23 May 2022

The One Who Loves Me | Excerpt + Giveaway



Amara Ikezie is a new grad nurse who is thrilled to start her dream job in Atlanta’s biggest children’s hospital. But when her best friend gets engaged, Amara is faced with the looming pressure from her mom to find her own man. Determined to escape the pressure to marry, Amara takes on a task to find the ‘perfect’ man who ticks all the boxes on her list.

Raymond Aderinto is a pediatric cardiologist with a wall of accolades and a string of failed relationships. After his fourth girlfriend dumps him, Raymond vows to get confirmation from God first before entering into his next relationship—even though he’d love to find his bride before turning thirty.

When Raymond spills coffee on Amara’s scrubs, he becomes certain she’s the woman God wants to be his wife. But unfortunately for him, Raymond doesn’t tick Amara’s boxes, and worst of all, Amara is sure her Igbo mom would never approve of a marriage to a man from the Yoruba tribe.

Despite Amara’s efforts to stay away from Raymond and convince herself he is not the one for her, her growing attraction for his character, values, and vision gives her more reasons to wonder if she was wrong about her prejudices toward him. When another doctor walks into Amara’s life who ticks all her boxes and shows interest in her, she is caught between running into his ‘perfect’ arms, or going with Raymond who is turning out to be more perfect than she thought.

The One Who Loves Me, book two in the Sovereign Love series, is a beautiful standalone novel about surrender and learning to take comfort in the sovereign goodness of a loving God who writes the best love stories.

Publisher: Love Qualified Press
Release Date: May 21, 2022



I clear my throat and start recounting all the guys I’ve met today, starting with Mr. Coffee, who is tall, but not as muscly as I would like, and he is bald and has no beard, so that’s a no-no.

Then I tell Teeyana all about the male doctors on the NICU—James, Henry, and Charlie. James is nice to look at but he’s too heavy-handed with his hair styling products. I ain’t gonna be fighting with him over mirror time every morning.

Henry is muscle-built and he has a nice beard but he’s not very tall. If I wear heels, I'm sure I’ll be taller than him. Then Charlie reminds me of the character J.D. from the TV show “Scrubs.” He is a sight for sore eyes, but I’d prefer a melanin brother.

“Wow, you’re very analytical,” Teeyana says.

“Yes, of course. I have standards,” I say as Mom’s words flash in my memory again.

“Okay, but all the qualities you’ve mentioned are based on physical looks. Are any of these guys Christian? You know we can’t compromise that standard, right?” Teeyana asks.

“Girl, of course. I ain’t planning on dating a non-Christian man. That’s a no-go area. In fact, I’ll have you know that being a Christian is the top thing on my list.” I smile.

Or at least I think it is.

“Great.” Teeyana exhales. “I’m excited that God has you in this season, but as your best friend in the whole wide world, permit me to throw in my words of caution too.”

Girl, seriously? As if my parents haven’t cautioned me enough.

“I know you have a list and you’re trying to stick to it, but please don’t be too picky. You can’t cook up a perfect man and make him marry you. Ask for God’s guidance because feelings are a terrible leader—I’ve learned that the hard way.”

Excerpted from The One Who Loves Me by Joan Embola, Copyright © 2022 by Joan Embola. Published by Love Qualified Press.


Joan Embola is a UK-based Cameroonian-Nigerian Christian author who is passionate about spreading God's love one word at a time. She is a Bible teacher, a blogger, a YouTuber, a podcaster, a dancer, and a poetess. Her book Outpourings of a Beloved Heart; a 30 day poetry devotional about God's love, is available for purchase and her debut contemporary Christian Fiction novel--The One Who Knows Me released on September 10th 2021.


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