BOOK REVIEW: A FATHER’S PROMISE BY MINDY OBENHAUS.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Father’s Promise

Author: Mindy Obenhaus

Publisher: Love Inspired 

Release Date: June 16, 2020

Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance


He doesn’t think he deserves a family… but now he has a daughter.


Stunned to discover he has a child, Wes Bishop isn’t sure he’s father material. But his adorable daughter needs him, and he can’t help feeling drawn to her mother, Laurel Donovan — a woman he’s finally getting to know.


But can this sudden dad overcome a past tragedy that has him convinced he’s not meant to be a husband or a father…and make a promise of forever?

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My Review

A Father’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus is just too wonderful!


The book cover is so beautiful and attractive.


This is the first book of Mindy Obenhaus  that I am reading and this won’t be the last hopefully.


Welcome to a little town called “Bliss” in Texas. I want to live in such a town where everybody knew each other and they were so thoughtful.


I was swiping each page on my screen to read the next word, sentence or paragraph.


Laurel is a good mum,let’s give her some credit. Wes is a character you really need to read about.
I don’t want to ruin the book by giving you spoilers but you really need to read this book.


It is a Christian fiction book,no doubt about it.


One thing I am thankful about in this book is that, I get to see fatherhood through Wes’s eyes. I am so familiar with the love from mothers but this is the first time I am reading in great depth about fatherhood.

I think I finally caught the story behind the book title ” A Father’s Promise”.


I recommend this book to lovers of children especially young parents or parents generally. You will learn a lot from this plot. I promise.


A family is complete when there is a loving father and a caring mother together in a home.

This book needs 7 stars rating please. I read it in one sitting.


I received a complimentary copy of this book  from the author and I voluntarily reviewed it. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining and sometimes adventurous manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer, and the occasional coyote, mountain lion, or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking, and watching copious amounts of the Hallmark Channel.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE MOUNTAIN BY ELVI RHODES.

Author: Elvi Rhodes

Title: The Mountain

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)/ Historical Fiction

Publication date: 22 March, 2011

Publisher: Random House UK, Transworld Publishers

Purchase link: Amazon

Book Blurb

Perfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin, Dilly Court and Catherine Cookson, a moving saga of courage, hardship and triumph set in Yorkshire by multi-million copy seller Elvi Rhodes. 

Passions ignite amidst the harsh and rugged hills of Yorkshire…

When Jake Tempest hears of jobs going building the new railways lines, he is drawn to Whernside in the Yorkshire countryside, and the mountain through which a tunnel is being carved.

Beth Seymour is the one thing that lightens his harsh new life – but she has a husband and is trapped in an increasingly loveless marriage.

As the construction of the railway progresses in the shadow of the mountain, complex passions play out…

My Review

The Mountain by Elvi Rhodes is an interesting book. I have read other books by her but this one surpasses all. I enjoyed it from page one.

So many characters but Jake and Beth are my favourites. Mrs Drake, Sally Roland and Patrick although secondary characters were part of my favourites characters. Let’s not forget about grumpy ill tempered Will. Ugh!


I love how Beth enjoys reading and has a passion for teaching children. I am a teacher and I was impressed by her enthusiasm and eagerness towards knowledge.


This book is fit for a movie! It deserves 5 stars from me.

I enjoyed this book so much. I read it within two days.

Whenever I read a book, I try to find the story behind the book title and I got a perfect plot behind the name “The Mountain“.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Elvi Rhodes was born and educated in Yorkshire, and now lives on the Sussex coast. She is the author of many bestselling novels including Opal, Doctor Rose, Ruth Appleby, The Golden Girls, Madeleine, The House of Bonneau, Cara’s Land, The Rainbow Through the Rain, The Bright One, Portrait of Chloe, Spring Music, Midsummer Meeting, The Birthday Party, Mulberry Lane, A Blessing In Disguise and The Apple Tree. A collection of stories, Summer Promise and Other Stories, is also published by Corgi Books.

