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Coming Up Roses

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,436 ratings  ·  109 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Anderson comes the emotionally gripping story of a woman who must overcome her painful past before she can accept a good man’s love...

1890, Oregon. Recently widowed Kate Blakely is struggling to make ends meet on her small farm while trying to heal from the scars of her late husband’s cruelty. When her handsome, brawny neig
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Signet (first published 1993)
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Lisa Kay
A vintage button wreath.

★★★★ This is vintage Catherine Anderson and I just loved it! It is a reissue, but definitely holds up and remains worth the read – or re-read – as the case may be. I loved the characters, especially the little girl, Miranda. Ms. Anderson knows how to write a big rough and tough hero interacting with a small child. It was also heartwarming to see this gentle-giant of a neighbor, Zachariah McGovern, fall for the ‘little mite’ as well as the abused, skittish, young widow, Ka
A lovely story. I quite enjoyed this story of an abused woman falling in love again. The hero was wonderfully written. He was strong and charming but he had a few weak points that made him realistic. I loved how it didn't take long for the heroine's little 4 year old girl to have him wrapped around her finger. The daughter was one of the most realistically written children I've seen in books. Her vocabulary was appropriate and the things that she talked about were not too advanced for her age. I ...more
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
Must read this if you can’t resist small vulnerable plot moppets bonding big time with big gruff potential stepdads.

The h’s daughter is an adorable four years old but is quiet and withdrawn around strangers especially men. But when the H saves her life at risk to his own, she attaches herself to him like a limpet, dragging out promises from the hapless man. There are a few very cute, very poignant moments between these two.
The h/H relationship, on the other hand, is slow and painful and frustra
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kate has lived with a self-righteous mad man who abused her and his own daughter. Now that man is dead and his brother thinks she has killed him. Zach is Kate’s neighbour, a fire has scarred him, so when he sees Kate (she is a petite beauty) he has serious doubts about his appeal.

Catherine Anderson likes characters that face challenges, and she gets the challenges right: this is one of the few romances that gets consequences of abuse right. Kate feels aversion not only to sex, but to marriage. Z
3 1/2 stars. I've gotten tired of Anderson's inevitable "fragile woman rescued by perfect man" formula, but her older books seem to offer more nuanced and balanced versions. This story about a widow suffering the aftereffects of an unspeakable marriage features some surprises, a worthy hero who nonetheless has some human failings, and a little more give and take than usual between the main characters -- Zach has some painful scars himself, figuratively and literally. It's a very child heavy stor ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Ahh Zach!

Catherine Anderson has become my go-to author for entertaining historical western romances. While there is nothing particularly redeeming about the writing, Anderson certainly can weave a good yarn.

This story revolves around Kate and Zach. Zach is a widower who moves onto the property adjoining Kate's. Kate lives with her four year old daughter, Miranda, her husband having died six months earlier. Zach immediately shows interest in Kate, but she is wary of strangers and rejects his overt
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting much from this book, but it turned out to be a very interesting read. Set in 1890's Oregon, Kate and her daughter, Miranda are barely keeping the farm running after her husband's death. Joseph was a horrible man who abused both Kate and Miranda. He deserved the way he died. Kate has sworn off men and when her new neighbor and his dog stop by she is not very welcoming to them. However things start to get interesting when Kate goes to Zack for help after Miranda falls into a wel ...more
Catherine Anderson brings forth a heart-wrenching tale of love, trust and overcoming the most painful odds.

