A Love Rekindled, published in March 2011 by CreateSpace, is Myne Whitman’s second novel. Set in contemporary Nigeria, the book centers around two embittered ex-lovebirds, Efe Sagay and Kevwe Mukoro.
The story starts several years after the breakup of their high school relationship. Efe has recently returned from the USA to Nigeria to take up a new job as a young executive with the Hilton Hotel in Abuja. Determined to start a new life, she is glad that her new posting is in the north of the country, away from the southern town where she grew up, and far from the bitter memories of her broken relationship. Her ex-boyfriend Kevwe, meanwhile, is a successful businessman who runs an engineering contracting business in Lagos.
On the surface it appears that Efe and Kevwe have gone their separate ways, put their past behind them, and decided to move on. However, a chance meeting in Abuja between Efe and Kevwe’s twin brother Ofure sparks a chain of events that eventually lead the two ex-lovers to confront each other and their painful past.
For Efe, the chance meeting with Ofure is too much to take, as the scene below illustrates.
“He turned towards her, and she blinked. It was the face of her nightmares. Taken by surprise, Efe took a step backwards, tottering against a chair as her legs folded under her.”
Ofure and Kevwe conspire to arrange a face-to-face confrontation with Efe. But despite Kevwe’s best attempts to rekindle the relationship, Efe is neither willing to forgive nor forget the disappointment of her past betrayal. And to make things even trickier, she is entangled with another man, Stanley Adetiba, whom she briefly dated during her time in the United States.
As events play out between Efe and Kevwe, we revisit their high-school romance, and uncover the truth behind the circumstances that led to their breakup – revealing a story of ethnic conflict, and, hitherto, unknown family betrayals – and ultimately leading to an emotional climax.
Myne Whitman’s A Love Rekindled is a well crafted romance story, with twists and turns throughout that are sure to keep even the most seasoned fans of the genre enthralled. And although this is only her second novel, Whitman is quickly establishing herself as one of Africa’s foremost romance novelists.