Adé by Rebecca Walker

Ade

Just so you know, I received this books for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest thoughts about said book. I received no other compensation, etc, etc. Thank you to TLC for letting me participate!

Ohhh, love stories. I’m a sucker for them, and Adé delivers. Here’s what the book jacket says:

In this stunning debut novel, Rebecca Walker turns her attention to the power of love and the limitations of the human heart. When Farida, a sophisticated college student, falls in love with Adé, a young Swahili man living on an idyllic island off the coast of Kenya, the two plan to marry and envision a simple life together – free of worldly possessions and concerns. But when Farida contracts malaria and finds herself caught in the middle of a civil war, reality crashes in around them. The lovers’ solitude is interrupted by a world in the throes of massive upheaval that threatens to tear them apart, along with all they cherish.

Haunting, exquisite, and certain to become a classic, Adé will stay with you long after you put it down. This is a timeless love story set perfectly, heartbreakingly, in our time.

Adé is really short – only 112 pages, which I think really makes it more of a novella or short story. But the more I think about it now that I’ve finished it, the more I’m appreciating it. I always adore a love story about two people from different backgrounds, and Adé was such a good man. You don’t get to know him TOO well, because again, it’s so short, but you come to know the young couple enough that you’re rooting for them the whole way.

The most important thing in a novella, really, is the writing and I liked Rebecca Walker’s style. Her writing was a little flowery in the beginning, but it quickly became more simple and beautiful. I’d be happy to read more by her, even if she wrote a novel that’s considered “literary” fiction, because her characters were engaging and her writing was great enough. My only complaint here is that it was too short! I wanted to know MORE, I wanted the story to keep going.

Adé is a great little book if you’re in the mood for a not-necessarily-happy story about a young couple in love, and I highly recommend it for book clubs. There’s more things I have to say about the book, but I don’t want to be spoilery, so really a book club environment would be perfect for discussion.

What’s that, you say? You would like a copy for your book club? Or just to read on your own? WELL, you’re in luck because TLC Book Tours is allowing me to offer a copy of Adé by Rebecca Walker to giveaway to one of my readers! Just leave a comment below (with your email address, please) telling me about your favorite love story – whether it’s happy, sad, short, long, real, or fiction. Sorry to my international pals, but this one is only open to US and Canadian readers. The giveaway will end on Friday 11/29, and I’ll contact the winner via email to get mailing info.

And don’t forget to check out the other stops on the book tour as well!

Sarah Says: 3.5 stars

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14 comments

  1. This books sounds special and captivating. Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite love story which is real is the Josie Markus and Wyatt Earp marriage. A love story that was beautiful.

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  2. Oooh you gorgeous thing, you. You KNOW I want to win a copy! I’ve read some of Walker’s non fiction and I’m intrigued. I think my favorite love story is (predictably) Outlander. I just can’t get enough Jamie and Claire.

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  3. I agree that a shorter story can be a lot more difficult to write convincingly. This sounds like a lovely read! I’m from Europe so I won’t be taking part, but favourite love story, hmm. This is a very difficult question, I often prefer my stories without love involved, but I think Arwen-Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings books is a pretty good one – really tough for both sides but nevertheless beautiful.

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      1. 😀 I’m a Tolkien fanatic, but I know these books aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Have you seen the movies, if yes did you like those?

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