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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Although Adetola grew up in Chicago with her mother, Charlotte, and her stepfather, she was not your average young American woman. Her friends knew her as Tola, but before Charlotte died, she revealed Tola’s true lineage. Tola’s full name was Princess Naomi Adetola Adetoye, and her father was a king of a West African nation. The king had not been aware of her existence for the first decades of her life. Tola, however, now had a specific destiny – she had to marry someone of royal blood to continue the lineage. The king arranged a marriage to a man with whom she was not in love. Through her friend, Allison, and an unusual set of circumstances, Tola and Kyle Ellis met. The many complications of this love relationship unfold in Forces of Destiny: Shackles of Royalty, written by A. Akinosho. Tola has no choice but to eventually reveal her true identity to Kyle. Finding a way to fulfill her destiny, without losing this relationship, is at the heart of the book.
This novel engages the reader throughout the story. There is a cast of intriguing characters, including Tola and Kyle, their family members and friends. Even Tola’s bodyguard and Kyle’s housekeeper add layers to their relationship. The author has interwoven several subplots together in a seamless way. The writing flows in an easy-to-read style. The most compelling part of the novel is the ending; it is fascinating and unforeseen. Author A. Akinosho has written a truly captivating romance novel in Forces of Destiny: Shackles of Royalty. It is a unique story indeed!