It’s a love story with a decidedly unique twist. Owen Graham (known as Graham) and his girlfriend Aisha have been in a relationship for 5 years and are living together. Graham’s not in favor of marriage because he’s seen too many end unhappily. He’s also not a religious man, as opposed to Aisha, whose faith is strong. Aisha has insisted all along that she’s fine with their differences…until now.
When members of her family come to visit, she confides in her grandmother Jaddah that she really does want more – she wants marriage and quite likely children, as well. Jaddah reveals a powerful family secret about who the family is descended from. It revolves around an item she’s brought with her – a wooden splinter encased in a glass case. To say more would be to spoil the impact of the revelation, one of several in the book. Suffice to say, the tiny wooden splinter appears to have mighty powers. It seems to transform Graham overnight, and thus transforms the life he shares with Aisha.
What magical, mystical powers does the item possess, and will those powers remain a fortunate influence, or turn on the couple? Is there truth to the idea that there can be too much of a good thing?
There are many twists and turns to the story and the subplots that arise are also highly entertaining. Set aside any doubts or disbelief and just enjoy this fantasy that’s captivating from beginning to end.