Love At Dawn

Christian Books, General Fiction, Romance

By Lara Daniels

Publisher : Lara Daniels

ABOUT Lara Daniels

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Lara Daniels is a Registered Nurse by day and an avid African romance-suspense writer at nights. Her first full length novel, Love in Paradise was published in 2009. It was quickly followed by a sequel titled Love at Dawn, both of which recieved and continues to recieve rave reviews. La More...



Love at Dawn is the romance-suspense tale of forgiveness and redemption set in Lara Daniels’ fictional country of Zamzudan in East Africa. When spoiled and wealthy African teenager Tory Da-Silva meets broody Rashad Macaulay for the first time, she vows to make him hers. However, the price she’ll pay for this quest will carry consequences of shame and guilt. Nine years later, temperamental Tory has become a fiery beauty and multimillionaire Rashad can no longer fight his deep desires for her. All seems set for Tory’s dream to come true. But the dark secret she keeps from Rashad may be the one thing that may forever tear them apart

Love at Dawn is the sequel of love in paradise. It is the Intriguing Tale of Love, Forgiveness and Redemption featuring Tori Da-Silva and Rashad Macaulay - two different people who fall in love, coming together with some very astounding results. Tori Da-Silva is a bubbly energetic woman who has been nicknamed the Hatshesput by her family for her rambuctious, assertive attitude. However, behind all that laughter is a dark secret, one that grieves her to the point of intense hopelessness. Rashad is a man who redefines the word, "cynicism'. A hugely sucessful lawyer and publicist, Rashad has made mistakes in the past that haunts him such that he enjoys when others are hurting. And behind the scenes is a mad man who knows the secrets the two keep. However, will his madness be successful in driving Tori and Rashad apart, forever?

TOLU POPOOLA (Author and Blogger)

Lara Daniels has woven a compelling story of love against all odds. From Tory and Rashad’s unconventional first meeting many years ago, to their complex present lives, and the way their relationship develops, she takes you through an emotional rollercoaster. There is a tight mix of suspense and intrigue to keep you fascinated and hoping against hope that the characters scale through all the roadblocks on their path to happiness....

... enjoyed reading the book and I kept rooting for the characters till the very end. Lara’s writing is simple and it flows smoothly and this helps the story unfold without interruptions. The plot is full of twists and surprises that kept me on my toes, especially towards the end when a maniac serial killer comes on to the scene and Tory is suspected to be his next target. I hoped and prayed that the dark secrets the two main characters had been keeping for so long would be unlocked and all sins forgiven. I desperately wanted to get to “happily-ever-after” at the end and heave a sigh of relief.

I have very little criticism of the book – except maybe I wanted the story to go on for longer! I was a little concerned about the age gap between the two protagonists and Tory's age when she started falling for Rashad, but that may just be my personal prejudice. All in all, ‘Love at Dawn’ is a great book, and I will recommend it to everyone who enjoys reading a fresh take on modern African romance.

Myne Whitman writes (Author and Blogger)

Love at Dawn is an emotional roller-coaster in the way that even Love in Paradise was not. The stories of Tory and Rashad are very touching and universal. A man who believes that there's nothing good in him because of where he comes from and a young woman who seems to have everything. When she tries to draw him out, mistakes are made that haunt both of them into the present. Add a deranged murderer and have a highly suspenseful tale that will have you flipping through the pages. By the end of thos book, you'll would have been on a journey through overcoming adversity, pain, loss and ultimately self forgiveness.


"He hurt as always watching her from a distance, unable to touch her, unable to speak to her. The one woman who had forever worked his heart into pieces."

It is a story of struggle, to build light and beauty from shadow and pain, to fulfill one's destiny while respecting the dreams of others, and to listen to the songs of the heart above the tumult of everyday life. For Tory, it is a time of love, for her brother, for her best friend, and maybe for herself, a beautiful young woman born to privilege in Zamzudan, a fictional country in East Africa. But two obstacles stand in her way, the giant yoke born in agony and silence by Rashad, the forbidden man she yearns for, and the stalking unidentified slasher who is terrorizing her tropical paradise with his own dark, hidden agenda.

Tory Da-Silva, struggling with her own shackled passions, reconnects with the handsome, brooding man from her past but the reunion is anything but smooth. A self-made giant who had risen from a childhood in the brothels of Gutterpark to the high position Da-Silva corporate counsel, Rashad Macaulay strives to be a man of his word without denying the love of his life. Circling around the trials and tribulations of these two is a panarama of intriguing characters, from happy newlyweds to a sinister serial killer on a macabre crusade. Quickly, heartache and violence crash into Tory and Rashad as two star-crossed lovers, upsetting not only their life-plans and peace of mind but also their understanding of their own scarred-heart histories. Before the novel closes, bullets and blades fly, tears and bloood are shed, and truth and love teeter on the precipice of disaster.

Author Lara Daniels combines romance and mystery to keep the reader engaged in the lives and loves of her characters as they strive to do right, by others and by themselves, in a world where pain flows easily, carried by both recklessness and avarice. Ultimately, the reader learns that while love is a double-edged blade that cuts deep, and while too often lovers make commitments today that come back to haunt them tomorrow, some pain is worth enduring.

Emma Atti:
"6 hours it took me....ordered from amazon, got here in 3days. started 12noon and finished by 6.10pm. fashied everybody....i was swept away. intrigued. it sure had many facets i did not sort of expect you would was fantastic was fantastic. heads and shoulders above the first....fab!!!!


Twas same with me.... everything was left undone in my home till I finished d book, even making hubby's lunch (made him leave home w/out breakfsat)!!! I even forgot to take mine as well...... Twas something else