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#LiterallyWhatsHot: “Wild Whispers”, The Multi-Racial Love Story You Won’t Forget In a Hurry

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In any sizzling romance, three ingredients are key: a billionaire playboy (like Chuck Bass), a damsel in distress, and a fancy location. These juicy details are so splashed across the blurbs of a million and one romance novels that it’s a relief when these stories are approached from another angle.

I’m impressed that in writing Wild Whispers, romance writer Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku chose an unlikely setting—Dagor in Edo state. Her chief characters are a British guy named Gary, and Adaora, a widower who when her husband died, was accused of killing him and labelled a witch. His death pushed her to seek solitude, and she became something of a hermit.

Gary, on the other hand, is a wildlife photographer whose waking moments are spent touring the world. He comes to Nigeria for the sights, sounds, and wildlife; but, after an attempted robbery on his bus, he manages to escape with other passengers. Some time is spent running as a group before they separate. He ends up in front of Adaora’s “cottage”. She plays the Good Samaritan, lets him in even though it’s night and she has no idea who he is. The rest, as they say, is history.

Adaora and Gary’s love has the sweetest, most organic progression. In discovering and learning about themselves, there is almost none of the unnecessarily risqué hullabaloo present in a lot or romance novels. However, it did cross my mind that from the last time I paid any real attention to the romance genre, things might have evolved to include warm, fuzzy stories that have substance and strong characters.

It is interesting that these lovers connect as people, not as white/black-colored folk lugging bags chuck full of societal drama. This is not to say that race was explicitly ignored, but it was not a deciding factor in how these two related. I seriously look forward to when the world will actually work this way. I also love the writer’s incorporation of nature as being part of Gary’s job, and, of course, part of the scenery. Reading about animals brought back childhood memories of when I wanted to be a NatGeoWild reporter.

Written in answer to a call for a short story anthology, I can understand why this body of work is short; however, I would have liked a longer story as I enjoyed watching Adaora and Gary fall in love. There’s no end to the beauty that can be found when you’re in love. If you want to feel butterflies in your tummy, Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku’s “Wild Whispers” is the book to read.

Get a copy here on the OkadaBooks store for just N499! Happy reading.

Chiamaka Onu-Okpara is a freelance editor with experience reworking fiction, creative non-fiction, and academic documents. Her stories have been published in Ake Review, Apex Magazine, and The Kalahari Review amongst other places. Her first poem is forthcoming in Strange Horizons.

38 Comments

  1. Ibk

    October 14, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Widower for real?

    • Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

      October 24, 2017 at 1:25 am

      Oh yes, Adaora is a widow with a strong will to pull through every challenge life throws at her. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

    October 24, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Thank you so much Chiamaka for reading and reviewing Wild Whispers. Indeed, Adaora and Gary connected on an emotional level and their racial differences did not hurt their relationship. I’m glad you can relate to the nature of Gary’s work.

    Have a wonderful week.

  3. Austine

    October 24, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Wild Whispers shows us that when we are kind and hospitable to strangers, it brings a fresh lease of life into us. Travelling to foreign lands educates us on other people’s beliefs. Gary finds out about Dagor’s superstitious beliefs that Adaora, a harmless widow has been unjustly labelled a witch. This book brings two people with two different cultures together and it is interesting how they connect so deeply emotionally. I strongly recommend that you read this book.

    • Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

      October 24, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Oh yes, you are right, Austine. Kindness and generosity can bring a potential husband or wife to your doorstep. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  4. Vivienne Diane Neal

    October 24, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I haven’t had the opportunity to read Wild Whispers but have read several of Stella’s novels and all of her stories have universal appeal no matter what color or ethnicity one may be. Congratulations, Stella on providing great romance stories that speak to all of us.

    • Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

      October 24, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you so much Vivienne for your comments. I’m so pleased that through God’s grace my books cut across race, ethnic and cultural differences.

      How is NY treating you? Take care.

  5. Liv

    October 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Stella’s book, Wild Whispers has been a great read. I love simplicity of the relationship, which evolves into a deep romance. I look forward to reading her other books & definitely recommend it to other readers.

    • Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

      October 24, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      Glad to have you stop by, Liv. Yes, love comes in many shades. Gary and Adaora’s was so special. Take care.

