For the Roses (Rose, #1)
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For the Roses (Claybornes' Brides (Rose Hill) #1)

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1879. In Blue Belle, Montana, everyone knew better than to mess with the Claybornes. The brothers had once been a mismatched gang of street urchins -- until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York city alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed west to raise her to be a lady. They became a family -- held together by loyalty and love if not by blood -- when suddenly the...more
Mass Market Paperback, 576 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Pocket Books (first published 1995)
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Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
5–This Book Owns My Heart–Stars

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I can't even begin to express how much I love this story. I'm a HUGE Julie Garwood fan and I pretty much love any historical romance she writes, but this book stole my heart like few of her other stories have.

This heartwarming book is a little different than Garwood's usual fast-paced, fun-loving, and whimsical romances. It's longer, is more drawn out, and doesn't just center on the love story. For the Roses is a tale about family, friendship, and love. It featur...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
From the cover:
The Clayborne brothers were a rough gang of street urchins -- until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed to Blue Belle, Montana, to raise her to be a lady. They became a family -- held together by loyalty and love if not blood -- when suddenly a stranger threatened to tear them apart...Lord Harrison Stanford MacDonald brandished a six-shooter and a swagger, but he soon proved to be a gentleman to the core. The brothers taught...more
Melissa
Oct 11, 2008 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everytone
I looked for For the Roses after seeing the Hallmark film, Rose Hill, which was very, very loosely based on the book. I saw the name of the book and author at the end of the film and went straight to the bookstore the next day to get it. I couldn't find it because it was a ROMANCE and at the time I thought myself above the genre. Boy, was I wrong. I bought the book and was immediately sucked in. It's a wonderful story with interesting and fleshed out characters. Julie Garwood changed my opinion...more
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Zumbagirl
Normally, I love Julie Garwood. Maybe I've changed because this book kind of annoyed me. It was way too long - could have and should have been edited back at least 100 pages. Her writing style is very simple - maybe too simple. I liked all of the characters and the premise was good. But something was missing from this compared to some of her other books. The Bride (Lairds' Fiancées, #1) by Julie Garwood and The Secret (Highlands' Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood are still my favorites!
Kathleen
3.5 stars. The story is heartwarming, smexy and sweet, but too slow. I do love Julie Garwood, but this American historical is not her best. I did like the hero, though. Garwood's heroes are always hot. Harrison is Scottish, big and braw. For some time, Mary Rose thinks he is a mild-mannered man, not familiar with guns or fights. This misperception created some mildly amusing scenes. I liked the four brothers and Mary Rose, too.

The best parts of the book are the first chapters (the boys find a ba...more
Melanie
I've put off reading this one for quite a while, but I ended up reading it all in one sitting last night: this book didn't have what I usually enjoy in HR(the big villain) but it was very well written, and I loved Mary Rose and her brothers' relationship.. Harrison was great, and the interaction between himself and the Clayborne family was very enjoyable and fun.. I did like Mary Rose, but there were times where she grated on my nerves a teeny tiny bit, especially at the beginning:-) And I also...more
Kathie (katmom)
A friend, Sandi Layne, told me that THIS was the Julie Garwood book to read. She was right!

I LOVED this from the moment the four boys found Sidney who turns out to be a girl. These young men know what FAMILY is and they raise Mary Rose to be an articulate, knowledgeable, kind, caring woman.

Each chapter ends with a letter to Mama Rose, the eldest brother's mama, who has become the mama to all five of them. It doesn't matter that four of the five have NEVER even met her, she's their MAMA and throu...more
Christy
Despite its flaws--and there are many--I enjoyed this story of an unconventional family in the Wild West. I enjoyed it enough to check out the sequels from the library and am now looking forward to reading a trilogy of novellas about three of the brothers.
Elise Wilson
I absolutely loved this book. It has everything I look for in a good read. I liked the hero, Harrison and heroine Mary Rose. In fact, I loved the entire Clayborne family. Garwood does an excellent job of creating four brothers who personalities are distinct and whose gifts are unique. I also liked that the brothers came from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. I don't see that too often in this genre. The storyline itself was different and I liked it.

