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The Brevity of Roses

(Bay of Dreams Series #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Spanning 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
Paperback, 350 pages
Published April 2nd 2011 by Two-Four-Six Publishing (first published March 31st 2011)
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Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I must admit that I loved this book. It was an intelligently written romance...although, I think it fit more into simply a contemporary genre due to the "moral" of the story being something much deeper than one would find in a traditional romance novel.

As a debut author, I was particularly impressed with Ms. Lewis' ability to weave an intricate story line while developing characters so rich and deep that one felt they were in the scenes as dialogue was
Wendy Ewurum
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it

* The MC is Jalal, a very troubled young man of Persian origin. We follow his love life from his twenties to 40’s.
* Meredith is a significantly older woman who manages to capture both Jalal’s and his family’s heart.
* Renne, a significantly young and even more troubled woman who becomes Jalal’s love interest in his forties.


* This books starts off with a bang and I was gripped from the get go.. We meet Jalal on a morning like any other in his debauched world. As usual
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while, I come across a work of literature, which is not only fascinating, entertaining, and moving, but which touches me on a deeper level. The Brevity of Roses by Linda Cassidy Lewis is one of those books.

The Brevity of Roses is a story about love, the power and beauty of love as well as the fear it can trigger and the pain it can cause. Love is what the three main characters—Jalal, Meredith, and Renee—struggle with.

Jalal, a handsome American-Iranian poet from a well-to-do famil
Heather Helene
Wow!!! I absolutely loved reading Lewis' debut novel. I found myself laughing, wiping tears away, cringing, grinning as I read this. Lewis' ability to capture human emotion and relationships is amazing. I loved how she told the story from the three different character perspectives. I grew to love Meredith so much by the point that Renee came along that I found myself not liking Renee at first. But, I grew to like Renee just as much. This is such a wonderful story of love, loss, and renewal. Lewi ...more
James Jr.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore serious writing about flawed and scarred characters, written by gifted writers, with romantic or heart-wrenching situations. I just finished reading, "The Brevity of Roses", which was brilliantly composed by Linda Cassidy Lewis

The first thing that I was so pleased about was the fact that this novel was not about two blond hair, blue eyed people who find love, lose love and then find it again. Like many of the fabulous gourmet dishes that you’ll find the characters cooking and
Judy Croome
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"The Brevity of Roses" is an elegant story that quietly dragged me into the lives and loves of its characters. Perhaps this novel appealed to me because love in its many forms—a passionate interest of mine—is the main theme. Both the wonder and the anxiety of sensual love, family love and friendship are explored with charm, poise and intelligence.

Jalal, a handsome American-Iranian poet, unexpectedly finds love with an older woman, Meredith. When tragedy strikes, he withdraws from life until Ren
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got this as a freebie on my Kindle (via Pixel of Ink), and I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, as some of the freebies are free for a reason. I can honestly say that I truly enjoyed it-watching Meredith and Jalal's relationship grow was lovely, and the remainder of the book (the events in 2008 as opposed to the beginning, in 1998) was sweet as well, if a bit jarring. I say "jarring" because it seemed like such a random jump between time periods, and I would have liked to see more developmen ...more
Linda Lewis
Hello, Goodreaders.

This is my book, so I'm not going to rate it. What I will do is thank those of you who used precious hours of your reading time on my book. I'm honored.

If you took the next step and wrote a review, I thank you again, no matter what you said or how many stars you gave it. I value your opinions.

I wish you many pleasant hours of reading in your future.

Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contemporary fiction and romance readers
Jalal Vaziri has spent his life running away from his problems. He left his parents and siblings in Seattle, moving cross-country to New York to escape family pressure to join the family business. He then leaves New York and moved to California when he decided he didn't like his job and where his life was heading. The Brevity of Roses by Linda Cassidy Lewis explores Jalal's motivations and shows that you can't run away from love or reality no matter how hard you try.

When we first meet Jalal he i
Lynn  Davidson
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Oh my! When I finished reading The Brevity of Roses I felt as if I had spent an enjoyable afternoon viewing a delectable movie! Even yet, several days later, I woke one morning with that sense of having just been there.

