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Book: His Only Wife
Author: Peace Adzo Medie
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: Ghanaian ownvoice characters!
Recommended For…: contemporary lovers, women’s fiction, chick lit
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Recommended Age: 16+ (sexual content)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Synopsis: Afi Tekple is a young seamstress whose life is narrowing rapidly. She lives in a small town in Ghana with her widowed mother, spending much of her time in her uncle Pious’s house with his many wives and children. Then one day she is offered a life-changing opportunity—a proposal of marriage from the wealthy family of Elikem Ganyo, a man she doesn’t truly know. She acquiesces, but soon realizes that Elikem is not quite the catch he seemed. He sends a stand-in to his own wedding, and only weeks after Afi is married and installed in a plush apartment in the capital city of Accra does she meet her new husband. It turns out that he is in love with another woman, whom his family disapproves of; Afi is supposed to win him back on their behalf. But it is Accra that eventually wins Afi’s heart and gives her a life of independence that she never could have imagined for herself.
Review: Overall, I thought this was a well done book! I loved the characters and the story was entertaining. I also loved learning about the Ghanaian culture and I think the pacing was also well done as well.
The only issue I really had was that the ending was unexpected and I think a sequel would be great!
Verdict: It’s a great story! Highly recommend!