Saturday, 16 May 2015

Blog Tour: Review + #Giveaway: The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharma

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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.

This book was stunningly beautiful in every way.

I instantly connected with the characters and all the drama going on in their lives because I've lived through it. No, I'm not Indian, but I was the James half of a relationship and this story brought back so many memories - some horrifying and embarrassing, others that had me smiling. I enjoyed every second spent with the characters and even after I had finished reading it I had a great time discussing everything this book stood for with my friends.

I've always thought that Indian's have such a wonderful, rich culture, so this book was interesting because it showed the flip side, to how their beliefs can sometimes be stifling and aren't for everyone.

Sharma's voice came through so powerfully in this book as she brought her characters to life, challenged them in every way possible, but also gave them freedom to be who they wanted to be. This book was not only a drama-filled romance, it was a chance to experience the vibrancy of the Indian culture in the most honest way I have ever read before.


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. The Rearranged Life, will be hitting shelves on May 15th, 2015, published by Curiosity Quills Press.
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