This is the story of Diana Oliveira, a beautiful yet troubled young woman whose desire for admiration and approval has made her lose sight of who she really is. When her mother's deathbed confession reveals the existence of a sister, Diana sets out to find the twin she never knew she had. Her travels lead to a mysterious rose garden, where she is given lessons that change her forever.
....... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): One October evening, two people were sitting on the banks of the river Meles near that city - the ancient city of Ephesus.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 101): If your intention in learning to hear roses is simply to make you different from other people I'm afraid you'll only gain vanity.
MY THOUGHTS: Hardly surprising that this is often compared to Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince as there are several references to it throughout the book and just as with Saint-Exupery's novel The Missing Rose can be enjoyed on so many different levels.
A modern day parable, though this debut novel certainly gives more than a wink and nod to the Turkish culture of its author, I thought it a universal and somewhat timeless story of self discovery.
Sadly not as enchanting as I had hoped and perhaps at times a little too deep for my own personal taste, I'm not altogether sure that the mix of philosophy and mythology combined with an almost fairy tale element did it for me.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Alas not, I'm sure this will be much better appreciated by someone else.