The Indian Reading Duo Book Review 📖 🇮🇳
Book – His Only Wife
Author – Peace Adzo Medie
Genre – Fiction/ Women’s literature
Published – September 2020 by Algonquin books & Workma naudio
Special thanks for suggesting and providing this book Reese book club, Netgalley and Peace Medie
“IT TAKES STRENGTH TO WALK AWAY FROM SOMEONE YOU LOVE!”
👰🏽 First of all congratulations to author for debut novel. Your first novel has many elements which I liked such as description of Accra and Ghanaian culture, food, clothes and traditions. Being a woman I could understand the protagonist’s mindset you crafted. Her standing tall against odd is my takeaway from it for sure.
👰🏽So, our lovely protagonist Afi comes from very poor background facing hardships with her mother after her father’s death in village Ho in Ghana. Her fortune is about to change as she is set to marry the wealthiest man Elikem Ganyo. But here comes the twist that he already is in relationship and family is hopeful for optimistic change in his life. Afi too is like ticket to her family being powerless & penniless. She has to eventually decide a way for her own happiness. I witnessed lot of patriarchy displayed in it.
👰🏽I personally liked few element of book showing her education to become fashion designer. From the village when she shifts to capital city Accra. Also that Eli meets her after months!
👰🏽There is at times exaggeration,but there is honesty in storyline. Book is small read and we keep a tab on characters rooting for them like I initially empathised Eli, hated Afi’s uncle or adored Evelyn. The audiobook was satisfactory doing justice to the storyline.