Book Reviews

Book Review: Canvas of Dreams by Jaya Murty

The Blurb

 Riya seems to have lost everything—the man she loves to another woman, her husband to death and her soul to fear. An unexpected meeting with her first love, Ryan, stirs up long repressed feelings but also allows her to move out of the long shadow of the past. Unburdened, she feels free to pursue her dream of opening an art gallery and the handsome and intriguing artist Rehaan. But memories of her marriage refuse to fade away and then suddenly, Ryan shows up in her life again. Now, Riya must find the courage to reconcile her past and present. For Riya, life is a canvas of dreams. Can she distinguish between reality and fantasy?

My Review

There are some stories that seem very predictable when you read the blurb. But when you finish reading the book, you are left an altogether different impression.

Canvas of Dreams is one such book. My only reason to pick this one up was to see how differently the author dealt with a plot that sounded so typical. Turns out, it only sounded typical!

CoD is an interesting story, definitely not as predictable as I thought it would be. Jaya has taken up a canvas in the form of blank pages and on it, she has painted characters so vivid and complex that they make it difficult for you to put the book down. As layer by layer of the story peels off, you are amazed at how well the author handles the story and her characters. I especially loved the twist that comes with Sia’s character-the author has not taken a predictable route with her character, which is refreshing. The emotional turmoil that Riya goes through has been presented well, and falls a little short of being dragged. Rehaan, at first seems like an intrusion, but as you read through, you realize that his presence was important for the twist that Riya’s life takes-it asserts the fact that everything happens for a reason.

The book certainly makes for an interesting reading experience.

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