All The Pretty Roses: A Tale of Bittersweet Love and Betrayal

All The Pretty Roses: A Tale of Bittersweet Love and Betrayal

by Sarah Jane Heidelberg


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All the Pretty Roses is set in a Southern University with a popular poetic atmosphere where everybody whom so desires is allowed to pop their literary cherry and participate in the emergence of Slam Poetry Readings in Mississippi, attend musical jam sessions, and attend special events that bring the promise of new love. You wonder if any studying takes place with all the excitement.

Mercedes, the embodiment of "Love" meets campus Romeo and poet, "Bitter" and their whirlwind affair leads to heartbreak as it dawns on him that he, a Senior in college is dating a mere freshman.

He takes all lengths to avoid this beauty, inadvertently opening the door for Betrayal to move into his territory once he decides to give it a go. Life circumstances and a long talk with his homeboy leads to a bargain. This bargain leaves himself out of Love's life.

Betrayal, is a loyal friend who happens to have had his life saved by the egregious Bitter when they were younger. When Betrayal, the complete opposite of Bitter, finally makes his move and everything seems perfect, an unexpected event leaves both Bitter and Love feeling empty.

After Love forgoes all the glitterization of poetry and prose she once loved in college, a burst of energy to tell her story re-energizes her to write the story of a lifetime.

How is Bitter connected to her success and will she find passion again after loss? Find out in All the Pretty Roses: A Tale of Bittersweet Love and Betrayal.

Told in simple yet bold language, this storyline will allow you to exercise your imagination, your level of comprehension and ability to envision it playing out in real life.

Please be sure to check out the Audiobook version of All the Pretty Roses on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes and fall in love with Love; Featuring original musical arrangements by Jason Illori.

"I found you drinking waters

from the fountains of another garden

And I saw clearly from one quadrant of the garden to the other...

roses.... Beautiful roses.

I looked through the glass and saw

all my bushes and thorns, and no roses

A thicket, but no roses

orchid and lilies; no roses

waters that ran deep; but no roses

(To love me you had to suffer pricks, bruises, and wear my body, sinful, but my soul very rare)

Did you get tired of standing outside my garden waiting for roses to bloom?

To symbolize the beauty in my wisdom, trust, and faith in you?

Did you grow weary of loving me?

While I was going fond of your aversion to me?

All I could say when looking into your eyes was,

"I'm sorry...I never promised you a rose garden."

And all you said was silence.

And all I heard was a pounding

and it kept getting louder and louder

and I began to crack

And it drove me mad

and all I saw was a tear in your eyes

"goodbye" .... you said

"And take your heart with you,"

you scolded, "It's disturbing my peace."

And you began to quote the words of the prophet,
and said, "I only wanted one time to see you laughing,

I only wanted to be some kind of friend"

And I too began to quote,

"Until the end of time, I'll be there for you,

you are my heart & mind, I truly adore you."

You frowned, your disposition turned around,

hugged me, and used your key to let me out of

this garden by the gates' door.

There I'll return. Nevermore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781545164273
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/09/2017
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

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.)


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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