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#Review “Forest Girl” by Empi Baryeh

 Title: FOREST GIRL

Author: Empi Baryeh

Genre: Multicultural Romance, Africa

Length: Full-length novel

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5/5 Stars!

Michael Badu was an ass.

Whew! Okay, had to get that out… I’m better now.

The premise of what would happen if a modern man was forced to accept an arranged marriage got my attention quickly. While I’m not from a culture or have a family tradition of such things, I’ve always felt sorry for the perspective wives because they had little… or NO say in whom they were to marry. So, let’s put the shoe on the other foot! HA!

I felt bad for Michael in the beginning. Away for ten years getting an education and honing his agricultural skills, he even misses his father’s funeral. When he finally returns to his village, his mother informs him of his late father’s dying wish—for Michael to marry… and he picked out the girl.

Michael was furious, and I was right there with him. Marry someone he didn’t know? Who does that? Oh, cultures who believe in arranged marriages.

Tradition was a major part of this read, and it didn’t take long to understand its importance or significance. However, Michael was willing to ignore the tradition in favor of his personal freedom, or at least he tried to. He wasn’t prepared for the lengths his family were willing to go to see his father’s dying wish honored.

My heart went out to Michael’s uncle, Sekyerε, for his unenviable position as never being the ‘accomplished’ son, but still—seeing Michael married increased his social position, so I had no problem with Michael continuing to resist. But, mercy, when his mother took to her sickbed, I was through. Time to plan a wedding.

Yet, while all of this back and forth went on, Esi Afriyie, the intended bride was told nothing. She didn’t find out until after the families had decided.

So, why, again, am I feeling sorry for Michael?

Of course, since Esi’s been secretly in love with Michael for most of her love, the marriage isn’t a problem for her… she’s getting her dream man!

But marriage to Michael was not a dream. While he was ‘drawn’ to Esi, there was also Lena (UGH!), the noncommittal girlfriend, and ‘Forest Girl’, the ragged girl he’d met in the woods.

Forest Girl. A brief look into her eyes while helping her cut wood and Michael’s world is knocked off its axis. So much so, he’s willing to marry to make his mother happy and string Lena (UGH!) along a while longer until he can find this soulmate again. Forest Girl will complete him.

I rolled my eyes hard through six chapters as Michael wallowed in self-pity… and male entitlement. Esi was sweet, kind, and beautiful, but he couldn’t love her… she wasn’t Forest Girl. Lena was intelligent and sophisticated but not interested in commitment… and she wasn’t Forest Girl. Seriously, Michael?

While she was prepared to be a good and faithful wife, Esi refused to be a disrespected doormat, and this read went in a new direction.

Hello? Michael? This is Reality Check!

And if Esi’s shift in attitude wasn’t enough, Michael’s best friend, Osei, was right there to call him on his crap! “Go to the dead and sue your father!” I screamed! Go, Osei!

In the end, Michael had to remove his pride and ego from the equation to see what had always been right in front of him. NICE! Still not sure how I feel about Michael, but as long as Esi is happy, I’m good!

Forest Girl is an enjoyable read, steeped in Ghanaian culture and tradition, (they drink a LOT of water). Emotions run high and there are some intense scenes, but the author did a masterful job of pulling it all together in the end and leaving me with a smile, and you’ll smile too! Take this journey.

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Esi Afriyie has been in love with Michael Yaw Badu since childhood. When he receives a scholarship to study in America, all hope seems lost … until he returns to Ghana ten years later. An arranged marriage contracted by their families makes her dreams come true, but does the reality of being Mrs. Michael Badu live up to the fantasy? 

Michael may have married Esi, but he is in love with someone else—Forest Girl, a mystery woman he encountered just once in the forest. His heart belongs to her, and he doesn’t need his beautiful wife awakening his carnal desires. He is even willing to sacrifice his marriage for another encounter with Forest Girl.

 Reality is not what either Esi or Michael imagined. Esi is disillusioned; Michael feels trapped.

Will Michael give in and allow his heart to discover a love that was always meant to be before it’s too late?

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but didn’t recognize her when he saw her again.

