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.


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 agree, that sky is spectacular! Can’t wait to see it as the cover, you’ve intrigued me with the “less traditional option for title placement”!


  2. OH, it’s getting closer! I love the way you’ve captured the sky here. I can’t wait to see the whole cover!

    The little character blurbs serve as good teasers, too.


    1. Thank you, Natasha. 🙂 Now that I’ve finally … FINALLY … written a back cover blurb I like AND which doesn’t make the genre confusing, I would be done with the whole cover except for a little problem with the font on the spine. The front cover will show up on my Facebook page soon.


  3. Hmm…this seems interesting, but I don’t have a Kindle. Do you know when you might have a print version available? (Sorry if I missed the answer to that question somewhere.)

    And congrats on publishing! 🙂


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