My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Yejide and her husband Akin met and fell in love in college in the 1980’s in Nigeria. In their culture, most men have multiple wives, but Yejide made it clear to Akin that she wanted to be his one and only before they got married. Fast forward years into their relationship and despite everything Yejide has tried, she is still not pregnant and her family and Akin’s finds this to be a horrible thing since a woman (per their culture and traditions) is supposed to provide her husband with at least one son, if not multiple sons to carry on the family name. The pressure from the family weighs on Yejide and one morning she discovers family members and in-laws at her front door and they have brought with them a second wife for Akin, which the family hopes will become pregnant with a son for Akin. Yejide is devastated by this and the betrayal she feels when she finds out Akin already knew of their plans and went along with them. There are so many more twists and turns in this story that I don’t want to give away!
This book was hard for me to put down, I felt pulled into this storyline and the characters right away. It is an emotionally moving novel and my heart ached for Yejide. The story starts off in the future where Yejide hasn’t seen her husband for 14 years and is returning for Akin’s Father’s funeral and then shifts back to the past as the story walks you through the love, heartache, and despair of their relationship.
Very well written and is a fantastic first book by the author Ayobami Adebayo who is Nigerian. I received this book as an ARC for my honest review of it. This book is set to be published on August 22, 2017. You can pre-order it now on Amazon by clicking here.
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