With the launch of Jeevani Charika’s latest romance: A Convenient Marriage, I got to thinking, how would I cope with an arranged marriage? What if it went wrong? What if it all seemed hunky-dory and then I changed – or he changed?
But then, maybe that’s the risk of marrying anyway – whether arranged or voluntary. I confess I came pretty close to getting married myself once, and backed away. Yep, engaged for five years, I was. He was a nice guy; fit, smart and funny… I just woke up to the realization I was making a big mistake – for me. So after deep soul-searching, I backed out and we went our separate ways; he to lick his wounds and build his new future, while I optimistically launched into my brave new world. (To my dismay, what followed was an extremely fallow period of four years in my love life. Four! I never saw that coming!)
So, if I could time-travel back to that period of indecision over my pending nuptials, what would be my advice to myself? I think it would be: If you have to really work at a relationship, make concessions and suppress the true you – it probably isn’t the right relationship. One day you’ll realize something better is on its way.
So, enough wise words from me! Read more here about Jeevani’s fab new e-book, which is out today!
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 hearts?
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