Book Review: His Only Wife

A lot is riding on Afi. She has been chosen by the wealthy and connected Ganyo family to marry their golden son, Eli, and convince him to leave his girlfriend, who the Ganyos detest. After the wedding (which Eli doesn’t even attend), Afi is plucked from her small town in Ghana, moved to the capital city of Accra, and set up in a plush apartment. Nudged along by her mother and the Ganyos, Afi tries to be the perfect wife to Eli, but as she explores Accra she begins to realize she deserves a life of her own as well.

If you’re looking for a book where a woman finds her voice, this is it, especially since it’s a nice quick read. Mostly, I enjoyed the vibrant picture of Ghana as well as a story that acknowledges how complex feelings of love can be. At times, however, I felt the narrator spelled out those feelings a bit more than necessary.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

Pair with: Red Harmattan