Emma, Chidinma, or Golibe, whichever it is you decide to call her at the start of this book, by the time you’re done, like me, you’ll keep repeating, Golibe, inaudibly, and smile to yourself.
I never expected this book to be any different from the typical romance books I’ve read before. Actually, it isn’t too different. But still, I haven’t gotten over the storyline and the characters. I am so hooked.
Golibe is the London bred Igbo girl, almost completely covered in tattoos. Having lived all her life under the protective wings of her supposed adopted father, now late, she started on a mission back home, Ogwashi-Uku, to find her real parents, her real roots, just so she could prove to her boyfriend’s parents, she is worthy of their son, Dozie.
Her trip to Nigeria, and then Ogwashi-Uku, was as rough as rough could be. Thanks to Anuli, her cousin, turned aunty.
The discoveries, friendship, love, betrayal, and intrigue that followed her 3 months stay at Ogwashi-Uku, searching for her birth mother and finding love, will blow you away.
As much as her visit brought happiness and joy to almost everyone she came in contact with, so did it bring tears and sadness, heartbreak and rejection.
Golibe, fair skinned, and heroine of this story is smart and acts mature until she discovers, who her parents are, and all hell breaks loose. I loved her character until that point in her story, as her actions hurt all the other people that had come to love her.
Nduka, also called Duke, is the laughing stock of the residents because they think he is not stable mentally. Only a few people associate with him. Little do they know he is worth more than they could dream of.
Duke and Golibe had one thing in common; they both went out early either for a walk and jogging exercise respectively, in their different directions. But going back home, Golibe always found herself at the front of his house. The heart to heart conversations that took place on those mornings led to a love that is so powerful, and so much stronger than the both of them, individually.
Other unforgettable characters are Chuka, Anuli, Awele, Aunty Ekwe, Olisha, James, Dr. Amobi, Georgie, and a host of others.
The story starts at a steady pace and maintains it until Golibe was about 2 months at Ogwashi-Uku, still finding her birth mother.
Save for a few typographical errors, and a little bit of mixup in characters, I’d say this book is perfect. And the love story between Duke and Golibe was something I spent time reading over and over again.
This book teaches you what it means to discover yourself, and what it means, to fall madly in love. You had better watch it, because the love between Duke and Golibe, may make you break up with your partner if you’re in a lukewarm relationship.
I’m definitely going to read it again and I recommend this book to anyone who would love to have a romantic book weekend.
Karo Oforofuo is an experienced freelance writer, an author of several fiction books, and a blogger at Pelleura, where she entertains readers with mouth-watering stories, real-life experiences, relationships and business articles. She also specializes in helping authors, who want to start and grow their reader base, through consulting sessions. When she’s not working, she’s busy reading the next best paranormal romance novel or writing one. Check out her novel “Strange Man at Iri”