This story pulled me in from the beginning and held me till the end. Linda Cassidy Lewis’ characters come across as genuine with their human struggles – emotional pain, loss, fear, tenderness, misunderstanding, desire, avoidance, family strife, anger, hope, love, and I may have mi
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Occasionally, I indulge in reading something simply for the pure delight of it. This was one of those occasions.

Sometimes life is more than one can manage alone, and that was the case for both Jalal and Meredith. At fifty years old, a guilty feeling Meredith had closed herself off from love. At thirty, Jalal had done the same, but in a somewhat different manner. Fate, however, wasn't content to let them struggle alone. Instead, it conspired to bring them together to heal, and in healing, find lo
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as part of a Library Thing Giveaway and just got around to reading it.. This is a beautiful novel. The author has written a story that encompasses two love stories. The stories touch your heart with their simplicity. You feel that you are watching it happen in front of your eyes. The story revolves around Jalal Vaziri a poet and his relationship with the love of his life. Jalal meets Meredith an older woman and falls in love with her. Initially she is reluctant to become involved ...more
Shelly Immel
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Brevity of Roses by Linda Cassidy Lewis is both a love story (more like two or three) and an exploration of how adults grow up in layers and fits and spurts.

Linda explores her characters through their relationships. We see them struggle to leave behind bad habits and baggage to form new, more genuine connections.

Linda doesn’t pull punches, letting her characters experience true highs and lows, bringing the reader along for the ride. It was refreshing to read a story that explores relations
Kathryn Merkel
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Brevity of Roses is not a romance, yet it is a beautifully written story of a man’s journey to find love & acceptance. Jalal Vaziri appears content, but knows that there is something missing in his life & it’s not just the love of his father, which he is sure he has no hope of earning. When he catches the eye of an older woman, Meredith, in a restaurant, it seems that hole in his life will be filled. Their relationship is rocky at first, but eventually smooth’s out & they settle into married ...more
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Brevity of Roses by Linda Cassidy Lewis is a love story. What makes it different is that it’s told primarily from the man’s POV. Jalal leaves his life in New York and heads to California to see his family and to start anew. He encounters Meredith. Jalal and Meredith both have lost loves in their past. They meet up in a restaurant and Jalal pursues her, even though she is fifty and he is much younger. Their life, their love is complicated and complex. And despite their age difference, it is d ...more
Dana Mason
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully executed novel reads like no other self-published piece of work I've read. It was crafted to perfection and could rival any NYT bestseller. It's character driven literature that won't bore you like most others.
Linda Cassidy Lewis puts you on the beach in California with her perfect settings and clear descriptions. You'll smell the spicy tea and feel the fog as it drifts over your skin.
Meredith is a gem and the epitome of a well-educated woman whom still doubts herself. She's tru
Christi Craig
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
"It was time to stop looking backward. . . . He opened the new journal and its blankness sent a ripple of fear through him."
~ from The Brevity of Roses

The middle ground. We've all been there. And, in her debut novel, Linda Cassidy Lewis takes us back there, to that place of fear and uncertainty, through the lives of three unforgettable characters.

Jalal, Meredith, and Renee have little in common, except that each is tethered to the weight of a painful past and unable to embrace the future. Incide
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I was a teenager, I fell in love with Kahlil Gabran. Not only his poetry and philosophy, but his middle eastern beauty and calmness. The main protagonist in the book, Jahlil, put me in mind of Kahlil Gabran, so of course I loved him.

