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Tumbleweeds: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Leila Meacham
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"Roses heralded as new Gone with the Wind."-- USA Today (praise for Roses)

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From the bestselling author of Roses, a novel for fans of Friday Night Lights about a Texas town's passion for football and the love triangle between three of their brightest stars

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1352 KB
  • Print Length: 483 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455509248
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (19 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOVTPCE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leila does it again! 25 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I LOVED Roses, and had to get this, and it did not disappoint! Completely different, but still in the "saga" genre, with lots of different characters to get involved wit. I dont re read books, but Roses and Tumbleweeds will not be passed on to friends, they will stay on my bookshelves for re reading in a few years! More please Leila Meacham.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Condition Perfect 15 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this book was supposed to be used, but condition was perfect, not a crease or stain in sight.i am very pleased with speed of delivery too.smashing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling 31 May 2013
Format:Paperback
From start to finish, an exciting roller coaster ride, I just couldn't put the down until I had fInished it
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 7 July 2012
Format:Hardcover
I like Leila Meacham's Tumbleweeds for its excellent prose and style.The story comes with some subtleties. With characters that are well developed, a plot that kept the story thrilling all the way to the end, and a setting that made everything so true to life. Disciples of Fortune is another Saga I enjoyed.Overall, this is a well written book.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  219 reviews
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sappy Soap Opera 16 July 2012
By 2LZ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was disappointed in Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham. I was expecting to love it, as I did Roses. Many reviewers have already tackled the plot of the book. I will give my overall impression of the story. This is a lengthy novel with a predictable story-line for most of the book. There were some twists that seemed over-the-top. It is old fashioned in many ways. It was hard to get to know the characters; I neither loved them nor hated them. I was indifferent to them. In places, the story defied common sense. What should have been key dramatic events, requiring time to develop, were brushed over too quickly and concisely. At times the novel was very sappy and the language was stilted. I was certain from the high ratings previous readers gave the book that it was sure to be a book for me. It was not.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of drama and shocking plot twists 16 July 2012
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Cathy Benson is just 11 years old when her parents die, and she must move from California to the tiny town of Kersey, Texas. Cathy's grandmother Emma has had little dealings with her son and his wife, who struck her as vain and materialistic. The last time she had been around Cathy, her granddaughter was just four years old and seemed spoiled rotten. Now, although Emma knows she must raise Cathy, she is a bit apprehensive by the idea. After all, Cathy is leaving a privileged life near the beach to live in a more hard-scrabble environment in the Texas Panhandle. At first, Emma's anxieties appear to be on track: little Cathy is stoic and mute. However, when Emma cannot control her grief at the loss of her son, her granddaughter instantly embraces her.

Eleven-year-old best friends John Caldwell and Trey Don Hall are not at all pleased when Trey Don's Aunt Mabel volunteers them to look after the new girl in town. Trey and John are smart, athletic boys who are leaders of the sixth grade. Emma and Mabel hope that Cathy's induction into the local school will be much smoother with John and Trey escorting her. Both boys are essentially orphans themselves, with parents absent from their lives for a number of reasons. Mabel recognizes inherent morality and goodness in John but worries about her own nephew, hoping he hasn't inherited the traits of his selfish parents.

John decides he doesn't mind helping the new girl, but Trey continues to object to "babysitting a mute"...until the day he first glimpses small, blonde Cathy. He is unable to move after seeing her, thunderstruck by an emotion he has never experienced. Now he plans to protect her forever. The three children bond, forming a warm, close friendship that sustains them for many years. Then puberty strikes. Trey announces to John that he is going to ask Cathy to go steady with him, knowing at the same time that this romantic pairing will alter everything in their lives. Trey is stunned by Cathy's response: "I already am going steady with you." He feels incredibly fortunate, even after suffering a health crisis that will have life-long repercussions, changing their future paths in shocking and unpredictable ways. Meanwhile, though, the boys play football and hope for scholarships while Cathy attains grades that she anticipates will eventually get her into medical school. Trey and Cathy date, maintaining a friendship with John. The three plan to attend the University of Miami together.

Trey, however, is concerned that this cozy future they envision will not come to pass if the school team doesn't win a championship. If they lose a key game, he figures, he may not get the scholarship he wants. Trey is so desperate to win that he dreams up a scheme to sway good fortune their way. In spite of his misgivings, John finally agrees to help his friend, but things go nightmarishly wrong.

Leila Meacham introduces a mystery at the beginning of this expansive novel spanning several generations with the return to his hometown of 40-year-old Trey Don Hall. We know that Trey and John have not spoken for decades, leaving us to wonder what on earth could have happened to their once-tight friendship --- and turning pages late into the night in order to find out. While some may find this hefty saga to be a bit too full of drama and shocking plot twists, others are bound to devour its nearly 500 pages of star-crossed love, friendship and football with intense pleasure.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tumbleweed 8 July 2012
By sksgrlvol - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Tumbleweeds was the best book I have read in a long time. I could not put it down. The secrets, the lies, and the last minute twist kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning until I finished it. I wish this author would write more books. She is a master storyteller!!!!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 7 July 2012
By Peter Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I like Leila Meacham's Tumbleweeds: A Novel for its excellent prose and style.The story comes with some subtleties. With characters that are well developed, a plot that kept the story thrilling all the way to the end, and a setting that made everything so true to life. Disciples of Fortune is another Saga I enjoyed.Overall, this is a well written book.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nonsense 26 July 2012
By M. Locke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Like a poorly written soap opera, this book has almost every drama imaginable. There are orphans, and football stars, high school antics, murder, botched abortion, pregnancy, you name it it's here. Oh and a Catholic priest. The author has no idea how to develop characters or a story line. In many places, this tedious book felt like the chapters were in the wrong order. By the time I was nearing the end I couldn't wait for the blather to be over. Ridiculous.
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