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Coming Up Roses

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  871 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Widow Kate Blakely knew nothing of love - but she knew plenty about unhappiness. She'd married young, hoping to put down roots in a safe haven, but her husband had shattered her naiveté, and made her fear for her beloved daughter's safety until the day he died.

When she first met her new neighbor, Zachariah McGovern, all she saw was danger. But Zach saw much more. He saw be...more
Mass Market Paperback, 385 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Harper Monogram (first published 1993)
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Lisa Kay
A vintage button wreath.


★★★★½ This is vintage Catherine Anderson and I just loved it! It is a reissue, but definitely holds up and remains worth the read – or re-read – as the case may be. I loved the characters, especially the little girl, Miranda. Ms. Anderson knows how to write a big rough and tough hero interacting with a small child. It was also heartwarming to see this gentle-giant of a neighbor, Zachariah McGovern, fall for the ‘little mite’ as well as the abused, skittish, young widow, K...more
Jacqueline
A lovely story. I quite enjoyed this story of an abused woman falling in love again. The hero was wonderfully written. He was strong and charming but he had a few weak points that made him realistic. I loved how it didn't take long for the heroine's little 4 year old girl to have him wrapped around her finger. The daughter was one of the most realistically written children I've seen in books. Her vocabulary was appropriate and the things that she talked about were not too advanced for her age. I...more
Emmy
**3.5**

Catherine Anderson has become my go-to author for entertaining historical western romances. While there is nothing particularly redeeming about the writing, Anderson certainly can weave a good yarn.

This story revolves around Kate and Zach. Zach is a widower who moves onto the property adjoining Kate's. Kate lives with her four year old daughter, Miranda, her husband having died six months earlier. Zach immediately shows interest in Kate, but she is wary of strangers and rejects his overt...more
Anna
Kate has lived with a self-righteous mad man who abused her and his own daughter. Now that man is dead and his brother thinks she has killed him. Zach is Kate’s neighbour, a fire has scarred him, so when he sees Kate (she is a petite beauty) he has serious doubts about his appeal.

Catherine Anderson likes characters that face challenges, and she gets the challenges right: this is one of the few romances that gets consequences of abuse right. Kate feels aversion not only to sex, but to marriage. Z...more
Crissy declaro
I bought this book thinking it was new, I was slightly mad to find out as i opened the cover to read the intro from the author that this was originally published in 1993, that they just changed the cover and re-released it in June 2012. I, thankfully, had not got to this book yet. I love Catherine Anderson and had thought that i had read all her older works, i have read as much of her stuff as i could get since i discovered her a couple of years ago. She is a wonderful writer and can always get...more
Judith
4.5 out of 5. A poignant and compelling novel set in the 19th century when spousal abuse was given a pass and considered the "right" of the husband who, according to that society's rules, "owned" the wife. Kate is a woman who was "given" in marriage by an uncle who was trying to do the right thing and managed to give her into the hands of an abusive psycho whose interpretation of the Biblical words about spouses is more reflective of the society than good interpretation. Now she is a widow--a tr...more
Sasha Doyel
This is the only Catherine Anderson book where I would say I was truly annoyed by the heroine, Kate. The story dragged on WAY too long with her making some really stupid decisions (like saying no over and over again to Zach's offers of help and resigning herself to go ahead and be molested and abused by Ryan, her ex-brother-in-law). Zach had showed he would protect them and even with the threat of blackmail over her head from Ryan, it didn't make any sense to me that she would put her daughter i...more
Samantha
Catherine Anderson brings forth a heart-wrenching tale of love, trust and overcoming the most painful odds.

