A daring and spellbinding new novel of historical fiction that melds the author's trademark themes of transformation, healing and forgiveness. Holly Payne transports readers to the enchanting world of 13th century Persia and into the heart of the world's most beloved poet, Mevlana Rumi.
Simply but elegantly told, Damascena ($20.00) 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, 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.
Holly Lynn Payne is the Discover Great New Writers author of The Virgin's Knot, The Sound of Blue, and the award-winning novel Kingdom of Simplicity. A native of Amish Country, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she makes her home in Northern California.