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#ReleaseBlitz “Forest Girl” by Empi Baryeh

 

 

Title: FOREST GIRL

Author: Empi Baryeh

Genre: Multicultural Romance, Africa

Length: Full length novel

 

 

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Esi Afriyie has been in love with Michael Yaw Badu since childhood. When he receives a scholarship to study in America, all hope seems lost … until he returns to Ghana ten years later. An arranged marriage contracted by their families makes her dreams come true, but does the reality of being Mrs. Michael Badu live up to the fantasy?

 

Michael may have married Esi, but he is in love with someone else—Forest Girl, a mystery woman he encountered just once in the forest. His heart belongs to her, and he doesn’t need his beautiful wife awakening his carnal desires. He is even willing to sacrifice his marriage for another encounter with Forest Girl.

 

Reality is not what either Esi or Michael imagined. Esi is disillusioned; Michael feels trapped.

Will Michael give in and allow his heart to discover a love that was always meant to be, before it’s too late?

 

 

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He didn’t want to get personal. He just needed to perform the act.

 

Michael had had every intention of sleeping on the floor tonight. He’d spent a good part of the afternoon fielding the suggestive comments a few bold men had made about tonight. It didn’t help that his manhood hardened with interest at the prospect, defying his own resolve not to touch his wife.

 

But she tempted him, standing there in her short night dress that barely reached the middle of her thighs. Her eyes stared at him, filled with innocence and passion all at the same time.

 

 

Turn around, Mike. Walk away before it’s too late.

 

 

She folded her arms beneath her pert breasts again, pushing them up in a manner he could not ignore. It may have been a manifestation of nerves, but his body sprang alive. He bit back a curse, realising he couldn’t walk away even if he wanted to.

 

 

He needed to consummate the marriage. If their union broke, as he wished it to, it couldn’t be because he hadn’t claimed her as his wife in every way. Such news never remained hidden. He’d be branded as something less than a real man, and that would certainly affect the elders’ already doubtful opinion of him.

 

However, when he took a step towards her, he knew at the back of his mind that it wasn’t out of obligation. He wanted to taste her lips again, feel her soft breasts press against his chest, know the taste of her tongue and every other secret part of her body.

 

“Put your arms around me, Esi,” he whispered.

 

 

Keep quiet, man. Talking made things personal. He didn’t want to get personal. He just needed to perform the act.

 

As she draped her arms around his neck, he lowered his head, so she wouldn’t have to stand on her toes. The gesture brought her face inches away from his. He closed the rest of the space between them, capturing her lips as he kissed her, gently at first, then more urgently as he lost control.

 

She tasted great; she smelled divine. Against all his convictions, he genuinely wanted her. At the core of it brewed an unexpected yearning in his heart that he didn’t attempt to understand. One thing was certain. Sex with her would be anything but casual—a thought that scared him, yet not enough for him to stop.

 

He didn’t know when he undressed her, but when they reached the bed, she was naked. He fumbled to take his clothes off.

 

 

 

 

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There are not enough words to describe how much I loved this story. The author painted a vivid picture with her fantastical storytelling. She crafted a story that made you fall in love with the characters and their stories that they had to tell. 

 

Esi is one of the sweetest characters that I’ve encountered in a long time … Once she married Michael her strength grew and I appreciated her character even more for having to endure what she did while still keeping the faith that everything would work out.
~Nana Prah, Author

 

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Empi Baryeh is the award-winning author of Most Eligible Bachelor (Book of the year, 2017 Ufere Awards). She writes sweet and sensual African, multicultural and interracial romance. She’s been writing since the age of thirteen after stumbling upon an uncompleted YA story her sister had written. The story fascinated her so much that, when she discovered it was unfinished, she knew she had to complete it. Somehow the rest of the story began to take shape in her mind and she’s been writing ever since. She lives in Accra, Ghana, with her husband and their two lovely kids.

 

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“Dying for Dinner Rolls (Georgia Coast Cozy Mysteries Book 1)” by Lois Lavrisa

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Dying for Dinner Rolls (Georgia Coast Cozy Mysteries Book 1)

by Lois Lavrisa

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Cozy Mystery/Women sleuths

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Catherine “Cat” Thompson has been held at gunpoint, stuck in a burning dumpster, chased out of a grocery store, caught impersonating a police officer and almost run over by a wayward vehicle. How’s that for her first day as an amateur sleuth?

