Synopsis (from Marilyn Heward Mills’ website)
Marriage to a handsome Ghanaian architect has brought Eva far from the quiet English countryside. He had made it sound heavenly: an easy, warm life, jovial people, exotic food, vibrant colours, a fascinating culture. The reality is quite different. The heat and humidity saps her energy; the general hardship drains her of vitality; the foreign culture still bewilders her. But Eva has her friends – Dahlia, Yelena and Margrit – all of them strangers in a foreign land, who through the years have relied on each other to fill the gaps left by distant relatives.
A sudden coup unnerves everyone, but for Dahlia things become more dangerous still. And as Eva’s relationship with Alfred also unravels, the Association of Foreign Spouses discover that there are dark sides to their lives and that they must scheme and deceive to protect themselves and their families.
Set in Ghana in the turbulent eighties, The Association of Foreign Spouses is a story of love and friendship, betrayal and forgiveness. It is the story of a group of women who live in a land that at times defeats them, among people who often disappoint and baffle them. Through their trials and hardships, the women support each other, unified by their foreignness, their distance from home and the choices they have made, as ultimately they are wooed by this strange place that they come to call home.
Marriage is a struggle and a compromise. Even more so when it transcends borders, nationalities and language. Heward Mills spins a powerful story of foreign wives in Ghana that entertains as well as explains a lot against a rich background of characters and social events.
The four women all have their own stories, but are joined by a common bond – the love they felt for the men that brought them here. In many respects, it is a domestic tale, but made more complex by the frames of reference of the participants in the story, their age, their expectations in marriage and its role in life. The fact that they are immigrants, and what it means to be home. The fact that you have to live as best as you can with the choices you make.
This novel is set in 1980s Ghana, and you get a sense of the intrusion and impact that the changing times have on domestic tranquility.
You can purchase this novel over at Amazon.co.uk: The Association of Foreign Spouses