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A Love Rekindled Paperback – March 18, 2011
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"... proves that though external forces can cause a delay, they cannot kill love." Folake Taylor
"...a moving tale of first love, the challenges of tribal biases and the importance of hope, persistence and forgiveness." Lara Daniels, author of Love at Dawn
About the Author
Myne Whitman was born and raised in Enugu, Nigeria, where she spent most of her time, studying, reading and daydreaming, or climbing trees and playing with the boys. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health Research but chose to go back to her childhood dream of spinning stories. Myne is living her own love story with her husband in Bellevue, Washington and volunteers as an ESL tutor for a local charity, writing and blogging the rest of the time. She critiques with the Seattle Eastside Writers Meet-up and is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.
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This novel I think is about what happens when priorities are all wrong. After all, love is more important than anything else in life. Without love there is always conflict, untruths and hurting hearts. Without love we can not see better tomorrows for our offspring. A Love Rekindled takes place in the years l999 to 2002 or 2003. Kevwe's father and other people can still remember one particular massacre between the tribes that took place in 1952. It is because this memory is so deep that Kevwe's father says in so many words 'over my dead body will you, Efe, marry my son. In Kevwe's parents' home Efe is insulted. This cruel man calls her a "wanton." He also deceives her by showing kindness in front of Kevwe while stinging her with words and threats when Kevwe is not near her for protection.
As Kevwe spoke, his father's hatred of the Itsekiri, and how he'd used the ethnic violence of those days to manipulate everything that had transpired with Efe became clear to him."
Myne Whitman took me on a roller coast ride through the lives of these lovers and their families. Her book made me think about love found is not necessarily easy to catch or keep. For these two people it almost becomes not a love rekindled but one lost forever. Thank goodness for the people who supported them. There is Kevwe's twin brother, Ofure. He is a doctor of medicine. There is Efe's friend, Nneke. There is Stanley who wants Efe himself. She does not love him. Thankfully, he pulls himself together after her rejection to help her out of another difficult situation.
In the end I must say love is a powerful force. Perhaps, Efe discovered this while humming "The Only One by BB Winans and Eternal." I do know all those who listened to the love beating in their hearts became stronger people in the end proving old hatreds can die and stay dead in a dark grave. It is up to us, the people on Planet Earth. We must make the choice.mynewhitman
What I liked:
1) The use of naija slang brought back lots of memories
2) Lightly touching on tribal fighting--anymore focus would have detracted from main story
3) Kevwe's consistent pursuit. It was clear that he loved Efe and that never waivered
What I did not liked:
1) The back and forth from the past to the present. It ruined the fluidity of the story for me
2) This story is so basic...lacking creativity as the plot is just so common. There just wasn't any real meat on the bone.
3) Certain things were not believable. The "issue" was so obvious that I thought the couple must not be that bright.
Overall, it was a decent read. The flow of the story kept it from being a 4-star.
Efe Sagay grew up and went to school in Nigeria. While attending school she met the love of her life, her soul mate, the person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with...Kevwe Mukoro. And the feelings were duplicated by Kevwe. As soon as Efe graduated, they would be married. This was the dream and this was the plan.
But real life doesn't always see things the way we do. The perfect future can always be destroyed by unforeseen circumstances. In Efe and Kevwe's case, one of their biggest obstacles came in the form of his father. Nigeria is made up of tribes and with the tribal wars that had been going on for years sometimes lead to hate between the different tribe members. This was the case with Kevwe's father when he found that Efe was from the tribe he hated the most. He was determined that there would be no way Efe and Kevwe would ever marry. And with the events that followed the announcement of their engagement, he may have gotten his wish. Through deceit on his part, the couple separated with Efe going to America to finish her education and Kevwe putting his life into the company he had started.
But then again, fate steps in and seven years later the couple will meet again. Can they rekindle what was so perfect for them? Will family again put a stop to their relationship? Or has there just been too much time lost for them to reunite?
A Love Rekindled is a beautiful story of true, 100% love. The hardships and heartbreaks that were bestowed upon Efe and Kevwe are heart wrenching. And their struggles to understand and accept what happened to them and what will become of them is painful as well as healing. This is one great story of complete love.
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