From the back cover:
Two men, one woman, a rosebush …
… a terrible past, an uncertain future
From a culture where good girls follow the norm and live as they’ve been told, Jennifer is no different from any other girl until by happenstance, she meets and falls in love with Rodrigo, a man who’s handsome, rich and foreign. Different. She has no idea who he is or what he does, and is swept into a world of romance and passion. It is not long before she discovers a shocking truth that shakes both her world and his.
Then he is gone.
Stefano shows up at a time when Jennifer has made up her mind about the rules of life. He thinks she’s beautiful and is in love with her. In a bid to convince her to give him a chance in her life, old memories once buried are brought to life. And the events that follow don’t leave anyone unaffected by the truth of the past that was left unsettled.
Meanwhile, Jennifer with her friend Chidi, find themselves on a self-discovery journey that has one of them raising questions.
Some just have to ask, where is God in all this?
… an inspirational romance, from Lagos to Italy.
My review: I happily obliged when Miranda asked me to participate in her book tour for her debut novel, To Die Once.
Coming off the back of two solid weeks of exam preparation, it took a while for me to get into this book. The first chapter really didn’t hook me, and the physical attraction between the two main characters, Jennifer and Rodrigo, seemed too much too soon – I wished I’d known more about Jennifer so I could empathise with her more in all the ups and downs of her relationship with Rodrigo.
Thankfully, the story and characters came alive after the first few chapters, with plenty of twists and turns in the plot that kept me in suspense. I think if Miranda had re-written the earlier chapters in the same way, I would have been hooked right from the start. There were some touching moments between the characters, particularly between Jennifer and her best friend, Chidi. If only we all had a friend like that during times of need.
The spiritual themes in the book included forgiveness, repentance and learning to trust when everything tells you otherwise. It was an inspirational novel that I’m sure will appeal to many Christians, particularly those who feel out of step with God’s plan.
Overall, it was a very solid effort from Miranda. She has loads of talent and I look forward to seeing what she comes out with next.
Recommended for those who enjoy passionate romance books with Christian themes.
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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About the author
Miranda A. Uyeh is an assistant lecturer at a local college in Makurdi City, Nigeria, where she teaches two geology courses. Her love for books goes as far back as when her father placed Disney’s Rapunzel in her hands—her very first storybook! By the time she was thirteen she knew she was going to be a writer. You can find Miranda on her blog where she shares her love for books, entertainment and Christian spirituality with her readers. Miranda holds a B.Tech (Hons) in Applied Geology from ATBU, Nigeria. To Die Once is her debut novel, #1 of the Child of Grace book series.
To find out more, visit Miranda’s blog – http://mautobeaperson.wordpress.com/