With her friend Annie Mae, Cat investigates the brick-paved, oak-lined streets of Savannah to catch their friend’s killer. But it’s anything but smooth sailing for these self-appointed detectives. Can they catch the killer before the killer gets them? Or will their first case also be their last?

The Georgia Coast Cozy Mystery Series combines mystery, suspense, humor, and southern charm. Each book is a standalone novel.

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#BlogTour “The Flowerpot Witch (Wendy Woo Witch Lit Novel Book 3)” by Wendy Steele

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C H A R A C T E R    S P O T L I G H T

Meet Lizzie Martin from the Wendy Woo Witch Lit Series!

Hi, I’m Lizzie and I’m a witch. Not that I wear a pointy hat and travel to work on a broomstick. In fact, unless you get to know me well, you would never know but I live my life following the Sacred Wheel of the Year and use magic in my daily life. I might draw a single card from my Tarot pack, set a candle spell working or consult with Cerridwen and her cauldron but even if my focus is not on a magical act or ritual, the Wheel turns and I move with it.

Rowan, my fifteen-year-old daughter, and I still live in our old house, despite Marsha, my mother-in-law’s generous inheritance, and I’ve spent the past months since Christmas trying to follow a path I believe will be my new career. I’ve coped with burglaries instigated by Edward Brown my old boss, interference from my ex-husband Josh, who’s decided after ten years that he does want a relationship with his daughter while embarking on a new relationship with George, a former soldier who lives in a cottage in a wood near me.

And I’ve discovered my parents weren’t my parents. Well, Dad was Dad but the woman I’d tried to make love me was actually my aunt who despised me. She didn’t like Dad much either but both of them were manipulated by Edward Brown. That was a shock I can tell you! The connection was there but it took my Dad’s sister, my Aunt Matilda to tell me the whole story.

Louise and I grow closer every day. She’s a great friend, raven-haired and vivacious, completely different from me but they say opposites attract. She’s kind, that’s why I like her and Ingrid has become a friend too, Jess, Rowan’s friend’s Mum, a woman with the energy and enthusiasm of a lit Catherine Wheel!

The chickens have been naughty, but that’s chickens for you and if Robbie and Stardust hadn’t snuggled up in their love nest in the alley, Cariad, the black kitten, wouldn’t now be a permanent fixture on my shoulder and a big part of our lives.

I’ve been back to Wales to see my half brother and sister, Jack and Finola, discovering where our real mother lives and while in Cornwall, George and I began to communicate, learning about each other and the past that has influenced our lives so much.

There’s been magic, of course, a particular seven card Tarot spread shining light and understanding on family and relationship issues, but the most magical day these past few months was the day I saw my real mother for the very first time.

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coverLizzie Martin has chosen pottery to be her new career…

But the teacher from hell threatens to thwart her ambitions before she starts.

She has support from her best friend Louise and Evan, another pottery tutor, but Rowan, her fifteen-year-old daughter is restless, Josh, her ex-husband is colluding with her aunt and though her mother is alive, access to her is forbidden. When The Morrigan appears in her sacred circle, Lizzie knows she has a battle on her hands.

There is hope though.

Stardust the chicken brings a new creature into Lizzie’s life and a long-awaited meeting with her Aunt Matilda brings Lizzie’s past into perspective.

Lizzie’s magic ventures beyond The Sanctuary, into the Welsh landscape and the realms of the fae.

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Author Bio Wendy Steele

Wendy Steele is author, wise woman, goddess. She is a writer, dance teacher, mother, and healer.

Her passion is magic.

The Lilith Trilogy leads the reader along the paths of the witches Qabalah, following Angel Parson’s story of betrayal, retribution, and redemption. Her magical story contains high magic as well as pagan ritual.

The Standing Stone Book Series focuses on the lives of three women linked together across time and space by the standing stone. The countryside is the focus of their magic, embracing the gods and goddesses, tree spirits, elves and fairies.

Her latest series, The Wendy Woo Witch Lit Series, begins with The Naked Witch. Lizzie Martin, receptionist, single mother and witch, is asked by her new boss to conform and embrace the corporate dress code. The reality of paisley to pinstripe, an unexpected stay in the hospital, monitoring of her fourteen-year-old daughter’s latest crush, the search for the truth about her father’s death and two new men in her life, give Lizzie plenty of plates to spin. In The Orphan Witch, Lizzie is grieving while trying to find her real mother and the truth about her father and in the third book, The Flowerpot Witch, due to be published on 21st June, she embarks on a new career, thwarted at every step by those around her.

