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Judy Croome: Author on the Prowl

Judy Croome lives, writes and reads in Johannesburg, South Africa.  A novelist & poet, Judy loves cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, rainy days and cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) Visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

Book Review: Finding Love Again by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

A sweet love story set in Nigeria, proving that love and the desire for a happy ending is universal.


Poet & DJ Kambi, left at the altar by her erstwhile groom, escapes to a luxurious resort in an attempt to meet her editor’s deadline. There she meets old flame Beba and the attraction flares between them again. Beba rescues the pretty Kambi from unwanted male attentions, while Kambi agrees to help mixed-race Beba find his white South African mother by becoming his fake fiancée.


This tender romance was an enjoyable light read for the end of a day. An interesting facet was the emergence of an idealised African hero: loyal, gentle and sophisticated, the well-educated Beba treated Kambi with a tenderness that women the world over can aspire to in their lovers. Although the romance does not go beyond the bedroom door, there is no doubt that Beba adores Kambi.


The scene where Beba, for the first time, meets his long lost real mother and half-siblings Michael and Judy in South Africa was filled with emotion.


In that, and other passages, Iwunze-Ibiam shows the talent to develop into a leading light in the new wave of romance authors writing contemporary romances for the African romance reader.