eBook: His Treasure
Author: Kiru Taye
Publisher: Breathless Press
Source: Amazon Kindle
What I like is that Kiru manages to strike a balance between the unpalatable cultural attitudes towards women in pre-colonial Eastern Nigeria and the wholesomeness of her two main characters. Adaku and Obinna have depth as believable characters. Adaku is as feisty as one would like to see in a culture that treated women like cattle. While I at first found it hard to believe that an African man of that era would wait so long for his wife to submit to him, I could see why Obinna comfortable in his masculinity and virility, would do just that.
Kiru faithfully adheres to most of the features of the novella as a literary form. The story is short and can be read in one sitting. I read it in an hour. Kiru Taye and her publisher know their readers well and perhaps it is with this in mind that it is so written. It is part of a series and this seems to be where fictional romance is heading. The storytelling could benefit from more description in some detail of the cultural setting. For instance when Adanna is going to the market, the items in her basket are mentioned in passing but not described; so the reader does not know what is in the basket. It is the absence of little details like this that I miss in this thoughtful piece of work.
The sex scenes are hot and tastefully done. Some aspects of those sex scenes have not been portrayed before by an African female romance author. It is great to see an African author bold enough to go there. Blazing new trails in African romance, this is a brave and note-worthy first offering from Kiru Taye. She is definitely an author to watch. I look forward to the rest of the Men of Valour series.