Tell us about An Unexpected Blessing.
My book is titled An Unexpected Blessing. My main character is a Nigerian woman living in diaspora. Feranmi has everything going for her, except in the love department. For her parents this is not acceptable especially at her age. An Unexpected Blessing explores her desperate plan to fool her parents that she is in a committed relationship in order to avoid be harassed about her unmarried state and being hooked up.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
As with everything a writer I’m sure, life presents a lot of ideas. I ’m a Nigerian living in diaspora so I was inspired by stories all around me. One of the most talked about topics for African women whether in diaspora or back home or in general is marriage. People have a certain expectation on the age at which a lady must be married. An Unexpected Blessing explores that issue.
Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this book?
Not at all. I did a little bit especially about Chicago, but the rest came naturally to me. I’m writing my next book now and the topic isn’t so familiar so I’m having to do a lot of research.
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading fill-in your book title?
Apart from a lesson in forgiveness, love and acceptance, the main thing I hope readers take way from my story is that things go much smother if we trust God’s plan and are willing to step outside our comfort zone. To be able to let go of always trying to be in control and let the Spirit lead.
Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?
Extremely. In my opinion, word of mouth is the fastest medium of communication and as an avid reader myself, I look at what fellow readers had to say then I make my decision.
About the Author
Unoma Nwankwor is the co-owner of KevStel Group, a Christian entertainment company, specializing in movie productions, book publications and hosting events. When she is not writing or running the operations of her company, she spends her time with her husband and two kids. Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents, Unoma spent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. She now resides in Atlanta which she has called home for fifteen years.
About the Book
SHE HAD A PLAN
Personal banker, Feranmi Adewunmi has done well for herself in diaspora by any standards. But by her parent’s calculations, she should be married by now. And they had the right man for her. For Feranmi, being single wasn’t a crime and so she came up with the perfect plan to beat them at their own game. All she needed was a man.
HE WAS SCORNED WITH A PAST
CEO of Montgomery Construction, Alex Montgomery was back in Atlanta. His primary focus was rebuilding his business after an unfortunate incident in Chicago changed his life forever. A chance meeting with Feranmi turned that plan upside down. The pain she caused him in school was still fresh in his mind but so were the feelings that never died. Now she needed a favor.
A BUDDING ROMANCE THREATENED BY SECRETS
For Feranmi time was running out. Her parents would be visiting soon and she still hadn’t found the perfect Nigerian man. Alex was her only option, after all how hard could it be? What they weren’t prepared for was an attraction they couldn’t ignore. Will they lean on the Lord for guidance or insist on being in control? Will his guarded dark past confirm her fears? Or will love prevail the second time around?
An Unexpected Blessing is a novel of love, forgiveness, and being open to God’s plan in your life. The best blessings are often unexpected.
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