I had a harder time with the women. I couldn't relate to Meredith dropping out of life at 35, after her first husband died. Maybe if she was 40 when she met Jahlil, the story would have worked for me, but 50? I'm 50 now, and I can't imagine a thirty year old ma
Darlene Foster
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing

A well written book; exploring the nature of human relationships, miscommunication and misunderstandings; filled with compelling, real characters that you can’t help but cheer for. The main character, Jalal, a good looking hunk, a Persian poet and a troubled soul is surrounded by love but doesn’t realize it as he dwells in self absorption and misunderstanding. He is easy to fall in love with and you want him to find true happiness as you follow him through immense joy and incredible sadness. The
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Brevity of Roses is a quiet but probing look at the life of Jalal Vaziri as he searches for love and a sense of peace with who he is. Through the eyes of the women who love him -- his sisters and his lovers -- I felt as if I was looking into the soul of a man who feels out of place in the world, and found myself longing for him to gain a new perspective on life.

As delicately as a vine climbing over a trellis, the author weaves together a variety of lives, time periods, and personal journeys
Mike  Davis
Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance
This is a good book within its genre. I found it well written with many reversals and an engaging storyline. It is not the kind of book that you will recall to mull over unanswered questions and philosophical conundrums and it really does not break any new ground. The main characters are complex if not a bit overly-dramatic at times as the demons of their past are encountered. To be honest, romance novels are not my cup of tea, but I found the book a good debut novel, an enjoyable change of pace ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Natasha Alexander
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Brevity of Roses is an interesting read by debut author Linda Cassidy Lewis. It follows main character Jalal's relationship with two women - Meredith and Renee - but, ultimately, it is Jalal's relationship with himself that he needs to resolve in order to move forward with his life. The characters and their relationships develop slowly and with some depth. I found Renee the most believable and likable of the three, but all characters are well-drawn.

Readers who enjoy stories rich in character
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I loved this book!! It took me until the 2nd chapter to get into this book and fall in love with the character Jalal and then I was hooked! This story had multiple love stories that made me want to keep reading, you got to see how the different characters struggled with their past and how hard it is to let go and move on. Jalal's story is one of strength, forgiveness, courage and love. I didn't want the story to end. I would recommend it to everyone!! :-) Thank you goodreads for this amazing win ...more
Bill Thibadeau
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
For the record, I am a 100% male reader. I am not a love story genre fan but I found this love story to be compelling.

The Brevity of Roses is NOT a romance novel. It is a thought provoking story of the love between people of different age groups and social backgrounds.

The writing is very well crafted. The characters are developed carefully and seem to spring to life. I felt like they were staring back at me from the page.

This fine debut novel is a story of complex relationships. The complexity l
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was such a wonderful book. This is one in which I really found myself trying to understand the emotions and behaviors of all the characters involved. Jalal, in my opinion, was a very complex person who had a very simple want: to be loved. I don't want to give too much of the book away through my review, but I believe that anyone who enjoys love stories should thoroughly appreciate this one. I thought that it was very well-written, and I hope to read more from this author. ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was an emotional read about Jalal, an Iranian man who migrated to the States when he was 18 years old, and the two women he loved. A physically attractive man, he was emotionally weak and reluctant to face reality but instead chose to hide in his own world. I enjoyed reading the contrast between his two loves. Meredith was very similar in personality with Jalal while Renee was a survivor and challenged him.
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sucked into this story immediately!! The characters are well developed and the writing is impeccable. The story took me places I could never have anticipated. Linda has the knack for adding twists that are both surprising yet natural. If you are looking for a deep and emotional story of love lost and love found, then I highly recommend this book!!
Tricia Sutton
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I love this debut novel in that it delves into love, relationships, and grief that is not sappy or clichéd. The characters are as unique as the story in which they are portrayed. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever suffered self-doubt, disappointed their parents, or suffered loss. That's everyone. ...more
Kasie West
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. Linda has a way with words that is both beautifully descriptive and succinct. The story pulled me right in and kept me there wanting more, wanting to find out how Jalal's life would turn out. The characters are full of depth and wonderfully flawed. This was a book I didn't want to put down until I finished every last gorgeous word. ...more
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Linda Cassidy Lewis believes that life is all about relationships, and her fiction reflects that belief. Indiana born and raised, she now lives with her husband in California, where she writes versions of the stories she held in her head during the years their four sons were growing up. Her home is in the city, so she's thankful for the gift of imagination that whisks her a

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