Love is Beautiful When in Bloom
There are seven short stories in this collection and they focus on love. Although they’re not specifically set in Nigeria, they are primarily about Nigerian protagonists. In Full Circle, an unhealthy relationship ends and a new one begins accidentally, the story is set in Nigeria. The Kiss That Meant Nothing is an intimate monologue from a lesbian about her unrequited love. A Rose in Bloom is about self-discovery. When a young single mother befriends a slightly older woman, she realizes she is attracted to her.
In Can I Still Love You? a young man, hurt and heartbroken, encounters his ex and is motivated to fight for their relationship. A Binding Encounter is a story that deals with friendship, grief and the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy from a one night stand, but with a happy ending.
The Five Year Plan is a story about a couple who haven’t defined their relationship and are uncertain about where they currently stand. An uplifting tale with a Christmas theme, Sweet Butterflies centers on a successful woman who falls for her teenage customer’s father. This is also an empowering story as she was harassed and stalked, but dealt with it on her own.
About the author.
Lara T. Kareem, also known as Naija Book Bae, is a Nigerian writer of sweet love stories. Her first novel, Not Just Another Interlude is published by Love Africa Press and her second work Love is Beautiful When in Bloom is a collection of short love stories. She is a digital marketer, editor, and blogger. She is always lost in a story and indulges her love for reading by talking about and sharing beautiful pictures of books she captured online. She lives with her dog, Benz, in the ever-bustling city of Lagos.
Lara T. Kareem