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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  8,367 ratings  ·  1,519 reviews
Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and trag ...more
ebook, 624 pages
Published January 6th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published December 29th 2009)
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Tara Garcia
i thought this book was the cause of so many butterflies. and also...so many outbursts! i enjoyed every character, every paragraph, every chapter, ... such a great read.
Andrea
This book and I had a love/hate relationship. At times I felt ready to pull my hair out, and other times I was searching for the nearest tissue.

The story was about deciding what is most important in your life, and living with the consequences of those choices. It also showed how our posterity is affected by our actions.

Leila Meacham did a great job creating a story that pulls the reader in. Her characters were well developed (although so many of them were selfish, blind idiots-argh, I'm still m
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Abish
I really liked this book. There were only a few similarities to Gone with the Wind, such as, the main character lives on a cotton farm and has black hair and green eyes. That's pretty much it.

The book is divided into three parts telling the stories of three different characters, Mary, Percy and Rachel. After Mary's father dies leaving her the family cotton plantation and almost nothing to her mother and brother, her family is torn apart by resentment. Her father knew that if he left the plantati
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Kathy
So my friend called me a book snob and I think she is right! I really tried with this book - I read it all the way through when there were more interesting books calling out my name, but I could not really find anything in it that I liked.

A big, sweeping, overly dramatic saga straight out of the Gone With the Wind playbook, Roses is the story of Texas tycoons, plantations, birthrights, love, and secrets. Everything you would expect to find in this genre of book is there, and more. All the charac
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RNOCEAN
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. Meacham's multigenerational family saga, set in East Texas circa 1914–1985, charts the transformation of Mary Toliver, a wide-eyed 16-year-old heiress, into a calculating cotton plantation queen as hardheaded as Scarlett O'Hara. Her brother, Miles, goes off to WWI, returns home, but then goes back to France to ma ...more
Arielle
Leila Meacham's novel centers around two rival farming families, and their offspring and the loves and losses of their offspring. Though the plot is a heartbreaking one, Meacham goes into so much detail that she leaves very little room for the reader to use his or her own imagination. At the same time, she seems to tell the reader how to feel about certain characters and their situations, rather than letting the feelings come naturally. She needs to show the interactions of her characters a bit ...more
Misfit
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 i ...more
Jennifer
I fear this one is probably a 2 1/2, rather than a 3 star. I wanted to like it; the family stories sounded interesting and the beginning (Mary changing her will) hooked me. But, and it's a big "but", I just couldn't believe in the characters. Maybe my prejudice of the idea of "the land" goes back to the disillusioning classic, The Good Earth, but I had a hard time buying the idea that this land meant more to Mary (and then Rachel) than anything. It was said often enough, but this trait was defin ...more
Karen
Wow, This book was infuriating, It was sheer stubbornness (and my book club) that had me sticking it out to the end. The characters were just not believable. I find it hard to fathom that after Somerset cost Mary the love of her mother and brother, she not only allow it, but encourage it, to cost her the love of her life. That she would then groom her grand-niece to inherit it, only to pull it out from underneath her. The her niece would make all the same mistakes. The only likeable characters w ...more
Viviana
Uma grande história de amor e de amizade mas plena de desencontros e trágicos acontecimentos.
Antes de mais quero dizer que este é, para mim, o melhor romance lido este ano. Um livro que me transportou para dentro das suas páginas, para a América dos meados do século XX, onde quase senti o cheiro da chuva e o calor do sol numa plantação de algodão amaldiçoada. Um livro que não li rapidamente mas tão só e apenas porque os melhores livros merecem ser saboreados.
Na década de 1830, Silas Toliver, Jer
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Becky
I won this book as a giveaway - and I was impressed when I received it; beautiful cover, nice solid hardback book. I was even more impressed when I started reading it.

