by Dora Okeyo
Leila is alive and in-love with Maxwell; but he’s only some memory, or is he? Nancy loves William. He doesn’t love her though, because he is not the same-not since the accident; and all four are tangled in a web, one that’s created by one of them, will love their love endure?
Reading this story was like walking down the streets of Nairobi, meeting people and finding out a bit about their lives. An exploration behind the stranger seated at the next table sipping coffee while they read through their newspaper. I loved Leila’s attitude, and how easy it is for her to stand for her beliefs. She is strong and also vulnerable as well. I loved how well Dora describes Leila’s life. She hangs out with the guys at the club, and also makes the best girlfriend for Nancy. Nancy describes Leila best, “….She told William one day that if I was a man, she’d get married to me. When Maxwell heard this he nearly broke all the glasses in his house….”
Nancy’s description made me laugh. Often times, you’ll meet a guy, you like his temperament, and obviously you’re clicking, and you think, this could work. Two dates, and he decides that as long as you’re not seeing him with the goal of marriage, the relationship is a waste of time. I thought marriage should be about friendship first? If we can’t even have friendship, how do you jump straight to marriage? I think that’s why I loved Leila’s attitude in this story. Her determination not to compromise who she is and what she’s about.
This is a story about friendship and love, and the struggle to find a balance in this Nairobi city. In the end, we’re all just wishing for the one to share a happy live aren’t we?
The ending is a fabulous twist best for you to find out when you read this story.
I Love You This Much is available on Smashwords.com for free.
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