A Silver Dawn by Leena Varghese

9789351067924.jpgI received the book A Silver Dawn by Leena Varghese as a review copy from the author and the publisher. The book is the story of Clary and Leon and their fight for survival. Fiercely talented and motivated, Clary is the indomitable spirit of freedom. Leon is the powerful voice of hope, the support every woman needs to fight her battle. One dimensional Igor Chekanov is the personification of collective fear we endure in a civilized society. The story reinforces the thought that ‘Each one of us has the ability to beat the odd within and make it to the other side’.

The Blurb:

POISED ON THE EDGE OF UNCERTAINITY, CAN SHE MAKE THE LEAP OF FAITH?

Talented choreographer Clarissa Milagres Silvera is beautiful, young and widowed – and intensely mistrustful of men. With a violent marriage behind her, she is now fiercely determined to be independent, both emotionally and financially.

Leon Rodriguez, hotelier tycoon with less-than-humble beginnings, has been drawn to her since he was a teenager. Now successful, he approaches Clary’s family for her hand in marriage. Even as he patiently woos his stoic love, Leon realizes he must protect her from the sadistic mafioso Igor Chekanov, who is eyeing Clary’s family estate.

Will Clary trust Leon enough to accept his love? Will Leon keep her safe regardless? What is Igor’s motive? Is time running out for them?

The story:

Fifteen year old Clarissa Milagres Silvera, daughter of one of the richest families of village Prazerez in Goa, is dancing in the rain in a white lace dress when young Leon Rodriguez, an orphan, on the way to find peace after his foster father’s funeral, sees her. She tells him that she had learnt ballet in school and wanted to become a professional dancer and but her mother said that it was not a good profession for decent girls and her father would be very angry. And he tells her that her parents would understand.

They meet a year later at a crowded festival season of Lent in Goa, when he protects her from a bunch of hooligans. He has a small food shack near the river and she plans to go to Mumbai to pursue her graduation and dance. Over the next two weeks, he sees her at several occasions from afar. And on the night of the Easter Sunday, he gives her a tiny ceramic ballerina, says goodbye and leaves even before she can ask him his name.

Now, ten years later, Clary, a widow, has a dance studio, stays in Panjim with her parents, sometimes performs at hotels when she is short of funds. With a violent marriage behind her, she wants to be independent and does not trust men. Leon, a successful hotelier tycoon, wants to marry her. He approaches her family for her hand in marriage. Her father is happy but Clary does not want to be dependent. Then there is the sadistic mafioso Igor Chekanov, who does not know how to take a no for an answer, who threatens Clary’s family.

Who wins Clary, Leon or Igor? Read on………………….

My take:

The cover is beautiful, all credit goes to the designer. The cover proves that ‘a picture can speak much more than words’.

The characters have been developed with a lot of care. Each character stands out in the story and has a vital role to play. The characters have been portrayed as strong human beings. Although Clary finds herself in a situation that every woman fears, she does not let that break her. Leon transforms Clary’s cynicism into love, winning her over with infinite patience and magnanimity. I loved the way the author has expressed the emotions of both the characters.

The story is simple and nice. The flow is steady and many a times, I felt that I was watching a movie. There is suspense too.

The language is simple. The author’s command over English is visible in the simple language she has used to write the story picking beautiful words to present her thoughts.

I really, really enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

Disclamer: I received the book as a review copy from the Publisher and the author. The views expressed are entirely mine. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

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