'You Came Like Hope' by Jyoti Arora

About the Book:

Title: You Came Like Hope
Author: Jyoti Arora
Publisher: Jyoti Arora
Language: English
No. of pages: 165
Year of Publication: 2017
ISBN:  9789352884742

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The entertaining and heart-warming love story of You Came Like Hope takes you on a roller coaster of emotions as it uncovers some bitter truths, challenges widespread prejudices, and forces you to reconsider your beliefs. A must read for those who enjoy romances that leave them with something to think about.


“I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling.”

“When it comes to a broken person, some of them are expert at blinding you. Spend an entire evening with such a person, but you may still not know how he is crushing inside.”

“Who would say no to him? He is smart, intelligent, super handsome, rich, suave and sophisticated. He’s perfect!”

“Pooja gave no explanation. She asked no forgiveness. She just arrived in his home, resenting him for being her husband.”

“He had smiled as if nothing was wrong.
He had behaved as if he still had his dreams and hopes.
He had pretended as if it didn’t hurt.
But it did.”

Does Destiny hold the key to our happiness?
Is it always the feeble that is the victim?
Love can be the embrace of heaven. But what happens when it unleashes hellfire?

Lose yourself in the intense narrative of You Came Like Hope as it unleashes a rollercoaster of emotions, uncovers some bitter truths, challenges widespread prejudices, and forces you to reconsider your beliefs.

About the Author:

Goli Vadapav

Jyoti Arora is a novelist and blogger from Ghaziabad, India. She is a Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology. Besides her novels, Jyoti’s writing achievements include several wins in blogging competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience, developing books for kids and abridging 24 famous English novels like Jane Eyre, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn etc.
Books have always been Jyoti’s best friends. In fact, books so fascinated her from early childhood that she learnt reading, by herself, even before she started going to school. And she considers herself most fortunate that she is able to pursue her dream of being a novelist and work at what she loves best.
However, if books are Jyoti’s first love, and she’s still very devoted to them, the thrilling and steadily advancing world of technology also fascinates her. As a result, one of Jyoti’s blog is a technological blog called TechnoTreats. One of her posts in this blog even won her the title of Samsung Mobiler in 2011.
Jyoti Arora is a patient of Thalassemia Major. Because of this, she had to quit school after class 8th. But she did not let this stop or discourage her. She continued her education on her own through correspondence courses and is a successful career woman now.
For her determination and achievements, Jyoti has received appreciation from several eminent dignitaries and her life story has been covered in various local and national TV shows, radio programs, newspapers, magazines and websites. In the year 2016, Jyoti was chosen as one of the 100 women achievers of India that were invited to witness India’s Republic Day parade as special guests.
Besides reading and writing novels, Jyoti also enjoys blogging and has won several blogging competitions. She loves checking out latest technological innovations, watching movies, and listening to old Bollywood songs. Reach her at jyotiarora.com.

My Views:  

A tear may not weigh much on a scale, but it is heavy enough to crush a heart under its load.

There are many such phrases/sentences in the Novel that I would have loved to highlight but did not. However, I could not get past this one without highlighting it (on Goodreads, as well).

It took me five days for me to finish the book, which I could have easily finished reading in one day. Unfortunately, I found time to read the book only during the nights. Those who know me know that I read and/or write mostly at nights.

I do not understand how someone can disclose the plot of the story in the reviews they write; my reviews are equal parts of giving exposure to the book and the author and, my views - which are about the cover, story flow, language etc. I conclude by mentioning whether I would recommend this book to my readers.

However, it is tough to write this review without some glimpses into the story plot but I will try...


I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling. Darkness stretched out from every direction, engulfing me in it. The heavy curtains on the window kept the sunshine away. One streak of sunlight still managed to trespass into the territory of gloom.

 And ... I was hooked. The writing style of the author is impressive. I had heard a lot about her book 'Lemon Girl' but could not get a chance to read. I might read it after reading couple other books of different genre.

About this book -
The cover is attractive and the title of the book is relevant to the story. 
The story began at a perfect pace, slowed down just a bit and then picked up speed again.
The author has done justice to all the characters of the Novel (each mentioned in the blurb of the book); she's described a scene well, dealt with the emotions of the characters beautifully. The story flow is good; slightly slow for a few chapters as mentioned before but for the rest of the book it's smooth.

The language is simple and impressive, almost poetic at places. I did manage to find a couple of typos (could not resist) but you can overlook them, with due respect to what the author has to offer. Other than those couple of typos, the editing is almost flawless.

Two stories seem to run parallel in the book initially but they merge in the story at a specific point.

I read the kindle version of the book and I was on 79% of the book when the story ended. Rest 21% of the book is dedicated to excerpts from other books of the author. Maybe this was the reason I felt the story ended abruptly because a part of me was expecting more in the plot for the remaining 21%.

The author has wrapped up things perfectly in the epilogue; but my version of the story would have been written slightly differently.

I would definitely recommend this book to my readers, it's worth every penny you spend.

This is me with my review without glimpses into the story plot. Though, I have to mention something about Uday - who is sort of 'anti-hero' but I liked the way the author has mentioned him in positive light at some point. That's how it is, how it should be. A negative character can have something positive in him/her. (Hint: Like Manish and Vaidehi from my Untitled Series).

My rating on Goodreads is 4 stars because I hardly give 5 stars. I do not want the authors to reach a saturation point, where they think they have done their best; they can always go beyond what they have achieved so far - should always go beyond - Keep growing.

From Author's Note:

Grim though the theme of 'You Came Like Hope' is, I've tried my best to keep the Novel entertaining. It is, above all, a love story. A contemporary romance waiting to warm your heart with the feeling of true love.

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