Monday, November 29, 2010

No Greater Love by Kathi Macias

Forbidden romance, an unlikely martyr and an even more unlikely hero. Orphaned four years earlier when their parents, active in the African National Congress (ANC) movement against apartheid, were murdered—16-year-old Chioma and her 15-year-old brother Masozi now live and work on an Afrikaner family’s farm.
When Chioma and Andrew, the farm owner’s son, find themselves attracted to one another, tragedy revisits their lives. Chioma escapes to join an ANC rebel band in her effort to survive and gain revenge for her family and culture. When cultures clash in life-or-death struggles, Chioma must choose between violence and revenge—or forgiveness and selfless love.
Loosely based on historical events and set near Pretoria, South Africa, in the violent upheaval prior to ANC leader Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990 and his ascendance to the presidency of South Africa, this story of forbidden romance produces an unlikely martyr who is replaced by one even more unlikely.

The Review:
My Ranking: 10 out of 10

Ages 14 & up

No Greater Love was a fantastic book that had the perfect amount of action and emotional pulls in it. I really loved this book. The characters were realistic, the plot exciting, and the lessons admirable. I was instantly hooked on this gripping book and had a hard time putting it down the night I started it. The message in this book was astounding and it actually reminded me a bit of The Martyr's Song by Ted Dekker in that area. :-)

There are only two things I need to point out in this book: The first is that there is a scene that takes place the morning after a wedding. It mentions the girl reaching for her clothes but the man(her husband) pulling her back to his chest and telling her "No clothes". There is also a scene where a woman is bathing in a river and some men are threatening her(unknown what the threats are). The men never see her out of the water, but a woman does and it says she was standing over her naked.
Other than that, there was nothing worth mentioning in it at all! There was some mild violence, but nothing so much that I would need to caution you.

All being said, it was a TERRIFIC book and I HIGHLY encourage you to read it. I have just started another book in the series, Red Ink, and am enjoying that one too, though not as much as No Greater Love. I loved learning about the time, the era of the  African National Congress (ANC) movement against apartheid. I didn't know much about it and was quite intrigued by it. So, if you're looking for a heart-wrenching, adventerous, and historical story, this is a good book for you!


Kathi Macias said...

Thank you so much, Jane, for this great review of No Greater Love. Multiplied blessings to you and your readers/followers!

Kait said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kathi! I greatly enjoyed reading your book and can't wait for the fourth one in the series to come out! I also just finished Red Ink; and that was an AMAZING book! Great job!

Charlotte Kay said...

I just received this book today from Amazon, THANKS! I am just so anxious to read it, especially after Kait's review and ranking of 10 out of 10! WOW!
I also am anxious to read Red Ink as well!

THANKS, Kait, for your reviews:)

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