The Brevity of Roses

Told in gorgeous, poetic tones, The Brevity of Roses will take you on a journey delving into three unique characters as delicate and beautiful as a rose itself. Lewis’ rich understanding of relationships is phenomenal.” — Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of Monarch


Brevity_2021_pageSpanning ten years, The Brevity of Roses explores the interwoven lives of three damaged people who are each offered a chance to heal–if they can banish the ghosts of their pasts.

Meredith Dahlberg-Lang hides behind a façade. In public, she’s a wealthy socialite. In private, she’s a lonely woman with a heart imprisoned by guilt after her husband’s death. But she can’t deny the longing she feels when a younger man seeks her attention.

Jalal Vaziri, after years of trying in vain to win his father’s approval, defies him by pursuing a new career. When he meets the woman of his dreams, his satisfaction is complete, but fate challenges his plan for a blissful future.

Renee Marshall, matured beyond her years by a hard life, heads for a fresh start in Los Angeles. But when car trouble detours her to a village on the central coast, she enters the life of a man whose fierce denial of the need to be loved matches her own.

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Grief, discovery, anguish, pleasure, rejection, acceptance, atonement, forgiveness—the rhythmic odes of marriage, friendship, family. A fine debut novel that reaches deep into a poet’s beating heart, lays it open, vulnerable to the bitter betrayals, and the joyful loyalties, of this thing we call Love.” — Kathryn Magendie, author of the Graces Sagas, Sweetie and Petey, publishing editor of Rose & Thorn

Linda Cassidy Lewis is a virtuoso with the English language and this book is a joy to read. — LLBookReviews

Ms. Lewis has provided a tender and thought-provoking look at life, chance, and love. — The Book Diva’s Reads

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36 thoughts on “The Brevity of Roses”

  1. I just finished reading The Brevity of Roses. Thank you for writing this story with these characters. 🙂 I admit, I shed a tear or two for Jalal, Meredith, and Renee. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


  2. Hey!! I am a fan from Pakistan. This book had been on my to-read list on goodreads for now well over 6 months. And today i finally read it and I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. Can’t get enough of these characters and the story.So beautiful!!!! It blew my mind away 🙂


    1. Thank you for your encouraging comment here and review on Goodreads, Shiza. I couldn’t ask for a better way to wake up. 🙂

      Thank you for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed it. If you’d like to read more about the characters, An Illusion of Trust is a sequel.


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