Roses Paperback – 20 Jan 2011
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A heartbreaking and absorbing multigenerational saga' DAILY EXPRESS ('Devour this sprawling novel of passion and revenge' BEST)
This is for you if Gone with the Wind is one of your all-time favourites.' IMAGE ('Like Gone With the Wind, this epic is gloriously entertaining' PEOPLE)
This enthralling stunner, a good old-fashioned read, may herald the overdue return of those delicious doorstop epics from such writers as Barbara Taylor Bradford and Colleen McCullough. A refreshingly nostalgic bouquet of family angst, undying love and "if onlys." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ('Readers who like an old-fashioned saga will devour this sprawling novel of passion and revenge' LIBRARY JOURNAL)
Commercial fiction on an epic scale, ROSES redefines the classic American blockbuster for a new generationSee all Product Description
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Treachery, tradgedy and misunderstandings are front and center and eventually leave Mary stuck between a rock and a hard place forcing her to a decision that will have ramifications on all three families for several generations to come. The secrets continue after Mary's death (no spoilers here, we know this will happen in the first few chapters) as an unexpected codicil to Mary's will sends her great-niece Rachel spiraling in shock and anger that only increases when she finds the secret that Mary has kept all these years. Now hell-bent for revenge against the Warwicks, Rachel is willing to risk it all even though it could cost her the only man she will ever love and her last chance at happiness.
I liked this book a lot and had a hard time putting it down, and blew through it in two days. Yes it's big, it's sprawling (sometimes it sprawls too much) and very soap opera-ish, but I love those kind of books. I didn't connect as much with Rachel's story as I did with Mary and Percy (sigh.....Read more ›
In the great mansions of Houston Avenue, Howbutker, live the town's founding families: Toliver, Warwick and DuMont. Over generations they have settled their differences by exchanging roases; a red rose to ask for forgiveness and a whit rose to accept. A pink rose means - forgiveness denied.
But when precocious teenager Mary Toliver inherits cotton plantation Somerset from her father Vernon, the first seeds of discontent are sown.
There are a few dud moments but those didn't stop my enjoyment of the book. Even Rachel, who did get on my nerves, didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. Not many authors write sagas like this anymore, which is a shame, as I do like well written sagas.
'Roses' tells the story of three families (Tolivers, Warwicks and Du Monts) whose lives are intertwined. It opens with Mary Toliver, a woman with a passion for her father's estate. However, all hell breaks loose when her father boycotts his wife Darla and son Miles, to give Mary the plantation. Miles leaves to fight in World War One and decides to stay in France when it concludes. Meanwhile, Mary falls in love with his friend, Percy Warwick but they unwisely do not marry. Meanwhile, the Toliver curse is still active which means that only one Toliver in each generation can survive....
They plotline sounds interesting and it would have been, had the story been executed properly. I found it was a typical case of quantity rather than quality. I found the characters irritated me, especially as the story went on. The story was also weakened when the narration changed to other characters, frankly they were uninteresting. There were also too many coincidences for my liking.
I finish saying that while `Roses' began well, it quickly became boring , in my opinion. Looking back, I would rather not have read it.
A little slow to begin with, after the first 100 or so pages I still wasn't sure about it, but then it really took off and had me glued to the pages. Heartwarming and thoroughly enjoyable I would look out for this author again.
My only negative comment would be to say that I was slightly disappointed in the end, I thought there was going to be some great revealation but it never came. Still, a great read nevertheless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great family history that grips the reader. Sequel is excellent also.Published 15 months ago by ainmcleite
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, found it very hard to put down!! The writing style is easy to read. It's just a great summer read for holidays.Published on 24 July 2014 by Ms. A. Mccabe
A great book very hard to put down I was completely lost in the story and look forward to reading more of Leila Meacham's books.Published on 15 Feb. 2014 by Teresa Grove
I loved this book. I Read it on holiday which was perfect as once you start you don't want to put it down.Published on 22 Sept. 2012 by Susan Smith