About the author:
Born a Delhi girl and raised in central Pennsylvania, Annika Sharma followed her Penn State-loving heart to college at University Park. There, she graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees in Biobehavioral Health and Neuro-Psychology. A career teaching young children soon followed. After two years of working in early education, she paused for a summer before embarking on her graduate school career, and wrote her first novel, The Rearranged Life, during her time off. Shortly after earning her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education, she was signed to Donaghy Literary Agency.
After earning an additional Master’s degree in Public Health from George Washington University, Annika moved to New York City, where she now works as a communications project manager for an Ivy League university. She is also the founding co-host of a podcast called The Woke Desi, which aims to shed light on taboo topics only whispered about in South Asian communities. A Gryffindor and Scorpio, she is a lover of endless conversations, college football, traveling, books, all things related to England, dancing, superhero movies and coffee.
Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma
She’s determined to be the perfect daughter, until she meets the perfect guy…
Kiran Mathur knows firsthand how dangerous love can be. After all, her sister’s marriage in India nearly destroyed Kiran’s family. So she’s decided to redeem romance herself—by not falling for anyone who might disappoint her parents. That is, until she meets her new neighbor Nash Hawthorne.
Nash is a dedicated psychologist and committed to being alone. His family life has taught him the inevitability of abandonment, and he isn’t ready to question his beliefs. But in spending time with Kiran, he starts to experience emotion he’s never felt before.
For both, love feels like a risk. But when the future only starts to make sense with each other, it might be time to follow their hearts...
"LOVE, CHAI, AND OTHER FOUR LETTER WORDS is a delight... As warm and comforting as perfect masala chai."
"A sweet story of finding love where you least expected to. A romp through New York City with fresh immigrant eyes. Kiran and Nash's journey to learning to see themselves and others across boundaries and preconceived notions will warm your heart."
Sonali Dev, author of Recipes for Persuasion