And while there is the element of romance in t...more
Trang Nguyen
This was a VERY long book that kept me turning the pages like there was no tomorrow....

The story was focused on Harrison and Mary Rose the H/H of the book, but there was a lot to be said of Mary Rose's brothers who I'm sure are in the books that follow.

Mary Rose lives in a unique household in a small town called Blue Belle, Montana. She resides with her four adoptive older brothers who have raised her since she was an infant. She has grown up being loved, loving others, working hard, and loving...more
Cyndi
After all my bitching on my review, why didn't I give it 1 star?? I don't know. I guess because ... I didn't hate it and I'm kind of interpreting a 1 as "hate."

What I didn't like:
1. Mary Rose
2. Harrison
3. the dialogue
4. the plot

What I didn't find horrible:
1. Eleanor or Ellen or whoever the hell Mary Rose's friend is
2. Cole
3. Adam
4. Blue Belle and the Judge

Do I want to read the others? I don't know. I was kind of hoping Cole and Ellie would hook up and since that seems out of the question (I re...more
Kristen
I love Julie Garwood books and this book did not disappoint me. The weekend I read it I wanted to read a quick book but I only had this book. For the Roses is rather lengthly but well worth it.
The story starts off with four street boys finding a baby girl in a dumpster in New York City just before the Civil War. The boys decide to keep her and want to raise her to be a proper woman. Most of the book takes place after the boys and Mary Rose have grown into adulthood but they reflect on growing u...more
Lisarenee
Loved it. Definitely should have read this book first before going on to other books in this series. About three discarded children who banded together while living off the streets of New York in the 1800's. One of the things that secured their bond was a little girl they came to call Mary Rose, whom they found abandoned in a dumpster and saved. They decide to form their own family and raise the little girl as their sister, although none of them are related.
Pamela(AllHoney)
One of my faves. The prologue begins the story before the American Civil War. Then fast forward to chapter one and it is years later after the war. The heroine, Mary Rose, has arrived back to Blue Belle and her loving family after being away at school in St Louis. Mary Rose was found in a basket in an alley as a infant and raised by 4 "brothers". Filled with humor and a few heart wrenching moments I highly recommend this one.
Songül
Uzun süredir elime çeviri kalitesi sayesinde almaktan çekindiğim bir JG kitabıydı ..Mary Rose ile Harrison arasındaki ilişkinin zamanla aşka dönüşmesi ve bu arada yaşananlar ve diyaloglar keyiflidi. Adam , douglas , cole ve travis in yer aldığı diyalogları çok sevdim ....
John Yelverton
I thought this book was going to be as great as the Hallmark movie. It wasn´t even close.
Jacky Faber
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Jasmin
May 03, 2010 Jasmin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hopeless romantics
Recommended to Jasmin by: College friend
I liked the book, but I certainly didn't love it enough to give it five stars. But I have to admit that I enjoyed it in a certain extent. And fine, I became teary eyed in a few parts.

It's a nice read, but there were a lot of parts in the book that were "Fillers" or rather unnecessary and were just there to make the book even longer. Or rather, similar to what I'm doing, which is beating around the bush.