BOOK REVIEW: THE HOUSE OF BONNEAU BY ELVI RHODES.

Author: Elvi Rhodes

Title: The House of Bonneau

Genre: General Fiction(Adult)/Historical Fiction

Publication date: 31 August, 2011

Publisher: Random House UK, Transworld Publishers.

Purchase link: Amazon

Book Blurb

Perfect for fans of Kitty Neale, Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin, this is the powerful sequel to Madeleine written by multi-million copy seller Elvi Rhodes.

When Madeleine Bates – born into poverty as the daughter of a Yorkshire millhand – married Leon Bonneau – the French wool baron – she felt her life of turmoil was over. Whatever problems came their way, surely love would see them through?

Yet trouble still dogs her and she feels she is alone: Leon’s family resent her for taking him away from them and Hortense Murer – who assumed she would be Leon’s wife – begrudges her.

She also cannot help but dwell on the curse made by her old enemy Sophia Parkinson: that she would never bear a son. For it seems to be coming true…

My Review

The House of Bonneau is a sequel to the novel Madeleine which I read and reviewed here.


I enjoyed this one more. My attention was grabbed right from the first page.


Madeleine and her quest for a child broke my heart. I could imagine how she felt the unspoken question from In-laws and society for not having a child immediately after marriage.


Sophia such a vengeful character. Bitterness has a way of clouding sane decisions.


Leon Bonneau drew me into the book. So successful and thoughtful. I love how he cherished Madeleine and the unborn child and other actions he made in the novel.


This is an interesting detailed book.


Mrs. Bates, Madeleine’s mother made me love her so much. A mother will always be a mother.


There are so much characters you will need to watch out for. I was amused by Irvine and Rose,Hortense and Henry and many more.


War is terrible, I agree.


I read this book in one sitting.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Random House UK through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Elvi Rhodes was born and educated in Yorkshire, and now lives on the Sussex coast. She is the author of many bestselling novels including Opal, Doctor Rose, Ruth Appleby, The Golden Girls, Madeleine, The House of Bonneau, Cara’s Land, The Rainbow Through the Rain, The Bright One, Portrait of Chloe, Spring Music, Midsummer Meeting, The Birthday Party, Mulberry Lane, A Blessing In Disguise and The Apple Tree. A collection of stories, Summer Promise and Other Stories, is also published by Corgi Books.

BOOK REVIEW: MADELEINE BY ELVI RHODES.

Author: Elvi Rhodes

Title: Madeleine

Genre: General Fiction(Adult) / Historical Fiction

Publication date: 30th April,2011

Publisher: Random House UK,Transworld Publishers.

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Book Blurb

Eighteen years old, Madeleine Bates spent her time either at chapel or working a 14-hour day as housemaid at Mount Royd, the aflluent Parkinson family home. But Madeleine was not the kind of young woman you could overlook, and when Leon Bonneau came to stay at Mount Royd he was, against his own inclinations, startled into noticing the dignity and beauty of the young housemaid. From that moment on the lives of everyone at Mount Royd began to change, and Madeleine stepped forward into a new and challenging future.

My Review

I love Madeleine. Such a strong character.


Her father, Joseph is quite a religious fanatic. I had to shake my head severally at his fanaticism.


Sophia is just a spoilt hopeless romantic. I was a bit appalled by her snobbish attitude.

There were other characters mentioned in the book. I don’t want to give out spoilers.

Elvis Rhodes writes well,sincerely speaking. I love her style of writing.


Honestly, the book is quite long and I didn’t get to enjoy it like that. The setting shows early time period before the war. I struggled to enjoy the book.


I am happy Madeleine made a choice for herself and her family.


I will give it 4 stars. Maybe somebody will enjoy this book more than I did.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Random House UK,Transworld Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About The Author

Elvi Rhodes was born and educated in Yorkshire, and now lives on the Sussex coast. She is the author of many bestselling novels. 

BOOK REVIEW: NEVER AN AMISH BRIDE BY OPHELIA LONDON.

