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Ties That Tether

Ties That Tether

Book - 2020
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"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 immigrating to Canada. Her mother has been vigilant about helping - well, forcing - her to stay 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 feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother. Soon, 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 to be the compliant daughter"--Publisher's description
Publisher: New York : Jove, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780593101940
0593101944
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 21 cm

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Manateestarz Feb 18, 2021

I really enjoyed this audiobook and the characters. The narrators were phenomenal. I wrote a comprehensive, detailed review with all the reasons I liked the book. I pressed save and nothing happened. My review was lost in the ether and I can't retrieve it. Anyway, the narrators Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Gary Tiedemann were expressive but Nkeki Obi-Melekwe voice was especially expressive, warm and melodious. I look forward to reading other audiobooks narrated by her.
I will say that I loved the setting, the Nigerian-Canadian community in Toronto Canada. The writer introduced aspects of Edo/Nigerian culture/pop culture like the Nollywood rom-com Isoken, ankara cloth and actress Patience Ozokwor without interrupting the flow of the narrative.
The characters were sympathetic,believable and the story entertainingly made its way to the inevitable HEA. I downloaded this as an audiobook for my mom, whose attention span is waning as she gets older. She really enjoyed this book. I will look for other novels focused on multicultural characters and relationships. Maybe she will like Grown-Up Pose by Sonya Lalli.

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