Official Review: Through It All by Joanne Muoh

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Official Review: Through It All by Joanne Muoh

Post by Mercy Bolo » 15 Jan 2018, 07:54

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Through It All" by Joanne Muoh.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Through It All by Joanne Muoh is a romance novel set in high society Nigeria. It is a beautifully written piece of work that paints a vivid picture of what the lives of the well to do of society of that part of the world is like.

The main protagonist is Cassandra Peters, an American citizen, who travels to Nigeria for the heartbreaking occasion of burying her late father. She is now a grown, accomplished woman with a thriving medical practice in Florida. Although her parents marriage ended in a terrible divorce when she was younger and her mother got full custody, she was still close with her father and made an effort to talk to him on phone every single day. The very memory of him burdens her heart with grief but she makes a great effort to maintain the facade of strength to her extended family. Little does Cassandra know that it is on her stay in Nigeria during this period that she will meet and fall in love with the man of her dreams.

While reading this novel, I was immediately drawn to the characters and I was impressed by how light-hearted and romantic moments are weaved into the giant banner of grief. Family ties are bound even tighter by such moments and this wasn't left out in this story. As with most family gatherings, there is always that dramatic moment that makes for a good barbecue story and that wasn't left out either.

It was interesting to see Cassandra meet relatives that she hadn't seen in ages and others that she had never met prior to this fateful occasion. Her mother chose to stay in America and not attend her ex-husband's funeral. From the in-laws' reaction on seeing Cassandra by herself, it was clear that her mother was not liked in this circle. It was very prudent of the author to keep her away. I can't imagine what would have ensued if she had dared show her face.

The themes of family ties, friendship, love and grief are well tackled. The family ties are not always on the bright side and even those family members who refrained from helping their own kin when they faced hardship are put on the spotlight. The story is well paced and there is just enough back story to support the current events without leaving the reader feeling like there are gaps.

It was impressive to see how well the author did her research and rightfully used medical jargon in situations where it was necessary. This aspect broadened the feel of the book. However, the author also uses Yoruba and Spanish languages in a few instances during dialogue. Readers who are not familiar with these dialects might have a hard time comprehending the message because no index is provided at the end of the book.

Due to the the multiple typos and grammatical errors I encountered, I will subtract one star and give this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I was quite pleased that although it is a romance book, there were no explicit sex scenes but the passion that the two lovebirds felt for each other radiated through the pages. It is a book I would recommended to anyone who needs to bond better with their family and anyone on a journey of finding love.

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Post by CommMayo » 19 Jan 2018, 16:46

Sounds like a really interesting book. I haven't read many novels that take place in Africa, this sounds like a good place to start if I can get past the typos.

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Post by Louis Asamoah » 19 Jan 2018, 19:36

Wow this is such a great book! Us an interesting book

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Post by Kat Berg » 19 Jan 2018, 20:46

This book sounds interesting, although it is disappointing that it has grammatical issues.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 19 Jan 2018, 22:46

Sounds like a typical family background, always there are dramatic situations, drama unfolding when ever a family gathering takes place. I can understand the character. I believe this book will be a enjoyable one give that one can sit back and watch the whole story flash on one's mind. Thank you for the detailed review!
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 20 Jan 2018, 07:40

CommMayo wrote:
19 Jan 2018, 16:46
Sounds like a really interesting book. I haven't read many novels that take place in Africa, this sounds like a good place to start if I can get past the typos.
Once you get immersed in the story, the typos are quite easy to get past.
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 20 Jan 2018, 07:41

Louis Asamoah wrote:
19 Jan 2018, 19:36
Wow this is such a great book! Us an interesting book
Thank you. The book is quite amazing!
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 20 Jan 2018, 07:43

Kat Berg wrote:
19 Jan 2018, 20:46
This book sounds interesting, although it is disappointing that it has grammatical issues.
I feel you. It really bugs me when a good story is ruined by typos.
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 20 Jan 2018, 07:45

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
19 Jan 2018, 22:46
Sounds like a typical family background, always there are dramatic situations, drama unfolding when ever a family gathering takes place. I can understand the character. I believe this book will be a enjoyable one give that one can sit back and watch the whole story flash on one's mind. Thank you for the detailed review!
You're right. A memorable family reunion is never devoid of drama.
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Post by Achanta12345 » 20 Jan 2018, 14:26

Sounds like a really interesting book. I haven't read many novels that take place in Africa, this sounds like a good place to start I can understand the character. I believe this book will be a enjoyable one give that one can sit back and watch the whole story flash on one's mind. Thank you for the detailed review!

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Post by CNWaweru » 20 Jan 2018, 19:15

I cringe when I encounter a lot of typos and grammatical errors. Brilliant review though.

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Post by missfiel1997 » 21 Jan 2018, 12:00

Nah! wrong typos can be edited. But, then the story was kind of same old ways of stories that I've read maybe a many twist in life can do like many people experienced many trials beyond the expectations and laugh along the way.

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Post by Darakhshan Nazir » 23 Jan 2018, 00:46

I am always into romantic novels. Would love to read this one.
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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Jan 2018, 09:12

Okay... I'm highly impressed. A romance novel set in Nigeria with no explicit sex scenes? I'm definitely going to have to look into this one. I'll put it on my (growing too quickly) to be read list! Thanks so much for all the info!
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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 25 Jan 2018, 02:14

The author should have translated the Yoruba and Spanish languages used in this book. It sounds like a very captivating book and worth reading. Sounds more like she was going back to her roots. I would very much like to read it and see how things turned out for her. Nice review!

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