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Roses

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,942 Ratings  ·  1,768 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 2010)
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Tara Garcia
Sep 10, 2013 Tara Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 28, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kathy
Mar 18, 2010 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Karen
Mar 10, 2010 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
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
Anne OK
Apr 17, 2016 Anne OK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anne OK by: Kristen Howell
Shelves: 2016-reads

Frankly, my dear I don’t give a damn - what they say, Roses is no Gone With the Wind! Somerset isn’t the iconic plantation Tara was, nor does Mary Toliver come close in similarity to Scarlett O’Hara! To even hint of a comparison between this story and the epic GWtW is tragic!

But if you enjoy those stories described as multigenerational family sagas of tragic love and loss, this one done Texas-style is entertaining and well-written. The family matriarch has made decisions that have affected so ma
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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
Abish
Sep 17, 2010 Abish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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RNOCEAN
Feb 28, 2010 RNOCEAN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Misfit
Dec 06, 2009 Misfit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Svjetlana Tesla
Jun 12, 2016 Svjetlana Tesla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tri porodice: Toliver,Werwick i DuMont ispreplele su svoj zivot generacijama, oprastaju i traze oprostaj crvenim i bjelim ruzama, krije li se prokletstvo na njihovim zemljama i da li im to onemogucava ljubav koja im toliko nedostaje...Prica prati porodice od 1916. do 1985. godine kroz cetiri generacije farmera,drvopreradjivaca i trgovaca.
Jennifer
Mar 17, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, saga
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
Dzenana Brkic
Jun 27, 2016 Dzenana Brkic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book about love, forgiveness, and the importance of your decisions and how they impact your life and lives of people you care about. Well-written, with great feature of switching between the past and the present that doesn't let you put it down till you finish. And I love these type of books! A big recommendation from me to everyone!
Dessy Pap
По-скоро 3,5
Noeleen
May 09, 2013 Noeleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Benedita Santos
Jan 24, 2016 Benedita Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Este livro é simplesmente maravilhoso!
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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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
Becky
Jan 07, 2010 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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AmyFlo
Nov 10, 2012 AmyFlo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sally Pearce
Mar 25, 2011 Sally Pearce rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Cathy
Jul 28, 2015 Cathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. In reality, it belongs to a genre that read frequently and I enjoy a lot. What went wrong then? How can you give up at 47% of an audiobook from one type of book that you like so much?
The frank and simple answer is that I gave up because of the characters in this novel. The characters seemed unreliable and unlikable. Overall, we are introduced to selfish, self-centered, with little empathetic capacity and with a very limited view of life characters.
Mary is obses
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Britney
Mar 09, 2010 Britney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Roses" seemed like it would be a great read - being compared to "The Thornbirds" and all, I couldn't wait to pick it up...and now, I can't wait to put it down. Rarely do I abandon a read, neglect - yes, but leave for good? Almost never. I'm seriously contemplating it though.
This novel seems to me like "Belle Cantrell" in disguise. I despise, loathe, detest the main character - who is a double-talking, self-denying, proud, stupid girl. Of course I couldn't find common ground with her! Nothing sh
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Abby
Apr 19, 2013 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Fran
Jan 11, 2010 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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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Esra
Sep 24, 2013 Esra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Andreia Silva
Oct 23, 2015 Andreia Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Desde já tenho que dizer que este romance não é para qualquer um . Sublime , arrebatador que me faz pensar que realmente as nossas decisões levam nós a rumos tao distintos uns dos outros .. Aconselho .
Erin
Oct 12, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Linda Hart
-600 page family saga without much purpose
-predictably melodramatic
-unlikable, unbelievable, exaggerated characters
-repetitive conversations
On the plus side the audio book narration is very good and it was entertaining enough for me to listen all the way to the end. Overall, not a book I would recommend to others.
Silvana
Rosas é um livro para ficar guardado no coração. Tive de entregá-lo na biblioteca e já sinto saudades dele. É mais um daqueles livros que preenchem cada espacinho do meu coração.

Este livro traz-nos uma saga de famílias cujos destinos se cruzam ao longo dos anos. Toliver, Warwick e DuMont são famílias de negócios que muito contribuem para a fundação e desenvolvimento da cidade onde vivem.
Os Toliver são uma família que se dedica à produção de algodão. Quando o patriarca da família morre, deixa tod
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