Firstly, a massive thank you to Sarah Hardy and Jeevani Charika for having me on this blog tour.
I absolutely adored this book. Admittedly, it wasn't a shock considering I've loved both of the other books I've read by Jeevani.
In this, we follow Chaya and Gimhana two Sri Lankan's living in London with very traditional parents. They've both become pretty successful in their respective fields. Both have hidden huge secrets. Chaya is still in love with her University boyfriend and first love Noah who her parents would most definitely not approve of. Then Gimhana is firmly in the closet. I hadn't realised that there was still such a stigma around being gay in Sri Lanka. Granted for the most part this book is set between the nineties and 2015ish.
As a result, neither of them want to get married but their parents are determined to find them a suitable match each.
With all Jeevani's books, I'm struck by the delicacy with which she negotiates difficult topics and the diversity of the topics she covers. Chaya suffers from anxiety and constantly throughout the book a message of getting treatment and medication as they can help and they aren't bad things is enforced. Gim is stuck in the closet despite being comfortable with himself due to both his traditional parents and 'old school' law firm. The views are never condoned but the position Gim is in explains his need to remain closeted. There's talk of sibling rivalry, grief, alcohol abuse and I think even dementia.
I had a feeling I knew how their two stories were going to intersect when I started reading and honestly I adored it. There's an ease about the two of them together and the phrase platonic soulmates comes to mind. They balance each other so well, offer help when necessary but they aren't perfect. Which makes them real. I felt like I knew both of them by the end of this book, as though I'd been for a coffee with them. That's when you know it's a good book.
And the ending. Oh, the ending. You know the happy squee you do when something just ends so perfectly.
Name: A Convenient Marriage*
Author: Jeevani Charika
Publisher: Hera Books
Have you read A Convenient Marriage*?
What did you think?
Thank you for reading,