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All The Pretty Roses: A Tale of Bittersweet Love and Betrayal Paperback – April 9, 2017
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About the Author
Dear Reader: All the Pretty Roses is a memoir of sorts in which a young successful writer looks back on her college years and remembers her quest to find true love-not withstanding its obstacles. She remembers campus Romeo who swept her off her feet and then taught her serious lessons about honesty, trust and higher purpose. She remembers the person who first caught her eye on campus—and it’s not who you think. She forges real bonds and confronts the unfairness of life head-on. She is a survivor, an indecisive musical, written and visual artist, a courageous lover, valued friend, and has written down the bones in this witty version of events she calls A TALE OF BITTERSWEET LOVE AND BETRAYAL. So, here’s my story of LOVE: (Ripped apart, sewn together, STRETCHED, shortened and EDITED for your entertainment.) Sincerely, Sarah Jane "My vision with Ophelia Brown Publishing is to create a platform upon which young women of any color can express themselves freely without shame in order to WRITE DOWN THE BONES or even SPEAK their experiences that brought them to this particular point in life." "Ophelia Brown is a modern Ophelia from Hamlet and a heroine representing a woman who has been to the depths of despair and there reached a life affirming knowledge of self that saves her life, realizing that she is the author (creator, mother)- of Love. A lesson that teaches that women should pay it forward and share their gifts with others and to let them know they should celebrate the journey that got them to today and be ashamed of nothing." Sarah Jane graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 with a BA in Language Arts and in 2010 with a Master’s in Library and Information Science. She enjoys digital art, violin, dance, singing, writing and performing poetry. She loves to tutor children in phonics. She holds a teaching license with three endorsements.
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Top customer reviews
Since I am not familiar with this genre and its style of writing, I had a difficult time completing this read. There were some areas I felt could have been elaborated on such as the “rape” since I was asking who, why, when, how, and what question(s) while reading the literature, then towards the end was mentioned again that re-triggered who actually violated Mercedes; also I did not fully connect as a reader to the love-experience between the couples.
Poetry was added to the novel, as a form of expression between Mercedes and Bitter. There was one poem that was simple, direct, and to-the-point about relationships that I greatly enjoyed on page 85/86 (ebook version). In my own train of thought, I wondered if the names: Love, Betrayal, and Bitter were all emotions or such emotions playing in Mercedes’ psyche when it came to relationships. Or actual names of the characters, or some names were used as metaphors and/or nicknames to express such emotion in certain scenes of the storyline.
Overall, I can see this novel being dissected, evaluated, and discussed in an Advanced English or Reading course in High School (which I took Advanced English in 11th grade).
The author provided an eBook copy for an honest review.