Review by Christopher Ejugbo

A Heart To Mend is a recently published debut romance by a Nigerian writer Myne Whitman based in the United States. I got to know about it through Twitter and decided to give it a try. It is not that I am so much into romance as I really shy away from it. However, friends do “accuse” me of being secretly romantic whenever I am asked to name my favorite films or songs.

The book is mostly set in modern day Lagos, Nigeria. I have to admit that I found the setting unfamiliar as I have a fondness for books set in the 70s and 80s as they tell my childhood stories, and also books set in the 90s as they elaborate on the huge changes that started at that time. After the usual family relationships and squabbles, as well as the story of a young person (in this case a girl) who leaves her little town to Lagos (or any other big city) for greener pastures, which is a very common narrative in Nigerian novels, the author went ahead to narrate something very alien to many African novels I have read.

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