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Roses by Leila Meacham
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Oct 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: general-fiction
Read in October, 2011

Yeah for Leila Meachan for writing the sweeping three-generation story. As entertaining and readable as Roses was, it had it's problems. The beginning few chapters were unnecessary and ruined bits of the anticipation by revealing things I'd have preferred to have learned as the story unfolded. I found Mary's section weak, maybe because Mary came across as clueless and one-dimensional. The land, the land, the land. Lessened the conflict for her section tremendously. Percy's story held all the conflict and also held my interest. Rachel's section seemed drawn out.

The story generated a lot of discussion at book club. The choices the characters made, why they made them, the importance of timing (which caused great problems on several occasions), how the era they lived in effected their decision-making (technology, communication, travel, social ethics, etc.) Glad I read it.

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