You can hear Wendy telling her short stories in Pan’s Grotto on her Welsh riverbank, on her YouTube channel, The Phoenix and the Dragon.

Wendy’s non-fiction title Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles offers the reader 101 ideas to bring a smile to every day.

Wendy lives in Wales with her partner, Mike, and cats. If she’s not writing or teaching dance, you’ll find her renovating her house, clearing her land or sitting on her riverbank, breathing in the beauty of nature.

 

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YouTube channel: The Phoenix and the Dragon

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#BlogTour “Destination Love (The Beach Reads Romance Series Book 1)” by Toya Richardson

Book: Destination Love

Series: Beach Reads Romance Series

Author: Toya Richardson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Day: 1st June

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Synopsis

A woman running from her past. A man with a broken heart. A new future could give them a second chance at love.
Faith Morgan’s lifelong dream comes true when she signs a book deal with a major romance publisher. For the first time in years, she feels the confidence she needs to cut ties with her nightmare of a boyfriend. But when he demands a piece of Faith’s newfound success, she has no choice but to put distance between them. She figures about 11,000 miles ought to do the trick. Faith lands in New Zealand and swears off all men for good… until she meets the one who’s destined to change her life.
Local businessman Dean Jameson always saw himself as a father in the making. He’s ecstatic when he becomes a dad, but his heart shatters when his twisted ex reveals he’s not the child’s father. Meeting the captivating Faith renews his hope in the future, though he’s unsure if he can leave his double heartbreak in the past where it belongs.
As Faith navigates her fear of being controlled and Dean dreads another betrayal, the two slowly but surely fall for each other. When their vindictive exes do everything they can to crush this second chance at romance, Faith and Dean must shed the past to rebuild a future based on true love…
Destination Love is a stirring contemporary romance set in New Zealand. If you like exotic locales, steamy relationships, and happily ever afters, then you’ll love Toya Richardson’s inspiring novel.




Buy Destination Love to experience the healing power of love today!  

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Meet the Author

Writing has been my passion since a very early age. Sadly, it wasn’t until the death of my mum, who was also my best friend, in 2009 that I started to take it seriously. My mum’s wish was to see me published, which didn’t occur until 2014. And now, each book written by me is dedicated to her.
My main genre is romance, with books published in contemporary and paranormal romance. I also have the first of a trilogy published in YA Fantasy, there is an element of romance in this series, although the focus is predominantly the heroine’s quest.
When not writing, or reading my main hobbies are; cinema, theatre, gardening, keeping fit, Formula One racing, darts and spending time with friends.

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“Sam’s Song: A Sam Smith Mystery” by Hannah Howe

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Sam’s Song: A Sam Smith Mystery (The Sam Smith Mystery Series Book 1)

by Hannah Howe

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Thriller & Suspense/Women Sleuths/Private Investigators

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Love Hurts. For Derwena de Caro, songstress, female icon, teenage dream, success brought drugs, alcohol and a philandering boyfriend. It also brought wealth, fame and a stalker, or so she claimed. And that’s where I came in, to investigate the identity of the stalker, little realizing that the trail would lead to murder and a scandal that would make the newspaper headlines for months on end.

Love Hurts. For me, Samantha Smith, Enquiry Agent, love arrived at the end of a fist. First, I had to contend with an alcoholic mother, who took her frustrations out on me throughout my childhood, then my husband, Dan, who regarded domestic violence as an integral part of marriage. But I survived. I obtained a divorce, kept my sense of humor and retained an air of optimism. I established my business and gained the respect of my peers. However, I was not prepared for Dan when he re-entered my life, or for the affection showered on me by Dr. Alan Storey, a compassionate and rather handsome psychologist.

Sam’s Song. This is the story of a week that changed my life forever.

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“The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club – Book One” by Ann Warner

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The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club – Book One

by Ann Warner

Genre: Cozy Mystery/Women’s Fiction/Romance/Detectives

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A painting worth millions, valuables gone missing, a game that is more than a game. And that’s only the beginning as an elderly widow befriends a young woman and tries to prevent her from making the same mistakes she has made.

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