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...more
willaful
3 1/2 stars. I've gotten tired of Anderson's inevitable "fragile woman rescued by perfect man" formula, but her older books seem to offer more nuanced and balanced versions. This story about a widow suffering the aftereffects of an unspeakable marriage features some surprises, a worthy hero who nonetheless has some human failings, and a little more give and take than usual between the main characters -- Zach has some painful scars himself, figuratively and literally. It's a very child heavy stor...more
Mum
On the whole, a good book. What I don't know is how far-fetched the story was, given the time period, location and the fact it is a romance novel. The only thing I find too far-fetched was how the brother-in-law's ending occurred. Given that it was written by the author nearly twenty years ago, there are some things I will let pass, as I have watched her research and writing grow by leaps and bounds. As one of her early works, it is well-written. If she had written the general story about spousa...more
Mary
Lots of terrible secrets almost keep these two people apart but love and truth win out. Oregon farm wife with small daughter survive abusive husband until his death when she is determined to never marry again but her brother-in-law insists she marry him or loose her child. Her neighbor offers protection for her and the child through marriage to him.
Brenda
This is a book that Catherine Anderson wrote a long time ago and was just re-issued. It was out of print. It's a great story, set back in the 1890's about a women who was forced into a marriage with a man who appears to everyone to be so great, but he has problems. He's been raised to be a bit of a Bible thumper, a drunk and mean.
He's not only mean to his wife but to his daughter, until the day his wife could take no more and had to rescue her daughter from him.

She has a lot to hide, but has to...more
Stephanie
Kate is a struggling widow trying to make it on her farm in 1890 Oregon. Not only that but she has a secret that could cost her prize and joy, Maddy, her little girl. Zach is her next door neighbor who saves her daughter's life. Enter the problem... Both have secrets that could turn their budding romance sour.

Rant Time: I liked the book. Catherine Anderson's Comanche series made me fall in love with her writing, and she is a beautiful writer. This story however I just couldn't fall in love with...more
Laura Summers
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As is often the case when I read a Catherine Anderson historical novel, Coming Up Roses made me glad I was born in the century that I was. It tells the story of widow Kate and her daughter Miranda, who are struggling to survive on their own, but also are recovering victims of terrible domestic abuse from Kate’s now deceased husband Joseph.

Kate is determined to make it on her own and never again enter into the ‘life sentence’ that is marriage. Because as soon as...more
Kristin
I really enjoyed this book. The story follows Kate Blakely, a recent widow and her daughter Miranda. They are living on a farm in Oregon in the late 1800s and since Kate is alone she has to work very hard to provide for herself and her child. At the start of the novel it isn't said exactly why both Kate and Miranda are skittish and scared but it is implied that they both were victims of domestic violence. One day Kate and Miranda go on a walk and Miranda accidentally falls into a well filled wit...more
Lindsey
Set in the old west, Coming Up Roses is a wonderful story about a woman and her child who have just gotten away from a life of abuse from her late husband. Six months after the death of her husband, the little girl, Miranda, is hurt while outside with her mother, Kate, and their new neighbor rescues her, but not before being gravely injured himself. Determined to repay Zach for his selfless act, Kate sets out to make sure he survives his injuries, and when he does, Zach is determined to win Kate...more
Chumchum_88
All I can say or do is *thumps up*
Catherine Anderson yet with another amazing book, took me to a world filled with affections and love and happy ever after.
I really adored this book, even thought it had heartbreaking moments. I especially loved the attachment that Mandy developed toward Zach. And how he responded to her feelings of attachment with the same intensity.That's why I always say single parent love book is a shipper, and its one of my favorite sub-genres.
and I noticed a pattern here, s...more
Monkeyface
Listened to Coming Up Rosesby Catherine Anderson. 1890, Oregon. Recently widowed Kate Blakely is struggling to make ends meet on her small farm while trying to heal from the scars of her late husband’s cruelty. When her handsome, brawny neighbor, Zachariah McGovern, almost dies while saving her four-year-old daughter from a near fatal accident, Kate is deeply wary of the man she brings into her home to nurse back to health. Gradually Kate realizes that underneath Zach’s rough exterior is a gentl...more
Christine
Another heartwarming story of a woman in need and the cowboy who rescued her. Catherine Anderson's stories are sweet and tender. They are the epitome of cozy romance -- no sizzle but no need.

