Title: Ties That Tether
Author: Jane Igharo
Published by: Berkley
Released: September 29, 2020
Source: e-arc from publisher through Netgalley
Synopsis: When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother’s heart, she must choose between love and her family.At twelve years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture even after emigrating to Canada. Her mother has been vigilant about helping--forcing--her to stay well within the Nigerian dating pool ever since. But when another match-made-by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up at a bar, enjoying the company and later sharing the bed of Rafael Castellano, a man who is tall, handsome, and white.
When their one-night stand unexpectedly evolves into something serious, Azere is caught between her growing feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother who will never accept a relationship that threatens to dilute Azere's Nigerian heritage.
Azere can't help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity? The answer will either cause Azere to be audacious and fight for her happiness or continue as the compliant daughter. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this. I was first drawn to this book because of the amazing cover, but the story really sucked me right in. I liked the romance, but I also really enjoyed the discussion of culture and the immigrant experience. It's an awesome debut.
Watching Azere's journey of discovery was great! It was also an interesting exploration of a mother daughter relationship. Azere's mother has expectations for her daughter that Azere tries to live up to, but it's not what she really wants in life. Seeing Azere deal with all these different things made for a really compelling story. I was also a sucker for the romance.
I really liked Ties That Tether, it was a great debut and I enjoyed the story a lot. I'd definitely recommend giving it a read.
was born in Nigeria and immigrated to Canada at the age of twelve. She has a journalism degree from the University of Toronto and works as a communications specialist in Ontario, Canada. When she isn't writing, she's watching "Homecoming" for the hundredth time and trying to match Beyoncé's vocals to no avail.
Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo. Thanks so much to Berkeley and Jane Igharo for letting me be a part of it.