Flourish by Linda Rosen


About the novel Flourish

As the author or co-author of 35 books, I enjoy writing as much as I relish reading. And I love reading new material from a previously unpublished writer -- especially when her writing is so descriptive that it makes the reader feel like part of the storyline.

In the aptly-named novel Flourish, Linda Rosen parlays her love of fine wine and personal relationships into an intriguing story of surmounting obstacles -- at work and at home -- that seem formidable. Liz, her main character, compensates for the loss of her philandering husband by soliciting and securing help for her vineyard from surrounding neighbors.

Both the dialogue and the descriptive writing are seductive, although this story is longer on personal rather than romantic achievement. Although it cannot compare to Fifty Shades of Grey, this believable novel will capture and hold the attention of readers -- especially those of the female persuasion.

A lifelong New Jersey resident, Linda Rosen obviously knows the nearby Pennsylvania wineries well. Readers who settle down with her gently-woven story could almost sniff the zesty smell of harvest grapes that lead to fine wine.

As an author of many travel articles, all of them requiring word-pictures, I recommend Flourish without reservation.

President Emeritus, North American Travel Journalists Association [NATJA]
Host/executive producer, Travel Itch Radio
Travel editor, Maggie Linton Show [Sirius XM Satellite Radio]
Travel editor, New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine
American Society of Journalists & Authors [ASJA]
Garden State Journalists Association [GSJA]
Society of Professional Journalists [SPJ]
Society for American Baseball Research


In Flourish, Linda Rosen’s first novel, she has written a story that dramatically reveals the strength of one woman left alone with only her wits and determination to survive and prosper.  This book traces the single-minded will that women have become used to hearing about and recognizing in many of today’s leaders.  In Flourish, Ms. Rosen artfully tells a story of one such woman who, out of necessity, blazed that path before it was commonplace.

– Joan Koppel, Editor

Liz Bergen is in serious trouble. She’s in the middle of a divorce and harvest time for her family vineyard. She knows what has to be done and no clue how to accomplish it, but once she makes up her mind, there’s no stopping her. Along the way, she learns the power of friendship and determination.

Author, Linda Rosen transports you to the heart of wine country with such vivid descriptions, you’ll experience the scent and taste of the grapes. You’ll feel Liz’s pain. You’ll understand her struggle. You’ll hope for her to Flourish.

Ann Everett, author of Laid Out and Candle Lit

Flourish reads likea real life story with authentic, well developed characters; a story that can happen to any of us. The novel, which is gripping, is written in a language that reflects the reality of life’s uncertainties. I only had access to three chapters of the book, but I can’t wait to read more, wondering what happened to Liz, who thought she lost everything when her husband left her, but showed stamina and resolve once she found herself alone. Flourish is a fine and refreshing women’s fiction and a welcome addition to the body of literature.

– Ziva Bakmna-Flamhaft, author of WAR WIDOW.