I didn't connect with this pair the way I have connected with others...I'm not sure why. They were well drawn characters, each with secrets. Part of the trouble may have been that early on, and for far longer than I liked, I didn't know what, exactly, was bothering Kate. I guessed, but it was hidden from me...more
Hava
When I first discovered Catherine Anderson, I was in love. Her plotlines are different from a "standard" romance novel - here is a lady who has written about blind heroines, heroines in a wheelchair, etc. Her main characters have flaws, and in romance writing, you don't find that very often.

But after a while, I've come to realize that a lot of her characters are the same in fundamental ways, and I found that to be true in "Coming Up Roses" too. The children are always incredibly precocious, wise...more
Tara Acton
I've read every book Catherine Anderson has ever written (at least, all the books in print) and this is definitely one of her best. Compelling romance and likable characters-- and paced very well, which has been a complaint of mine when it comes to some of her novels. Major plot points are resolved, to paraphrase Gandalf, precisely when they mean to be, and not a moment too soon. Recommended for romance readers.

One MAJOR word of warning: unless you want the entire main plot point/mystery complet...more
Courtney
Catherine Anderson's books always tug at my heartstrings. They are well-written with wonderful characters. I fell head over heels in love with Zachariah in this one. He was a great hero for Miranda and Kate to find. One of my favorite parts was when Miranda told Zach all the things he was saying about the spider on the ceiling when he was suffering with a fever. Then in the next minute, this book twists my heart by mentioning all the abuse that Kate and Miranda suffered from Joseph. I think she...more
Lena2011
This was a surprisingly good story. I say "surprisingly" because my expectations are almost always low when reading romance novels even though it is my genre of choice. I really enjoy reading Catherine Anderson's works because they take you through many different emotions, and this one was no exception.

The highlight of the story for me was Miranda. She is a funny kid and I really loved the scenes that she appeared in the most. My favorite line of hers is..."I didn't think he'd up and start bein'...more
Tonya Warner
In a word, wonderful.

Kate Blakely is a widow with secrets. Having the new neighbor and his dog burst in to her life is not what she wants. She has a young daughter to protect. Having to turn to that same new neighbor to rescue her trapped daughter brings more than she expects in to her troubled life.

Zachariah McGovern finds the young widow to be a fascinating mix. Her young daughter, Miranda, worms her way in to his heart at lightning speed. Saving her from a rattlesnake infested well might have...more
Banana
I knew what was going to happen in this book by the first page, because the author said it all in the author's note. A little disappointing, but I then knew that this wasn't going to all be sappy romance; there was gonna be some sneaky stuff going on. Sappy romances, by the way, I scorn.
So I'm more than halfway through the book, everything's good, in fact I was really enjoying it, when things take a turn for the worse. I am suddenly reading scenes that are making me really uncomfortable, you kno...more
Nancy Fornataro
Even with early on misgivings on this book, it was just wonderful!!

cons: Only one, in that the heros early interactions with the child are borderline sexual and that really bothered me, although he was definitely never portrayed as anything but gentlemanly.

Pros: Where to start? Fabulous writing style, interesting unusual plot, but the thing I liked most was the depth of the characters. This writer is so very talented, I'm always blown away by her books. She captures me right away!
Her love scenes...more
Maggie
This story really dragged for me, I almost gave up on it a few times and probably would have it I weren't listening to it on audio. I don't like stories of past abuse of women and children and I really don't know why I picked this title because its obvious thats what it was about, probably a lot more than I expected. I like this author but I will be much more careful about the descriptions and recommendations and will probably skip some of her books depending on the subject matter. In the end, I...more
Viktoria
This was a good, easy read.

The story is based in 1890 Oregon with a Mother and daughter (Kate and Miranda). They were both abused by the husband/father (Joesph) but then one day in defense of her daughter, Kate hit Joesph on the back with a piece of firewood which in turn made him fall down and hit his head on the fireplace, killing him. Scared that someone will find out, she buried him and faked the location of his death.

This is a story about bringing someone new into your life and making sur...more
Marianne
This is a tear jerker for sure.
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Adeline Catherine was born on 22 December 1948 in in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA. She always yearned to be a writer like her mother. The morning that one of her professors asked if she could use samples of Catherine’s creative writing on an overhead projector...more
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