  6. Rayj

    October 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Very endearing story. A scary chance meeting leads to a second chance for love and happiness.
    Short and sweet

    • Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

      October 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      Indeed, joy and lasting happiness can come from a scary incident.
      Thank you, Rayj for reading and reviewing Wild Whispers. Love your support. Take care.

  7. Omolara

    October 24, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    “Wild Whisper” is an interesting read. Particularly love between two people from different worlds.

  8. Omoregie Helen Aize

    October 24, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    What an amazing way to find love, when the time is right, the perfect and right person come in to your life, wonderful story I must say, kudos to you my darling sister Stella Ero-Ajanaku

    • Stella

      October 26, 2017 at 12:04 am

      I agree with you my dear sister, Aize. Thank you for stopping by.

  9. Omoregie Helen Aize

    October 24, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    What an amazing way to find love, wonderful story, awesome love,beautiful characters. Congratulations to you my darling sister

  10. Penny

    October 24, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Fabulous read! I recommend tissue with this emotional rollercoaster read.

    • Stella

      October 26, 2017 at 12:06 am

      The emotional chemistry between Gary and Adaora is truly sweet. Thank you so much, Penny.

  11. Funmi

    October 24, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Great love story. Anyway this is as expected from Stella, a prolific romance writer. Go on girl, well done.

    • Stella

      October 26, 2017 at 12:07 am

      Awww…thank you so much, Funmi. We thank God for His inspiration and the grace to write.

  12. Chelle Ramsey

    October 24, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Sounds really nice and intriguing. I love the concept, and congratulations, Stella.

    • Stella

      October 26, 2017 at 12:08 am

      Many thanks, Chelle for your good wishes.

  13. Dariel Raye

    October 25, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Congratulations, Stella!! This sounds like a great read. I love multicultural romances that focus on love and its ability to overcome obstacles. Wishing you great success.

    • Stella

      October 26, 2017 at 12:10 am

      Me too, Dariel. Multicultural love stories give me so much joy to write and read. Thank you for stopping by.

  14. Flo Rhodes

    October 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I’m not surprised. Stellla is such a prolific writer. Though a hard working writer, her writing is a gift and she knows it. Keep up the good work. I am loving this review. Will get a copy asap.

    • Stella

      October 26, 2017 at 12:11 am

      I’m so blessed to receive such high praise. To God be the glory. Thank you, Sis Flo for your support and good wishes.

  15. Ujomoti

    October 25, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Many congratulations Stella! Great job! Love should indeed be kind and blind to colour.

    • Stella

      October 26, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Absolutely Ujomoti. Thank you so much for your good wishes. Take care and have a lovely day.

  16. lisa g

    October 26, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Congratulations on the newest release… Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku books are always an inspiration!

    • Stella

      October 27, 2017 at 12:28 am

      Thank you so much, Lisa g for your good wishes. I appreciate it.
      Take care.

  17. Simone Beaudelaire

    October 26, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Looks like Stella’s done it again, and by it I mean created a compelling couple of characters, placed them against a fascinating backdrop and then turned on the romance. I can’t wait to read it.

    • Stella

      October 27, 2017 at 12:30 am

      Wooow!!! Thank you so much for your glowing comment. I’m grateful, Simone. God bless.

  18. Lynn

    October 27, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I have read all of Stella’s books and it looks like she has another winner here. She has written many mixed race books and never made a big issue about it, and that is as it should be! I love your work! Thank you!

    • Stella

      November 3, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Thumb up, dearest Lynn! You are right, love transcends colour, race, ethnicity and other man-instituted hurdles. Thanks for your constant support. Hugs xxx

  19. Jennifer Anazodo

    November 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Hm! Sounds like an interesting read. Love knows no race. Cant wait to read the whole story. Congrats Stella , the Romance Queen

    • Stella

      November 9, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Wow!! Thank you so much, Jennifer for stopping by. And huge thanks for the Romance Queen title. I like it a lot…loool! Let me know when you read Wild Whispers. God bless you..

  20. Chika

    November 18, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Can’t wait to grab my copy. Sounds too spicy to resist ??

    • Stella

      November 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      You will love Wild Whispers dear Chika. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful week xxx

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