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  • By Tolulope Popoola aka Favoured Girl
    Dec 19, 2010
    Love at Dawn’ is the second in a series of romance novels written by Lara Daniels. It tells the story of two people from very different backgrounds – the rich, spoiled, baby of the family - Tory Da-Silva and Rashad Macaulay, an emotionally insecure man who has come from a tough background and tried to work his way to the top. The two of them are intertwined with a host of other interesting characters and a dangerous stalker, who is intent on destroying Tory because of a dark secret she has never told anyone. The story is set in a fictional beautiful African city of Laketown in eastern Zamzudan. The city of Laketown is nestled among beautiful hills and caves. This setting is where Tory grew up, among her family of warm, caring people who doted on her. Rashad on the other hand, grew up in the village with his grandmother until he was nine, and then moved to a ghetto surburb called Gutterpark where he grew up among thugs and prostitutes until he managed to escape thanks to a scholarship.... More > Lara Daniels has woven a compelling story of love against all odds. From Tory and Rashad’s unconventional first meeting many years ago, to their complex present lives, and the way their relationship develops, she takes you through an emotional rollercoaster. There is a tight mix of suspense and intrigue to keep you fascinated and hoping against hope that the characters scale through all the roadblocks on their path to happiness. As a character, Tory comes across as a likeable, carefree young girl, but when she meets Rashad, her older brother’s friend, he turns her world upside down and she becomes obsessed with him. Rashad, on the other hand, does not see himself as worthy of her and he does everything he can to resist her advances. He has a deep-rooted hatred of himself, and this is one of the main stumbling blocks in their relationship. The other thing is his close friendship with Tony Da Silva – Tory’s overprotective older brother. Rashad knew that there was no way Tony would approve of a relationship between him and his baby sister. I enjoyed reading the book and I kept rooting for the characters till the very end. Lara’s writing is simple and it flows smoothly and this helps the story unfold without interruptions. The plot is full of twists and surprises that kept me on my toes, especially towards the end when a maniac serial killer comes on to the scene and Tory is suspected to be his next target. I hoped and prayed that the dark secrets the two main characters had been keeping for so long would be unlocked and all sins forgiven. I desperately wanted to get to “happily-ever-after” at the end and heave a sigh of relief. I have very little criticism of the book – except maybe I wanted the story to go on for longer! I was a little concerned about the age gap between the two protagonists and Tory's age when she started falling for Rashad, but that may just be my personal prejudice. All in all, ‘Love at Dawn’ is a great book, and I will recommend it to everyone who enjoys reading a fresh take on modern African romance.< Less
  • By Myne Whitman writes
    Nov 27, 2010
    Love at Dawn is an emotional roller-coaster in the way that even Love in Paradise was not. The stories of Tory and Rashad are very touching and universal. A man who believes that there's nothing good in him because of where he comes from and a young woman who seems to have everything. When she tries to draw him out, mistakes are made that haunt both of them into the present. Add a deranged murderer and have a highly suspenseful tale that will have you flipping through the pages. By the end of this book, you would have been on a journey through overcoming adversity, pain, loss and ultimately self forgiveness.
  • By Lara Daniels
    Nov 18, 2010
  • By US Review of Books
    Nov 5, 2010
    "He hurt as always watching her from a distance, unable to touch her, unable to speak to her. The one woman who had forever worked his heart into pieces." It is a story of struggle, to build light and beauty from shadow and pain, to fulfill one's destiny while respecting the dreams of others, and to listen to the songs of the heart above the tumult of everyday life. For Tory, it is a time of love, for her brother, for her best friend, and maybe for herself, a beautiful young woman born to privilege in Zamzudan, a fictional country in East Africa. But two obstacles stand in her way, the giant yoke born in agony and silence by Rashad, the forbidden man she yearns for, and the stalking unidentified slasher who is terrorizing her tropical paradise with his own dark, hidden agenda. Tory Da-Silva, struggling with her own shackled passions, reconnects with the handsome, brooding man from her past but the reunion is anything but smooth. A self-made giant who had risen from a... More > childhood in the brothels of Gutterpark to the high position Da-Silva corporate counsel, Rashad Macaulay strives to be a man of his word without denying the love of his life. Circling around the trials and tribulations of these two is a panarama of intriguing characters, from happy newlyweds to a sinister serial killer on a macabre crusade. Quickly, heartache and violence crash into Tory and Rashad as two star-crossed lovers, upsetting not only their life-plans and peace of mind but also their understanding of their own scarred-heart histories. Before the novel closes, bullets and blades fly, tears and bloood are shed, and truth and love teeter on the precipice of disaster. Author Lara Daniels combines romance and mystery to keep the reader engaged in the lives and loves of her characters as they strive to do right, by others and by themselves, in a world where pain flows easily, carried by both recklessness and avarice. Ultimately, the reader learns that while love is a double-edged blade that cuts deep, and while too often lovers make commitments today that come back to haunt them tomorrow, some pain is worth enduring.< Less
  • By Lauren Peters
    Aug 15, 2010
    Set in Africa, Lara Daniels takes it up a notch in this moving tale of dark secrets, past mistakes, forgiveness and ultimately romance in Love At Dawn. It will not leave the reader, regardless of culture, dry-eyed at its concluding finale that speaks of the redemption we all long for.
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Parables Press
October 21, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.8 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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