If you are in the market for a “Spring” collection of books to read, one that would make you want to curl up under your covers as you hear the soft tapping sounds of rain on your rooftop, I just might have a good suggestion for you!
Although the story’s setting is in Nigeria, lovers from every culture will relate to the book and its major characters, for culture/race biases happen everywhere in the world. I daresay that A Love Rekindled is even apt for this spring season which is all about dead, damaged, broken things getting restored as new life is breathed on them. Therefore, for Lovers who have given up on each other, this novel might just be the one you’ll need to read to “Rekindle” that love all again 😀
A Love Rekindled is currently on Amazon and I can safely predict that it will be on major bookstands all over (soonest), as it was with A Heart to Mend.
Love at Dawn Book Review: A Recommended Read!
Love at Dawn
Growing up, I remember reading romance novels written by Western authors like Danielle Steele, Elizabeth Lowell and Amanda Quick. There were also the Mills and Boon and Harlequin Romance novels that largely shaped my young romantic mind. I fell in love with the fantasies these books provided, and so did many women of my generation who grew up on these same novels. In our minds, as young black girls growing up on a continent where the men looked nothing like the men we read about in these novels, many of us still fantasized about a man with rippled muscles and white skin. Sometimes, there were visions of white castles and white horses too. If we learned anything from these books, it was that romance was to be found with white men and not with our own. It is no wonder that many of these girls, who themselves grew up to be romance novel writers, are writing what they themselves missed out on – romance stories with black African characters. It is such a fresh perspective that could have come a little sooner for most of us.
Love at Dawn is a tale of love, power, danger and friendship that tests the bounds of the African romantic experience, sometimes even questioning the authenticity of its characters. The author describes it as a story of “forgiveness and redemption.” Lara Daniels is sensual and captivating. There is not a single dull moment because just when you think you have her figured out, she turns it up on you. The pages flip very easily and each plot has been designed to keep the reader wondering what happens next. I can only hope that Ms. Daniels seriously considers having her books translated into film.
Tory Da-Silva is a spoiled, rich teenage girl with a crush on Rashad Macaulay, a man who is also her oldest brother’s best friend and the Da-Silva Corporation’s attorney. Rashad is as brusque and rude as they come, and yet Tory sees something in him that keeps drawing her closer to him even as he tries harder to distance himself from her. Rashad believes he is protecting Tory from potential hurt. Tory sees no reason why they cannot act on their attraction to each other. Between the two of them, they share a love-hate relationship that gets tiring and frustrating at times. Rashad’s reasons for trying to distance himself often times seem valid. Tory is young and innocent, and she could potentially get hurt if her heart gets too involved with a man who thinks he has nothing emotional to offer her in return. If only she knew that she and Rashad were of a different breed, maybe she would understand him. Or would she?
The Da-Silvas are one of the wealthiest families in the African nation of Zamzuda. The Macaulay family is the complete opposite. Rashad’s father was a thief and a liar, his mother a prostitute. In a country where the rich and poor don’t mix, Tory’s crush on Rashad would seem forbidden, except that Rashad has done well for himself and hidden his past deep inside him – a past that threatens to destroy him and the one he loves. But, Rashad is not the only one hiding a past!
When Tory’s brother Tony gets married, strange things begin to happen. First, Tory meets a young self-righteous missionary at the wedding and suspects nothing of him besides the fact that he thinks he has been called by God to judge the unrighteous. She would soon find out that he has an agenda that is more insane than she could have ever imagined. Then, Tory is almost run off the road by a crazed driver intent on killing her. She escapes unharmed, but Rashad finds a note in her bedroom and a dead carcass on her bed – he hides this from her. All these events lead up to one thing – Tory’s life is in danger, and she needs someone to protect her. The problem is that there is no one better suited to do that than Rashad Macaulay whether he wants to or not.
Love at Dawn is Lara Daniels’ second novel. With a story line that is so dramatic and powerful, Love at Dawn is a page-turner and that’s not to be disputed. Lara Daniels is obviously a writer with an imagination that wows. Her narrative skill is flawless. With little tweaks to her prose, she could very easily become the Danielle Steele of African suspense/romance novels; for hers are not simple tales of love. With Lara Daniels, you get a suspense thriller and a romance novel all wrapped up in one spectacular read!