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About the Book

Title: Never an Amish Bride

Series: Honey Brook #1

Author: Ophelia London

Publisher: Entangled: Amara

Release Date: June 30, 2020

Genre: Contemporary Amish Romance

Book blurb


Welcome to charming Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, where bestselling author Ophelia London will bring you on a moving and unforgettable journey through faith, forgiveness, and ultimately love.


Everything changed for Esther Miller with the death of her beloved fiancé, Jacob. Even years later, she still struggles with her faith and purpose in the small, tight-knit Amish village of Honey Brook—especially now that her younger sister is getting married. All she wants is to trust in the Lord to help her find peace…but peace is the last thing she gets when Lucas, Jacob’s wayward older brother, returns to town.


Lucas Brenneman has been harboring a secret for years—the real reason he never returned from Rumspringa and the truth behind his brother Jacob’s death. Honey Brook still calls to him, but he knows his occupation as a physician’s assistant must take precedence. With sweet and beautiful Esther he finds a comfort he’s never known, and he feels like anything is possible…even forgiveness. But she was Jacob’s bride-to-be first. And if she knew the truth, would she ever truly open her heart to him?


USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London brings a sweet, heartfelt, and surprisingly funny take to the popular Amish romance cannon.


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My Review

Never an Amish Bride by Ophelia London is an Amish book that explores various topics woven with human reality despite it being fictional.


I am so happy whenever I pick up a Christian Fiction Amish Book. I get ready for an adventure within the pages.


The book cover is so beautiful and the title will make you curious.


Themes of family,community support, sumptuous meals, forgiveness and many more were navigated in this book.


I like Esther Miller and Lucas Brenneman. I was always watching out for their scenes while reading the book.


I love the conversation between Esther and her mamm. Her mother said and I quote “All things are to be done for the praise of Gott. Everything in life is to worship Him”. I love a healthy mother to daughter relationship and Esther and her mother had it.


The Amish community here are quite religious, I must say. Humility is emphasized greatly.


I admire the fact that the Amish brides in this story sew their own wedding dresses  by themselves. That’s something I never thought I could do by myself on my own without modern gadgets despite not being an Amish woman.


There are lessons to glean from this story.  I enjoyed this book while eating toasted bread on a warm day. The food mentioned in the book made me grab my toaster and made some toasts and a homemade juice and I imagined I was living in an Amish community.


Esther is a good soap maker. I admire the names of the fragrances she used in making her soap. I appreciate her industrious spirit.


Lucas and Esther both have stories you may need to discover in this book.
I laughed at Esther and Lucas love for little goats (kids).

This is a good Christian fiction book with themes pointing to God.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About The Author

USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas, and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. She enjoys cupcakes, treadmills, reruns of Dawson’s Creek and obsessing over her Italian Greyhound, Peanut. Ophelia is the author of NEVER AN AMISH BRIDE, her very first Amish romance! As wells as the Sugar City series, the Perfect Kisses series, the Abby Road series, and other adult, NA and YA sweet romances.


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BOOK REVIEW: THE ORPHAN TWINS BY LESLEY EAMES.

Author: Lesley Eames

Title: The Orphan Twins

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)/ Historical Fiction Saga.

Publication date: 23rd July,2020

Publisher: Aria

Purchase link: Amazon

Book Blurb

They only had each other . . . until they were torn apart.

London, 1910. Lily is ten years old when she realises her grandmother, a washerwoman in the backstreets of London’s Bermondsey, is seriously ill. She’s determined to do what can she can to help and keep her grandmother’s illness a secret – even from her beloved twin, Artie. But Gran isn’t getting any better, and there’s only so much Lily can do…

When tragedy strikes and the twins are faced with the prospect of a workhouse or an orphanage, a benefactor offers to take Artie in and educate him. All Artie’s needs will be taken care of – but the gentleman has no use for a girl. The twins have lost everything they knew and loved, but they never thought they’d lose each other.

As the orphan twins grow up and take different paths, their new lives are beyond anything they could have imagined. Will they ever find a way to be together again?

