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Roses by Leila Meacham
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Mar 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-fiction, women-s
Read in August, 2010

This is a wonderful, multigenerational saga in the lush tradition of GONE WITH THE WIND, THE THORN BIRDS or GIANT.
At the beginning of the 20th century, three families own and rule a small town in E. Texas. The Toliver’s who own a large cotton plantation, the Warwick’s who own acres of timber, and the Dumont’s who were retail magnets. Today, Mary Toliver, the 80 plus matriarch greatly resemble a Scarlett O’Hara in her great love of the land. Not even love could replace her heritage which creates great pain and tragedy in her life.
When the third generation produces, Rachael Toliver, Mary’s niece, she becomes the heir apparent as her motivations are mirror images of her great aunts.
Mary realizes she must break the pattern and prevent her niece from making the same mistakes she did, which uncovers the secrets, the hidden love affairs and the curses of the past. There is even a curse involving roses.
If you enjoy family sagas and a really good book, this book would be a really good choice for you.

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