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Damascena: The Tale of Roses and Rumi

Damascena: The Tale of Roses and Rumi

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by Holly Lynn Payne
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


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.

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Skywriter Books
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DAMASCENA: The Tale of Roses and Rumi 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Burhead More than 1 year ago
  I have to admit I was skeptical when my friends gave me a copy of Damascena by Holly Payne and urged me to read it. Writing   about an intense spiritual evolution that by definition defies -  or nearly defies - expression in language is one hell of a challenge, as is   the task of creating a plausible Rumi and his spiritual teacher. That kind of writing takes courage, talent and more. But guess what: I   loved and devoured this book! I was happily stunned at what a riveting story Payne tells, at the marvelous internal world she creates   for the character Damascena and at the external world she creates around her. (I was a U.S. diplomat for a number of years, spent two   of those in Bulgaria and visited a number of the monasteries there, so I have a feel for the place.)  This book was an unexpected   pleasure and I flat out loved it. Now I'm the one buying copies of Damascena and urging them on  friends and family.     Steve Voien, author of Black Leopard & In a High and Lonely Place
Amelia_Biding More than 1 year ago
Damascena is an enchanted story of love, loss, and longing that reads as both utterly human, as well as exquisitely divine. As someone who has loved Rumi's poetry for two decades, I thought I might be let down by a tale that might make prosaic an incredibly mystical subject in the attempt to tell a good story. Boy was I in for a surprise! Through the unforgettable character Damascena, the spellbinding storytelling, and the rich, colorful details of Jelaluddin Rumi's 13th century Turkey, Payne has orchestrated nothing short of a mystical experience, set between the covers of a book. As I was taken through Damascena's thrilling transformation from defiantly reluctant child mystic to fully embodied woman lover, I vicariously experienced a taste of the ecstatic freedom in the human heart broken open by Love.
LillyBookReads More than 1 year ago
**Copy provided via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.**  At a Glance/The Cover: I absolutely love historical romance. The gentlemen back then are sooo much proper than the cocky, arrogant guys nowadays. This book sounded very poetic and rosey. :) I expected some romance and some drama. Some more poems and flowers.  Before reading this, I had no idea who Rumi was, but Damascena gave a great image.  The Characters/My Opinion: Damascena - As readers, we follow Damascena's journey, from since she was born to a young lady. Damascena doesn't know her destiny and fate. She was raised by Ivan, who was a young man, working in the chapel. He later was so filled with jealousy and hate that he became evil and possessive of Damascena. That's when she left, and her adventure begins. There are so many people worth mentioning but one of the most important ones includes Shams, who appeared to Damascena in time of need. He was like a teacher, a master who aided her with her knowledge of roses. It was him who allowed her to see her true talent.  As time went on, Damascena continued on her journey and met Rumi, the legendary poet, greatly respected by many. How she got there? It kind of explains it in the beginning, but you probably won't understand untill the end. At Rumi's, Damascena continues to find her true self and the secret of the roses. There, Damascena matures even more.  By this part of the book, I really thought Rumi was her soul mate. And apparently, he is. But he had a wife. And he was probably like 50 years older than her. I thought it was weird. And their romance was a bit questionable. Although there was a deep relationship going on between Damascena and Rumi, it wasn't the romantic type of love. It was the deep, understanding kind of love. Someone that understands your soul.  Overall Thoughts:  This novel itself was like poetry, with a gentle breeze of words making up a novel. Although I'm not the type to read these deep down novels.....I can't even explain it. It's like those soothing music you listen to when you're sad or nostalgic, helping you remember yourself and everything you want to recall. It kind of also reminds of meditating, with wind breezing by on a cool day. Very peaceful.....that kind of feeling. Like the close your eyes and breathe in and breathe out.  Damascena took me to places I've never been to before. The 13th century of Persia turns to be pretty fascinating. It was a fun read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. :) The Rating: (1-10): 7~
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
I admire Rumi, but don't know much about him. Even though this is a work of fiction the setting, characters, and dialogue seemed so real that I felt I got to know him a little better. It's a beautifully written book. A little slow going at times but worth the read. Free copy via publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book!  Holly has a very clear and compelling voice.  I found myself constantly wondering what would happen next so couldn't put the book down.  I finished it in 2 days and loved every minute of it.  The story is a beautiful blend of the spiritual/mystical nature of life, insights into Sufism, and the everyday challenge of trusting that life will unfold in a positive way if you just allow it to be so.  I marveled at Damascena's courage and faith, wished I had a Shams in my life, and got inspired to read more Rumi.  Find yourself a quiet spot, make a luscious pot of tea, get super cozy, crack open this book and let yourself walk alongside Damascena as she opens to love in so many different ways.  This book is a gift you'll give to yourself and well worth the time invested in reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't expect it but this book was a real page turner- I could barely put it down!  I left feeling energized, inspired, hopeful and more in love with my life.  This book opened my heart and changed me!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I flew through this book. The scenes are so vivid and the plot so enthralling I didn’t want to put it down. Even though I had no prior knowledge of Rumi's work or the historical context of the book, I found it easy to relate to the characters and their journeys. It was a good reminder to have faith in myself, each other, the future, and to remember that love is what is most important. Damascena stole my heart. My guess is she'll captivate yours too.