Author: Peace Adzo Medie
Cover rating: 3/5
Themes: love, secrets, family, values, ambition, marriage
Afi is told that she will have to be Elikem Ganyo’s wife and she is married while Elikem is away on a trip. Afi is chosen by Aunty and her family because they do not like Mina although Elikem loves her deeply. After the traditional wedding, Afi leaves for Accra and she realises that Ho is completely different from Accra. She is granted a chance to stretch her wings and go to a fashion school. She enjoys being at school and she is willing to learn too. Her marriage is not what she imagined because her husband continues to spend time with Mina and Aunty reminds her that she should stay with Elikem. The family goes on to remind Afi that she is where she is because of the family and in the end her mother believes that she owes the Ganyos.
Unfortunately, Elikem is not able to choose between Mina and Afi and Afi makes a decision to leave Elikem. Although Aunty and her family are against the idea she does not change her mind.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK
Afi was able to choose her happiness and stand up to Aunty.
“When you dismiss my pain and suffering as unreasonable. When you refuse even for a minute to empathize with me. How would you feel if I cheated on you? If I told you I wanted to be with another man while married to you?”
“Since my mother told me that I would be marrying Eli, I had felt as though I was balancing our two families like a basin of water, which was full to the brim, on my head. It wasn’t easy being the key to other people’s happiness, their victory, and their vindication.”
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Evelyn
DO I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? : Yes
WILL I BE READING A BOOK WRITTEN BY THIS AUTHOR? : A big Yes