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A Heart to Mend

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  15 reviews
SHE HAS AN OPEN FUTURE Gladys moves to live with an estranged aunt in Lagos and to continue her search for a job. Before long she lands the job of her dreams with the foremost oil company in the city and makes several new friends. She also gradually resolves the mystery of why her aunt previously cut all ties with their family. But the best part about her new life is meeti...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 11th 2009 by Authorhouse
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I was excited to read this novel because the setting was in Nigeria; a place I thought as a world different from the more common North American setting of most romance novels. But there's not much difference really, which just proves that love is really universal. Aside from the hard-to-pronounce names of people and places, there wasn't much of Nigeria in the novel - on top of the romantic theme, it would have been a treat to read about their unique culture and places of interest. Instead, I was...more
What an journey. A Heart to Mend, by Myne Whitman proved to be an intriguing read, especially with that of the banking conflict.

I was intrigued not only with the main characters relationship, but with the location which the story takes place, Lagos, Africa. If you are a fan of love and redemption, this is a good read for you.
Cathy Speight
What a charming book this is.

A young girl, Gladys, leaves her hometown to live with her estranged aunt in Lagos to find a good job. Whilst trying to find her aunt’s house, a mysterious young man, Edward, in a fine car, spots her scrutinising her map and insists on driving her to her destination. Little does she know that she will bump into him again not long after this chance encounter and that their path to true romance will begin a journey along a rocky route. Although now a successful busines...more
Lara Daniels
Sweet tale of Romance set in boisterous Lagos Nigeria, an unlikely city for love. Gladys is a smart beautiful woman who has been beset by the tragedy of losing her father. With diminishing financial resources, she moves to Lagos to seek a job and better the lot of her mom and her siblings. Love is the last thing on Gladys' mind as a new Lagosian, but fate takes over when she meets the handsome but intriguing Edward Bestman, a wealthy businessman. The two fall in love amidst Edward's trust issues...more
Definitely read it if you need a lift from confusing painful matters of heart!

Does your past still affect your future? There are several plots to this novel, but one main one: the divide between Gladys and Edward. Gladys's aunt cut all ties with her family for apparently no reason. The reader gets to understand Gladys's aunt via Gladys's investigating. Edward has a mysterious, closed past. The reader will get to know Edward on a friendly level and delve into his past. Gladys is a sympathetic and dynamic character; the reader will enjoy her emotions and actions, especially...more
The characters in this story are real. They have pasts and issues that have made them into who they are. They are by no means perfect, and that is why I like it.
Beverly Diehl
3.5 stars. How many of us have visited Lagos, Nigeria? I had no clue that it was a city of about 15 million people - bigger than Los Angeles. A Heart To Mend is worth reading if for nothing else than for the details of what life is like in such a world, like how the buses don’t run on a particular schedule, but when they are full, move on to the next stop. Learning that many in Nigeria speak Igbo and English at home, while in Lagos, people speak Yoruba and English.

The characters themselves had d...more
This novel had very realistic protagonists and was well thought-out.
The language was a bit too simple, but then again, it probably would have been out of place to write too 'posh'. I'm not so familiar with Romance novels so I'm not sure if they're all written in this way, but I loved the setting being in Nigeria and could easily comprehend a lot of things as I felt 'back home'.
What I did not really like was just how perfect sometimes their lives seemed to be. Although there were lots of other c...more
Myne Whitman
Jun 24, 2010 Myne Whitman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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it has been a joy reading the book... a wonderful love story which has made me go through lots of feelings like that of love, sadness, fear of losing, understanding the practical side of a relationship, accepting my partner for the person he is.... the character of gladys has been the best throughout the book....
Nana Fredua-Agyeman
This is a love story in the strictest sense of the word. Myne Whitman has established herself as one of the very few breeds of African writers specialising in romance.

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May 27, 2012 Cy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Good summer reading. If you like romance, you will like this one. I read this one right after I purchased my Kindle Fire; it was one of the first ebook purchases I made and I wasn't disappointed.
Badly written, clumsy dialogue, weak story, generally a bad novel. Did admire the characters, but definitely could do with some improvements.
Janet Bramley
interesting read, it would have just been a mills & boon type romance if it wasn't for the stock market interest.
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Myne Whitman is a pen name. She was born and raised in Enugu, Nigeria, where she spent most of her time, studying, reading and daydreaming or climbing trees and playing with the boys. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health Research but has chosen her childhood dream of spinning stories. After a few years in Edinburgh, Scotland, she now lives with her husband in Seattle, USA. She writes and blo...more
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“She didn’t believe there was anything like perfect, fairytale love. Most people were flawed and prone to mistakes. She thought herself a romantic but treated love with the same practicality she did most things. They’d had fall-outs and misunderstandings but she’d never been free to be herself like she was with Edward. She couldn’t imagine being with another person after him.” 5 likes
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All writers have to persevere, have a story they want to share and push till it's in a form others can understand and appreciate.

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