On a long-awaited gorgeous weeknight a few weeks ago, bloggers and fans of Sabrina Ramnanan headed out to Rhum Bar, celebrating the launch of her debut novel Nothing Like Love. Located on Dundas Street West, near Trinity Bellwoods Park, this cool space was the perfect venue to mingle, snack on some appetizers and enjoy some rum-based drinks! (The “Dark & Stormy” cocktail was delicious!)
The narrow bar was jam-packed full of people enjoying the refreshments and waiting for Sabrina to speak. After a brief introduction, she addressed the throngs of fans as she thanked all the people who helped her during her writing process. A book signing took place afterwards where we got a chance to chat with the gracious author. What a lovely evening to celebrate this wonderful debut author!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
It is 1974 in the town of Chance, Trinidad–home to a colourful cast of cane farmers, rum-drinkers, scandal-mongers . . . and a bright 18-year-old schoolgirl named Vimla Narine. After passing her A-levels with extraordinary results and accepting the coveted teaching post at Saraswati Hindu school, Vimla is caught with the village pundit’s son, Krishna Govind. At night. Holding hands. By morning, even the village vagrant has heard the news and the Govinds and Narines find themselves at the heart of Chance’s most delicious disgrace since a woman chased her cheating husband from the district with a rolling pin.
Very quickly, Vimla’s teaching post is rescinded, her mother goes on strike from everything, her father seeks solace in the rum shop and Vimla is confined to her home. While Vimla waits for Krishna to rescue her, Krishna’s father exiles his boy to Tobago with a suitcase of Hindu scriptures and a command: Krishna will become a man of God. It is his duty.
Just when Vimla thinks her fate couldn’t be worse, her best friend, Minty, brings word that Krishna has become betrothed to the beautiful Chalisa Shankar. And Chalisa wants to meet Vimla. Together, Vimla and Minty devise a scheme to win Krishna back that involves blackmailing a neighbour, conspiring with Chalisa, secret trysts in cane fields–and unearthing surprising truths that could change Vimla’s, Krishna’s and Chalisa’s lives forever.