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Official Review: Colors of Love by Adeola Oyekola

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Colors of Love" by Adeola Oyekola.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Colors of Love by Adeola Oyekola features Yeni and Carey, childhood friends from Nigeria who have migrated to the USA. Yeni got pregnant out of wedlock, discovered her boyfriend was married, and lost her baby at birth. Carey married Tosin despite many warning signs telling her he might be the wrong guy. Will Yeni still find true love? Will Tosin prove the warnings unfounded?

While this is a romance novel, there are absolutely no steamy scenes. Fans of cozy romances will like it; those who are expecting intimate encounters will likely be disappointed. However, the story does not lack for the sweet nothings expressed between lovers. Hopeless romantics will find a couple of poems and wedding vows to gush over. Alas, the reader will likewise spot tearful expressions of the brokenhearted. “How can I survive this?” will ring loud and clear to those who have experienced heartache. (We did survive, didn’t we?)

The book has a predominantly Christian theme as the author “believes in propagating the gospel as commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ.” Prayer, fasting, Bible references, and spiritual signs are intricately woven into the story. The author emphasizes the value of human relationships, be they family or friends, and the virtue of honest work. This is not to say that the characters are all saintly; they are ordinary people with both good and bad traits.

The author injected the tale with many facets of Nigerian culture. I was happy to learn about Nigerian cuisine, such as the delicious-sounding bean pudding called Moin-Moin; Yoruba and Igbo formal wear; and their wedding traditions (the fancy Aso ebi is one). It was surprising to know that Nigerians, like Filipinos, addressed those older even by only a few years as “aunts” and “uncles.” Armchair travelers like me will surely relish the interesting trivia about the Nigerian lifestyle. A glossary of the Nigerian terms used may be a welcome addition, though.

Certain touches make the book unique. The prologue and epilogue are both written in verse. Each chapter is given a catchy title that is accompanied by a beautiful full-page monochrome photograph. The picture for Chapter 12, named “Families,” is especially fascinating.

On the downside, the narrative flow needs minor adjustments. The chapters focus on different characters, but there are a few times when the reader has to wade through a whole paragraph before identifying who is being discussed. Sudden shifts in point of view also distract the reader. Since the characters are made to tell stories, huge blocks of dialogue are employed. The punctuation used in these portions (double and single quotation marks, in particular) needs careful review to ensure continuity.

Grammar is another weak point. The errors noted include missing periods, inconsistent capitalization, and misspellings. Some words also seem inappropriately used. “Stingy memories” (for painful experiences) and “her nose was three times the standard size” (to describe a pregnant woman) may be expressed in better ways. There are likewise two very familiar Bible verses that are quoted without the proper citation.

Considering that the good points outweigh the bad, I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars. The author has a fine story to tell, and the ending makes it memorable. Addressing the negatives cited will ensure that the book passes the reader’s scrutiny with flying colors.

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I would love to learn about Nigerian culture and I also love romance stories. I think I would enjoy this book. Thanks for the great review.

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Shabram22 wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 15:24
I would love to learn about Nigerian culture and I also love romance stories. I think I would enjoy this book. Thanks for the great review.
Thanks for the sweet words. Yes, you will find this one relaxing at this stressful time.

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With its themes of love, spirituality and culture, this book sounds absolutely charming! Lovely review too, as always!

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ButterscotchCherrie wrote:
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With its themes of love, spirituality and culture, this book sounds absolutely charming! Lovely review too, as always!
With the kinks ironed out, the book will be even lovelier. Charming comment, as always.

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Sounds like this read delves deep into the Nigerian culture and lifestyle. That in itself is reason enough for me to read it. I also enjoy the romance part of it. Thanks for the review.
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Faithmwangi wrote:
19 Mar 2020, 04:37
Sounds like this read delves deep into the Nigerian culture and lifestyle. That in itself is reason enough for me to read it. I also enjoy the romance part of it. Thanks for the review.
I am actually wondering where I can go to taste the dishes I read about. Thanks for visiting.

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This is beautiful work, soothing and calming on my nerves. With this review it is on my must read shelf. I hope love found Yeni again and Carey was able to work round the tell tale signs. The Nigerian culture is quite rich and marriages are family centered.

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En+kay wrote:
19 Mar 2020, 12:47
This is beautiful work, soothing and calming on my nerves. With this review it is on my must read shelf. I hope love found Yeni again and Carey was able to work round the tell tale signs. The Nigerian culture is quite rich and marriages are family centered.
Thanks for your interest. Welcome to OBC and enjoy your time with us!

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The writer perceive love, romance & culture in accumulative perspective... although the book is full of grammatical errors, the writer still able to paint love with it's colour esp by the Title of the book....it tells us about rich Nigerians culture & respect of the society

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While unfortunate about the present errors, it seems this book has a lot to offer a variety of readers! The points about Nigerian culture seem interesting, so I may have to try this one. Thanks for your review :)

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Firefawkes wrote:
19 Mar 2020, 19:54
While unfortunate about the present errors, it seems this book has a lot to offer a variety of readers! The points about Nigerian culture seem interesting, so I may have to try this one. Thanks for your review :)
Even if I may never have the golden opportunity to set foot on Nigerian soil, the book gave me a virtual trip, albeit too short. You are welcome to the same experience.

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The writer perceive love, romance & culture in accumulative perspective... although the book is full of grammatical errors, the writer still able to paint love with it's colour esp by the Title of the book....it tells us about rich Nigerians culture & respect of the society
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I'm deeply moved by your response about the book review.... Throughout the story or narrative I have learned alot about Nigeria rich culture & behevioural nornms & ethics..... you encouraged me to do more reviews

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Moi-moi when served warm is one of the best meal one can have; trust me. I'd love to read this book. It will be nice to read about my tribe (Yoruba) from another person's POV. Thanks for the succinct review.

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