they are full, move on to the next stop. Learning that many in Nigeria speak Igbo and English at home, while in Lagos, people speak Yoruba and English.

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.
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Young and sheltered, Gladys Eborah moves to Lagos in search of work. She moves at the behest of an estranged aunt, who years ago turned her back on the family seemingly because of her distaste for their poverty. Aunt Isioma is eager to help Gladys land a job, and to build a relationship.

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.
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Does your past still affect your future? There are several plots to this novel, but one main one: the divide between Gladys and Edward. Gladys's aunt cut all ties with her family for apparently no reason. The reader gets to understand Gladys's aunt via Gladys's investigating. Edward has a mysterious, closed past. The reader will get to know Edward on a friendly level and delve into his past. Gladys is a sympathetic and dynamic character; the reader will enjoy her emotions and actions, especially her dialogue. Her character pulls the whole novel together. The novel details how separation, even emotionally, from a partner can ruin the partnership if the person does not accept his partner as trustworthy. Edward's business is at risk. Will he trust Gladys? The reader will read on, avidly, to find out. The novel has a way of drawing the reader in; the book itself is very well-written and the plot works with the characters. This book is recommended for adults who enjoy books about relationships and trust.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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I read this novel over a year ago and I found the read nostalgic as it reminded me of so many things about Nigeria- the people, the culture, the language...but most importantly the struggles that young women, such as Gladys - female protagonist (who has lost her dad) face when they came to a big city like Lagos. Myne Whitman writes about Nigeria with much vividness with no attempt at pretense to copy Western romance. I would have given it a five star but for the fact that the novel focused several times on business terms and for my 'nurse' mind it was just a bit too much for me.I would have so much loved to read more of heart issues versus the business terms that Edward (the male protagonist) was always throwing around.
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What a charming book this is.

A young girl, Gladys, leaves her hometown to live with her estranged aunt in Lagos to find a good job. Whilst trying to find her aunt's house, a mysterious young man, Edward, in a fine car, spots her scrutinising her map and insists on driving her to her destination. Little does she know that she will bump into him again not long after this chance encounter and that their path to true romance will begin a journey along a rocky route. Although now a successful businessman, his path to success has been a hard one from harsh beginnings which have had a deep effect on his ability to trust and abandon himself to true love. Gladys is a sweet, intelligent and trusting young woman, proud of her humble background. But misunderstandings shake the foundations of their relationship and are then further muddied by Edward's past when people he once knew set out to ruin his success.

The backdrop of this romance is the world of corporate finance; the author's knowledge or if not personal knowledge, meticulous research, is outstanding, so outstanding in fact, that I was a little overwhelmed by the finer detail and found myself eagerly anticipating the scenes between Gladys and Edward. I loved the gentleness of their romance which develops at a respectable pace. They are both extremely likeable people and I could not put this book down as I neared the end. Will Gladys manage to overthrow the attempts of vindictive, money-grabbing businessmen, hell-bent on ruining Edward? More importantly will her love for him conquer her dismay of his mistrust of her, when he suspects she had a hand in his ruin? Will he see that she is everything that is good in a person and realise that her goodness will be the key to helping him shed the demons of his past?
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