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Ties That Tether af Jane Igharo

Ties That Tether (original 2020; udgave 2020)

af Jane Igharo (Forfatter)

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Titel:Ties That Tether
Forfattere:Jane Igharo (Forfatter)
Info:Berkley (2020), 320 pages
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Ties that tether af Jane Igharo (2020)


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Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo is a 2020 Berkley publication.

A Pleasant Romantic debut!

Azere promised her father, she would marry a Nigerian man, and continue observing her native culture, even after emigrating to Canada. After her father’s death, Azere stays in line, obeying her overbearing mother and fully intends to keep her promise.
Unfortunately, all the men her mother introduces her to are controlling, misogynist jerks. After yet another failed connection, Azere meets Raphael in a bar. For Azere, their night together was a one and done deal- but fate has other plans…

Raphael and Azere discover they are colleagues and are assigned to work together. Raphael is interested in seeing where the relationship might take them, but he is white, meaning if Azere and Raphael were to make it long term, she would be breaking her the promise she made to her father.

If that weren’t awkward enough, a stunning development further complicates matters, forcing Azere to make one of the toughest decisions of her life. Will she cave to her mother’s wishes or choose true love?

I love multi-cultural romance! This contemporary novel explores the pressures and obligations of family, and how difficult it can be to avoid those demands, even when your true heart isn’t in it. The challenges of blending cultures, the fears of one being swallowed up by the other are very valid and realistic.

The book has a few issues- most of which I think can be attributed to this being a debut. I think once this author gains a bit of confidence, her stories will flow easier, and there will be less inner monologue and more dialogue, allowing the characters to develop more fully.

Despite the obvious nerves, the story is absorbing, and I was invested enough to want to see how things turned out. The angst and occasional overly dramatic passages are balanced with some very tender and emotional moments that warms the heart.

The glimpse into the future is also a nice touch, and although I absolutely loathe trends, I wouldn’t mind seeing more romance novels include a glimpse into the future to prove what HEA means realistically.

Overall, this was an enjoyable romance. I see some promise with this author and look forward to reading her next book. ( )
  gpangel | Feb 21, 2021 |
I know there were mixed reviews on this one, but I still wanted to give it a try. I am glad that I did as I really enjoyed this one. I am excited to see what else this author brings us if this is her debut.
This does have triggers for loss in several forms. I knew this going in. I personally did not feel it was used as a plot twist, but it was a large part of the story. Azere is dealing with the loss of her father and the promise she made when he was dying. Rafael is dealing with the loss of his wife and child.

I really liked the cultural aspect to this story. You get to see and learn more around Nigerian culture.

SPOILER: Azere is pregnant after a one night stand. I personally had no issues with this and how everything happened around it. I have struggled with infertility for years and some reads can be a lot for me when dealing with this. To me, this was just dealing with a pregnancy with someone she did not know and is now getting to know. Rafael is dealing with the loss of his child from his deceased wife. This was very little of the story as far as details. He provides information at the very end. I will not spoil what happened, but it was not what I was expecting. There does end up being some trauma with Azere and her own pregnancy at the end as well.

Overall, I actually really liked this one. ( )
  SimplyKelina | Jan 26, 2021 |
Ties That Tether is Jane Igharo's debut novel that shares the story of a 25-year-old woman named Azere. While on the surface level it is a smart and engaging contemporary interracial romance novel, it really goes much deeper than that.

Igharo captured the struggles Azere faced balancing living in two different cultures while also navigating life in her mid-20s. She immigrated to Canada from Nigeria and Igharo beautifully explores the intricate balance of traversing a new culture while contending with the expectations and roots of her own family.

I love a coming of age novel and so the focus on Azere finding her own sense of self was a highlight of this storyline for me. The path to finding out who we are in relation to those around us often feels like a long and winding road.

Igharo captured the emotions and internal conflicts Azere navigated along the way so perfectly and this just felt like such a satisfying and enjoyable read. I look forward to reading whatever Jane Igharo writes next!

Thank you to Berkley Publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
Before I dive into my thoughts on this book, can we just pause a second to take in the cover? I mean, WOW!

The good news is that Ties That Tether totally lives up to the cover art - this is a beautiful, complicated, funny and heartwarming rom-com that I was so invested in, I couldn't put it down. Literally. I read the whole book in one sitting (my hungry children were not amused).

Jane Igharo's debut centers on Azere, a Nigerian woman who immigrated to Canada as a young girl with her mother and sister after her father's death. Before her dad passed, Azere promised him she would marry a Nigerian man to preserve her culture and she's been determined to keep that vow ever since. But when a one-night stand with sexy Spaniard Rafael turns Azere's life upside down, she has to decide whether to follow her head or her heart.

While all romantic comedies have a trope that the central couple has to resolve, the conflict between love and personal identity Azere faces is really unique. That she's a huge fan of rom com movies (she regularly references them throughout the book, which I loved) makes it even more challenging - there isn't one out there that reflects her own situation. What happens when you're a prostitute who falls in love with your john? Hollywood has that covered but how to handle your mother threatening to disown you if you don't marry someone Nigerian like you? Notsomuch.

The characters in this book are wonderful and I enjoyed learning more about the Nigerian culture. I rooted for Azere to find love, not only with Rafael but also with the woman she's become, even if her happily ever after doesn't look like she always thought it might.

Thanks to Berkley Publishing, NetGalley and the author for an advanced copy to review. ( )
  ReadingIsMyCardio | Oct 5, 2020 |
Mmmmm. Fell straight into the palms of the narrators Nkeki Obi-Melekwe and Gary Tiedemann whom I suspect were the reason why I enjoyed the first half of the book so much - a lot of fun. But there was a stubbornness about the Nigerian daughter which stultified the story and it was a struggle to finish the book. ( )
  Okies | Oct 4, 2020 |
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