The Missing Rose

by Serdar Ozkan

Publisher: Random House Struik
Genre: Fiction
Verdict: Fabulous, insightful fable
Book Reviewed by: Gorry Bowes Taylor

An enchanting debut novel, now translated into 44 languages in 67 countries. Be amongst the first to welcome a going-to-be great Turkish author. It has the power to change your life. In a refreshingly told tale, 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 gentle lessons that change her forever. The Missing Rose is a poetic yet insightful modern parable about love, self-discovery, hope and the importance of remaining true to your dreams. And dreams we all have!

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Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
Saturday, January 19th, 2013 - Reuben's, One&Only Cape Town
Zuma Exposed by Adriaan Basson
Friday, November 23rd, 2012 - A Tavola, Wilderness Road, Claremont
Evita's Bossie Sikelela by Evita Bezuidenhout
Friday, September 21st, 2012 - Suikerbossie Restaurant and Function Venue
Relish - My Life on a Plate by Prue Leith
Thursday, August 30th, 2012 - A Tavola, Wilderness Road, Claremont
The Missing Rose by Serdar Ozkan
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 - Catharina's at Steenberg
Jane Raphaely unedited by Jane Raphaely
Saturday, July 7th, 2012 - The Conservatory, Cellars-Hohenort, Constantia
And Then Life Happens - A Memoir by Auma Obama
Saturday, June 16th, 2012 - De Grendel Restaurant
Invisible Furies by Michiel Heyns
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 - The Food Barn, Noordhoek Village
How to Walk a Puma by Peter Allison
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 - Reuben's, One&Only Cape Town, V&A Waterfront
The Miracle of Crocodile Flats by Jenny Hobbs
Saturday, March 17th, 2012 - Reuben's Restaurant & Bar, Franschhoek
Trackers by Deon Meyer
Saturday, February 11th, 2012 - A Tavola, Wilderness, Claremont
Trackers by Deon Meyer
Saturday, February 11th, 2012 - A Tavola, Wilderness Road, Claremont
A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke & John Rendall
Saturday, January 28th, 2012 - The Conservatory, Cellars-Hohenort, Constantia
Tutu - The Authorised Portrait by Allister Sparks & Mpho Tutu
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 - Reuben's, One&Only Cape Town
Lifeblood- How to Change the World One Dead Mosquito at a Time by Alex Perry
Saturday, November 26th, 2011 - Casa Labia Cafe and Cultural Centre
Opnion Pieces by South African Thought Leaders and The Rough Guide to Nelson Mandela by Max du Preez
Sunday, November 13th, 2011 - Allee Bleue
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
Friday, October 14th, 2011 - Catharina's at Steenberg
CONQUEROR by Conn Iggulden
Saturday, October 8th, 2011 - The Food Barn, Noordhoek Village
Shooting Angels by Christopher Hope
Saturday, September 24th, 2011 - Trinity, 15 Bennett Street, Green Point
From Robben Island to Bishop’s Court - The Biography of Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane by Dr Sindiwe Magona
Saturday, July 30th, 2011 - The Vineyard Hotel & Spa
Evita's BlackBessie by Evita Bezuidenhout
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 - Buitenverwachting Restaurant, Constantia
Other People's Money by Justin Cartwright
Friday, May 20th, 2011 - Catharina's at Steenberg
Little Liberia - An African Odyssey in New York by Jonny Steinberg
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 - Trinity, 15 Bennett Street, Green Point
Sometimes there is a Void - Memoirs of an Outsider by Zakes Mda
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 - Dieu Donne Restaurant, Franschhoek
The Killing Place by Tess Gerristen
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 - The Food Barn
MODERN WINERIES OF SOUTH AFRICA by Photographs by Craig Fraser, words by Hugh Fraser
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - The Homestead, Dornier Wine Estate
Chasing the Devil by Tim Butcher
Saturday, December 4th, 2010 - Sevruga,V & A Waterfront