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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Place Beyond Her Dreams is a young adult romance novel written by Oby Aligwekwe. Ona lives in the picturesque hillside town of Ntebe with her grandparents. For years, Ntebe had constant boundary clashes with the town of Ide. When Ona turns ten, a boy named Okem comes to live with her grandparents, and the two of them develop an inseparable friendship. But after her grandfather's untimely death, Ona finds herself in the magical realm of Luenah, where on her eighteenth birthday she receives a box from her grandfather. She must put something inside in exchange for finding her true purpose in life. Meanwhile, the Crown Prince and heir to the throne of Ide, Albert, seeks her hand in marriage, driving Okem away from her life. Ona's choices will now have far-reaching consequences.
If you enjoy stories inspired by rich African lore and culture, The Place Beyond Her Dreams is the book for you. Author Oby Aligwekwe crafts an entertaining tale of love, betrayal, and revenge, sprinkling it with some fantastical elements that make your imagination run wild. The narrative is well-paced, and the plot is filled with twists and turns to make you turn the pages with eager anticipation of what's to come. The characters are lively, each seamlessly fulfilling their roles to move the plot forward. Ona's contrasting relationship dynamics with Okem and Albert were some of the highlights for me. I had a wonderful time reading The Place Beyond Her Dreams. I will recommend it to readers who enjoy romance dramas.