An ad for the Brevity of Roses appeared in my Facebook stream. I could download a copy for just a few pennies for the next 12 hours and I had just finished my current review read. What the heck, I will give this book a read!
Brevity of Roses was not disappointing. This is just a great beach/vacation read and it is actually comforting to think that an older woman could attract such a young man from across a restaurant. I found this quite plausible because I always enjoyed the students in my classes and they were younger, whereas the fellows my age were not so interested or interesting.
I liked the cultural diversity expressed in this book and how the author played with that theme. I know many people do not think I like romance books and in general the closer they are to “porn” the less I enjoy them as a good read. This book had a good story line and some good cooking going on!
I loved that the people did not have any money worries; most of the characters. I liked that gardening was an element of the story and was incorporated as relevant metaphors. I thought it was important that the characters resolved conflict and clarified their communications and this made for a delightful story line and follow through. Brevity of Roses allowed me to escape.
I had a bit of a problem with the characters in the first chapter. So many were introduced and I did not know where that mob was taking me and who was important. I opened the ‘notes and highlight’ tool on my reader and wrote down each character, then used the note as my reference point, which made the story more interesting as the secondary characters came and left from the telling.
If young Persian successful poet meets mature widowed, retired professor who grows roses and they both share good conversation and work through family issues while exploring the parameters of love is an idea that appeals to you I recommend this book. Yes! There is a Brevity of Roses.
Would you like to recommend a good beach read or well written romance novel? Looking forward to your suggestions.
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