Book Review: Adè: A Love Story by Rebecca Walker


Originally led by spontaneous whim to travel to Africa with her college buddy, Farida (as named by her eventual beloved, Adè ) was pleasantly surprised to find genuine kinship and the love she’s always dreamed of  half-way across the world among the Swahili people of rural Kenya. Nestled in a small island community, Adè and Farida begin planning for spending their  life together and are dedicated to merging their two very different worlds  into one happily ever after.  Farida loves the way that Adè  makes her feel safe and Adè  falls in love with Farida’s independent nature. As these things tend to go, the couple is soon faced with  unexpected challenges. From the way in which her and her companion are received to cultural expectations to the stark reality of the country’s political strife, Farida’s encounters prove to be more complex and less idyllic than they initially appear.  Nevertheless, in the end love conquers all…right?

This beautifully written 128-page love story was quite the enjoyable read. Walker’s imagery pulls you into the sights, sounds and smells of Farida’s travels  throughout East Africa. Very  different from Walker’s earlier memoirs, Black, White & Jewish and Baby Love, this book showcases Walker’s love of words and takes readers on a journey that we don’t want to end.

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*I was provided a copy of this book for review by TLC Book Tours, however as always all opinions are my own.

Have you read Adè: A Love Story? Have you traveled to rural Kenya? Does this sound like a book you would be interested in reading? Leave your sunshine below.



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  1. I’m thinking of making this my first read of 2014.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

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