Publication date: 31 March 2022
Rating: 5/5 stars
Category: Romance, Adult
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Trigger: Bullying mentioned
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When I saw the title of this book I had to request it immediately and thankfully it was accepted. It didn’t disappoint me either.
Meet Yinka: a thirty-something, Oxford-educated, British Nigerian woman with a well-paid job, good friends, and a mother whose constant refrain is “Yinka, where is your huzband?”
Yinka’s Nigerian aunties frequently pray for her delivery from singledom, her work friends think she’s too traditional (she’s saving herself for marriage!), her girlfriends think she needs to get over her ex already, and the men in her life…well, that’s a whole other story. But Yinka herself has always believed that true love will find her when the time is right.
Still, when her cousin gets engaged, Yinka commences Operation Find-A-Date for Rachel’s Wedding. Aided by a spreadsheet and her best friend, Yinka is determined to succeed. Will Yinka find herself a huzband? And what if the thing she really needs to find is herself?
Yinka is a 31 year old single British-Nigerian professional. Her younger sister and cousins are married with children. One of her cousins of the same age is newly engaged which leaves Yinka as the remaining single her age in the family. At the engagement party, Yinka meets her ex-boyfriend again and he is newly engaged. She lies that she has a boyfriend named Alex. Alex is a guy that her aunt wants to introduce to Yinka from church but she has been refusing. Her lie prompts her to take her aunt’s offer and she doesn’t want to go to her cousin’s wedding without a date which is another motivation to meet Alex.
I cringe a little inside when a woman starts changing how she is because of a man. Yinka starts doing that by buying new stylish clothes – which is nice, fixing a weave when she has always worn her hair in a natural style and wearing more make-up. I could see the change coming though, when she meets a young lady named Vanessa, whom Yinka used to babysit. I couldn’t blame her either, for the decision to change is sometimes made when we admire someone but feel inferior to them. She is made redundant at work which just makes her more anxious because she now has to get a new job and a boyfriend before her cousin Rachel’s wedding.
There is a particular scene that really bothered me, which is when Ola laughs at Yinka at Rachel’s bachelorette because Alex doesn’t like Yinka. It provoked Yinka to talk about something someone told her about Ola which she promised not to do. I do not support the fact that she broke her promise to Rachel but Rachel acted as though it was strictly Yinka’s fault that there was an argument. It seemed to me that no one was calling Ola out on her bullshit, of course we are reading everything from, Yinka’s perspective so it is easier to sympathise with her than Ola. I understand that Ola feels a certain way about Yinka because of her husband but come on – talk about blaming the innocent party.
I gave 5 out of 5 stars. I loved the writing style, the layout of the story, how we can see the things that Yinka searches for on the internet – which makes the reader more connected to her thought. I loved the issues that were dealt with in the story and the plot. It doesn’t end the way usual romance novels are wrapped up, even though you have an idea what will happen if the story continued beyond its end. Well done Lizzie.
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