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The 30th Candle

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
“Ok, who is this guy? You said he’s not married, so if you’re knocked up, you have to tell who he is,” Linda insisted.

Thirtieth birthdays loom… Skeletons come creeping out of closets… How will this birthday end?
Linda has just cast off yet another lover, while Dikeledi can't seem to pin her fast-talking lawyer down to talk about marriage.
Nolwazi has a secret – one she can
Paperback, 328 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Pan Macmillan
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Fezeka Motsogi
Mar 13, 2015 Fezeka Motsogi rated it really liked it
I read this book in less than two days. I was concerned with how simple the writing is but as I got into the story I realized that this is a typical girl story and I decided that I am gonna continue reading it. I found some bits of the book to be cheesy, especially when almost everyone in the relationship got married. I love how the characters developed, I enjoyed seeing the colorful characters portrayed through the pages. The story is simple enough to be read as a high school set work. It felt ...more
Nyakallo Lephoto
Jun 25, 2015 Nyakallo Lephoto rated it liked it
Angela Makholwa's 30th Candle follows the lives of four women on their quest for happiness. Central theme is the all-familiar issue of what a woman should have achieved by the age of 30. We see betrayal, competition, envy and jealousy wreak havoc in
friendships. A highly recommended book that sheds light on the importance of self-love and ceasing to compare successes.
Dec 09, 2009 Lesego rated it it was amazing
An excellent read...beautiful I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to laugh cry and just enjoy the book. Well done on this one Angela...keep them coming you have my support!
Sep 29, 2009 Shireen rated it really liked it
Oh my word! What a fun, steamy, intriguing read! I could not stop turning pages!! Angela, your so talented!
Nov 30, 2009 Gadifele rated it liked it
A good read. Should be read by all young women around 30 years of age...
Selogadi1 **********
Jan 18, 2010 Selogadi1 ********** rated it really liked it
This is an interesting wonderful well written book about the lifes of a young four women.
Sep 28, 2009 Gamelihle is currently reading it
Recommends it for: all single ladies
Recommended to Gamelihle by: Nobantu
I just cant put this book down - the drama! I love it.
Mpho Bernadette
Sep 18, 2013 Mpho Bernadette rated it it was amazing
What a refreshing and captivating read!!! I absolutely could not do anything until I finished the book. It's like the South African version of Sex and the City. The author is a good writer but she is not so good at creating images for the reader. She mostly sticks to the story and as to the little details that make the character more of a person, they are quite lacking. For example, some of the places she was referring to, like Sakhumzi, could have been described better. Her style of writing is ...more
Smangele Belebesi
Jan 14, 2014 Smangele Belebesi rated it liked it
The book shows the ‘power’ some women tend to give to men when it comes to relationships. How some women let societal pressure and age push them to letting men get away with otherwise unforgivable acts. How sometimes women lose themselves and who they are in order to ‘fit in’ and ‘fitting in’ it means appearing as if one has it together, as if there is a perfect balance between life, love, career and spirituality. I absolutely loved going on a journey with all these characters. Angela is a very ...more
Oct 21, 2010 Pp rated it really liked it
An excellent read, kept me up till the early hours of the morning.
Vuyo Gqola
Jan 07, 2014 Vuyo Gqola rated it really liked it
This is one of my favourite authors.
I loved this book. Excellent read. Could not put it down.
Jackie Mondi
Mar 04, 2012 Jackie Mondi rated it it was amazing
Great, believable storytelling and the drama never ends.
Zozo Mogoera
Sep 04, 2012 Zozo Mogoera rated it liked it
Should have read this before I turned 30.
Jun 15, 2013 Moribula rated it it was amazing
I loved it.
Nicky Ramarumo
Jul 22, 2010 Nicky Ramarumo rated it really liked it
Enjoying the book so far.
I totally love the book, its a light reader and i have already recommended the book to my friends.
Nov 25, 2015 Juliet rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: amazing-reads
I looooooooove this novel

I read it twice, when I was in grade 11 about three years back and again in November 2015. It's fantastically beautiful and so South African, I love it. I love that Angela Makholwa didn't try write in an Irish/English/American style but stuck to her roots. I felt so at home for once while reading a great novel.

Each character has their flaws and golden points (not many for Sade though lol).
So you have Dikeledi who you feel sorry for in the beginning, she has a terrible
Jul 10, 2015 Lucratia rated it liked it
It took me two years to actually continue past the first chapter...sad, I know...but the uptake on the book is a bit slow. It's only once you've really been roped in that you start enjoying the book. I read this and am rating it how I would any book regardless of the country and race...but I must say how proud I am that this was written by a black female from South Africa. I really love how real the plot is to normal South Africans especially in their early thirties...ala me!!!

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Makubutu Lekota
Jun 24, 2016 Makubutu Lekota rated it liked it
I read from chapter 1-5 over the space of 45 minutes in the reading area of Exclusive Books Bloemfontein the character depictions of four characters Linda, Nolawzi, Sade and the Dikeledi.

I found the book interesting,high in its quality of English and I thought that all the characters were describe rather well, I would recommend this book to young adult youth, African by birth right.

The writing style is easy to follow and really paints a good direction of the life struggles of the different pers
Feb 23, 2014 Babalwa rated it liked it
Ermh i dont know really a 3 or 4, cant really decide. A chick-lit read, its about 4 friends who are turning 30. All have different personalities and different approach to things. I could relate with some characters and its a funny story with a happy ending. I didnt find anything insightful though, like i said the characters are like people around me. Its worth reading.
Antonia Sawula
May 29, 2015 Antonia Sawula rated it it was amazing
it is by far the best book i have ever read.its one of those books you want to buy for friends as a christmas gift...... actually i dont need an excuse to buy anyone this book in particular. Angela Wow
Zimkhitha Sulelo
The book made me feel better about my own life.If people who are 30 get it so wrong, there is still hope for the 20 something.
Abigail Singende
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