* I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. All expressed opinions are completely mine. *
Adé was a fairly quick and easy read.
And yes, as the cover states, it IS a love story.
Our young narrator falls in love with Adé as she spends time traveling outside of her home country.
We've barely had the chance to know her before she decides to stay with him and be with him and become a part of his family. This is no spoiler, I promise.
Yes, it takes a little time to get there, but you won't regret reading up to that point. You won't regret reading this book in its entirety, although it felt a bit like an appetizer and I'm still waiting for the rest of the meal. I wanted more.
I do understand that the story is meant to be as brief and intense as it was. And I do understand the path that Ms. Walker took to get us to what we ultimately needed to see. Farida (as our narrator is eventually named) is a young American living somewhere she's never been. Learning so much she's never known. Never had to know.
Prior to being allowed to marry, Adé's family requests that he ask her parents' permission. If this is not done it would be against their culture and beliefs that they marry. Farida feels she shouldn't need to do this. She spoke with both, her mother and her father, and has informed them of the plans. Adé cannot accept this, and the two begin their journey towards her home.
It is at this point in the story that Farida's eyes are opened for her. She learns the world she believed she was joining is not quite as it seemed. She learns so much about how things work, politics, life, connections and communications. Life is not as easy as it is in the small village that Adé calls home.
Farida contracts an illness and this is where I will leave you. If you want to know more you need to get yourself a copy of this book. Also? You can win one here! Leave me a comment with the title of the best book you have read in 2013 and why you loved it so much.
Adé: A Love Story might not have been the best read of the year for me, but it was a well-written story. It's quite a short read and you might enjoy it if you're looking for something to get through before the holidays. I must admit that I do still wish it had been fleshed out some more, but in its own right it holds an interesting story. More importantly, Walker is getting rave reviews on Amazon, which you can see for yourself!
* I was provided with a copy of this book to review by TLC Book Tours. All expressed opinions are strictly my own. TLC will provide the winner of this giveaway with a copy of this book upon completion of this giveaway. This post contains affiliate links. *