Thursday, July 17, 2014

Yefon: The Red Necklace Review & Giveaway

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A powerful, emotional tale of ambition and courage by Cameroonian-born Sahndra Fon Dufe, the Common Wealth of Nations recognized author of 'Dear momma'. (2004)

Yefon: The RedNecklace (YRN) is the first book of the YEFON trilogy series. It will have you wrapped up with emotions you didn’t know you had!

Young tribal girl, Yefon Labam, knows she’s different.

During the 1950's, in her Central African village, women are uneducated and are expected to either work on a farm or be one of many wives, but Yefon dares for more—she wants to learn how to read, even if looking at a book could mean her death.  Although everyone thinks she’s an abomination, including her mother and sisters, her father knows she’s destined for greater things.

When he is murdered, Yefon clings to the gift he gave her for inspiration—a red necklace. She soon comes to realize that the necklace is no ordinary ornament, but a talisman crafted by the spirits. Yefon walks a dangerous path that could lead to her freedom…or her death.


5% from the sales of EACH copy of YEFON hardcover novel is going to one of the following charities:






Time to broaden your horizons, and check out Yefon: The Red Necklace.  It is wonderful learning about other cultures.  Yefon: The Red Necklace is a glimpse into the life of a young African girl.  I have to admit it took me a while to get into this book.  It has so much back story, and language that I don't understand and had to look up at the end of the book.  I felt like the real "meat" of the book didn't start until the 2nd half or close to the end.  While I understand that we need the background, I wish there was more of the story and less of the background.

I had a hard time with the point of view.  The first half of the book felt like it was a long drawn out story that someone would tell about their life with "I did this" and "this happened to me", etc.  You know like when a friend just goes on and on before getting to the main part of the story.  However, if you can get through that, you will get hooked on this book.  The disappointing part is that when I finally became so engrossed in the story that I couldn't put it down, it ended.  Now I have to wait for the next installment of this series.

This is a wonderful story for people to come to understand people from a culture that is so different from ours.  Maybe if we read more about people from different cultures we might have more empathy for people that seem so foreign.  I think that people of all ages can learn a lot from this book.  However, this might be better for older children and adults.  Younger children might have a hard time reading the book because of the language and having to look up what some of the words mean.  I give this one 3 1/2 stars because I had a hard time getting into this book.  However, I have high hopes for the rest of the series since the background has been laid down.

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Cameroonian-born author, actress, humanitarian and business mogul Sahndra Fon Dufe is the young CEO of African Pictures International, and the co-founder of Gifted Minds Africa Foundation. 

She works at exposing the history, culture, and truth about Africa, women and the spirit within. The remarkable actress has been featured in numerous feature films, and commercials, and presently lives in Los Angeles with her hunk of a man, a closet full of shoes and too many vintage clothes. 

Sahndra spends her spare time perfecting her craft and soul-searching, on a journey to regain wholeness and cure the spirit. She also hunts for Egyptian artifacts, pieces which have captivated her imagination since childhood.

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  1. I certainly can't wait for book 2, omg !!

  2. It did start out a little long winded, but certainly made up for it.