Tuesday, November 25, 2014


No words can explain how glad I am to finally have another post after almost two months of being absent online. There were lots of work, lots of travel and amazing experiences that I can't wait to share. Ow, I also missed my Rainbow Rowell October month plan but I think it can wait. Christmas is Coming (that sounded a bit of Game of Throne-ish) and I'm excited. That means vacation with the family and lot of time to blog, reflect and read. But before that, let me just blabber some random things about books and what I did for the past couple of weeks.

Monday, November 24, 2014

DNF: Damascena - The Tale of Roses and Rumi by Holly Lynn Payne

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars


Holly Payne’s spellbinding tale brings the unparalleled poet, Mevlana Rumi, to life, and transports readers to the enchanting world of 13th century Persia. Simply but elegantly told, the story unravels the mystery surrounding a legendary orphaned girl, who discovers her gift of turning roses into oil. Named after the flowering rosa damascena, the girl reluctantly assumes the role of a living saint for the miracles she performs—longing for the only one that matters: finding her mother. Deeply wounded by the separation since birth, Damascena undergoes a riveting transformation when she meets Rumi and finally discovers the secret of the rose. 

Imbued with rich historical research and inspired by the devastating disappearance of Rumi’s most lauded spiritual companion, Shams of Tabriz, Holly Payne has courageously opened herself to receive Rumi’s teachings and offer a timeless love story. Inspiring and magical, the story of Damascena transmits the wisdom of the heart, inviting us to transform our pain into love. ~From Goodreads~


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