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.
I adore this book. The love. The family. The culture. The struggle. When your entire life is built on a foundation of family and culture, how can you look the other way? When true love is the other option, would you be willing to take the leap? Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned… then what?
The Rearranged Life immerses you in its pages. I was fascinated by the details and customs. Annika makes India come to life through brilliant characters, traditions, and imagery.
I appreciate the struggle Nithya had between forging her own path and staying true to her parents’ wishes. It’s quite easy to put your own disappointment aside when the fear of losing loved ones comes into play.
Nithya is so selfless and intelligent. Her journey through college and love is moving. James opens her eyes to new feelings and possibly new dreams. He tries to help her to navigate through a confusing time, but it’s all up to Nithya. Her battle to stand on her own while maintaining her connection to her family and culture is an emotional pleasure to read.
The Rearranged Life is endearing, full of laughter, love, and life lessons. Annika left me wanting more and I would quickly gobble up any future books. I truly recommend this story. The innocent, forbidden love set in the vibrant colors of college experiences and Indian life was something I would read again and again.
About the Author
ANNIKA SHARMA was born in New Delhi and brought up in the United States, where she moved with her parents as a baby. A proud alum, she graduated from Penn State University with dual degrees in Biobehavioral Health and Neuro-Psychology, and minors in Biology and Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education before pursuing her dreams of becoming a writer, landing her agent Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group while daylighting as a preschool teacher. The Rearranged Life, her first novel, was written in the month before graduate school.
Annika, a Gryffindor and Scorpio, spends much of her time dreaming of adventure, working on her next book, going on Starbucks runs with family and friends, shopping online and watching superhero movies.