His Only Wife is a Cinderella story with a feminist twist, one that’s been repeatedly likened to juggernaut series Crazy Rich Asians.
The film rights have already been acquired, and it was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick.
The tone is set by the opening line: “Elikem married me in absentia; he did not come to our wedding.” How could you help but to read on? The wonderful folks at Oneworld (Bloomsbury) were kind enough to send me a copy for review.
The main character, Afi, is a seamstress in a small town in Ghana, offered a ticket out of her family’s poverty in the form of a marriage proposal from a wealthy stranger.
She is swiftly relocated to one of his swish apartments in the bustling city of Accra, where she can make her dreams of fashion design school come true… but the fairytale isn’t what it seems.
I loved the premise, and the glorious setting that Medie brought to life. I wish the characters had been drawn with a similar level detail; as it is, I didn’t feel I really got to know any of them, and the dialogue was a bit too clunky to reel me in.
Still, it’s a fun take, one I look forward to seeing on the screen.
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