Set against the backdrop of the First World War, The Orphan Twins is the heart-wrenching new saga from Lesley Eames, bestselling author of The Brighton Guest House Girls and two-time RNA Romantic Saga award nominee.

My Review

This book has been on my TBR (To Be Read) pile on my phone. I finally finished the other books and picked The Orphan Twins by Lesley Eames. Immediately I started the first two pages,I knew this was a good book.

I am a big fan of historical sagas.


I love the twins ,Lily and Artie. I favour Lily the more. She seems more mature and knowledgeable for her age and she loves her twin brother and granny.


This book is deserving of a 5 star rating. So page turning, attention grabbing, edge – of- a seat feeling and overall,an excellent book.


My heart broke at the suffering Gran experienced due to old age and poverty. I wanted to cry at some scenes. With food sparse and money tight,the twins and their Granny looked forward to the next day.


The quest for education by the twins touched my heart. Both of them love reading books. I felt for Lily more. Such a sweet brave girl.


Grab some tissues,you are going to cry at some scenes. I love this book.

Siblings love is so great and emotional.


I love Lily’s friends;Elsie and Phyllis. What a great bond of friendship between them.


I love dear old Mr. Bax. An awesome man he was!


Mr. Alderton is a good man despite him not taking large part of the plot but his support towards Artie’s education will make me to appreciate him.


Leasley Eames writes well. You can’t help falling in love with her book characters.


War is terrible but life must go on. I salute Lily for her courage in the midst of war.


This is the best historical saga I have read this year that touched my heart deeply.


I love this book so much.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Aria through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely mine.

About the Author

Winner of awards such as the Festival of Romance New Talent Award and the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Elizabeth Goudge Cup, Lesley Eames writes 1920’s sagas as well as short stories for the women’s magazine market. She is also a creative writing tutor, mentor and editor. Based in Hertfordshire, UK, Lesley loves working from home because she can share the adventures of her characters while wearing slippers and drinking copious cups of tea. 
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BOOK REVIEW: AMISH GENERATIONS BY KATHLEEN FULLER.

Author: Kathleen Fuller

Title: Amish Generations

Genre: Amish Fiction/ Christian Fiction

Publication date: 02 June, 2020

Publisher: Zondervan

Purchase link: Amazon

Book Blurb

Four sweet and funny Amish love stories, spanning four different generations. Love comes at all times and for all ages!

Young Love—When Fern was diagnosed with a chronic illness in her early twenties, she knew it would limit her abilities to be a good Amish wife. And with Dan, the object of her affection, in a serious relationship, there didn’t seem much point in dating. But Dan is now single, and he seems to be taking notice of Fern. She’ll need a strong dose of courage to talk down the fear her illness has brought on if she ever wants to pursue her dreams.

Long-Awaited Love—When Everett left ten years ago, Jemima’s love quickly turned to hate. But when they arrive back home at the same bus station on the same day, they discover some old flames aren’t put out so easily. Can they move past the forces that pulled them apart ten years ago, or are some hurts too much to overcome? 

Second-Chance Love—Benjamin and Lora Beth both lost spouses not long into their young marriages and connect over letters, exchanging recipes and commiseration as their now-grown children try to coddle them. They’re only in their forties, for heaven’s sake! The letters quickly reveal a deep friendship . . . or could it be more? When you’ve already had a great love, how do you learn to fall in love again?

Never Too Late—Jerald is a committed old bachelor. He loves nothing more than good Amish food and giving his best friend’s wife, Regina, a hard time. When people have asked—and believe him, people have asked—he’s always said he’ll marry when he finds the right woman. It’s just never happened in his seventy years. Until he tastes the best blueberry pie and discovers the woman behind it: Regina’s best friend, Elva.

My Review

Amish Generations by Kathleen Fuller has four stories in it.


Young Love: Fern and Dan’s story. I enjoyed it so much. Imagine crushing on a guy you like for eleven years?
Fern’s story gave me an inspiration. Sickness shouldn’t determine your life.

