Canvas Of Dreams


Jaya Siva Murty

Canvas of dreams talks about love, art, and finding one’s true self through the strength of love. I really liked the premise of the novella that life is like a canvas and we paint it with our actions and decisions. The author has tried to bring together the yearning of love and the fire to channel it towards the goals in a person’s life.
Riya is still pinning for her first love, don’t we all know how strong and all permeating it can be? She tries to let go of her feeling for Ryan but all she succeeds in doing is having nightmares from the past, of her husband and even her present life.
The novella is through the eyes of Riya and how she copes with life after Ryan. Both of them try to live their own life but the Canvas of Dreams would be incomplete if they do not meet. The work Riya is doing is an extension of her love and even though she has Rehaan as a distraction; he is just that and makes Riya see the truth sooner rather than later.
Ryan comes across as a sweet, kind hearted and genial guy. He looks out for Riya and she complements him. They are best friends for a reason. Love coupled with friendship is hard to ignore!
As I read the book I thought it would have more about painting and maybe either Riya or Ryan would be painters but turns our Rehaan is the one wielding the brush. He has a major portion of the book devoted to him, I wish there was more about Ryan. Riya used to paint but not anymore; I wonder why?
Ryan is endearing and I wanted to know more about him. Overall an interesting read and the name does justice to the storyline and the writer manages to connect all the dots and the end result is very welcome.
It is a pleasant read in spite of the nightmares and drama’s involved. Overall a good weekend read.

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?
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Meet the Author

Jaya Siva Murty is a business writer and social media manager from Visakhapatnam, India. Fascinated with the written word since the age of ten, she would file away her poems and short stories in a secret diary, till some were finally published by ‘Times of India’ and ‘Savvy’. She has written for the Economic Times and now provides India-relevant stories for a Hong Kong based magazine. When she’s not designing content for websites, or writing technical blogs and articles for clients worldwide, she spins yarns with unusual twists and turns through her works of fiction.
Jaya holds a business management degree and has taken creativity lessons at Stanford University. ‘Canvas of Dreams’ is her debut foray into novella writing.

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