Full Pour Review: Ties That Tether

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo is a beautiful, emotional and thought-provoking rom-com that touches on topics such as immigration, Nigerian culture, love, family, balancing multiple cultural identities, and the importance of putting your needs first by living a life that feels true to you.

At 12 years old, Azere’s father passes away and her last words to him include a promise that she will marry a Nigerian man and help preserve her family’s culture- even after they’ve moved to Toronto. To help hold Azere accountable to this promise, her mother is insistent on constantly setting her daughter up with eligible Nigerian men- men that Azere wants nothing to do with. After another one of these dates going horribly wrong, Azere finds herself in a hotel bar enjoying the company of an incredibly attractive white man named Rafael Castellano. Rafael is in town from NY for a job interview and just as quickly as they hit it off, their encounter turns in to a one night stand. A few weeks go by and as fate would have it, Rafael ends up getting hired at Xander, the company that Azere works at. What started out as a one night stand begins to develop into something much more serious and complicated, and Azere is torn between the need to please her mother’s wishes by marrying a Nigerian man and her growing feelings for Rafael. When her fears begin to get the best of her, she worries that being Rafael will somehow make her less of a Nigerian and compromise her identity. Is it possible for Azere to betray the promise she made to her father long ago and give in to the happiness that Rafael provides her? Or will she continue to remain complacent in living the unsatisfying life her mom has planned for her?

This book was a really quick read (I finished it in one day) and I loved the depth of various thought provoking topics that are touched on throughout this book. I was very intrigued by things I learned about Nigerian culture in this story and really loved the fact that Jane Igharo unintentionally implemented personal aspects of her life into this book. In the acknowledgments, she mentions that she unconsciously wrote her family into this book and her statement made my heart swell:

Christina is my hilarious sister, Precious. Jacob is my kind brother, Divine. Chapter forty-three- the shortest chapter and dearest to my heart- is dedicated to my father, Fred. He died before I knew him, yet he found a place in this book somehow.

Jane Igharo, Ties That Tether

I also empathized with Azere’s character so much and was heartbroken over the emotional back and forth she was going through in regards to respecting her Nigerian culture and her growing feelings for Rafael- her struggle felt incredibly authentic and gave me all the feels.

There are a few things that I would have loved to see more of that could have made this story even stronger. First, I wish that there were more details about the relationship development between Azere and Rafael. I felt like I wasn’t completely convinced that Azere and Rafael were perfect for one another simply because I didn’t have enough of a view into their relationship and felt that there wasn’t enough strong chemistry between them felt like it was hard to truly fall in love with them as a couple. I also would have loved more of a backstory for Azere’s parents so that I could learn even more about their backgrounds and culture. I feel that if the book was written from multiple POV’s, I could’ve learned about and loved the characters so much more.

Overall, Ties That Tether was a really enjoyable debut novel and I look forward to reading more by Jane Igharo in the future! One of my favorite lines from the story that sums up this book well is “let go of the life you’ve planned and accept the life waiting for you….” Thank you so much to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for gifting me this eARC in exchange for an honest review!


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo is best paired with Fancy Papers by Cigar City Brewing. Fancy Papers is an enjoyable fruit-forward Hazy IPA brewed with Strata, Sabro and Idaho 7 hops 🍻

Full Pour Review: Beach Read

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Beach Read by Emily Henry was an adorable, witty and entertaining rom-com that truly is the perfect beach read. I was engrossed in the story from the very beginning and couldn’t put it down because I kept needing to know what was happening next.

Augustus Everett and January Andrews are both bestselling authors- Augustus in literary fiction and January in romance. Not only are these two complete opposites of one another in their writing styles and genres, but also in the way that they view the world. Augustus is more of a realist (sometimes pessimist) while January has always been an optimistic hopeless romantic. January and Augustus met in college and were not exactly friends (January even considers him her writing arch nemesis!). Needless to say, they have not seen or spoke to one another in years.

Due to some personal events happening in January’s life, she finds herself living in her deceased fathers beachfront house on Lake Michigan and it turns out that her next door neighbor is none other then Augustus Everett. For the next three months, the only thing that these two have in common is that they live on the same street, are broke and suffering from severe writers block.

