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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751542695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751542691
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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Commercial fiction on an epic scale, ROSES redefines the classic American blockbuster for a new generation

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Format: Hardcover
Three families migrated west to eastern Texas and founded the small town of Howbutker ("how about here" they said) - the Tolivers (descended from the Lancasters), the Warwicks (descended from the House of York) as well as the DuMonts of French descent. Friends for generations, most disagreements were settled by the offering of a red rose to offer apology and a white to acknowledge forgiveness. As the story begins, Mary Toliver Dumont has only weeks to live and reflects back on her life and how it was irrevocably changed when her father left their cotton farm, Somerset, to a very young Mary instead of her mother and brother. Mary loves the farm with the same passion her father had - but is there room in her life for both Somerset and the devilishly handsome Percy Warwick?

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.....
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East Texas 1916.

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.
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I loved this book. My husband bought it for me as a birthday gift as he knows I love Gone with the Wind and he chose well, this is a good family saga. Families intertwined, crazy about land and cotton, secrets and a strong woman with of course great romance but not the yucky kind. A great read.
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Well written with clear themes and captivating story line. But not very original, much like 'Gone with the wind' themes. Nevertheless, a book that keeps you hooked with a somewhat unlikely 'happy ever after' ending. Focus on highly priviledged and wealthy society characters can be a bit tiresome, but if taken as presented it makes a good read.
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I normally love big long, thrilling sagas spanning several lifetimes but unfortunately this book just did not succeed. I found it repetitive, slow paced and frankly boring.

'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.
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A really wonderful story sweeping through a century - well worth a read. Set against the backdrop of a Texan town the beautiful and often heart wrenching story unfolds to reveal characters who are very much human , they make mistakes , they try to fix them , they live their enthralling lives and as far as I'm concerned I could have kept reading forever...
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By JM TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 May 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful saga of the families who founded the small town of Howbutker in America, the Tolivers, the Warwicks and the Dumonts. Mary Toliver is only sixteen when her father dies and leaves her his cotton plantation, much to the horror of her mother and brother. What follows is an epic story resulting in Mary's death (which is hinted at even in the opening chapter so no spoiler), and the repercussions of the last century's events on her great niece Rachel.
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.
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