Thursday, May 29, 2014

A book review and where I've been...

Hey Guys, Sorry for the Impromptu hiatus, your girl was SIIIIIICCCCCCCCCCCKKKK!!!  I'm talking “going to work but becoming the patient- IV drip-blood work- antibiotics" kinda sick. I'm still on antibiotics but feeling better. Praise God and I PROMISE you a post by this weekend. During this hiatus, I was privileged to read an upcoming novel by my sistah blogger and fellow doctor Eniola Prentice and I promised her I would do a review on it.

About the Novel

 

A NOVEL A broken soul, an alcoholic, a certifiable genius, a Christian man and a secret that will destroy the bonds of their friendship. When self-proclaimed atheist Fadesola, gets into medical school she believes that it’s a fresh start of sorts for her. Until she discovers her class mate is charming and handsome Tayo Smith, a man she encountered in a violent moment years ago. This revelation shatters Fadesola’s already fragile emotional state but hope comes where she least expects it. A seemingly innocent friendship with Tayo’s friend, Ladi, slowly develops into a smoldering relationship with both afraid to acknowledge their mutual feelings. Things get even more complicated when Nikky, Fadesola’s classmate and friend, ignores her desperate warnings and decides that Tayo is the man she is meant to be with. However, within the complexities of this friendship these flawed individuals will experience God’s redemptive grace in a setting each believed his love would never find them. Still, the first book of a four part series is a coming of age story about navigating through medical school in the first year, complete with hilarious hook ups and breaks ups, legendary parties and incessant studying, and experiencing the triumph of success and disappointment of failure. Eniola Prentice, in her extraordinary debut novel has written a gripping and thought provoking story that examines Christianity, mental illness, suicide and alcoholism.

My take on it (review)
 This was a fantastic read. To my tweeps on twitter, you probably noticed some weird comments under the tag #Blackgirlwrites or #Still because Eniola had me smiling and reliving my med school days. On a more serious note; using the back drop of medical school, Eniola takes a breath taking dive into the world of us all ; the good, the bad, and the ugly. She bravely ventures into topics that we (both as a faith and a culture) are not so comfortable talking about i.e self mutilation, mental disease, abuse suicide and does it with a unique voice. Still has a myriad of colorful characters, so colorful that you'll  find yourself laughing, crying, cheering and if honest, you just might catch a glimpse of yourself as well. Want a book about pain, love, loss, joy and the redemptive love of Christ? Well, Still is the book for you!

To celebrate the release of the novel there is a three week giveaway of a signed copy of the novel a 40 dollar Amazon gift card AND a mystery gift!


About the author

 
 Eniola Prentice was born in Lagos Nigeria where she began to pen her stories as early as nine years old, inspired by an eclectic group of writers. Her budding writing career was put in the back burner as she pursued her dream of becoming a medical doctor, completing her undergraduate degree in Chicago, Illinois and her medical degree in Washington, DC. However in the third year of medical school inspired by the holy spirit or the voices in her head (she would prefer to blame God for this one) and the unique and inspiring stories of friends that became her family in medical school she began to write her debut novel and series, Still. She hopes that her writing compels challenges, inspires people and draws people to the Christian God’s redeeming love. You can connect with her by visiting eniolaprenticewrites.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter

6 comments:

1 + The One said...

Awwww. I'm so sorry to hear that you have been ill! *hug*.. I am glad to hear that you are recovering well - thank God!
The book sounds like an interesting one! Well done Eniola..
.. Still blowing kisses to you InThe, may God make your health perfect in Jesus name xx

HoneyDame said...

Good to know you feel better. Do take care!

Maggielola said...

I feel like a bad dongsaeng. Please get better! And I do love your review.

Salt said...

Happy to know you are better even though I did not even know you had been sick. Sounds like a good read, this Eniola's book and I seek to read it. You are whole.

E' said...

I read an excerpt too and loved her book
Well done Doc

CambaBooks said...

I was drawn to this post for several reasons:
1. I am a doctor
2. I am a writer- just published my first novel by AuthorHouse UK: Beyond the Trial by Chigozie Anuli Mbadugha (Availableon Amazon,Barnes & Noble.com
3. I am a woman
4. I completed my first novel at age 6

I will definitely check Eniola's book out and give feedback!

Thanks for sharing,Inthe