Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola

Love in Colour

Love in Colour comprises a total of 13 love stories with mostly optimistic endings. In that sense, it can be considered a collection of romantic shorts, even if not all the stories can be considered romances per see.

The first ten stories are based on folktales/mythologies/ ancient oral traditions from West, North and Southern Africa, the Middle East, China and Greece; the next two stories are complete originals from the author, whilst the last story is a real-life fairytale based on her parents love story. 

It was difficult for me to rate this book because, although I loved the idea, the writing, the humour, the representation, and the author’s points of view, I wasn’t particularly enthralled by any of the stories. Most of them seemed to be snippets of longer romances that I wanted her to write so I could inhale them. I more or less liked them all, but none stood out as a favourite.

It wasn’t that the stories were in any way bad; they weren’t spectacular. I just didn’t get the character or plot development that would have made these prettily-written stories compelling for me in a way that would stand out and live in my memory.

They were pleasant and satisfying, but the spice didn’t stay on your palate after you had turned the page.

Chidinma Madeleine Okerenwogba

Hi, I’m Chidinma. I am obsessed with traveling the world through books. I started a bookstagram account where I review and recommend books to individuals. Apart from reviewing books online , I spend most of time being a lawyer and reading up a storm.

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