As a fan of historical ficton, it’s refreshing to find novels set in a non-Western country. Thread of Gold Beads by Nike Campbell-Fatoki takes its readers to 1890s Africa, in the middle of a war:
Amelia, daughter of the last independent King of Danhomè, King Gbèhanzin, is the apple of her father’s eye, loved beyond measure by her mother, and overprotected by her siblings. She searches for her place within the palace amidst conspirators and traitors to the Kingdom. Just when Amelia begins to feel at home in her role as a Princess, a well-kept secret shatters the perfect life she knows. Someone else within the palace also knows and does everything to bring the secret to light. A struggle between good and evil ensues causing Amelia to leave all that she knows and loves. She must flee Danhomè with her brother, to south-western Nigeria. In a faraway land, she finds the love of a new family and God. The well-kept secret thought to have been dead and buried, resurrects with the flash of a thread of gold beads. Amelia must fight for her life and what is left of her soul.
Set during the French-Danhomè war of the late 1890s in Benin Republic and early 1900s in Abeokuta and Lagos, South-Western Nigeria, Thread of Gold Beads is a delicate love story, and coming of age of a young girl. It clearly depicts the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversities.
As a stop on the book tour for Thread of Gold Beads, I’m giving away a copy of the novel.
For a chance to win, just leave a comment letting me know what you’re currently reading. I’ll choose a winner on October 7th. Giveaway is for US and Canadian addresses only.
Also, today is the last day to enter my giveaway for The Returned by Jason Mott.
I received a copy of the book for review as part of the Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour. Visit the Thread of Gold Beads tour page for more reviews, author Q&A, and giveaways. This post contains affiliate links. Winner will be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize.