A LOVE REKINDLED is all about love and romance. As a Nigerian , I chose to write this novel to provide insight into two characters in a loving relationship as well as the ethnic violence I witnessed in Nigeria. I believe romantic fiction with African characters and settings is an unexplored niche both in Nigeria and internationally and I plan to write a series of such books. My first novel, A Heart to Mend, also set in Nigeria, was very well received and garnered a substantial following on blogger, Facebook and Twitter. It was also subsequently published, to good reviews, in Nigeria.
In A Love Rekindled, I explored the possibility of re-uniting with a first love. There are a lot of anecdotes from people, positive and otherwise. Most people seem to think it is not a good idea to try to rekindle love, especially that first love one finds when still young and idealistic. But what if it were possible? What if after what one believes to be a life changing, heart breaking episode, fate gives this second chance to love again? From a Nigerian perspective, I give my hero and heroine the chance many only dream of.
There are a couple of issues that came up while I was writing this book;
First, the reason most given for not rekindling love with an earlier partner is usually that an ex is an ex for a reason, and for some that is true. But in some cases, you are parted from your exs because of circumstances. I have read about people who meet their first love again on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, and because they are now married, they don't know what to do about it. But what if these people weren't married and were single and still attracted to the ex, would they not try to find ways to rekindle their love?
The next theme was forgiveness. Personally, I believe that one should forgive 70 times 7 times but I also know itt can be difficult. Some create a difference between forgiving and forgetting. Some say they will forgive but never forget. Be that as it may, I always say that forgiving is a two way street. It is not enough to just forgive but the person that you are forgiving needs to know what happened and get the opportunity to make allowances. You both have to own that forgiveness in order to fully heal.
Ten years ago, Efe Sagay dreams of winning the United States Visa Lottery and escaping a country torn apart by instability, until she meets Kevwe Mukoro, a fellow university student. 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 after graduation. Their dreams clash when Efe wins an American Visa and fresh violence erupts between their warring ethnic groups. People close to them use this conflict to their own ends and their love becomes one of the casualties. Efe travels to America, nursing a broken heart.
Now, Efe is back in Nigeria to take up a high profile job in Abuja. Closer home, pressures to get married mount, and her nights are plagued by nightmares of Kevwe's betrayal. When another Mukoro comes to her office, she knows it's a matter of time before Kevwe returns to her life. They finally meet again, yet renewed desire is no match for bitter memories of heartbreak. Kevwe claims he's never stopped loving her, but while she does not want to lose him, the traumatic events of the past have to be resolved before she can give in to rekindled love.
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