It's got a fair resemblance to Gone With the Wind - I've never read the book but I've seen the movie and Mary is just about as close to Scarlett O'Hara as they come - her obsession with Somerset (the cotton plantation) being the same driving force. This "Scarlett" though is a much more likeable person - driven, yes, but still lovin
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Sally Pearce
Mar 25, 2011 Sally Pearce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of big family saga books
I loved, loved, loved this book! So many reviewers and even the dust jacket compared it to GWTW. Not I. It is nothing like it really. This is a multi-generational saga that spans from 1914-nearly the present. It is many love stories in one book.

As many of you know who have read my reviews, I don't retell the plot. Enough reviewers do that. I just say what I think about it. I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I loved every minute of it. I loved the romance, the sadness and the suspense of what in the world these
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Noeleen
Although this is a long read I really enjoyed every part of it. It's very well written with good characters and a good story line. It's the type of book that you just get caught up in the story, a story of choices, repercussions of those choices, obsession with land ownership, family secrets mixed with tragedies along the way and just enough twists and turns throughout
Michele
A few months back, a new release by Leila Meacham called Roses caught our attention and we rushed to download the book on to the nefarious Amazonian Devil Device. A Reader's Respite then promptly forgot all about it. We do this far too frequently these days. Perhaps it's (the booze) a degenerative brain disorder caused by mold and dust in old books. Whatever the cause, the result is dozens and dozens of books purchased and then forgotten about, unread, until we stumble across them months - even ...more
Abby
While walking through a used book store, an elderly woman approached me and asked, "Young lady, would you like to read a GOOD book?" I, of course, said yes! She handed me Roses by Leila Meacham.

If i'm being honest, the old lady-esque cover was giving me second thoughts and the book description made the book sound like another dime a dozen love story. Not necessarily bad, just a pass the time type story. However, I couldn't shake my curiosity when it came to this grandmother's fervent reccomenda
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Judy
My husband said I needed to start this review with the statement, "Don't judge a book by its beautiful cover." That after hearing me moan and groan about its length and cheesiness. Actually, the concept is nice, 3 families (Tolivers, Dumonts and Warwicks)settle in a corner of East Texas. The Tolivers bring a tradition from England of giving a red rose to ask for forgiveness and a white rose to offer forgiveness. This tradition gets plenty of use throughout the book. Its also the story of how the ...more
Fran


Roses By Leila Meacham

When receiving a red rose the receiver will know the sender means to apologize for his or actions in life or in business. If the recipient of the red raised wishes to grant forgiveness and accept the apology he or she will send white rose. Such is the basis for this upcoming novel by Leila Meacham which expands many generations and more than one century to tell.

Mary Tolliver DuMont has little time left and is determined to set the record straight before her death. Living
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Rosanne
Well, I haven’t read a saga in a long time and so I was looking forward to reading “Roses” by Leila Meacham. It certainly was not “Gone with the Wind” or “Cane and Abel” but it definitely had its moments.

While following the Toilver’s , the Warwick’s and the Du Mont’s of Howbutker, Texas, three families with descendants going back to the House of York, the story centers around Mary Toliver who inherits Sommerset a cotton plantation from her father. As her father bequeaths here with the land; he
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Esra
Aslında kitabın ortalarına geldiğimde yoruma yazmak için bir sürü şey düşünmüştüm ama Percy'nin hikayesini okuduktan sonra yazacağım hiçbir şeyin düşündüklerimi anlatamayacağını hissettim.
Ne diyeyim ki... Hayatınızda vermiş olduğunuz bir karar ve bu kararı uygulamaya inatla (ki ben kitabı okurken birazcık da bencillik olarak gördüm tabi herkes farklı düşünebilir) devam etmeniz kaç kişinin yaşantısını değiştiriyor...

Okurken sinirlendim, duygulandım, çokça da ağladım aslında(ehh ne kadar sulugöz
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Ricki Jill Treleaven
This week I read Roses by Leila Meacham. Was it ever an exhausting book! Most of the story is told in flashback. The reader knows the end result of the "love triangle" from the beginning of the book, so I was skeptical that I would like it knowing the outcome, but I loved it.

