Ignited by Education (The African Woman Challenge Book 1)
By Eileen K. Omosa
And the chase began.
Sophia, daughter of an indebted livestock trader has by sheer luck completed her university education. Next, she has a detailed life plan, build her career and uplift her family out of poverty. That plan excludes romance and marriage, which she believes distract women from their goals.
Richie Broaders crosses Sophia’s path. He not only floods her work desk with flowers but wants to marry her.
Sophia is aware of her employer’s rule on romance between employees, one of them must resign. Desperation kicks in when she learns that Richie is the son of the billionaire owner of the Broaders Group of Companies, her employer. Resigning from her job is tantamount to falling back into the poverty she was born into but has worked very hard to overcome.
Evading Richie is not Sophia’s only challenge. Marko, her father summons her to the village to get married to Cleophas, a local school teacher. Can she object without straining existing family relations?
Ignited by Education is a captivating and inspirational women’s fiction on change and adaptation as Africa embraces education, especially for the girl child. What it means to be an educated and career woman – the nature of expectations from family and society. The sweet romantic twist in the book will stop tears from falling.
This first book in The African Woman Challenge Series provides a new experience - a story of change, where education, culture, ambition and love are intertwined.
There are many elements that are necessary to bring a story to life, Eileen weaves this tapestry quite well. The plot and sub-plots were interesting, scene setting was quite good, and the dialog was downright funny at times! I laughed out loud more than once! I savored the local flavor of Africa Eileen wove into the story, she shared what a lot of the Kiswahili language terms meant. Kiswahili is spoken by nearly 100 million people in Africa. Learning about food and cultural customs enhances a story for me a great deal. The action was played out quite well also, without being too exhaustive and bogging the story down.
All things considered, this story gave me several hours of reading pleasure. I award 5 stars to Ignited by Education!
I am happy to share that volume two of the series is available at this time: “Outside the Family Box”.
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