Title : The Heavens
Author : Sandra Newman
Publisher : Granta
Pages : 272
From their first meeting, Ben knows Kate is unworldly and fanciful, so at first he isn’t that concerned when she tells him about the recurring dream she’s had since childhood. In the dream, she’s transported to the past, where she lives a second life as Emilia, the mistress of a nobleman in Elizabethan England.
But for Kate, the dream becomes increasingly real and compelling until it threatens to overwhelm her life. And soon she’s waking from it to find the world changed—pictures on her wall she doesn’t recognize, new buildings in the neighborhood that have sprung up overnight. As she tries to make sense of what’s happening, Ben worries the woman he’s fallen in love with is losing her grip on reality.
Do you have any dream theory? Not the psychology theory type, something that has a different explanation?
Stories about dreams, love and time have always been a real delight to me and so The Heavens was a much anticipated release of this year. I’m new to Sandra Newman and I’m glad I decided to try. Surely not an ordinary story and definitely not an ordinary writing. Don’t get me wrong though, the writing style is pretty placid, easy to understand and comprehend. It is the narrative that surprised me beyond wits.
Kate and Ben meet at a party and fall in love. Things could have been pretty normal if not for her recurring dreams of another life that she’s apparently living as Emilia. As the lines between dreams and reality starts to blur, their love is put to test. Two starkly different lives but one woman. You get the complexity. There is so much to be conquered and so many probable interpretations.
As things tend to unravel leading to a few shockers and an unnerving ending, you’d be thrilled enough to keep your mind at it
even long after you’ve finished reading it. Cutting to the chase, it has been a 4.5 🌟 read for me. Though I have to admit that it is not for everyone. If you’re expecting a conventional fantasy then let me warn you, this is not it. But if you’re ready to pick up something out of the box then please be my guest ❤️
I thank the publisher for gifting me a copy for review. All my opinions are unbiased and personal.
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