Long- Awaited Love. Stubborn Jemima and friendly Everett. Two different characters in this part of the story. All those food mentioned there made me to really toast my bread loaves in my toaster and drink water just because I was yearning for rolls and chocolate cake.  I love how forgiveness was portrayed in this story.

Second – Chance Love. Ben and  Lora Beth. Two middle aged people who lost their spouses through death. They find comfort in exchanging food recipes through letters. I enjoyed their letters. I felt like I was sneaking on their private lives but I had to remind myself, they are fictional. There is always a second chance for everybody.


Never Too Late.
Elva and Jerald story. It is never too late for love.

Kathleen Fuller writes good Amish stories with themes of love,forgiveness, family, God,second chances, appetizing foods and friendship etc.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the author

With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com; Instagram: kf_booksandhooks; Facebook: WriterKathleenFuller; Twitter: @TheKatJam.

BOOK REVIEW: STEADFAST MERCY BY RUTH REID.

Author: Ruth Reid

Title: Steadfast Mercy

Genre: Amish Fiction/ Christian Fiction

Publication date: 7th July,2020

Publisher: Zondervan

Purchase link: Amazon

Book Blurb

She’d told herself she’d never go back home. But that was before the accident—before life changed forever.

After the tragic death of her parents, Jonica Muller must return to the Amish community she left in shame. Tasked with settling her father’s estate, she plans to keep her visit as brief as possible so she can return to start a life with Ephraim, a widower who has offered her and her five-year-old son the stability of a family.

But Jonica’s childhood home in Posen, Michigan, won’t let her go so quickly. Her father’s sister, Aenti Edna, is showing signs of a slipping mind. To Jonica’s alarm, Edna’s begun entertaining a mysterious redheaded Englischer who has unclear intentions toward the aging woman and the Mullers’ property.

Caleb is a young farmer working Edna’s land, trying to hide his own secret shame from his family and his girlfriend, Darleen. But when Jonica asks him to come to Edna’s aid, she unwittingly sets events in motion that change everyone’s ability to live in the shadows of their lives.

Steadfast Mercy is a tender love story at the intersection of heartbreak, forgiveness, and grace.

My Review

Steadfast Mercy by Ruth Reid is an interesting Amish novel.

Jonica and Caleb are two characters you need to meet in this book. I admired them both.  You need to watch out for Mr. Jordan. I am happy he was put into the plot among other characters. His words will stay in your heart after reading this book.

All those food mentioned in this novel made me hungry. I really want to live in an Amish community so I can eat freshly baked bread with a glass of milk.

Themes of faith and prayer were explored here. I love how bible verses and prayers were sprinkled in this novel without them being too preachy.

Other themes were navigated thoroughly. You really need to read this novel.

The story played like a movie in my head. You will feel all kinds of emotions while reading this book.
All things are possible for those who believe” was quoted by Mr Jordan to Caleb. That is my favourite bible verse. I had to smile and read it over and over.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the Author

Ruth Reid is the CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth, the Amish Wonders, and the Amish Mercies series. A full-time pharmacist, Ruth lives in Florida with her husband and three children. Visit her at ruthreid.com.

Callie Beaulieu has been an actress for several decades. Classically trained, she is predominantly a theater actress, and her work has been seen around the country. Callie recently returned to the US after spending nearly a decade living in the Caribbean. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

Diaries Of An Enugu Corper by Excel Andy. Episode 7.

Episode 7.

Copa Excel during her Monthly CDS(Community Development Service) meetings.

Excel and the roasted corn seller were laughing over some funny customers who were pricing the roasted corn at unreasonable prices. The roasted corn seller muttered some insults at them and sold hot corn on the cob for Excel.

Copa Excel stopped to buy some fresh fruits at a nearby kiosk. While waiting for the seller to attend to her,a man who has been staring at Excel came up to her to inquire if Excel attended his church the previous day.