Kate Blakey is just trying to piece together her life. After suffering at the hands of her abusive husband for so many years, she is rejoicing in her new found freedom. Life is very difficult for her and her four year old daughter, Miranda after the death of her husband but she is determined to move forward and help her child heal. Just because Kate no longer have to suffer punishment from
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book thinking it was new, I was slightly mad to find out as i opened the cover to read the intro from the author that this was originally published in 1993, that they just changed the cover and re-released it in June 2012. I, thankfully, had not got to this book yet. I love Catherine Anderson and had thought that i had read all her older works, i have read as much of her stuff as i could get since i discovered her a couple of years ago. She is a wonderful writer and can always get ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 out of 5. A poignant and compelling novel set in the 19th century when spousal abuse was given a pass and considered the "right" of the husband who, according to that society's rules, "owned" the wife. Kate is a woman who was "given" in marriage by an uncle who was trying to do the right thing and managed to give her into the hands of an abusive psycho whose interpretation of the Biblical words about spouses is more reflective of the society than good interpretation. Now she is a widow--a tr ...more
Sasha Doyel
This is the only Catherine Anderson book where I would say I was truly annoyed by the heroine, Kate. The story dragged on WAY too long with her making some really stupid decisions (like saying no over and over again to Zach's offers of help and resigning herself to go ahead and be molested and abused by Ryan, her ex-brother-in-law). Zach had showed he would protect them and even with the threat of blackmail over her head from Ryan, it didn't make any sense to me that she would put her daughter i ...more
All I can say or do is *thumps up*
Catherine Anderson yet with another amazing book, took me to a world filled with affections and love and happy ever after.
I really adored this book, even thought it had heartbreaking moments. I especially loved the attachment that Mandy developed toward Zach. And how he responded to her feelings of attachment with the same intensity.That's why I always say single parent love book is a shipper, and its one of my favorite sub-genres.
and I noticed a pattern here, s
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
On the whole, a good book. What I don't know is how far-fetched the story was, given the time period, location and the fact it is a romance novel. The only thing I find too far-fetched was how the brother-in-law's ending occurred. Given that it was written by the author nearly twenty years ago, there are some things I will let pass, as I have watched her research and writing grow by leaps and bounds. As one of her early works, it is well-written. If she had written the general story about spousa ...more
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't finished reading it yet (obviously), but I'm pretty sure the author gave away the twist in her foreword. I legit gasped and exclaimed, "Spoiler!"

Edit: Okay, I've finished the book. And yes, the author did give away the twist.

Also, the phrase "I'm about that close to raping your sweet little ass" really turned me off from the male protagonist. Oh, how romantic, he doesn't trust himself not to rape her. At least he tells her about it...?
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of terrible secrets almost keep these two people apart but love and truth win out. Oregon farm wife with small daughter survive abusive husband until his death when she is determined to never marry again but her brother-in-law insists she marry him or loose her child. Her neighbor offers protection for her and the child through marriage to him.
Coming up roses, indeed. :)
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I really enjoyed reading Zach and Kate's story!
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anderson
audible romance. Abusive husband dies from a fall. Wife hides body in rose garden. Vile brother in law causes problems. Neighbor man recuses 4 yr old from old well, and is bitten by rattle snakes. Widow cares for him, he grows to love her. To protect her daughter, she marries neighbor. She tells sheriff, 1st husband dead, she goes on trial for his death. 4 yr old daughter testifies for her mother, she is found not guilty.

Emmy Alexander
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. Anderson never ceases to amaze me! Her characters are raw, beautiful and unbelievably captivating! Her writing pulls at every heartstring and rouses every emotion. Zach, albeit described a large and somewhat intimidating man ...*dreamy sigh*... he was incredibly kind and tender and gentle with the abused heroine and her equally abused child. Love, love, love!
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading how Anderson turns Kate into Katie. As with all of Anderson's stories, the book was an enjoyable read and kept me entertained from front to back cover. I admit, it wasn't my favorite one of her books, but I suppose that's because I've never had a child and don't know some of the emotions and feelings that are written into this story.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction

The author used a lot of words that were foreign to me. It almost seemed at times like she was making up her own words to be used in the context of the story.

However despite the odd words this was still a good story.
Phylisha Stone
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Set in late 1700's, early 1800's this a beautifully written book that deals with a abandonment and spousal and child abuse. It'a a romance and a drama that does have a HEA, but not before some really hard times. I highly recommend this book!
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! It's full of action, scandals, and love. The little girl Miranda literally had me laughing out loud- so cute and a great part of the story.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too much swearing and too much sex
Jessica Till
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio book of this and the reader was excellent. She did the voices and emotions pretty well and this book has a lot of emotional moments in it.

I won't summarize it anymore since several other reviewers already did. The first half of the story concentrates a lot on the interaction between the hero and the little girl. At first I was disappointed but after I knew the author did it to establish his fatherly feelings for her. The second half dwelt more on the H/h relationship and
Laura Summers
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As is often the case when I read a Catherine Anderson historical novel, Coming Up Roses made me glad I was born in the century that I was. It tells the story of widow Kate and her daughter Miranda, who are struggling to survive on their own, but also are recovering victims of terrible domestic abuse from Kate’s now deceased husband Joseph.

Kate is determined to make it on her own and never again enter into the ‘life sentence’ that is marriage. Because as soon as
Set in the old west, Coming Up Roses is a wonderful story about a woman and her child who have just gotten away from a life of abuse from her late husband. Six months after the death of her husband, the little girl, Miranda, is hurt while outside with her mother, Kate, and their new neighbor rescues her, but not before being gravely injured himself. Determined to repay Zach for his selfless act, Kate sets out to make sure he survives his injuries, and when he does, Zach is determined to win Kate ...more
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