THE REARRANGED LIFE, by Annika Sharma
Genre: Interracial, contemporary-romance
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: May 15, 2015
Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky
Nithya, a vivacious, intelligent and driven college senior has always known what she has wanted: a successful career in medicine and the love of her family. She’s even come to terms with the idea of an arranged marriage, a tradition her conservative Indian family has held up for thousands of years.
When a night of partying puts her on a collision course with danger, Nithya’s entire life changes.
Enter James St. Clair, the smart, challenging and heartbreakingly handsome American. As Nithya and James fall in love, she questions the future she and her parents have always planned.
Now, Nithya has a choice to make: become a doctor and a good Indian bride, or step away from her family and centuries of culture to forge her own path. The decision she comes to takes her on a journey that transforms how she sees her future, her relationships with loved ones, and how she learns to put herself back together when even her best-laid plans fall apart.
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
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Nithya and her family are 100% Indian. That means they still very much believe that arranged or promised marriages is the way to go. This makes things easier for all parties, so that issues don’t arise later. James is an all-American college boy. He lives on the opposite side of the Indian lifestyle. He isn’t vegetarian and doesn’t speak Nithya’s native language. How will Nithya’s handle it if love prevails over family? What does Nithya really want? Does she want to be a doctor? Does she want to marry an Indian?
This story amazed me. I wasn’t really sure what to expect and I loved it. In life we see all too often that just because someone is different that they aren’t good enough for you. Different can define a lot of different things, whether it be race, gender, religion, money, or many more things and the author chose a couple different ideas to expand on throughout the story. This made it possible for the reader to look at it from a different aspect. The principal behind this story is that love endures all and conquers all. It’s such a perfectly written story. It angered me when Nithya’s family was so against the idea of her loving an American. It made me also think that this belief isn’t something that happens overnight. It is bred into us as the author explains. This is carried on from generation to generation. I think the author did such a great job writing about such a sensitive topic. Although frustrating at times, the author did a great job writing the story in which neither side was heavily biased as being wrong or right. I did read this book in one sitting, it was that good and attention grabbing! Pick up your copy, I think you will enjoy it!
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About The Author:
Annika Sharma was born in India and moved to the United States (Pennsylvania!) when she was a baby. Annika was a daydreamer from day one, always coming up with stories and games of pretend that seemed real. She was a serious journal-writer from fifth grade to college and wrote dramatic scenes for stories often, inspired by soap operas she watched in summers off from school.
Eventually, when the time for college came around, Annika’s parents encouraged her to pursue journalism. Convinced she couldn’t make a living from writing, Annika disagreed. After five years, two degrees, two minors, working with children, being a dancer teacher, and creating a two-and-a-half page resume in college that had interests so all-over-the-place that even she couldn’t make sense of it, Annika finally decided her parents were right. Writing was where her heart was, all along.
In the month before graduate school, the idea Annika had in mind for years finally poured out in the form of the novel, The Rearranged Life. Annika began editing in earnest after she finished her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education, landing Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group as an agent. Three months later, she had a book deal with Curiosity Quills.
In her spare time, Annika loves spending time with her family and friends, often indulging in the three S’s: Starbucks, shopping and superhero movies. As a chocolate lover and general all-around vegetarian foodie, Annika also adores cooking.
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