Have you ever wanted to read a ‘Christian Romance’ novel by a Nigerian author? Well, your prayers have been answered. Curl up with a cup of tea (or coffee, if that’s your thing), and a copy of Still , the first of a four-part novel from the promising writer/blogger, Eniola Prentice. I had the privilege of reading this book a while before it was released and I’m posting this review as part of an ongoing blog tour.
About the novel
A broken soul, an alcoholic, a certifiable genius, a Christian man, and a secret that will destroy the bonds of their friendship…read more.
I have always found Medical Fiction fascinating (think, Grey’s Anatomy), little wonder I was immediately captivated by this coming of age story set in a world of hilarious hook ups and breakups, legendary parties and incessant studying, the experience of success and disappointment of failure, that is first year medical school.
The story is woven around several characters, medical students,who try to navigate their way through the complicated mess that can be life on the way to becoming a doctor. You’ll meet Fadesola, a self-proclaimed atheist and broken soul who considers her time in medical school a fresh start of sorts but finds herself having to face her past in the person ofTayo Smith, legendary party boy and alcoholic, who seeks an opportunity to correct his ways, and redeem himself in the eyes of his family. The plot gets even more complicated whenNikky, a certified genius and pretty soul, ignores Fadesola’s warnings and decides that Tayo is the man for her. There’s also Ladi, Christian man with a heart of gold, and a friend of the group. His innocent friendship with Fadesola slowly develops into smouldering relationship with both too afraid to give in to or even acknowledge their mutual feelings.
The book is written in first person narrative, through the eyes of each character. It is fascinating how Eniola is able to capture the ‘voice’ of each character and give life in a way that makes it easy to flow from one person to the next without confusing parts. After the first few chapters, the reader gets so used to each voice that you do not have to check to see whose narrative it is. I like the way the plot sucks you in, making you feel like you’re a part of the medical school community. I actually missed my ‘new friends’ for a few days after I was done with the book. Still definitely reads like insider information of the lives and times of the first year medical students.
Nikky is my favourite character of the bunch, mostly because it is easy to see through her. I generally tend to fall in love and identify with complicated characters, but in this case, Nikky makes it hard not to love her. She isn’t stuck up or obnoxious. For a certified genius, she’s very fun and honest; makes you see the world through rose-coloured glasses. Sometimes, her innocence and naivety makes for a good laugh.
Eniola does a pretty decent job of keeping the story moving and the reader guessing, with credible character and a believable story. This is more than just a love story, it is a story of friendship, pain, loss, success, failure, joy and grace; a fine cocktail that just about sums up life. If you do pick a copy of this book (and I recommend that you do), then be prepared to be captivated by God’s redemptive grace. Happy reading!
*Now for the more fun part, GIVEAWAY!!!!
To celebrate the release of the novel, there is an ongoing giveaway which you should totally enter for. You get a signed copy of the book, a $40 Amazon gift card, AND a mystery gift. Get excited people!!!!!
NOTE: Due to shipping difficulties, this giveaway is only open to residents of the USA and Canada.
To enter, go here.
The giveaway will run from May 26th to June 26th, so there’s plenty of time to enter.
Eniola Prentice was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where she began to pen her stories as early as nine years old, inspired by an eclectic group of writers. Her budding writing career was put in the back burner as she pursued her dream of becoming a medical doctor, completing her undergraduate degree inn Washington, DC. However, in the third year of medical school, inspired by the Holy Spirit, or the voices in her head (she would prefer to blame God for this one), and the unique and inspiring stories of friends that became family, she began to write her debut novel and series, Still. She hopes that her writing compels, challenges, inspires, and draws people to the Christian God’s redeeming love.
You can connect with her by visiting her blog, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.
Get a copy of the novel on Amazon HERE!