Contemporary Fiction

Willow by Ronie Kendig. A Review

About The Book

To save her, he must become the evil he fights.
Aftercare specialist Willow Metcalfe joined Mission: Liberate Everyone to help trafficking survivors navigate the healing process. When MiLE’s Obiora Compound is attacked by the Nigerian mafia, she’s taken hostage. Against nightmarish odds, she and the victims attempt an escape—and are thwarted.
A decade after leaving his beloved homeland, Chijioke “Chiji” Okorie returns to find his sister and fight for his own country. Believing a global trafficking ring behind her abduction and a string of kidnappings across Nigeria, he goes undercover to find the head of the serpent and his sister. Chiji is stunned to discover among the hostages a familiar face—a friend’s sister, Willow. The woman he vowed years ago to marry.
The man who has interfered with her escape attempts seems … familiar, kind—but Willow knows better. He reeks of the warrior ethos that has devoured many a good man. Engaged in an impossible battle and losing at every turn, Chiji is determined to complete his missions—all of them. Even if it kills him. Amazon

My Thoughts

From the first moments I opened this book, I knew it was going to be a beautiful but difficult read and it did not disappoint. Majority of this story is set around my home country Nigeria and the truth is no matter how many terrible a nation is as a native you don’t want other people writing smack about your country. Ms. Kendig proved to be an awesome writer and did my home country justice highlighting those evils but not in a demeaning manner and for that I’m grateful.
I loved everything about this story. It’s engaging, had me turning the pages wanting to know what happened next. Willow’s spunk and determination, her fighting spirit were so admirable. I can’t imagine the fear she must have felt knowing her life was on the line but still doing her best at every opportunity to try and save the people she cared about.
Now we have Chiji. I think he’s the first Nigerian hero I’m reading about by a foreign author and boy did she do him justice. I loved him from the moment I met him. He gave off protector vibes from the start and did not fail to do just that.
The subject matter dealt with in this book is not a happy one and there are definitely moments where your heart is just so sad and burdened because of all that goes on but I love the way the author addresses these issues. She doesn’t shy away from these moments not sugar coating anything that goes on but she deals with it in a way that doesn’t make you feel too terribly.
Chiji and Willow are in a fight for their lives literally and this journey is definitely one not to be missed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are solely mine.

About The Author

Ronie Kendig is a bestselling, award-winning author of over thirty books. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband have returned to their beloved Texas after a nearly ten-year stint in the Northeast. They survive on Sonic runs, barbecue, and peach cobbler that they share–sometimes–with Benning the Stealth Golden. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters. Visit Ronie online at

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