||Jul 20 2002
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In this dazzling paradize island off the Western coast of Africa, there are three kingdoms where love and war hold no boundaries. Torn between a destiny governed by tradition, and a forbidden passion; between jealousy and betrayal. Princess Kaya battles her strength and a weakness that threatens the very wellfare of three nations. Will Kaya choose tradition and heritage, or follow the passion in her heart?
Beautiful, young and naïve Princess Kaya has returned home to her father’s coastal West African kingdom after schooling in England.
While traveling, her entourage is attacked by a band of enemy Tekland soldiers. A mysterious, brooding and indisputably handsome stranger comes to her rescue and escorts her safely back home.
Princess Kaya’s twentieth birthday calls for a great celebration in the kingdom of Kaya. In the massive crowd that has gathered to honor her, Kaya glimpses her rescuer. Later, he gets past her vigilant bodyguard for furtive meetings with Kaya to begin a clandestine relationship.
Meanwhile, the king has surprising plans for his daughter and announces at Kaya’s birthday fete, her engagement to the Prince of Bashir, the kingdom of Kaya’s closest ally.
Kaya then becomes torn between duty and passion. Will she stay married to the Prince of Bashir? Find out in this enchanting tale of pride, politics, love and loyalty
The Princess of Kaya - Now a feature length screenplay
The Princess of Kaya - a modern day Romeo and Juliet
The Princess of Kaya
Author: Dorothy A. Atabong
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shelia Goss
Shades of Romance magazine
VOTED ONE OF THE 101 BEST WEB SITES FOR WRITERS
BY WRITER'S DIGEST
Dorothy A. Atabong's novel, THE PRINCESS OF KAYA, is a well-written romantic story that reminds you of a modern day Romeo and Juliet. The setting for this love story takes place on the coast of West Africa.
The bond between Princess Kaya and Aadil is apparent from their first encounter. As Kaya is returning from school in England, enemy soldiers ambush her entourage and a mysterious, yet handsome man rescues her. Her father, King of Kaya, is grateful to the unknown stranger, yet continues on to celebrate Kaya's birthday, as well as announce to the world and Kaya, of her betrothed to the Prince of Bashir.
The Prince of Bashir, Anthony, reveals to her that he's been in love with her since they were kids. She feels guilty that she is not excited about her father's choice for a husband, because Anthony is not only handsome, and intelligent, but he genuinely loves her. She becomes confused on whether she should marry Anthony, the man her father chose for her or make her feelings for her rescuer, Aadil, known.
Aadil has led a difficult life and his struggle continues when he falls in love with Kaya. He is internally tortured because she is off-limits and will be marrying another man. There is also a lot of negative history between his country and Kaya's country. He is torn between the love for his country and his love for her.
Aadil leaves a lasting imprint not only in Kaya's heart, but he touches her spirit. Her and Aadil secretly meet and consummate their union on various occasions. For the sake of tradition, she goes along with marrying Anthony. Anthony eventually finds out about Aadil, but loves her so much that he forgives her affair and still pursues marriage with her. Will Kaya choose "tradition" over "love?"
Ms. Atabong adds quite a few twists and turns which keeps THE PRINCESS OF KAYA interesting and captures your attention to the very end. The readers will find themselves rooting for "true love" over an "arranged love."
The Princess of Kaya - An emotionally weighty story that will not be easy for readers to choose sides.
THE PRINCESS OF KAYA
by Emma J. Wisdom
"The Chattanooga Courier, 2002."
Whether listening to the lapping sounds of waves licking the shore
distant beach or watching a tropical island sunset--or maybe it's a
Dollywood or a tourist trip to Hollywood--wherever, there's bound to be
quiet time to curl up with a good book.
One among the plethora of novels on the market to whet readers
is Dorothy A. Atabong's debut novel The Princess of Kaya. As many of
well-deserved vacation, we're sure to have some "down time," idle time,
a breather from the excitement of being on vacation. When those times
get in a little late summer reading with Atabong's wonderful book. It
mystery, gorgeous scenery, and a tantalizing love story as well. It's
to find a
totally engrossing novel to captivate readers completely, but this one
that. It's a high-octane ride along with a swiftly moving pace,
and dialogue. Kaya flows with fluidity and is beautifully set up to
that will have readers sitting on the edge of their seats and gnawing
It is the story of how one young princess deals with the sense of
reasoning, integrity, dignity, loyalty, and above all else how to
or not in her position as royalty. The nineteen-year-old Princess
Violette, but everyone calls her Kaya after the kingdom of the same
Young Kaya has been away at school in England for the last five years.
on her way to Kaya when her entourage in ambushed by Tekland soldiers.
Tekland the enemy country next over from Kaya between there and Bashir,
another small city on the Belabo island. She is rescued by Aadil, who
safely to her father, who is the King of Kaya. But by the time they
through the forest and reached Awa, Aadil's striking eyes have all but
mesmerized Princess Kaya, and the sweet sound of his voice has
but upturned and undone her emotions. But Aadil does not go unscathed,
he, too, battles with his emotions while desperately trying to carry
mission. He is captivated by her warmth and innocence.
Princess Kaya turns twenty on the day of the Azi festival. On this
Kaya meets Anthony from the kingdom of Bashir. It is he whom Kaya's
the King of Kaya, betrothed as her future husband and who is the Prince
Bashir. When Kaya looks into his eyes after they are introduced, what
pooled there are both affection and an adamant tint that speaks to her
uncertain terms that she is now his completely and forever. She soon
herself trapped between the love of two men and many admirers in the
being thrust into ruling the Kayan people, while trying to maintain a
for herself alone.
Can she find happiness in the arms of Anthony, who is forgiving and
loving, or Aadil, a maverick whose life she knows little about outside
clandestine visits to her bedroom, but each time that she meets him, he
heart ablaze and disturbs her tranquility. She is desperately torn
men while her life seesaws back and forth between them. For years her
shrouded in lies, secrets, deceptions, and murder. One step can mean
downfall of everything that the Kayan kingdom stands for. When she
choose between Anthony and Aadil, Kaya is delivered a devastating blow.
One minute readers will adore Violette, the Princess of Kaya and
Queen, and the next they will wonder about her ability to reason at
Kaya's behavior is unpredictable, it is also understandable given the
circumstances and the traditions of her people. Besides, in her own
has cause to behave as she does. Whether readers agree with her
not, there is no doubt that unequivocably Kaya is a divided soul
brink of discovery and trying to balance her life for the good of all.
succeed? Read The Princess of Kaya to find out.
Dorothy A. Atabong has created an emotionally weighty story that
be easy for readers to choose sides. However oddly the story's
one that will give readers much to contemplate long after the book is
Princess of Kaya comes highly recommended.
Emma J. Wisdom lives and writes from her home in Nashville. She
reached via e-mail at EWisdom@aol.com.
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Reader Reviews for "The Princess Of Kaya"
|Reviewed by Latoya
|Oh boy! I was so mezmerized tropical setting and the love triangle. There is no other book like it out there in the market. Emma Wilson is right. It isn't easy to choose sides.|
|Reviewed by Jacklyne
|Beautiful work. well written. I loved the adventure, the mezmerizing characters and the awesome story line.|