I’m all aflutter this week as I can finally tell you the exciting news that A Convenient Marriage has been shortlisted for the RNA Contemporary Romance Novel award! I’ve known for a few weeks, but January went on for soooo long.
I get to have my name mentioned alongside some of the most amazing writers whose books I’ve read and loved over the years. How exciting to see my book with it’s Sri Lankan diaspora characters and jokes about hair cuts next to these bestselling books too.
Even more exciting, I get to go down to London for the posh award ceremony. I’m really looking forward to that. Jenny Eclair is presenting the awards, I might even get to shake hands with her.
This is the first book I wrote (even though it’s my third book to be published under the Jeevani Charika pen name and the 12th book overall!). It will always have a special place in my heart.
It was the perfect marriage… until they fell in love.
Chaya is a young woman torn between her duty to family and her life in the UK. While her traditional Sri Lankan parents want her to settle down into marriage, what they don’t know is that Chaya has turned away the one true love of her life, Noah, terrified of their disapproval.
Gimhana is hiding his sexuality from his family. It’s easy enough to pretend he’s straight when he lives half a world away in the UK. But it’s getting harder and harder to turn down the potential brides his parents keep finding for him.
When Chaya and Gimhana meet, a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect solution to their problems. Together they have everything – friendship, stability and their parents’ approval. But when both Chaya and Gimhana find themselves falling in love outside of their marriage, they’re left with an impossible decision – risk everything they’ve built together, or finally follow their heart?
Every year, around Booker Prize time, The Guardian newspaper runs a fun alternative competition for books that are recommended by readers. This year, This Stolen Life is on the longlist. The shortlist is decided by public vote – so if you’ve read This Stolen Life, I’d really appreciate your vote. Voting closes on Monday the 5th of August.
Would you tell the truth, if it meant losing your one true love?
Soma is a shy young woman adrift in a strange new country. After moving from Sri Lanka to Yorkshire to become a nanny to baby Louis, Soma tries to settle into life in the U.K., even if every day presents her with a new challenge, from trying new food or getting to grips with the language.
But the one thing Soma never counted on was falling in love. When she meets Sahan, a Sri Lankan student at the local university, the two feel an instant attraction. Meeting in secret so that Sahan can teach Soma English, their friendship quickly blooms into something more. But their differing backgrounds – Soma is from poverty, while Sahan is the son of a wealthy family and cousin to Soma’s employer – means they have to hide their love from the world.
While they bare their souls to each other, Sahan has no idea that Soma is hiding a huge secret from him – but as her lies come crashing down, Soma is faced with an impossible choice. Should she tell the truth – even if means losing Sahan?
A moving, unique and utterly engrossing love story about how well we really know the person we fall in love with – fans of Amanda Prowse, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain will be captivated.
Thank you so much for coming to check out my site. This site only holds a little bit of information about my books written under the name Jeevani Charika. I also write under the name Rhoda Baxter and have another site www.rhodabaxter.com. That is an older, more established site. Keeping up with two sites is hard work, so I tend to spend most of my time on the other site. So head over there for: