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Orion Fiction Contemporary Women’s Fiction PBO August £7.99 304pp 978 1 4091 7130 0 eBook: £7.99 / 978 1 4091 7131 7 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 4091 7133 1 / 10 hrs

Sonya is a fresh, new voice in commercial fiction and Raina is a real ‘everywoman’ heroine that women in their twenties, thirties and forties will relate to.

Orion Fiction • August 2017

SONYA LALLI The Arrangement a funny, warm debut novel bringing westernised indian culture to the fore – perfect for fans of ayisha Malik’s Sofia Khan is Not Obliged and Nadiya Hussain’s The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters.

Twenty-nine year-old Raina is still unmarried and battling her family’s expectation for her future – they think that by now she should have been married in a dream Indian wedding. The pressure reaches new heights when her grandmother, Nani, decides to play matchmaker in order to find her the perfect arranged marriage.

Eager not to disappoint her family, Raina goes along with the plan, but when the love of her life returns – ex-boyfriend Dev – she’s forced to confront her true feelings. As she tries to free herself from the cultural pressures she faces, Raina realises that sometimes you have to disappoint those closest to you in order to forge your own path.

sonya lalli grew up in Canada and now works as a legal journalist in London. She was inspired to write her debut novel by the strong Indian women in her life, including her real-life Nani – who thankfully is yet to play matchmaker.

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