I never really enjoyed Western romances, and I have to admit that I was disappointed that this...more
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Adam..Travis..Cole..Douglas…
Birbirinden farklı bu dört kafadarın yolları şehrin arka sokaklarında kesişir bir gün…
Her birinin hikayesi,özellikleri farklı olsa da bir şekilde bir arada kalmayı başarmışlardır.Küçücük yaşlarına rağmen bir çete kurmuşlardır ve kendi yağlarında kavrulmuşlardır.Taki hiç beklemedikleri bir geceye kadar…
O gece ne mi oldu?Mary Rose adını verdikleri şirin mi şirin 4 aylık bir bebek buldular.Bebeğin bir sepet içinde çöpe atıldığını görmeleriyle onu aralarına almaları arası...more
P Harvey
I really enjoyed the first half of this story. However, it was very disturbing to to me that when Rose becomes afraid during her first sexual encounter with Harrison in the bunk house that HE HOLDS HER DOWN until she stops struggling. In this century we call that not consensual sex, or rape. Then the next night Rose is actually telling him that he's hurting her, and does he stop? NO! That's a serious problem. I think the author and Harrison use two excuses for him to ignore her obvious "NO" 1) S...more
Joene
Set in western United States and England, this story tells of 4 young homeless boys, living on the streets of New York City, who find an infant girl who was thrown away. She binds them together, and they decide to become a real family in the far West, far from those who would challenge their family unit. The Claybornes are born with the adoption of the young baby. Mystery surrounds her and her brothers, as does danger. GREAT STORY!!!! It was even made into a TV movie (which I didn't think was so...more
Bridgette
"For the Roses" is a story about four little boys living off the streets of New York in the early American 1800s who find a baby girl in a dumpster and take her to Montana to raise. I have never experienced a writer who could capture the likeness of children the way Garwood can. Her characterization of the children in this book is true and accurate to childlike behavior. I laughed out loud at the images Garwood painted with her words. She is clever, entertaining and funny. This is a superb read....more
Carrie
Romance Lovers book Club pick for June.

There's nothing really wrong with the book, but I couldn't get into it. I just wasn't interested in the characters and the story looks predictable. And I have to say, the characters were all just a little too perfect. Former street rats who are highly educated, play piano, are the "best" at shooting, or horse whispering, or whatever they do seems unlikely. Plus they now own a big ranch. And Mary Rose is the type of heroine that bores me to tears. She's "spu...more
Elizabeth Kuetemeyer
Great read!! Very different from the other Julie Garwood books I have read. Love the story of how three young boys find a little girl in an ally dumpster and take it upon themselves to raise her. I really enjoyed the western twist that was added in her book. Thoroughly like how Garwood shows all sides of life in the ninetieth hundreds. She ties in the city life of England streets, to the luxurious life of the wealthy then goes to a western life of danger yet peaceful and simple living, then tied...more
Debbie
Have you ever recommended a movie and then watched it again in horror seeing parts that you didn't remember? That's what happened with this book. I love the darling story line with four young boys living on the streets of New York in 1860 who find a baby girl and decide to raise her in the West.

Yeah, so I recommended this book to our book group remembering the story above. What I didn't remember was the sexually explicit scenes in this book! Needless to say there were some in our group who were...more
Büşra
içi dışı bir dediğimiz kitaplardandı ... kapağında ne görüyorsan içinde o var,bu nedenle ilk başta almayacaktım, alanların övgüleri gözümü kamaştırdı :P ve sonunda yorumlara kandım , garwood un beni biraz şaşırtacağını umdum.. evet iyi bir yazar ama sürekli kendini tekrar ediyor,ilk okuduğumda etkileyici bulduğum olaylar bir süre sonra olağan,ve bir süreden daha uzun bir zaman sonra ise sıkıcı gelmeye başlıyor.Çünkü kitabın sonunu biliyorsunuz.
Bu kitapta yaşadığım buydu,bitiremedim bile yarım bı...more
Teresa
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Robin
Four orphan boys are surviving on the streets of New York City when they find a baby in the trash. Vowing to raise the baby and become a family, the boys travel west. Now Mary Rose Clayborne has grown up, finished school, and come back home to her brothers. But when she meets the new man in town, Harrison MacDonald, and decides to invite him home for supper, she may get more than she bargained for. Mary Rose believes Harrison will never survive in the west. But Harrison is in Montana on a missio...more
Eileen
I am a huge fan of western historical romances and this was just wonderful. The prologue hooked me and it had me totally engrossed in this epic tale of the Claybourne family. The way the characters engaged with one was very entertaining and had me laughing and smiling throughout. Harrison had a time of it figuring out if Mary Rose was his missing person. No one was going to make it easy for him especially Mary Rose. Good story that kept me glued to the very end. Can't wait to read more of this s...more
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