This Zulu love story is beautifully written, the reader goes through many emotions as the book progresses. Hlomu is driven, career-orientated and fiesty. Soon after moving to JHB, from an upbringing in DBN KwaMashu, to pursue her career dreams as a journalist she catches the attention of a taxi driver at Bree.
Mqhele pulls out all the stops to woe the beautiful Hlomu, who is sure she will not agree to date a taxi driver of all people. After two weeks, she gives in, led by her heart and the door is opened to a life she didn’t know existed and a “Taxi Queen” status.
Hlomu soon discovers that Mqhele is one of eight Zulu brothers and they all look alike, bug-eyed, tall and very handsome. In six months, Hlomu and Mqhele are married, the first of the brothers to get a wife. Nkosana, the oldest of the brothers is the head of the family, having had taken care of all of his siblings after a painful exit from Mbumba, their childhood home.
Hlomu, being the only wife in the family, takes on the role of mom to Nkosana’s three boys, introducing them to the culture of Christmas clothes, as well as the close-knit family of brothers to legitimising their business and the way they store their money.
Mqhele and Hlomu go through their ups and downs, like any married couple right? No, their love is crazy, they love too much and their fights are as passionate as their love. Hlomu helps the family deal with and come to terms with their past. She soon becomes a full time mother, discovering more than she bargained about the handsome Zulu brothers, seeing the effects they have on all who cross paths with them, most of all being loyal to not just one but all the Zulu men and protecting them like her own.
A great read, the only warning is you won’t be able to put this down until you finish it.
– Phumzile Z