||Mar 18, 2011
A Love Rekindled is about college sweethearts who get engaged, and then are split by traumatic events. They meet again, sparks fly and their love is rekindled.
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Ten years ago, Efe Sagay dreams of winning the United States Visa Lottery, until she meets Kevwe Mukoro in University. Kevwe is happy to remain in Nigeria; only he wants Efe by his side. Over time, Efe finds true love with Kevwe, and promises to marry him. Their dreams unravel when Efe wins an American Visa, and fresh violence erupts between their warring ethnic groups. Now, Efe is back in Nigeria, and she knows it’s a matter of time before Kevwe returns to her life. They finally meet again, but renewed desire is no match for bitter memories of heartbreak. Efe wants the traumatic events of the past resolved before she gives in to rekindled love.
Kevwe stood at the window in Ofure’s office shifting looks between the view outside, and his brother making notes on the records of his patients. Half an hour earlier, an airport taxi had dropped him off following the flight from Lagos. Ofure had tried to dissuade him from coming, but he’d insisted. Now, nerves and impatience crawled over his skin like ants. He pushed open the blinds and blinked. The glare of the sun drew his attention to the massive pylons of the shadow roof over the Julius Berger head office building in the distance. He studied the sprawling Utako Market wondering if Efe was already on her way. Whatever happened, he was determined to speak with her today.
Kevwe dropped the blinds and joined his brother at the wide table strewn with papers. Ofure’s gaze was fixed on the screen of the computer placed near the end of the table, and his right hand pushed and clicked at the mouse. Leaning back into his chair, Kevwe sighed and closed his eyes. If he weren’t so exhausted, he would still be watching for when Efe arrived. He wanted to see her before she entered the office. Feeling Ofure’s gaze on him, he looked up to see that his brother had vacated his seat and stood by the window.
“Are you sure you’re ready for this?” Ofure asked.
“Yes and thanks, I got tired.” His right leg throbbed, and he bent to massage it at the knee. He couldn’t wait for Efe to arrive. After a while, his brother’s silence prompted Kevwe to sit up. Now facing inside, Ofure stared through the glass wall overlooking the lobby. Kevwe followed his gaze and felt a jolt when he recognized Efe standing in front of the receptionist’s desk. His first impulse was to rush out, but he forced himself to remain seated.
When the knock came to announce her arrival, Kevwe was propelled into action. Standing, he walked over the desk and leaned against it. He wanted to be the first person Efe saw when she entered the office. He glanced over his shoulder, and realized that with Ofure would be out of view from the door if he remained by the window. He wondered if his brother had done that deliberately, and then the door opened again and Efe stepped in, driving all thought away. If it was possible, she looked exactly as he remembered her.
“Good evening, Doctor,” she said, coming further into the room.
“Good day, Ms. Sagay,” Ofure stepped away from the window.
Kevwe noted the moment Efe realized there were two of them. She stopped walking, and her mouth sagged. Her eyes closed and opened again as if she’d seen a ghost.
As she looked from one brother to the other, she took a step backward. “No...”
Kevwe was shocked when she slumped. Close enough to catch her, he could do nothing as she slid to the floor. Not only had his knee frozen up, the last thing he wanted was physical contact.
Ofure strode to Efe’s side, picked her with ease and sat her on the sofa. Kevwe watched as he pushed her head between her knees.
“Don’t just stand there,” Ofure commanded. “Get a nurse.”
Kevwe felt lightheaded as he left the support of the desk, and only his slamming heart kept him on his feet. Seeing her after these years left him weak. She’d been his world for a time, a time when he’d planned a future that included visiting this same city with her.
A. Baah - AfrikanGoddess Online
A good fiction novel has characters that are both believable and relatable. When you read a good fiction novel, especially one laced with romance, you want to believe that the personalities and experiences of its characters, and events, are real. Today’s readers want reality with a hint of make-believe – so they have something to hope for and to strive towards. I know I do.
This makes it the perfect love story for today’s modern woman. In this narrative of love, loyalty, tribal conflict, parental interference and the bounds of eternal love, and forgiveness, Myne Whitman eloquently and expertly tells a story of unadulterated love. Just when you think you already know where the story is leading, something happens between the present and the past to make you want to keep going, making it one sure page-turner.
