Updated: Nov 19, 2020
We're excited about this new fantasy f/f romance from debut author Bambo Deen. And we're sharing the full prologue for your reading pleasure. Check it out.
A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE'S MAGIC by BAMBO DEEN
A young woman finds the person her heart desires with the help of a bit of magic. Noura is a young I.T. consultant whose weak point is her family. She is at that age when the pressure to get married has hit a new high, but she is not in love with her current boyfriend of three years. After losing a bet, she has to pay a visit to a herbalist in order to obtain a love charm. Despite initial scepticism, Noura follows through with the bet and obtains a charm that is supposed to lead her to true love. The instructions are straightforward, “use this charm and the first person you encounter afterwards will be the love of your life”. The only issue is that the first person Noura sees is another woman. Bewaji has just moved back to her family home after almost a decade in the United Kingdom. She is looking for nothing more than a haven where she can relax, paint and not think about the row that was the reason she left in the first place. Of course nothing goes as planned, barely a week since Bewaji has returned and her father is trying to play matchmaker. There is also the matter of the gorgeous Noura who seems to believe that she is in love with Bewaji.
Who had heard of a native doctor living in Ikoyi? Apparently, Gigi had, and that alone was enough to convince Noura that there was little Gigi did not know.
It had all started out as a joke. Rokhaya had got married that afternoon, and the chaos surrounding the wedding was officially over. Noura sat surrounded by friends and family in the upstairs parlour of her mother’s house. Now that her younger sister had entered her marital home, inevitably, the topic of her unmarried status came up. As usual, someone had asked about Taofiq and why they were not married yet.
“It’s because I don’t love him,” Noura stated, then took a healthy gulp of red wine from her glass.
Several heads around the room moved left and right, shaking in disapproval.
“That’s a weak excuse, Nouratu,” her cousin Medina said.
Noura shrugged, silently hoping it would be left at that. Thanks to busybodies like Medina, she felt not only guilty for not only being unmarried but also for not loving her long-time boyfriend.
“Taofiq is such a nice guy,” Rokhaya’s best lady, Barakat, said. “And the both of you look so good together.”
Noura studied the wine swirling in the glass she held. There was just a little bit left, and she downed it.
“If only I loved him,” she murmured.