The saga spanning the twentieth century is about three prominent families in the East Texas town of Howbutker. Two of the founding families were direct descendants of the Lancasters and the Yorks, the same families who fough
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Arttemizza
A escrita? É simples, fluída, cativante e envolvente.

O enredo? O livro é divido por quatro partes e em cada uma das partes permite-nos acompanhar a evolução três gerações. São três as personagens que narram grande maioria da acção, primeiro Mary, depois Percy e por fim Rachel. É um livro profundo, tocante, comovente, que deixa os mais sensíveis com uma lágrima ao canto do olho. É uma história de amizade pura, de paixão, de amor, de sacrifício de perdão, de inveja, de vingança e com muitos segre
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Sarah
Overall, I'd say this book is worth a read. It's a bit reminiscent of Gone With the Wind, but nowhere near as compelling or epic. But it's an interesting love story and family drama. Oh, and there's mild spoilers below, so don't read much further if you don't want a few things revealed.

I think my own values sort of made me impatient with this book. The book treated Mary's choice of Somerset, her cotton farm, over Percy, her "true love," as a mistake. Er, yeah, I couldn't really be too devastated
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Katie Christian
This book is well-written, however it has two elements that I can't abide. First, if the ending isn't strong it can ruin the whole story for me. The ending wasn't BAD, but it certainly wasn't GOOD either. I liked the ending with Percy and Lucy. They're much more important characters and the end of the story should've been theirs. And second, the story skirts British-style misunderstanding ruining all the characters lives. This is a VERY popular plot line in British novels. Apparently we're to be ...more
Barbara
Leila Meacham has written a magnificent saga of love, family, and tradition where conflicting values arise when loyalty to the family business clashes with personal fulfillment in romance. It is comparable in scope and appeal to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" and Collen McCullough's "The Thornbirds".

This book is filled with intense emotions associated with love of the land and cotton business which threatens the survival of the Toliver family after the patriarch, Vernon leaves the fam
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Luchi Rzezak
El título me parecía aburrido. No se porque le tenía ojeriza a este libro pero resulta que a dos amigas le fascinó y a dos les desilusionó el final así que no tuve más chance que leerlo.
A mi me gustó. Si hubiese un epílogo o se desarrollase unas páginas más en el final sería un 10. Excelentemente narrado. Ágil. Atrapante. Estamos rodeados de historias donde la mujer es la que cede. La que renuncia. Mary Toliver no. Abraza las consecuencias y se hace cargo de ellas sin vacilar. Es una historia d
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Erin Andrews
I was very thankful I read the prequel book "Somerset" prior to diving into this novel. You truly do appreciate the struggle, drama and characters much more when you know how the "Toliver curse" started. This book had me heart sick the entire time, I cried and was frustrated and heart broken, but it is a story you want to keep reading despite the heartache, even though it's terribly sad, I still enjoyed the book. But I recommended reading "Somerset" first!
Anna
The Tollivers for generations have been drawn to the land. Farming is in their blood and Somerset, the family cotton plantation, has produced good and bad years for those whose lives depend upon the whims of nature. Mary Tolliver, the current matriarch of the Tolliver family has sacrificed much, maybe too much, for Somerset. Her greatest sacrifice being that of a marriage to the one man she will always love, Percy Warwick. Her marriage to Ollie DuMont is companionable and Ollie is devoted to Mar ...more
Dawn Critchfield
This was a well written book that encompassed love, secrets, family, honor, and missed opportunities.
Sometimes it read like Murphey's Law would always endure, and at other times like it was just not possible that love could be lost in a sea of unspoken wants, needs, and feelings.
Meacham does a wonderful job of developing the characters and holding the readers' interest.
I would recommend this book to my friends.
Vickie
Wow! Did I ever enjoy this book. It's been awhile since I read a 600 page book,but it was well worth it. I stayed up more than one night past midnight reading. I call it the Texas version of "Gone With the Wind," because it's a big family saga set in East Texas. It was one of those stories that I wished would never end or the author would do a sequel.
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