cover image Where We End and Begin

Where We End and Begin

Jane Igharo. Berkley, $17 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-593-44023-0

High school sweethearts reunite at a friend’s wedding in Nigeria in this emotional second-chance romance from Igharo (The Sweetest Remedy). Wealthy Dunni Damijo and poor Obinna Arinze broke up when Dunni left Nigeria for college in America, but they took an oath that they’d find their way back to each other. A lot has changed in the past 12 years, however. Dunni lives in Seattle where she’s engaged to a man chosen by her mother, while Obinna has worked hard to become a successful land developer in Lagos. Still, when they see each other again, there’s no denying that feelings remain. Obinna was raised by a struggling single mother after his father abandoned them and never believed he was good enough for the daughter of a wealthy businessman. Now he realizes that his finances never mattered to Dunni—and that he never should have let her go. Meanwhile, Dunni, who’s struggling to take back control of her life from her parents, worries that Obinna’s insistence that they should be together stems from a feeling of obligation to their teenage vow rather than true love. Through flashbacks, Igharo cleverly shows the couple at their highest and lowest points, making it easy to root for their undeniable connection. This is a heartwarming treat. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Sept.)