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The Sweetest Remedy by Jane Igharo
Genre: Romance | 320 Pages | Published: 9.28.21 by Berkley Romance
Book Jacket Synopsis:
When a woman travels to Nigeria to attend the funeral of the father she never knew, she meets her extravagant family for the first time, a new and inspiring love interest, and discovers parts of herself she didn’t know were missing, from Jane Igharo, the acclaimed author of Ties That Tether.
Hannah Bailey has never known her father, the Nigerian entrepreneur who had a brief relationship with her white mother. Because of this, Hannah has always felt uncertain about part of her identity. When her father dies, she’s invited to Nigeria for the funeral. Though she wants to hate the man who abandoned her, she’s curious about who he was and where he was from. Searching for answers, Hannah boards a plane to Lagos, Nigeria.
In Banana Island, one of Nigeria’s most affluent areas, Hannah meets the Jolades, her late father’s prestigious family–some who accept her and some who think she doesn’t belong. The days leading up to the funeral are chaotic, but Hannah is soon shaped by secrets that unfold, a culture she never thought she would understand or appreciate, and a man who steals her heart and helps her to see herself in a new light.
Book Format & Source: Digital ARC via NetGalley. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Any ARC editing errors noticed are assumed corrected prior to the final published copy release.
Review & Thoughts:
Overall I really enjoyed this book from the plot to the writing style. I enjoyed the relationships and the twists and turns of the story. Tiwa was one of my favorite characters; such a juxtaposition between her thoughts and actions. She’s fiercely loyal to her family but also the first one to start a fight.
Romance tropes: had a fun meet cute and a secret relationship
There were tons of important topics in this story such as racism, ethnicity, culture, growing up in a single parent home, not having a strong connection to a parent’s culture, poverty, charity, wealth, and giving back. The impact of first impressions, getting to know people, regret, anger, disappointment, dealing with the loss of a parent. This also had tons of family drama to boot!
Recommend for: lovers of romance that touches on family dynamics and racism
My Review Rating: ♥♥♥♥.5
Romance Steam Factor: PG13 (sex scene but not overly graphic)
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