An incredible tale of modern day romance born out of the violence in the Middle East. Readers will be pulled into this spellbinding story.” 4 Stars From InD’tale Magazine October 2014 issue InD’Tale Article
Lilas Taha presents a story closely related to modern day events. The story line of the book is not your typical romance novel, yet offers the insight of how two individuals can overcome differences. The characters are believable and not made out to be heroes nor have the illusion of exaggerated abilities. Lilas does a great job of drawing out the characters and the true meaning of how life events affect decisions made from the heart. – On Line Book Club.
I love realistic stories based on current events. Stories that make me think, force me to ask–could I do what these characters did? Exciting plot, fun read. Highly recommend “Shadows of Damascus.” I read it in one afternoon. – American Scribe.
With this book Lilas has put human faces to two things the American public doesn’t really understand: the proud, honor-bound war veteran trying to make peace with his past, and the innocent people trapped in a once-peaceful country that’s now destroying itself. I found myself identifying, to different degrees, with both of them. – Author Chris Hernandez.
A story of danger, intrigue, emotional upheaval, hidden love, and unexpected events crafted by a gifted author into a compelling and poignant tale that will keep the reader thoroughly engrossed until the very end. An unforgettable story unique to our times that no one should miss. – Author Barbara Andrews
“Immigrant Lilas .. Using English” Conveys Arab Woes of Displacement
Full article in Arabic by Journalist Hanan Mutair at SABAQ24.PS News
Touching Hearts: An Engineer who writes from the heart, touching others.
Full Interview in Qatar Tribune
Join me for a conversation with Georgetwon University in Qatar on January 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. For more information click here
Let’s help out Houston residents affected by hurricane Harvey. All proceeds will be donated to the Harvey Relief Fund. Starting date pushed to September 16. Let’s work together on Novel Writing at the Fig Writer’s Studio in Houston. For registration and more details click here
Had uplifting and deep discussions with the book club ladies of the American Association of University Women AAUW- Fort Bend chapter on July 3, 2017.
“وفي ثنايا الرواية تفيض الروح الإنسانية والنضالات المعقدة التي يخوضها الأشخاص العاديون وهم يحاولون التغلب على ظروف حياتهم الاستثنائية” – More on Aljazeera Arabic المزيد على
“A love story rooted in history and Palestinian culture, Bitter Almonds is inspired by the tremulous events in the Middle East and author Lilas Taha’s family history.” – read more about Bitter Almonds in the Gulf-Times
Proud to announce that Bitter Almonds won the 2017 International Book Award in the Fiction-Multicultural category.
Sincere thanks to the members of the American Association of University Women AAUW Fort Bend chapter, Texas for an enlivening and heartwarming discussion. Honored to have been invited and included, February 2017.
A lively discussion, fantastic setting and a wonderful book club group at Nofa Creative Space, Amman Jordan.