|About the Book|
The little hamlet, Genadendal, lays nestled at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountains, in the Western Cape, South Africa. Genal, as the locals call it, is known as the Valley of Grace. In spite of grace, the veneer of pleasantries and the lushMoreThe little hamlet, Genadendal, lays nestled at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountains, in the Western Cape, South Africa. Genal, as the locals call it, is known as the Valley of Grace. In spite of grace, the veneer of pleasantries and the lush lowlands are tainted by secrets, carnal desires and past iniquities. These scandals and the present turmoil landscape this epic enlightenment and the synthesis for social change in this modern-day novel, Colour of Love.Alex Denton is summoned to Genadendal. He has to deal with his personal tragedy. Here he meets Amanda Stuurman, a boisterous black beauty, who astounds him with her deep inner wisdom, her firmness and her love for him.Encouraged by his confidant, aunty Zee, Alex embarked on his journey of new beginnings. Aunty Zee and he were brought together by the tragedy that befell him. In fact, Zee’s husband was the one who murdered his young wife. On his way to Genal, Alex experiences profound moments of illumination. At the centre of all of these is the temptress, Dr Angela Dooley.His encounters with the different apparitions and faces will change Alex forever. More so it will guide his purpose and cement his understanding that being good does not mean that one does not do bad things.On his second day in this new place, Alex falls in love with Amanda Stuurman. She is the Village Vixen. Yet, at 22 she is still a virgin, that is, until she meets Alex. Suddenly her latent sexual longings are set alight: a flame she yearns to quench. Her unwanted object is Adolf Basson who’s secretly been in love with Amanda since their teenage years. Adolf soon realises that Amanda is using him and in his anger, he engages in a sexual act that leads to the death of a white woman named Leah Van Der Merwe.In the midst of all the goings-on in the Valley of Grace, Amanda hears of a secret about her own past. Her mother, Vera Stuurman, tells her that her real mother’s name is Susan, Vera’s sister. Susan (or Zee as she is known) beseeched Vera to raise Amanda. This revelation sends Amanda in search of her birth mother. When finds Zee, she discovers disturbing truths that could extinguish Alex’s burning love for her.Amanda’s father, Bradley (or Bad Brad as he calls himself), was responsible for 13 murders in the Durban area. The last woman he raped and murdered was Helen Denton, Alex’s wife. And, yes, Zee (aunty Zee) was Brad’s husband and Alex’s confidant.Amanda shares everything with Alex. It is all too much for him to comprehend. He forsakes God for making a mockery of his life and when tempted he repeatedly submits to Angela Dooley.Angela Dooley is inadvertently spun into the web of the present day tumult in Genal. She is there to assist her brother Terry in his pending court case. Leah Van Der Merwe was Terry’s wife. Terry, Leah and Adolf Basson engaged in an autoerotic asphyxiation experiment that led to Leah’s accidental death. When Angela’s husband finds out about her affair with Alex, he goes crazy. Was this merely part of the Master Plan.In the end it all pivots on perceptions of love, as all the characters embrace or denounce their different unions, love relations and partnerships.These characters and interactions serve merely as the medley that channels a new ideology- one that not only honours women, but gives women the equality they deserve in the Valley of Grace, and beyond.