You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

Atria. May 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781982188702. $27. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
After the tragic death of her husband, aspiring artist Feyi Adekola has been widowed for five years when she decides it’s time to take her life back. With some prodding from her best friend Joy, Feyi slowly eases back into the dating scene with handsome Nasir. Nasir whisks Feyi away to a tropical island where she’s a guest at his family’s home. With the prospect of an art exhibition, exploring a beautiful island, and staying at the home of a celebrity chef, Feyi’s life seems perfect. However, even though she is dating Nasir, Feyi cannot help the feelings she develops for someone else on the island. Will Feyi succumb to her feelings and the forbidden romance, or will she stay with Nasir?
VERDICT Emezi’s (The Death of Vivek Oji) latest work is sexy, complex, and moving. The author illustrates the complexities of grief, new love, and a young woman discovering who she is and who she wants to be, and readers will enjoy a new take on a love triangle romance.
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