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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Love's Affliction by Fidelis O. Mkparu is essentially a story of love set amidst the backdrop of interracial tension. The setting is North Carolina in the '70s and Joseph Fafa is an international student from Nigeria who wants to pursue a medical degree. The book explores Joseph’s immigrant background - born and raised in Nigeria - as well as his struggles and hopes as he attempts to assimilate into American culture. In college, he meets blond, light-eyed Wendy and the two immediately hit it off. Of course, this entails challenges for the young interracial couple, especially in the post-Civil War South where tensions between blacks and whites can still tend to run high, and where an interracial relationship like the one Joseph and Wendy share is still sometimes frowned upon and worse. The novel follows the lives of these young people as they break and make up several times, form friendships with other people, and at the same time try to fight for their love. Will they overcome all odds? Or will society prove too much for them? This is what forms the plot of the novel.
I enjoyed reading Love’s Affliction a lot and some of the themes of racism and immigrant bias are especially relevant in today’s culture and society. Both the central protagonists are drawn superbly and I especially found myself rooting for the central character of Joseph as he displays honesty, integrity, and kindness throughout, even during the rough times. The supporting cast is also well drawn and complements the story well. I found the writing to be very engaging and the flow of the book kept me wanting to read more and more all in one go. Overall, this is an excellent book that is much more than just a romance book.