Excel has never seen such a person in her life before. She quickly bought her fruits and made polite but hasty conversation with the man who still insisted that Excel attended his church that Sunday. He even described the people Excel came in. Copa Excel was a bit alarmed. She assumed he must be a stalker so she walked fast and ran the whole way to her room in the Corper’s lodge.

The next day,she dressed up and went to work. While returning from her workplace with her colleague, the same man called her name from a three storey building. She looked up as he motioned for her to come up through the stairways to his office.

Copa Excel looked at her colleague and asked if it was wise to see that man. Her colleague told her to check and know what he wanted to say.

Excel took the stairs and got to his office. She saw the same man that accosted her at the fruit kiosk the previous day. She was about to bolt when a friendly looking man invited her into the office.

Excel Andy

Mr. Friendly Face smiled at her and told her to sit beside Mr. Stalker. Mr. Stalker smiled at Excel and said “You’re more beautiful up close. I knew what I saw in my church.”

Copa Excel knew right there that she took a bad decision to inquire over why Mr. Stalker called her from his office. She decided to ignore him because he was staring at her in a way that suggested unhidden lust as if he hasn’t seen a woman in a long time.

Excel shifted uncomfortably in her seat and asked in a tough voice, “why do you want to see me?”

Mr. Friendly Face took over the discussion. He spoke about religion and the need to serve God and be faithful. All those times he was speaking,Copa Excel was trying to know the essence of her presence in the office.

Meanwhile, Mr. Stalker was staring at all parts of Excel’s body especially her upper extremity. He got bold and carried one of her hand into his big palm. Excel removed her hand quickly. He smiled and rested his palm on her thigh. Excel couldn’t take it anymore. She raised her voice and ask if he can’t keep his hands to himself. He muttered an apology and kept to himself.

Copa Excel got angry and interrupted Mr. Friendly Face. She asked to know the purpose of this unnecessary meeting. Mr. Friendly Face smiled at Excel and said “This is your husband. Mr. Stalker wants to marry you. Please be his wife”.

Excel looked at Mr. Stalker from head to toe and she didn’t like what she saw. Mr. Stalker is not what is called “attractive” in Excel’s dictionary. His skin colour wasn’t smooth or beautiful. His potbelly described him as a lover of beer and meat. His teeth were gap toothed and he didn’t have a good dentition whenever he smiled. In short,Mr. Stalker was disqualified in Excel’s eyes.

When she finished her appraisal,she asked Mr. Stalker why he wishes to marry her. Mr. Stalker replied “I have been seeing this lady more than thrice after praying. I first saw her in my church dancing. The second day,I saw her buying roasted corn and fruits behind my house and today, she passed through my office. I prayed these three times and immediately my eyes were open,I am always seeing her. Tell me,isn’t that a sign from heaven that she is my wife?”

Copa Excel was just looking at Mr. Stalker who doesn’t believe in the law of coincidences. She smiled at him and said “Mr. Stalker,I am not your wife. I was invited to your church by my friends to celebrate thanksgiving service for the outgoing corpers. The other time you saw me buying fruits outside,my house isn’t far from the market.I work at the University Staff School and this is the route I follow to and fro. So please,I am not your wife. Please excuse me,I need to start going to my room. It is getting late.”

As Excel stood up to pass,the two men stood up with her and hurriedly started gathering their bags to follow her. Mr. Friendly Face ran after Excel and was trying to make her understand why a marriage to Mr. Stalker was the best.

Meanwhile, Mr. Stalker’s office colleagues were hailing him and congratulating him over his beautiful fiancée,Copa Excel.

Excel started wondering when she became fiancée. She stood and smiled at them. In her mind,she was seething and wondering if the man had mental disorder. Mr. Stalker ran to his HOD’s office and came out with a middle aged man. This man came to Excel and said “congratulations!”

Copa Excel started walking fast. Mr. Friendly Face was shouting at her to slow down that fast walking is not good for a new wife. Excel made up her mind to run. She told herself that those two men are officially mad. From fiancée to wife in just one day to a total stranger whose name she barely remembered.