One evening, Augustus and January decide to make a deal with one another as an attempt to get them out of their creative ruts- Augustus will attempt to write a feel-good love story while January attempts to write something serious and dark. Every week, January will take Augustus on field trips that are meant to inspire swoon-worthy meet cutes while Augustus takes January on interviews with people who’ve survived a backwoods death cult.

There’s no way that these two will both manage to write their next successful book without somehow falling in love, right? 😉🙄

I absolutely adored the relationship and witty banter between Augustus and January, as well as their character development throughout the story. Their stories were raw and real and their individual growth through out the story was admirable- I felt like I was navigating through their struggles alongside them. Their personalities were endearing and rich- Emily Henry truly did a fantastic job at planning out these characters.

Beach Read is a feel good, comical story about forgiveness, second chances, betrayal, failure, creative struggle and learning how to love again. If you’re looking for a quick, entertaining read with an exciting plot that will tug at your heart strings and a satisfying ending, this book is for you!


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Beach Read by Emily Henry is best paired with Apple by Bold Rock Cider. This crisp, sweet and refreshing cider is highly enjoyable and perfect for the beach 🍻

Full Pour Review: Darling Rose Gold

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

So. Many. Feels. You guys!! I was so impressed with “Darling Rose Gold” by Stephanie Wrobel. This book was a serious page turner from the beginning and worth the exhaustion from very little sleep the past two days 😅 It had a pleasantly surprising twist to it that I was not anticipating, giving me some serious “Gone Girl” vibes that I absolutely loved!

Throughout the first 18 years of her life, Rose Gold was convinced that she was terminally ill. Among many other things, she was dehydrated, allergic to everything, couldn’t keep any food down, suffered from various gastrointestinal issues, had trouble breathing, and used a wheelchair. Despite spending most of her life in and out of hospitals and doctors offices, nobody could figure out what was wrong with her. That is until we figure out that Rose Gold’s mom, Patty, is just an incredible liar who suffers from Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy and has been poisoning Rose Gold this entire time. Patty is ultimately arrested for child abuse and after Rose Gold testifies against her in court, she is sentenced to 5 years in prison. When Patty is finally released from prison, the community is stunned to discover that after everything she’s been through, Rose Gold has allowed her mom to move in with her. However, what her mom and the community don’t realize is that Rose Gold is no longer the same weak and naive child that she used to be. She knows better than to trust her moms alleged forgiveness and sees right through her act of wanting to amend their relationship and move on from the past. She has been planning for this day a long time…

“When Ursula was about to destroy Ariel, Prince Eric didn’t make a peace offering. He didn’t divvy up sides of the ocean, settle for living amicably with a sea witch. He drove a ship’s mast straight into her gut and killed her. I’m my own Prince Eric. I saved myself.”

– Rose Gold, Darling Rose Gold

Stephanie Wrobel is a fantastic storyteller. She captivates your attention from the very beginning but still manages to take her time building up the story, alternating between past and present and the perspectives of both Rose Gold and Patty, before the story takes an abrupt change of course. The character development in this story was excellent as well. I loved being able to see how much Rose Gold’s character grew into herself through out the book as well as the opportunity to witness the relationship dynamics between Rose Gold and various characters. I was also very intrigued by the startling glimpse into the mind of someone like Patty, who thrived off of the attention she received from her community and medical professionals by intentionally destroying her daughters health.

I can’t recommend this book enough. If you enjoy psychological thrillers and are a fan of Gone Girl, I think it’s safe to say that you will enjoy this book too.


BEER RECOMMENDATION: Darling Rose Gold is best paired with Christmas Bomb by Prairie Artisan Ales. Christmas Bomb is an imperial stout that is brewed with cinnamon, using their original Bomb! stout as it’s base. This delicious beer has notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, ginger and ancho chili peppers, giving it the perfect amount of heat. If you’ve already read Darling Rose Gold, you will understand why Christmas Bomb is the perfect pairing 😉🍻