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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  19 reviews
When Jasmine’s mother dies inside their English mansion, hope comes in the form of her multi-million pound inheritance. But with her inheritance threatened, Jasmine is left to contemplate a future she does not know how to live.

Jasmine has only ten days to uncover the circumstances of her father’s decade long disappearance before her fortune is lost forever. Forced to retu
Kindle Edition, 158 pages
Published November 28th 2015 by MB Publishing
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Saadia Faruqi
Recently I have been watching a new trend of novels of the thriller and romance genres set in the Palestine region. For those readers who don’t wish to read only about the occupation, Jasmine Falling by Shereen Malherbe offers a fresh view at an old subject.

This is the story of Jasmine, a British girl with Palestinian roots. After the death of her mother she travels to the occupied territories within Israel to search for her father. There she learns more about her own identity and the faith of h
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The gist of my review: I would recommend Jasmine Falling.
Jasmine Falling certainly put me through the wringer. Within pages I would find myself going from pitying Jasmine to being downright angry with her (she makes a number of decisions I don't agree with). In the end I was overwhelmingly happy for her, because she "found what her heart wanted" (I promise that isn't too much of a spoiler). I had a hard time figuring Josh out; I think I dismissed him for a while, but in the end I think he's pr
Papatia Feauxzar
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jasmine Falling is a tale of hope, defiance, and unwavering faith. Beautifully written, the author knows how to SHOW the reader her dear Palestine. A good read and also a little folklore tale, it also hints at the fact that we shouldn't underestimate the unseen forces of this world. I liked it.
Abdallah Dais
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mystery, justice, brutality, excitement and love are just a few words that conquer your mind while sailing through this thrilling novel. You optimistically watch the jasmine flowers falling down like pearls of dew on the cover page. However, when you think of the main character, Jasmine, setting off in a painful journey searching for her missing father in his homeland Palestine, in dismal circumstances in a harsh and brutal world, guided only by very far memories, confusing letters and nightmare ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I had quite high hopes for this book. I expected to really love it and I'm not quite sure why that was but I was sadly somewhat disappointed by it. I don't like to give negative reviews and it certainly wasn't awful, just disappointing.

Jasmine goes to Palestine straight after finding out she needs her father's signature to receive her inheritance of millions. This alone felt like her motives were all completely materialistic which put me off her. She had just lost her mother and there were no ge
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced, beautifully written book, offering a refreshing perspective on the political situation in Palestine. Through the eyes of Jasmine, we see the horror and sadness of oppression, but also witness love, redemption and the power of human beings to survive and prosper. From a lost, seemingly hopeless situation that could potentially taint Jasmine's future, we see how love and perseverance truly do heal wounds, past and present. We are also introduced to the more human and emotional side o ...more
MB Publishing
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Sometimes you need to lose yourself to ultimately find your purpose.”

Shereen Malherbe’s debut novel Jasmine Falling is a work of literary fiction, from the perspective of her heroine Jasmine, cleverly intertwined with factual occurrences from her family’s recent past, the history and mystique of Jerusalem, and the country’s ongoing and real internal conflicts.

Jasmine Falling weaves aspects of faith into the novel while moving us purposefully forward in the heroine’s journey, through intriguing
Neveen Zighary
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading jasmine falling Not only have I fallen in love with jasmine and josh I have fallen in love with Palestine and all its hidden stories. With each page that I read I felt like I was walking in the path of jasmine feeling her desire to find her father but more so the desperation to find herself. The book took me on a journey I will never be able to claim but feel I have lived through all the characters in the book. A truly fantastic read, I am only disappointed with the fact that I hav ...more
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The cover was the first thing that pulled my attention to Jasmine Falling. So when I was creating a it came to choosing books for my TBR for Ramadan Readathon, I decided that it would be a good opportunity to try this book with its beautiful cover and intriguing blurb.

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Jasmine is biracial, however she is only connected to one culture. This book portrays, not only but also, her jou
The Indie Author Advocate® Michelle Rene Goodhew
I found Jasmine Falling a beautiful work of art which was emotionally moving and will stay with me for some time to come. The story unfolds with the heroin who faces the loss of her mother and an inheritance she can’t claim that would keep her living in a state of wealth that she is accustomed too. She is forced to seek out her father who vanished in her childhood because only he can ensure her inheritance. If she can’t somehow find him in just over a week, then she loses all rights to the riche ...more
Shoohada Khanom
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jasmine's mother passes away, leaving her 10 days to find her father who disappeared a decade ago. She needs to find out what happened to him so she can claim her multimillion pound inheritance. Her search for him takes her to his home land, Palestine. Through this story we learn about the history of the Occupation and a little bit about the struggles both Palestinians and Israelis have to deal with day to day. Great read.
Laetitia Tiah
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I guess it was hard for me to read it because it’s in English which is not my mother tongue. I’m used to read books in English but there is so many descriptions it was quite long... i don’t even know if I loved the story or not but I didn’t really enjoy reading it as it took me so long... maybe if I could find a French version I could enjoy it more.
I skipped some pages to finish it 🤦🏻‍♀️
Read for the bookclub otherwise I would have stopped before the end.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
NbA Muslims reviews pending
Sana Khan
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I have liked the book but honestly had more expectations from it after reading behind the cover plot highlights and I felt it ended too soon . The author has kept me hooked till the end with good enough suspense and you can finish the book in one day's reading. The setting of scenes is in present day Palestine and resilience of its people to survive every day's struggle and then call it a day with a smile and thanks to Almighty. I think the location setting has caused me to pick up this book. Th ...more
Jasmine Falling is a quick and engaging read, with never a dull moment. If I had any criticism it would be that there was a little too much action for my taste, but that is only because I wanted more of the powerful quiet moments when Jasmine is talking with relatives for the first time, and more of the warm humour of an outsider finding her family, like the scene of Jasmine learning (and failing!) to make baklava. The author has said the inspiration for the novel was her own experiences travell ...more
Aug 10, 2018 marked it as dnf
Made is just under 20% of the way through.

The writing style just isn't my thing - the pacing is really weird and jumpy, and I can't settle into the plot because of it.

Also, as a content warning, there's reference to drug and alcohol abuse at the beginning of the book, which I don't feel comfortable reading about at the minute.
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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I enjoyed the story but not the writing style. It was rather simple/cliched, choppy, and, at times, a bit confusing--I had to read some sections multiple times in order to fill in the missing details. The perspective regarding Israel and Palestine was really interesting, though, so if you can make it past the style, it's worth the read.
Debra Merry
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Took me back to when I was in Palestine in the 1980’s! Brilliant!
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ETA: I woke up thinking about this book, not Kavanaugh's hearing, so that's a fifth star.
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Shereen Malherbe is a British, Palestinian writer. She graduated in English Literature with Creative Writing in July 2019.

Jasmine Falling is her debut novel and has been voted in the top 20 best books by Muslim women (Goodreads).

Shereen's second novel, a contemporary fiction novel, The Tower, was published by Beacon Books, in April 2019.

Her children's book series is coming soon. The first book is

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“Jasmine shook her head. She had forgotten about the tales of the Jinn that her father warned her about. Now, being here the memories were returning like a slow and purposeful
spider. With its long, black legs the nightmares would creep into her mind each time she closed her eyes. Then, she would see through the creature’s murky eyes. She would see the carcass of a deer as it lay in the glistening white. She would watch the hyena tearing at its sweated flesh, blood seeping into the snow forming warm pools of death around her feet. And in that moment, the deer shifted. It shifted into the shape of a young boy.”
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