Coming Up Roses Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2012
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"A major voice in the romance genre."--"Publishers Weekly
""Catherine Anderson is an extraordinary talent. She has a voice that is gritty and tender, realistic and romantic, and always unique."--Elizabeth Lowell
A major voice in the romance genre. "Publishers Weekly
" Catherine Anderson is an extraordinary talent. She has a voice that is gritty and tender, realistic and romantic, and always unique. --Elizabeth Lowell"
About the Author
Catherine Anderson lives in the pristine woodlands of Central Oregon. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Sid, and is the author of more than thirty bestselling and award-winning historical and contemporary romances.
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Kate Blakely and her daughter, Miranda, endured personal hell for five long years. An agonizing world controlled by a heinous man - a perverted man to whom Kate Blakely had regrettably married. A man unsoundly motivated -- by his own interpretation of the Bible. Joseph Blakely perceived his wife and daughter as `Handmaidens to Satan' - sent by the evil one to tempt him into sin.
Zachariah McGovern is the neighbor around whom Miranda builds a castle of dreams. In Miranda's eyes, this man is her hero. A man who ranks right up there with the fairies, the elves, and the mystical unicorns from her mother's fairytales -- he is the stuff of magical wishes. Zachariah McGovern is a god sent.
Through the pages, the author has drawn striking character sketches. Kate Blakely is a gentle, loving woman -- the victim of a life mistake. Anderson drafts Zachariah McGovern from her masculine template - brawny men who are everything wonderful. And little Miranda Blakely is divine, the star of the story. This cast and their lives make remarkable reading material.
What are the problems? The conclusion wrapped up too nicely, too methodically. These are two wounded souls who would not come back from the brink of destruction so easily -- no matter who the hero is. Secondly, Zachariah's tragic past was an unnecessary side story. Still, this is a forceful well-written story.
Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.
Kate was married to a very abusive man who beat on her and even tortured their sweet daughter, Miranda, by holding her hands in the fire. Now Joseph is dead and Kate is trying to live her life quietly with her daughter and keep her interfering brother-in-law from taking over her life. Zach is their new neighbor who ends up getting bitten by several rattlesnakes saving Miranda from an old well, and has to recover at Kate's farm. He comes to like Kate and Miranda and realizes they've had an unhappy life with Joseph Blakely. I really like that Miranda warms up to Zach so quickly and even "magic wishes" him to be her pa. It shows how much she's willing to trust again after the horrible things her father used to do.
Kate marries Zach to protect Miranda from her brother-in-law, (who is accusing Kate of killing his brother,) but she's still wary of him. When Miranda disobeys Zach, (by trying to hide in the hay loft when the floor was weak,) and almost has a deadly accident Zach takes her to the house to discipline her. Kate forces herself to trust that Zach isn't like Joseph and wont hurt Miranda. Later when she finds that Miranda only had to sit on a chair in the corner, her trust in Zach is rewarded and they make their marriage real.
Miranda is an adorable child. I especially like the part where she's telling Zach about her mother's happy tears and how pretty they make her eyes. She asks if Zach wants to see her happy tears and tells him she just has to tell her mother how much she loves her. I can see why Zach wanted to have her for his little girl.
This book's a keeper. It's out of print right now, so I'm glad I was able to get it.
Catherine Anderson has written a fairy tale for grown ups. There's not a lot of hot steamy sex, but there is plenty of sexual
tension and attraction. I especially enjoy the fact that Ms Anderson's female characters are flawed, just like the rest of us. Her women are sometimes overweight, blind, paralyzed, mute, scarred, abused or some other "imperfection". I like that Zachariah is just as insecure about his appearance as most of us. Although her male heros are always too good to be true, her wonderful stories and characters are likeable, enjoyable, and they always lift my spirits.
I just love a good happy ending, and this book lives up to Catherine Anderson's talent for telling a good story.
Kate Blakey is just trying to piece together her life. After suffering at the hands of her abusive husband for so many years, she is rejoicing in her new found freedom. Life is very difficult for her and her four year old daughter, Miranda after the death of her husband but she is determined to move forward and help her child heal. Just because Kate no longer have to suffer punishment from her deceased husband, she still have to fight off his disturbing brother, Ryan, who believes that Kate should be with him and if she refuses, he will take Miranda away. Not to mention, Kate has to deal with her new ruggedly handsome neighbor, Zach McGovern.
Zach wonders what causes Kate and her daughter to become so skittish around them. When little Miranda falls in an old well, Zach risks his life to go in and save her. Bitten by snakes, Kate can't refuse to help the man who has risked it all for her daughter. She helps heal his body and bring him back to life. While Kate works on his body, Zach slowly starts to work on their hearts, showing them that there are some good loving men around.
This is a well-written story. Would I necessarily call it a traditional love story? No. My reasons being that there are too many horrific scenes (especially when Kate finally opens up about the abuse she and Miranda suffered from) and the images of what Miranda dealt with stayed with me long after. In all honesty, I end up rooted for the little girl to finally get some peace of mind and a happy ending.
The ending wrapped up too neatly and after all they went through it was a little unrealistic. Zach's own side story is interesting but after the painful story it seemed a bit unnecessary to add more heartache to the story.
Reviewed by Samantha
This review was originally posted on The Season site (theseasonforromance dot com)