Abimbola Dare's debut Christian novel, The Small Print has enjoyed a privileged spot in the top best selling e-books on amazon.co.uk in the romantic Christian fiction category for over three months in a row. The novel continues to fly off the shelves in bookstores across Nigeria.
Christian fiction is not a popular category amongst Africans, yet Abimbola Dare's seems to resonate with many. This is hardly surprising as the novel is a cleverly written, inspirational page turner. The book introduces us to Wale Ademola, an ambitious illegal immigrant who marries an attractive stranger (next door neighbour to his friend) for her British passport.
It was supposed to be a simple contract. No strings attached. However, things start to go a bit sour when Jennifer makes a demand that rocks Wale's perfectly planned future. And so he makes a run for it- with his residence permit secure, he thinks all is well and good- that is until Jennifer turns up a year later at his office. At the most important interview of his adult life. Here's a sneak peak from the opening chapter:
The moment he stepped into room 415 and saw Jennifer Lennox sitting behind the polished mahogany table, Wale Ademola knew he was a dead man. He shut the glass paneled door behind him with a click and glared. It had to be an illusion. He checked again. Nope. This was for real. What on earth was his ex wife doing in his office?
While Wale ponders how to get out of this web, Sade Williams makes a grand entry into his partially disrupted life. The stunning but sheltered Christian housewife is secretly working behind her husband, Bode's back. What happens when Sade and Wale meet? No don't try to figure it out. It won't lead where you think.
As Wale and Sade struggle with everything going on with them, Eniola Rhodes is thrown into the scene. Chubby faced, Pepsi addict Eniola is Sade's best friend. She is also very serious about her Christian life and has never dated a man in her life. So why is she the target of a stalker/ murderer? Does Sade have anything to do with it?
The characters' lives are twisted in a web of infidelity, deceit and lies, and they must battle insurmountable challenges- on a journey across two continents- to discover that it is in the midst of despair, confusion and desperation that God's unconditional; all- consuming love shines the brightest.
Abimbola has cleverly worn enough twists in this book to keep you guessing till the end. The characters are very true to life and yet, the message of salvation, divine grace and redemption remains strong through out the novel . The novel has won the hearts of many, has climbed the much coveted best seller list on Amazon UK and continues to be passed on from friend to friend. If you have been desperate for Christian Fiction that is able to tug your heart toward God, without a loud preachy voice, Abimbola Dare's The Small Print is a must read.
The novel is out in Nigeria in paperback and is available in many bookstores
Abimbola Dare started writing Christian Fiction after a deep conviction to use her writing for God's glory. She attended Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls in Nigeria, and then relocated to the UK for her first degree and masters degree programs.
She wrote as bimbyladsblog, a hilarious online account of her challenges in the UK before venturing into writing. She has been featured in True Love MagaZine, Genevieve Magazine and Ladybrille Magazine Nigeria as well as many online platforms. She lives in the UK with her husband and daughter.