Maya was an amazingly strong character. The face that she moved across the country to rebuild her life made her a hero to me. Many women in her position would have taken the defeat and let it run them down but not Maya. I loved that she became a successful artist on the opposite side of the country.
I was a little confused about bringing Maya’s dad into the story. The fact that is was what pulled Derek and Maya together was great, but I wish that part of the story would have been more developed. I want to know if they meet again, did she come to forgive him, is she still living with his shadow over her?
Derek was my favorite character. I love that he was standoffish and maybe a little rude at the first meeting of Maya. He was understanding when he found out that she was not Sarah, as first introduced, but Maya. And most importantly he supported and protected Maya when her dad showed up at the party where her big art project was being unveiled. When he didn’t let her just walk out of California into the Midwest, he won me over as one of the true good guys.
I enjoyed Masking Maya. I was honored that the author asked me to read her story. I will be telling all my friends and family to check out the story.
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