This is a review of the book, After the Storm by Osar Adeyemi. Yemi meets and falls in love with Akeem, a wealthy Nigerian man. Theirs is an intense romance as they fall hard and deeply for each other. Before long they are married and their love is strong enough to face the obstacles, like the animosity from Akeem’s family. Soon however, Akeem does the unthinkable, forcing Yemi to make some painful decisions. Can their love weather the storm that comes at them?
After the Storm by Osar Adeyemi is a story about love and strength set in England and Lagos. There was no doubt about the depth of love between Yemi and Akeem. Everyone saw it and nothing could come between them, not even Akeem’s hostile mother. Yet that love was not enough when things began to unravel. Faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges like infidelity, miscarriage and the shooting of their only child, both Yemi and Akeem have to reach beyond themselves for the strength to sustain their love.
The story is a compelling one as the writer does a good job of showing the difficulties that come with making a modern marriage work. Even though Akeem comes from the world of the fantastically rich and wealthy, his is a completely relatable character and most women are or can remember a time when they were Yemi.
I fell in love with the characters. They were so real and honest. Akeem was the kind of man most women long for; a good man. He was a good man who made a really huge mistake and paid dearly for it. Even though you feel Yemi’s pain and anguish when you read the story, you find yourself really feeling sorry for Akeem and hoping they are able to resolve their problems.
The growth in Yemi was beautiful to watch. She went through a lot and at the end, had to do some thorough soul searching in order to rise above her experiences and her pain. She emerged a stronger, more compassionate person. At the end of the book, I felt like I knew her personally. Even the supporting characters like Hassan and Fayona, and Shona, Sara, and Shesan all came alive in the pages of the book.
Reading this story made me laugh and I caught myself smiling at the easy banter between Akeem and Yemi. It also brought tears to my eyes more than once as I agonised with Yemi and sympathised with Akeem. It was so well-written that it pulled me right into the story and did not let me go until the very last page. I was held spellbound by every page.
I am so happy to have stumbled upon this book and will definitely look for more from the author. Kudos to Osar Adeyemi.
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