My father came home one day and said I was to follow him out the next day and I was to wear a “pretty” dress. This greatly surprised me as my father and I rarely went places together and I proceeded to asking him what it was all about.
His answer surprised me even more.
I was going to be showcased to one of his colleagues at work, whose son was a Super Eagles player as at then and was already signed to a French club.
I vehemently stood my ground and refused to be tied to any man no matter how big his Lekki Phase 1 mansion was! And my Dad concluded that with all my academic excellence, I was still a dunce who could not figure out when to do the right thing. That situation kickstarted what would become a love hate relationship between my father and I.
It was that same anger that I felt towards James in E.C Michaels’s Dawn To Dusk. I wondered how a man, a full grown man for that matter, would have allowed his parents force him to marry a woman who he didn’t love.
I saw no reason, no matter what dire financial situations his parents, Osakwe and Catherine found themselves, for him to have allowed it happen. Arranged marriages rarely work in our time and thus it was no surprise that James and Queen’s crashed even after a child together.
James doesn’t cope well with the break, his life crumbles, he loses his job, and almost loses his family but in the midst of the drama, he finds love with the
nanny house-help Helen. It’s the usual story; passion, lust, declarations of love and before long they are in a love triangle with the two women involved battling for James love.
The battle turns fierce, families are turned against each other and women threaten to tear each other up and in a strange turn of events, someone gets killed. It’s drama after drama in Dawn To Dusk and at specific points while reading, I had to take breaks just to catch my breath.
E.C Michael’s debut novel has a strong plot with the necessary infusion of drama, and although one can easily tell that it comes from a first timer because of language grasps and continuity, I would give him an A for Effort.
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