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Beyond the Trial is an award winning collection of three novellas - Shadows From the Past, Erased Reproach and Rude Awakening. The novellas celebrate the resilience and grit of their female protagonists - Ada, Funke, and Nkechi as they surmount challenges and forge new territories. Their trials (domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, and early widowhood) are, sadly, familiar to many, their response to them is a call to fortitude and strength of character to face life's punches because they will come. They always do.
Grandpa Ernest visits Eze and his twin sister Ebele in Lagos. He has an eye operation, and even though Eze wants to help by putting eye drops in Grandpa’s eye, he is not allowed to. Ebele entertains Grandpa with her ballet dance and exercise moves. The twins enjoy the stories Grandpa tells them about their mummy’s childhood. Mummy wasn’t always good when she was a little girl. Like them, she had her naughty days too. Grandpa travels home after recovering a bit from his operation, and the twins miss him a lot. An opportunity comes for Eze and Ebele to visit Grandpa in the village with their parents. They enjoy the sights and sounds of the trip. Eze and Ebele enjoy eating Grandma’s food. They think her food tastes better than their mummy’s cooking, but Mummy doesn’t mind them saying so. Eze and Ebele enjoy the folk tales they are told by Grandpa, Grandma, and Grandpa’s driver. Through the folk tales, they travel to magical kingdoms in which men and animals can communicate.
Olu is the middle child in his family. He often feels unloved and left out and is convinced his brother is his daddy's favourite child. He also believes his sister Funmi is his mother's favourite child. Olu tries to win his parents' love and become their favourite child. Olu's parents tell him they love all their children equally and that there is no need to compete. Olu doesn't believe them. When his birthday arrives, he compares his birthday celebration events to his brother's birthday events and realizes, to his surprise, that he is as loved as his siblings.
Kitty Kat is a little kitten who is afraid of nearly everything including mice. Strong winds, sudden noise, and shadows make Kitty afraid. She is so afraid that she often stays awake while her family sleeps. Her brother Tabby is strong, bold, and fearless. With Tabby's help and support Kitty learns to overcome her fears.
Ada lives in fear of her checkered past. Memories of her pain limit her ability to trust and love completely. She visits Nigeria after several years in the UK and is totally unprepared for the secrets she has to confront and the discovery that her siblings are permanently scarred from childhood abuse. Can she face her own shadows and help them overcome theirs? Gidl child.