Saturday, 22 January 2022

Betting On Love by Kani Sey

Betting On Love by Kani Sey
Published by Love Africa Press on the 12th February 2021.

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Amazon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Despised and constantly degraded, Binta can’t wait to leave home when she discovers her family never wanted her. She is determined to cut a path and succeed in her life without love and emotional connections. Until she bumps into her former best friend, Bass.

Once upon a time, Bass was head-over-heels in love with Binta. But she shattered his heart, and he had to move on without her. A chance encounter with her five years later brings back all the buried emotions.

However, it seems Binta hasn’t overcome her trust issues. This time, though, Bass is not willing to walk away so readily. Can he convince her to bet on their love?

My first literary visit to the Gambia is this romantic novel, Betting On Love by Kani Sey. It's a second chance romance tale in which protagonists Binta and Bass had been best friends and almost had a relationship as teenagers, but it didn't quite work out - leaving Bass heartbroken. Now, five years later, they unexpectedly meet again and, while I already had a pretty good idea that the story would culminate in a Happy Ever After, I did enjoy the twists and turns involved in getting the couple to that conclusion.

Binta is a complex character whose deprived upbringing has left her staunchly self-sufficient. Career-minded and utterly self-reliant, I could see that she wouldn't easily be bowled over by Bass' attentions and I appreciated how Sey respected her independent streak. Bass is a lovely counterfoil to Binta. I liked how his calm demeanour worked to allow Binta to begin believing in the possibilities for them both, and their shared history made their otherwise rapid infatuation feel plausible and authentic. I could also believe that Binta and Bass belonged together. 

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