Ties That Tether ARC Review

Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre: Romance/Women’s Fiction

Heat Rating:🔥

Release Date: September 29, 2020

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.

At the age of twelve Azere promised her dying father that she would make him proud, grow up and marry a Nigerian man to preserve her culture. Azere is now no longer living in Nigeria and has migrated with her family to Canada where she has gone to school is currently working at a firm.

Azere’s mother loves to interfere with Azere’s life and sets her up on dates with men who she thinks would be a good fit for her daughter. But the men that Azere’s mother has in mind do not usually line up with Azere is looking for in a man.

Until one evening when a date gone wrong leads Azere to Rafael. Rafael is nothing like the men that Azere’s mother has been setting her up on. He’s sweet, funny and most importantly not Nigerian. Azere believes that her night with Rafael was just that – one night together. When Rafael ends up working at the same firm Azere works at, Azere has to decide if she wants to try to make a relationship work with Rafael or obey her fathers wishes and marry a Nigerian man.

I’m going to preface this review by stating that I am a second generation Indian-American. My mom migrated to America from India when she was in high school and my dad migrated in his early twenties. I completely understand what Azere is going through and how she is being pulled into two directions. On one hand she wants to obey her parents wishes and do as they say, and yet she’s had to assimilate and now has her Canadian culture mixed in as well. In the Indian culture this person is often referred to as a “pardesi” – which roughly translates to foreigner or “other country”.

There were parts of this book where I had to stop and share passages with my husband because we related so much to what Azere was going through. Azere did make a promise to her father, but at what cost? Will she ever be able to make her own choices – even if her choices may possibly have her lose part of her culture and alienate her from her family?

Jane Igharo is such a talented writer. I loved the way she wove the story from Azere’s past and present. And the way she incorporated rom-coms into the book was a delight!

Read Ties That Tether if you’re looking to learn more about a culture that may be different than your own. I loved learning about Azere’s Nigerian heritage and her struggles with assimilating to her new Canadian culture.

Ties That Tether was a great debut by Jane Igharo! I look forward to reading more of her work!

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