As you may already know, one of my favorite things about being a book blogger is connecting with authors and receiving advanced review copies of new books. My favorite source for ARCs is NetGalley and one of my favorite romance publishers is Berkley but Berkley tends to be pretty darn selective when it comes to approving ARCs.
Much to my surprise, Berkley approved my request for a new book that caught my eye, ‘Ties That Tether’ by debut author Jane Igharo. It’s being released tomorrow [9/29/20] and I’m so happy I had the chance to read an early copy. Scroll on to find out why I loved this book!
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Review & Thoughts
Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo
‘Ties That Tether’ touches on serious and relatable issues surrounding tradition, family, and loss. Equal parts heart-warming and teary-eyed reading. This book made me feel her story and her experiences through her Nigerian-Canadian perspective. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and truly enjoyed both the story and character development. It’s important to read stories by people that have different experiences and cultural backgrounds and yet it’s fun to find connections and things that you do have in common.
I connected with the way Azere’s love for romantic movies played a role in the way she perceives the world and responds to situations. They say you should write what you know and I always love a story that has aspects that are both new and yet relatable for me. This book certainly spoke to what I know in regards to the romance-movie-loving aspect. I loved the way the title of the book was woven into the story and the way it truly hit home towards the end of the book. Great title, great plot, great romantic tension, great overall message!
Overall this was a really great read and a wonderful debut novel. I look forward to seeing more work from this author. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys romance, women’s fiction, and a classic good romantic comedy. Azere and Rafael’s story truly touched me and it was a wonderful reading experience. Much thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for providing me with an ARC!
In a Nutshell: Wonderful debut novel by author Jane Igharo. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys women’s fiction and a good classic romantic comedy woven with a powerful message!
My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Book Source: Advanced Review E-book Copy (ARC) via NetGalley and Berkley
Details From the Book Jacket
Published: September 29, 2020 by Berkley
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.
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