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The Sweetest Remedy by Jane Igharo
Contemporary fiction

The Sweetest Remedy

Repeat author
Jane Igharo is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include Ties That Tether.

by Jane Igharo

Quick take

An unexpected loss leads a young woman on a soul-searching journey to reconnect with Nigerian family and find herself.

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    Family drama

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Why I love it

Denise Williams
Author, How to Fail at Flirting

When I first read The Sweetest Remedy, I told Jane Igharo that the book would have readers calling their families, updating their wardrobes, and looking for their passports. Igharo’s sophomore novel is a transportive story that takes readers around the world and into the arms of a big, complicated, and lovable family.

When Hannah’s estranged father dies, she finds herself on her way to Nigeria to mourn the man she never knew alongside the relatives she’s never met—and who have mixed feelings about her presence. In the chaos leading up to the funeral, Hannah gets to know the Jolade family, experiencing resentment, friendship, and belonging along with a romantic relationship with a close family friend. As Hannah begins to learn the full story of her father, she learns it’s one of old mistakes, new misunderstandings, and years of lost moments to make up for. Igharo’s twists and surprises will keep you turning pages.

I loved reading about how Hannah navigated complicated relationships and how all the characters experienced grief, love, and surprises that shook their foundations. Igharo’s characters are vibrant, and she’s crafted them in such a way that they feel both like glamorous celebrities and also like my own siblings and cousins. In that way, this read is comforting. Even in the middle of the tension and conflict, the sense of family is always there, because ultimately that’s what The Sweetest Remedy is about: the family we know, the family we find, and the family we are yet to meet.

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Hannah Bailey has never known her father, the Nigerian entrepreneur who had a brief relationship with her white mother. Because of this, Hannah has always felt uncertain about part of her identity. When her father dies, she's invited to Nigeria for the funeral. Though she wants to hate the man who abandoned her, she's curious about who he was and where he was from. Searching for answers, Hannah boards a plane to Lagos, Nigeria.

In Banana Island, one of Nigeria's most affluent areas, Hannah meets the Jolades, her late father's prestigious family—some who accept her and some who think she doesn't belong. The days leading up to the funeral are chaotic, but Hannah is soon shaped by secrets that unfold, a culture she never thought she would understand or appreciate, and a man who steals her heart and helps her to see herself in a new light.

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Get an early look from the first pages of The Sweetest Remedy.

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  • Woodland , WA

    SO MUCH LOVE. Hannah’s journey to reclaim herself by meeting her fathers children is a beautiful one. I love Igharo’s writing and cannot wait for her next novel. This is so much more than a romance.

  • Hollywood, MD

    Omg I absolutely loved this book! What an amazing author! I felt every emotion Hannah (Main cha) felt. I even had happy tears run down my face for her while reading. I have to read her other book now

  • Denver, CO

    Beautifully written story. Wonderful characters and definitely highlighted the inner struggles of each character and their love and feelings of conflict about their father. A wonderful love story too.

  • Lombard, IL

    A story about forgiveness and acceptance. Each character has their own unique personality. Vibrant portrayal of Nigeria, the beauty and resilience of the country and people. Hats off to the author.

  • Charlotte, NC

    5/5 - this book was better than her previous one ! Hannah’s character development was empowering and the familial + cultural ties were poignant. The story struck a chord with me and I loved it !


    Hannah connecting to her roots and the family connecting with her is something that hut close to home. I feel the romantic plot could have been taken out and it still would have been phenomenal.

  • Stafford, VA

    I love that this book has so many layers to it. The mystery of the past, the live story in the present, the main character learning about herself and growing through the storyline. Loved it!

  • Garland, TX

    Oh my word. So relevant. So real. And so steamy! I love the raw emotions and culture and glam and romantic feel of this one! Crazy Rich Asians vibes if it were in Africa and at a funeral.

  • New York , NY

    I really enjoyed this! It was so sweet and heartfelt and I loved all of the characters so much. They each fit so well into the narrative and this was a great coming of age romance story!

  • Sterling, CO

    I love the multiple points of view to give a well rounded view of the story. I always love seeing both sides of a relationship! And I love the Nigerian setting for something new for me.

  • Vancouver, WA

    I loved this. I loved the characters. It was refreshing having the female lead be strong and independent opposed to oblivious and slightly annoying. Now, how do we get this as a movie?


    A story about learning to love yourself, with some romance and family drama mixed in. The descriptions of Nigeria made me want to visit. This was more fun to read than her first book.

  • Mt. Prospect, IL

    ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS ONE. I wasn't expecting this to revolve more around self love and family than the romance between the two main characters, and I'm so glad that was the case.

  • Vineland, NJ

    A beautiful story about a woman connecting with a family she thought she would never have a connection to. Hannah learns so much about herself and a father she never knew.

  • Kaneohe, HI

    Loved it! Family drama, check. Romance, check. Family values, check. Home feels, check. Self love, check. This did it for me. Lots going on but all tied in neatly.

  • Minnetonka, MN

    Very cute & light-hearted. At times a little unrealistic but if you want a pick-me-up book with a happy ending this is definitely it. Really enjoyed it.

  • La Verne, CA

    Loved the romance between Hannah an Laurence. The family dynamics and different personalities and viewpoint. Great insight into Nigerian culture.

  • Bayport, NY

    Absolutely love this author. Beautiful display of love, grief, and trying to find your way in a place/culture you don’t feel you belong in.

  • Canton, NY

    A great story that highlights the power of love and family. Loved the insights into Nigerian culture that the author spun into this story.

  • Little Rock, AR

    I’m not a romance reader, but I really loved the family story in this one. Plus, I enjoyed learning some about Nigeria and the culture.

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