Kevwe and Efe are college sweethearts bent on riding out the future together, as husband and wife. In a country divided by ethnic conflict, tribalism and petty squabbles, the boundaries of their love and loyalty to each other threatens to be tested. Efe’s parents have long dreamed that their family would someday win the U.S. Visa lottery which would allow their children a chance at a better education and future. Efe can’t wait for this dream to materialize. Then she meets Kevwe Mukoro.
Kevwe has never dreamed of a life abroad. He used to live in the United States. He has seen all that life abroad has to offer and he has no interest in returning. With time, they will soon find out that their future dreams are not the only differences that stand between them. They are also from rival tribes that have been at each other’s throats for years. While the two of them seem blinded to their differences by their veil of love, those standing on the sidelines supposed to be cheering them on see the differences with such glaring animosity that one of them will stop at nothing to make sure that happily-ever-after becomes just another myth; even if it means manipulating Efe while Kevwe is fighting for his life after a serious motor accident. Just who, why, where, when and how will keep you turning the pages to find out how this story ends.
A Love Rekindled is a dramatic and powerful representation of a true African love story and is Myne Whitman’s second romance novel. As mentioned before, there is nothing unreal about her characters or about the events they experience. Myne Whitman is a natural story-teller, and she does so with such skill and precision. Her ability to move between the past and the present makes the storyline captivating and very easy to enjoy.
Lara Daniels - Author of Love at Dawn
“A Love Rekindled” is a moving love tale of first loves, the challenges of tribal biases and the importance of hope, persistence and forgiveness – critical ingredients for every relationship to survive. It is the story of Efe and Kevwe, two relatable characters who fall in love, become engaged, mutually break up their engagement and are finally united again ten years later amidst intriguing characters, secrets, manipulations and falsehood.
Kevwe and Efe met at the University of Benin. Efe is the young, attractive Nigerian woman that puts boys off to focus on her studies. Kevwe on the other hand is the young Nigerian man who pursues Efe even when friends discourage him that Efe is not the kind of girl that welcomes male advances. Efe meets Kevwe, and she is attracted to him at first sight. They begin a relationship – and as their relationship strengthens, they become engaged. However, unbeknownst to them is the intense hatred some people have for their relationship, a hatred that stems from tribal prejudice that will test the strength of their love to each other. An unexpected event gives this hatred an upper hand and Efe and Kevwe are separated under false pretenses.
Ten years later, Efe returns to Nigeria and Kevwe’s thoughts continue to haunt her, as much as her thoughts haunt Kevwe. Both of them are now very successful in their chosen careers. They meet again when Efe mistakes Ofure –Kevwe’s twin for her first love. Ofure manages to reconnect them together. It’s touching to see that inspite of all that has happened, these two never stopped loving each other over the years, although there is understandably a lot of emotional pain. One line that is poignant in the novel - a line that will touch every reader who believes in the concept of indestructible love - is where Kevwe declares his all-time love for Efe as they try to solve the puzzle behind their failed relationship. “Efe,” he said, searching her eyes, ―”I still love you, like I never stopped.”
Myne Whitman is superb in her narration of this romance tale of love lost and found, and does a superb job of realistically portraying what has been observed in many Nigerian relationships –a country that, unsurprisingly, is wracked with many tribal biases. She articulately explores this complicated issue of tribal bias and does a successful job of romantically knitting the tribes together. A Love Rekindled will definitely be enjoyed by Nigerian lovers everywhere and even has the potential to encourage young lovers not to give up on each other inspite of extended families’ acceptance of the relationship. At the end of the day, the reader will understand that love is between two people and will be steadfast – so long as the partners’ involved communicate with one another. A Love Rekindled is Myne’s Whitman second novel.
Folake Taylor - Author of The Only way is Up
Myne Whitman is on her A-game and her second novel definitely has the makings of a bestseller. She is an amazing storyteller with a fresh twist on her story plot each time, as evidenced by this new book. Her growth as an author is also phenomenal.
The novel is not only a romance novel that affirms one’s belief in true love and that it truly does conquer all. It also proves that though external forces can cause a delay, they cannot kill love.
A Love Rekindled is very entertaining and written in a unique style where the flashbacks are as interesting and real as the present. There was no stone left unturned in this multi-faceted plot and intriguing storyline. I learnt a lot about our tribal wars in Nigeria and it was as much informative and real as it was pleasurable to read. Characters were well developed and multi-layered. They literally leapt off the pages of the book and drew me into their world, hearts and minds.
I look forward to her next novel and seeing Myne Whitman’s success unfold in this industry. The book comes highly recommended.
I give A Love Rekindled a 5 out of 5 stars.
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