When I reminisce about that day I walked into a lavish, theatrical drawing room tagged with a royal name and bolstered with baroque designs, impressive paintings, a grand fireplace, and 1930s inspired furniture, I am awestruck at the fact that global events on whatever scale imaginable do align to fit God’s purpose for us all. I had just finished the final chapters of this novel, and in real life, literally walked into a scene from the novel. It marked my closure. On a grand scale, Influence of a King should remind anyone who is in doubt that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
This love story, set during World War II, also underscores the influence and indirect impact British royalty and colonial rule may have had on the lives of the privileged and seemingly unknown individuals in unrecognizable regions of Africa. It points to the complexity and connectivity of the human race, thus inspiring our reverence for God and acknowledgment that “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” The fictional characters and locations in this novel do not bear resemblance to any person or place.
Influence of a King spans the globe during a time of harrowing worldwide events―the Great Depression, the droughts of America’s Dust Bowl years, World War II and post-war developments―and captures the essence of faith, fate, and the power of choices. Can two individuals with nothing in common yet everything happening around them, including the choices made on their behalf, establish an uncommon love and fulfill a greater purpose? Set in England, America, and Nigeria, this sweeping love story delivers an active perspective of tumultuous historic events, as well as the human interplay in interracial harmony and religious identity.
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