Tenth Year in the Sun: A Debut Novel about Sisterhood by a Former Diplomat

M.L. Wonder, author of Tenth Year in the Sun
Inspired by her travels, M.L. Wonder's debut novel Tenth Year in the Sun explores sisterhood and cross-cultural friendships.

Egypt, Colombia, and South Africa are just some of the countries that M.L. Wonder worked in as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. The book will help to raise funds for Malaria No More, a non-profit organization committed to ensuring that no child dies from a mosquito bite ever.

“I think it’s refreshing to hear about how friends of different cultures can be united under a promise. It’s a great book for everybody – even if you’re not an immigrant like me.”

According to M.L., the novel is timely because “Sisterhood is very important these days. Because many women are feeling under attack, women’s rights is at the forefront and from that is coming female empowerment. … I’m writing about how sisterhood is important to me. I’d always moved a lot, and in those places, I did not know anybody. I was separated from my family and my closest friends. At times, I felt disoriented and alone. My overseas friends – my women friends – became family. … They were my support group, my emotional strength, and my sisters when I didn’t have anyone else. … There’s something about the power of women; when we come together to help nurture each other, it’s a very powerful force.”

 Tenth Year in the Sun weaves together the lives of four “soul sisters” from different cultures as the best friends journey into the fullness of womanhood and endeavor to honor their ten-year commitment to reunite in a foreign land. In the years following their impromptu vow, mysteries are revealed, secrets unravel, cultural treasures surface, and sweeping doubts arise.

There’s something about the power of women; when we come together to help nurture each other, it’s a very powerful force.

This story is an engaging journey into the evolution of friendships, love, and self. Mix AmericanahSex and the CityWaiting to Exhale, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants into an enthralling novel, and the result is Tenth Year in the Sun.

M.L. has collaborated with Malaria No More, to help advance its mission to end malaria within a generation. Since 2000, more than seven million lives have been saved and over one billion malaria cases averted. Yet, every two minutes a child still dies from malaria, despite the fact that we have the tools to end this devastating disease. A portion of book sales will be donated to the organization because malaria disproportionally affects pregnant women and children.

M.L. Wonder is a Ghanaian-born author and entrepreneur whose former career as a diplomat presented her unique experiences such as meeting two former presidents and first ladies at events surrounding Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. M.L.’s nearly ten years of federal service fulfilled her, and she credits her time overseas for illuminating her soul’s purpose and helping uncover her talent, creative writing.


The novel is published by BlissLife Press and is available for pre-order on Amazon in Kindle format for .99 until July 11th. The paperback release date is Thursday, July 20th. 

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