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A Londoner of Ghanaian origin, Frances Mensah Williams is the author of the FROM PASTA TO PIGFOOT romance series. Selected by WH Smith as one of the top 25 of its 100 Summer Reads, FROM PASTA TO PIGFOOT explores contemporary middle-class Africa and the humorous clash of cultures arising from mixing English cream with African spice.
If you enjoy contemporary romantic fiction with diverse settings and featuring smart, strong-willed women of colour dealing with themes of substance – think love, guilt, race, belonging, identity and the challenges of clashing cultures – and written in a humorous and accessible style, you’ll love Frances’s books!
With one foot in each cultural camp, Frances writes novels set in both London and contemporary Ghana, where the stories play out against a backdrop of locations ranging from high-rise office buildings to modern shopping malls, pristine beaches, night clubs, art galleries and restaurants.
An award-winning entrepreneur and Executive Coach, Frances has also written two non-fiction careers books.
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With another chance at love, what could possibly go wrong?
Recovering from heartbreak, unlucky-in-love events manager Cara has vowed to avoid relationships. That is until fate throws her into the path of handsome and kind Henry, who is worlds apart from the men she’s dated before. Unfortunately, this encounter is short-lived when Cara misses her coach home—and with it, any chance of seeing him again.
But fate is not finished with the mismatched couple. When Cara quite literally bumps into Henry a second time at a work event, the run-in leaves them with feelings instead of bruises, and they can’t wait another day before seeing each other again. Yet it soon becomes clear how deeply different their worlds are: Cara’s drama-filled African and Caribbean family couldn’t be further from Henry’s family of wealthy lords and ladies.
With interfering relatives, problem friends, and an inconvenient ex-boyfriend attempting a comeback, everything seems stacked against the two new lovebirds. This is no straightforward love story—Cara and Henry will have to get creative with romance if they stand any chance of beating the odds to win their happy ever after.
The Second Time We Met is a hilarious and heartwarming romance, perfect for anyone who believes in second chances.
Dismissed as a cultural lightweight by the man she is desperate to please, under-achieving PA, Faye Bonsu, is on a mission to find love. A disastrous night out leaves pasta-fanatic Faye’s romantic dreams in tatters and underscores her alienation from her African heritage. Leaving her cosy middle-class life in London’s leafy Hampstead to find out what she’s missing, Faye is whisked into the hectic social whirlpool of Ghana where she meets the handsome Rocky Asante, a cynical, career-obsessed banker with no time for women... until now.
Transported into a world of food, fun and sun, and faced with choices she had never thought possible, Faye is forced to discover that no matter how far you travel, you can’t find love until you find yourself.
From Pasta to Pigfoot is a fun, contemporary, multi-cultural novel that explores in a light-hearted way the clash of cultures that has become characteristic of our increasingly multicultural society.
There are two sides to every story…
In the sun-soaked capital of Ghana, best friends Theresa, Maku and Lyla struggle with the arrangements that define their relationships.
Ambitious, single-minded Theresa has gambled everything to move with her loving husband Tyler from London to cosmopolitan Accra. But when shocking developments threaten their plans, they also expose the hidden cracks in their fairytale marriage.
Feisty Maku is desperate for professional recognition – and her dream white wedding. But how long can she wait for her laid-back partner Nortey to stop dreaming up pointless projects from the comfort of his local bar and stand up to his family?
Churchgoing Lyla married Kwesi in haste, and six years later she is desperate for a child. But while she battles a vicious mother-in-law, and her growing attraction to the mysterious Reuben, her husband has bitten off more than he can chew with his latest mistress.
Facing lies, betrayal, and shattered illusions, each couple must confront the truth of who they have become and the arrangements they have enabled. Against the backdrop of a shifting culture, each woman must decide what – and who – she is willing to sacrifice for the perfect marriage.
‘The queen of romantic dramas is back… this charming read is about the challenges which come with friendship, love, and relationships, and the search for that happily ever after.’ The Top 20 African Books of 2020, African Arguments
‘Following three couples on the cusp of significant life changes, this charming romance… explores the difficulties of relationships at varying stages. Williams… weaves in vivid cultural details as she lifts the veil on the realities of marriage, the woes of infertility, and the strain of gender roles. Readers are sure to enjoy this uplifting work.’ Publishers Weekly
‘I very much enjoyed this brilliantly written novel.’ Dorothy Koomson
‘A witty, true, and, sometimes, heartbreaking portrayal of married life.’ Ayesha Harruna Attah
‘A celebration of sisterhood. You won’t want to put the story down till it ends.’ Chibundu Onuzo
Faye Bonsu seems to have it all: a drop-dead gorgeous and successful boyfriend, a bourgeoning career as an interior designer and a rent-free mansion in leafy Hampstead to call home. But with all her friends shifting into yummy-mummy mode, a man who seems to have no desire to put a ring on it, tricky clients, and a very attractive and single boss, things are not quite as simple as they might appear.
Hoping to escape from her suddenly complicated life and revive her wilting romance, Faye returns to sunny Ghana for what she hopes will be the time of her life. But life doesn’t always offer second chances and when disaster strikes, she is forced to confront the biggest question of her life and to make a choice that comes with consequences she will have to live with forever.
Sweetness comes at a price…
When sweet-natured Mercy married successful businessman and aspiring politician, Lucas Peterson, she abandoned her media career to focus on her husband and raising her son, Hakeem. But with the country now hurtling towards elections, Lucas’s eye is on the ministerial position he craves within the Party and when Mercy’s best friend, Araba – the niece of the Party leader – returns to Ghana, Mercy refuses to see what’s obvious to everyone.
In a desperate bid to regain control of her life, Mercy reaches out to her friend, Max Bamford, a ruthless media boss with a reputation for uncovering corruption. Max’s lifeline changes everything, but Mercy’s hopes for a new beginning are threatened by Lucas’s ambitions and risk the happiness of the person she loves most.
Armed with devastating evidence that can destroy Lucas’s political future, Mercy is torn between protecting her son and taking revenge on his father. Faced with an impossible dilemma, Mercy will have to prove that sweetness can be a strength.
Ambitious real estate agent River Osei loves her job and dreams of living in a home as beautiful as those she sells to her clients. Putting marriage to her artist boyfriend Cameron on the back burner, River’s only focus is to hit her house fund target.
But River’s plan is thrown into turmoil when she negotiates a sale to demanding music mogul, Donald Ayo. He is immediately taken with her, and she is equally taken with his house – a beautiful mansion in the luxurious gated community of Marula Heights. With Donald pressing for a deal that includes more than a house, River is forced to choose between the man she loves and a lifestyle she craves.
But living the dream isn’t always what it seems and even the best fantasies come at a cost. Faced with the real-life consequences of her choice, River must learn that a house is not a home and love is not for sale.
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