At long last, Kehinde moved to England to live the life of her dreams with her husband Albert. Some years later, they had two children, as she secured herself an enviable bank position in London, whereas her husband worked as a mere salesman.
Almost twenty years later of life as Londoners, she became pregnant again when her husband finally gave heed to his sisters' insistent advice to return to Nigeria, and establish himself as a big man, since the country's economy was thriving.
Considering the fact that Kehinde was the breadwinner of the family, her husband talked her into getting an abortion, as he was absolutely not looking forward to the expenses and drawbacks of a newly born baby. Moreover, his wife was about to get promoted, which made her income essential in the moving back preparation.
Albert moved first to Nigeria and then followed the children. He asked his wife to stay back and sell the house before returning. Two years later, Kehinde couldn't sell the house. She missed her family and decided to reunite with them. Upon her return, to her greatest surprise, her loving husband has taken in a second wife. Beautiful, young, educated, pregnant and carrying a toddler. Kehinde felt like an idiot, cheated and defeated. Was it not the same Albert who asked her to get rid of the child they were expecting, now came back to Nigeria and impregnated a woman twice?
Once again, Buchi wrote about the many problems affecting us African women and Africans in the diaspora as a whole. How much should we take in the name of culture and tradition? And how much are we willing to sacrifice for the sake of marriage and family? Life was tough for Kehinde; however, I am glad about the last decisions she took concerning her destiny and I strongly believe it was thanks to the guidance of the spirit of her dead twin sister. Though, I felt that she was somehow naive for not realising how selfish her husband was from the beginning; who was only waiting for the opportunity to blow the lid off.
As most of my readers already know, I have a strong admiration for Buchi Emecheta. I love her novels and her way of approach to stories. It goes without saying that this was a book I took so much pleasure in reading. Short and absolutely not brief in content. I highly recommend, however, keep in mind that quite few paragraphs were written in pidgin English. Even so, it is no deterrent to enjoy the story.