ROSELetters of love to life
Rose, an eighty-four-year-old lady questions in her letters to her ex-lover, the traditional way of relating to nature, to her own body and spirituality and discloses her most intimate thoughts on time passing by. The various characters echo the struggles of her own generation and that of her children and grandchildren and reflect how life itself has formed her emerging wisdom.
Her deep love of nature’s diversity, mirrored in humankind, develops throughout the book. Rose, letters of love to life, is a wonderful and fascinating literary novel that invites the reader to sense rather than think and is an open invitation to slow down and get personal again.
This is what the publisher says about the manuscript:
The beauty with which you describe the decor and the atmosphere arouses aromatic feelings in the reader. In your story various characters are discussed with intriguing backgrounds and life stories. It is clever how you do not shy away from writing about taboo subjects, such as the world in which Rose and her late son Peter moved forward. The main character, Rose, shares her wisdom in a clear way, so that readers can interpret her thinking well. Very sincere you raise profound questions about religion and you show various perspectives of life questions. Because you put this novel on paper in letter form, you make this story truly unique. In addition, you introduce the characters in an exceptional way, similar to how characters of a play are presented to the audience. Although the reader only sees Rose’s letters, the story is crystal clear. Your story tells the truth: in our world, feminine knowledge is indispensable.
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What the readers say
“It makes sense to me to organize my life differently and to enjoy life instead of always working. ROSE gives again meaning to my life.”
HR Director in a Governmental organisation
“I get Silvia Plath vibes from it,”
A Dutch student from The Hague
“I am halfway through your book and ROSE, letters of love to life reminded me of this book. Thank you for writing it!”
Expat Dutch living in France
(The book this reader sent me in appreciation of my novel was: The Faithful Gardener by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, the inspirational writer of Women Dancing with the Wolves)
“Your book touches me deeply. My heart opens and emotions flood me. The story makes me happy and sad at the same time. After reading this book I decided to live my life to the full and to take a year off from my work.”
Reader from Amsterdam in international executive position
“It seems like you are writing about me,”
Five women between the age of 20 and 90
Leadership coach and mentor from America
“Rose as a character stays with me. I read three to six books a week, which I usually forget quickly. Rose got under my skin, she will not let me go.”
A 70 year+ reader living in Zeeland in The Netherlands
“If it were written in Dutch, I know at least five women I would like to give it to.”
“In the meantime I have read Rose … and I enjoyed it! It was a celebration of recognition. Deep bow, and many thanks for bringing Rose into the world.” Independent professional in The Netherlands
“I have been so emotional since reading it. It has opened up a floodgate tears. It’s so beautiful. It truly is an experience of the senses as I read the letters, I feel as though I am sharing the experiences with her and also there are times I feel she is writing the letters to me. I’m deeply touched and moved by ROSE’s writing. I’m only on page 36 and am looking so forward to continuing the journey of love that Cécile has made possible for us to explore.”
Woman in management position
Rose … How incredibly beautiful!
I was able to enjoy the soft writing style; that style that fits me very well with the things of life that Rose is doing. Her musings in her letters also cause thoughts and reflections for myself. I noticed the attention to the environment and the details. And love just splashes.
Softly and with appreciation for the main characters and your writing skills, I kept Rose on my lap. Funny, how authentic Rose comes across…
I can “imagine” her. I think of her as a beautiful woman.
Well and nicely done Cécile! Director of a governmental climate organisation
ROSE, letters of love to life p. 133 “…life is full of treasures if we accept that they might come our way in bewildering forms and unexpected times.” Loving this book! As with all books that come my way it’s taking me months to read and every time I pick it up there is a little gem of a message for me.”
British reader living in Brussels
ROSE, letters of love to life is cup filling.
Reader posting on FB
Cécile your book is to me like a box of chocolates, full of nuggets of wisdom in very subtle and touching ways.
International Leadership coach based in London
“Dear Cécile, I read Rose. Am still. I suck up all the words. They weave a dance in me. They touch on knowing. So much wisdom, so many memories of life in connection with nature, pain as well, (partly of my own life) withdrawn from the essential basics, the wisdom of the elders. I feel deep admiration for you, for all the wisdom that is woven into this book. What an inner wisdom lives in you! I am on page 108. I continue my reading. Thank you for writing this book!” Dutch participant to one of my workshops
So nice. The whole book is so nice. You write like you have lived several lives.
Swedish man (35)
I loved your book. It is beautiful and needed and I hope that many will read it.
Young man from the Netherlands