Last year, while browsing GoodReads, I came across a (then) forthcoming debut novel: The One Who Knows Me, by Joan Embola. Based on the reviews, I felt led to reach out to the author to request a review copy, and the Lord really blessed me through reading the novel.
This year, I have the privilege to participate in the cover reveal / book launch for Joan’s second title, The One Who Loves Me. Joan was so kind as to share with me a digital copy of the book, as I wanted to read, prior to participating. Just like the first book in the series, The One Who Loves Me was a delight to read, and also relays a message that young women need to hear! My review is forthcoming– I did have some content notes, but this is a book I would recommend 🙂
The book releases May 21st, but you can now preorder a copy (ebook, paperback, signed copy)!
Book Blurb (from the author)
IS GOD SOVEREIGN OVER LOVE STORIES?
Amara Ikezie is a new grad nurse who is thrilled to start her dream job in Atlanta’s biggest children’s hospital. But when her best friend gets engaged, Amara is faced with the looming pressure from her mom to find her own man. Determined to escape the pressure to marry, Amara takes on a task to find the ‘perfect’ man who ticks all the boxes on her list.
Raymond Aderinto is a pediatric cardiologist with a wall of accolades and a string of failed relationships. After his fourth girlfriend dumps him, Raymond vows to get confirmation from God first before entering into his next relationship—even though he’d love to find his bride before turning thirty.
When Raymond spills coffee on Amara’s scrubs, he becomes certain she’s the woman God wants to be his wife. But unfortunately for him, Raymond doesn’t tick Amara’s boxes, and worst of all, Amara is sure her Igbo mom would never approve of a marriage to a man from the Yoruba tribe.
Despite Amara’s efforts to stay away from Raymond and convince herself he is not the one for her, her growing attraction for his character, values, and vision gives her more reasons to wonder if she was wrong about her prejudices toward him. When another doctor walks into Amara’s life who ticks all her boxes and shows interest in her, she is caught between running into his ‘perfect’ arms, or going with Raymond who is turning out to be more perfect than she thought.