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Love's Culture: A Review

This is the first stop on a new slate of reviews I'll be posting on Nikki-Michelle's Spot. Before I ever had dreams of becoming a writer, I was a reader. That hasn't changed. I love to read. A good book can always take me away like Calgon. Therefore, I put a post on my Facebook page that I was looking for authors to feature on my website. One of the authors who answered was Angelia Vernon Menchan. I asked her what book of hers should I read and she suggested her Love's Culture Series. I should note that this series is on Kindle Unlimited as well. So if you're a reader looking to a test a new author, KU is a good investment, especially in this market of....eh, that's a story for a different day. Back to Love's Culture.


I started this series with high hopes. You have Sadia, who is a PR specialist and a bookstore owner, and Mahad who's an Arabic architect and a well-off business man. The two meet and sparks fly, almost instantly. Mahad's friend Cyrus is a poet who happens to be doing a book signing at Sadia's bookstore. Mahad see's Sadia's picture on a promotional flyer and is instantly enamored with her. I
 must admit, Mahad scared me a bit. He came on strong and never let up. After their initial face-to-face meeting, he even went home and stared at her picture on his computer screen. I almost thought he was bordering stalker tendencies. But then I remembered who wrote the book and calmed down. I knew I didn't  have to worry about him turning into one of "those" guys.

Mahad was a nice enough guy, but he didn't leave a lasting impression...at first. Then I felt a jolt of electricity was when he was waiting for Sadia outside her home after she had told him she needed space and time to process the fact his father would all but write him off if he continued to see her, an African American woman. Mahad was pissed that Sadia had been ignoring his texts and calls. She came home to find him sitting outside her house dressed in all black with a look on his face that said he wasn't pleased. One thing led to another and next thing I knew, he had her up against her front door...you can figure out the rest. HA!

I decided to interview the author so I could get a better understanding of why she decided to pen a novella as such.

Good morning, Angelia! I’ve finished the first book in the Love’s Culture Series.

First, I must say I enjoyed the fact that you showed black love as well as love that transcended racial lines. Sadia’s parents had a very loving relationship and I enjoyed reading about it. It was also nice to read about Sadia and Mahad. I appreciated the look at multicultural/interracial love that didn’t have the whole black man bashing theme.

My first question would be, why did you decide to write this series?
I'm never completely sure where these people come from. Mahad appeared first and the story was born. I'm fascinated by the Arabic culture, and though Christian, the Muslim components.

What lessons are you hoping people take from it?
That love transcends race, culture and religion.

Who was your favorite character to write about in book one?
It's a tie between Sadia and her father.  I love their relationship.

What was the purpose of the Jerica and Larry sub-plot?
I'm not sure there has to be a purpose in a subplot. It simply occurred quite organically.

I see that there is a trend in interracial romance based books all over Amazon now. Do you think this is because people are becoming more open minded to interracial love or is this just a fad that most authors are jumping on for popularity and/or to make money?
It's a reality of life and literature. It does sell well and I think that's largely because African American women feel a need to be desirable to all men across the demographic... Other times it's just not that deep.

What’s next for you as far as writing? Do you plan to tackle other genres or is romance your go-to genre to write in for now?
I have always written genre free. I've published over 150 novellas of women's fiction, multicultural fiction, spiritual fiction and young adult fiction. I've also published nonfiction.


Thanks for interviewing me. Just Love. 

In the end, I decided to give this novella three and a half pages (think three and half stars). And that's because I felt something was missing. It could be because it was a short story and ended too soon. Still, it was funny, quirky, and showed love through a different looking glass. 

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