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Roses by Leila Meacham
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Apr 12, 11


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, rather than tell. She seems to become so caught up in making sure we know what to think about these characters, that it becomes almost repetitive. It is hard to truly get to know them and their personalities. The storyline is imaginative, yet in a lot of ways it is reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet: two landowning, warring families of influence and power, whose offspring fall for one another. Yet, the love for their respective homesteads keeps them apart; a tragic decision, amongst many others, which each will regret for the rest of their lives. The book opens with Mary Toliver selling her beloved plantation, and digresses back to years before, as she remembers the mistakes she has made over the course of her waning life.
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Sarahfnm I felt the repetition too. I love your review, not because I agree with it, but because you described something I hadn't thought of. You state that the author didn't let the reader use their imagination. What a good statement.


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