Sunday, February 1, 2015

#106 : Canvas Of Dreams by Jaya Siva Murthy : A Review


BOOK TITLE: Canvas Of Dreams
ISBN: 1927826047 
AUTHOR: Jaya Siva Murthy
GENRE:  Fiction – Chic Lit
FORMAT: Digital
REVIEW BY: Shree Janani
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Indireads, the publishers, sent us a review copy. We thank them for it!
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?

Our protagonist Riya, is an art curator who has pretty much nothing in her life to cling on to except her art. She lost the man of her dreams to another woman and lost her husband to death. Her lost love renters her life only to make her an emotional wreck again. Amidst this emotional spin Riya meets fellow artist Rehaan. What follows is a predictable plot with an ending of “Happily ever after”.

For a debutant, the writer seems to have good clarity of characterisation. The common mistakes, in my opinion, that any rookie writer would make include, shallow characterisation, unnecessary usage of fancy phrases and a hasty ending. Surprisingly, this writer managed to avert all three mistakes. The protagonist, Riya has been portrayed realistically – a normal woman with normal fears making all normal mistakes. Realistic characterisation help the plot line far better than a larger than life character does.  In spite of a strong protagonist, the support characters weren’t that strong. For instance, Ryan’s characterisation lacked that emotional depth that Riya’s had. This minor drawback can be overlooked for the story didn’t really hinge on Ryan’s emotions.

The writing is clean, neat and simple conveying all emotions perfectly. The plot line is rather predictable but doesn’t bore the readers to bone. The emotions made the book un-putdown-able. The writer did get a bit lost midway by bringing in Rehaan. I felt she a great space to manoeuvre with Riya’s husband’s character and death, but instead she brought in Rehaan. There are obviously umpteen ways to develop a story, the writers choose this way which might have appealed to her!
VERDICT:  Story with splash of emotions.  Perfect rainy season read.
RATING: 3 on 5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: She is an author, a freelance writer, social media consultant and a full-time mother of two little kids. After a short span of working as an advertising copywriter, she went on to write for daily publications and magazines. She loves writing poetry and fiction and am also the proud author of my first novella called 'Canvas of Dreams' at
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Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse

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