Shifting Sands is a pleasure to read. It is well-written. The pace is good even with all the drama. Ike brings his characters to life, particularly Mama Adaku, the matriarch who is so imposing. The storytakes one from the bustle of the urban jungle that is Johannesburg, to the relative peace of the village in Nigeria. One gets an appreciation of how similar the cultures are despite differences in language. The experience of a Nigerian immigrant in South Africa is a persistent theme. What is striking is the beauty, strength resilience and the goodness of the women throughout the story in their various roles. I definitely recommend this book.