Just as she was trying to cross the road, the two men caught up with her. She stopped to hear why Mr. Friendly Face was shouting her name. He came up to her and told her to calm down that she is just scared. That Mr. Stalker is a good man capable of taking care of her.

Mr. Stalker came behind Mr. Friendly Face and gave Copa Excel a car key. Excel looked at the key suspiciously and questioningly. He told her that the car key is her key now that she is his wife. Excel decided to play along. She asked for the car. He pointed to a big Sienna model parked in the car park. Copa Excel smiled at him and said she isn’t interested in cars and their keys.

Copa Excel hailed a taxi and stopped at her lodge. She came out of the taxi and saw Mr. Stalker and Mr. Friendly Face waiting for her. Excel got more afraid. She braced up and went to them. Mr. Friendly Face started shouting at her on good behaviours to elders. That Excel is so rude and mannerless bla bla bla.

Excel got tired and told both of them to leave her alone,that she can’t give an answer to something big like marriage so easily and casually.

For days,Mr. Stalker came to Copa’s Excel’s flat to see her. He was really begging her to marry him. Excel has never seen a pathetic scene where a stranger begs to marry another stranger just like that.

The last visit, Copa Excel faced the man and said “No! I won’t marry you. The age gap is there. You lie a lot. You’re an alcoholic. I don’t like you,please look for your age mate and marry”.

Right there,Mr. Stalker started crying. He looked so ugly and pitiful while crying. Copa Excel ran away from the car and stood at a safe distance. Mr. Stalker blared his car horn many times to draw her attention. He blared it severally and Excel reasoned within herself that if he continues to blare his horn,the whole flat mates will come outside to know the source of the noise.

She went to him and begged him to stop his noise. He asked her if she will marry him? Excel said a big fat “No!”

After few conversations, Mr. Stalker finally drove away and he never came visiting anymore. Copa Excel was relieved and happy. She saw Mr. Stalker at few occasions but he never disturbed her again.

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BOOK REVIEW: CRUMBLED BY TOPE OMOTOSHO.

Author: Tope Omotosho

Title: Crumbled

Genre: Christian Fiction Romance

Publication date: 5th June,2020

Publisher:Leverage

Book Blurb

Almost everything in Shola’s life seems to be falling apart. With a rain of emotions breaking him, Shola faces the temptation of returning to his past life of women and alcohol, yet no matter how sweet it was, he must also remember it’s a past that almost cost him his life. But will Tobi’s long kept secret be the final blow that pushes him over?

Tobi is fed up with her marriage after hiding her true sexuality for years. She has only wanted one thing in life: freedom. And she’s so close to getting it. The itch to leave her husband for a woman appeals to her day by day. One thing is clear, she must also deal with the consequences of her actions when everything comes crumbling.

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This is one story of crumbling hearts and, a touch of hope.

My Review

Crumbled by Tope Omotosho is a novel with settings in Nigeria that explores tough but honest situations.

Wow! What an interesting captivating book. I read this novel on Okadabooks app while listening to the narrator and reading the words along mentally on my phone screen.

This is a Christian novel that touches strong themes prevalent in our society today.

Woman to Woman and man to man doesn’t reflect God’s image. It is against his design and blessing to mankind.” Theme of homosexuality.

This book is a page turner. What an attention grabbing book with lots of characters peculiar to the plot.

What I’m saying is,I want to keep getting hot for God. He wants me to get the passion for Him  going. Keep the fire burning. Spread the news that He’s coming and stand for Him in this Kingdom battle for lost souls”.
Zainab’s words to Micah. Theme of love and hunger for God.


Marriage for me is forever. Not when you get tired  or fed up”. Shola’s words here confirms that the theme of marriage is largely expressed in this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Tope Omotosho is passionate about impacting the world through timeless wisdom and knowledge found in her thought provoking stories and writing that applies to all ages. Her stories and articles cut across love, relationships and romance in a way that does not deny the relevance of God in our everyday life. She is a devoted christian, passionate about bringing people to the knowledge of God’s true and unfailing love.
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