Author: Ayesha Desai currently resides in Pretoria, South Africa with her husband and 2 young children. Ayesha is passionate about reading and this has evolved into a love of writing. Whilst this is her first published book, she has been writing for the last 20 years, and blogging since 2013. She is a nature and outdoor enthusiast, but is equally happy baking at home with her children on a rainy day. Currently employed in the corporate sector, she still makes time to indulge her creative nature, by painting, and of course writing. Her bucket list items include being able to travel more with her family, publishing an anthology of her poetry, seeing wild horses in the Namib desert, and eventually when her children are raised, retiring to a small town near the sea.
Summary: A story of the challenges, trials, and unending optimism and strength of a young Syrian refugee. This story follows a young Syrian girl named Afraa and her harrowing journey to safety and freedom. Whilst she learns to love her new home, a part of her heart will always be buried in the roots of the jasmine bush outside her parent’s room window in Syria.
Jasmine in the Wind is a 40 page touching tale of a young Syrian girl who has been through challenging times in her journey out of Syria. She eventually makes it to safety but all is not well because she has left a huge piece of her behind; home. There is no place like home. She then vows to be optimistic about her situation and pray for a better tomorrow. She also grateful for her blessings and uses the opportunity out of Syria to enrich herself socially and educationally.
The writer, Ayesha Desai, writes beautifully. The poems sprinkled throughout the story are also simply lovely. I only wished the story had more illustrations to help the reader visualize certain areas of Afraa’s journey better. Perhaps this was done intentionally for a more dramatic effect on the readers. But Jasmine in the Wind is a good read overall and can be purchased on Amazon here or on the publisher website’s here.
Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,
~A Ducktrinor Mom~
*I received a free copy for my honest feedback*