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For the Roses

(Claybornes' Brides (Rose Hill) #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  13,699 ratings  ·  525 reviews
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1879. In Blue Belle, Montana, everyone knew better than to mess with the Claybornes. The brothers had once been a mismatched gang of street urchins—until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York city alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed west to raise her to be a lady. They became a family—held toget
Mass Market Paperback, 561 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Pocket Books (first published September 1st 1995)
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Teri Yeah I wouldn't. Would they read it, yes. But no. This is adult. Really really adult. It wouldn't pass teen setting on a filter. There's explicit sex …moreYeah I wouldn't. Would they read it, yes. But no. This is adult. Really really adult. It wouldn't pass teen setting on a filter. There's explicit sex scenes. (less)

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5–This Book Owns My Heart–Stars

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I can't even begin to express how much I love this story. I'm a HUGE Julie Garwood fan and I pretty much love any historical romance she writes, but this book stole my heart like few of her other stories have.

This heartwarming book is a little different than Garwood's usual fast-paced, fun-loving, and whimsical romances. It's longer, is more drawn out, and doesn't just center on the love story. For the Roses is a tale about family, friendship, and love. It fea
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
I loved it. What a tale, what a saga! Spanning a number of years and two continents it was fantastic. It had humour, passion, tears, laughter, sex! Mary Rose was a great character and her interactions with her brothers was wonderful. How they all loved each other dearly. But the arrival of Lord Harrison Stanford MacDonald meant that changes were about to happen in their world.

It is set mostly in Montana, a wild, rugged, beautiful place. I really don't want to say too much. If you read the premis
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
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The Clayborne brothers were a rough gang of street urchins -- until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed to Blue Belle, Montana, to raise her to be a lady. They became a family -- held together by loyalty and love if not blood -- when suddenly a stranger threatened to tear them apart...Lord Harrison Stanford MacDonald brandished a six-shooter and a swagger, but he soon proved to be a gentleman to the core. The brothers taught
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
3.5 very slow moving stars. Omg this book had so very much going on. I really loved a whole lot of it but sometimes you just want things to move on. I was very invested in this couple though. My goodness Julie Garwood can write a hero who absolutely knows what he wants and doesn't waver. I adored Harrison and the heroine Mary Rose was so good hearted. The whole family was so layered and each character was vibrant and adorable. I only felt the story moved too slow. I still am a self confessed Jul ...more
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I absolutely loved, loved and loved it.

It’s a story where we can find every perspective of life in every shape with the different form of love. I say it’s a Chronicles of life.

Julie Garwood, I absolutely admire you. I feel all of the emotion while I was reading. Only a great and wonderful Author like you can gift such a beautiful story to us. A story, A tale, A saga…

For the Roses….

☘ Lily ☘
I hate that it took me this long to pick up this book.


I laughed a lot ( it was so freaking funny). I love the small town of Blue Belle (and the story behind this name 😂). I love the weird townspeople. I LOVE THE CLAYBORNE BROTHERS. I want to read Adam's story so much and he's my favourite character in this.

For once, I do have to say, as much as I love the romance in this, the family theme and kinship that won me over. You have these four boys from diffe
Chitra *CJ*
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I loved this so much. There are no words. *HAPPY TEARS*
Such a beautiful story. Mary Rose was such a well written- sweet, kind hearted and loving character.
Found as an abandoned baby and raised by 4 orphans into one of the sweetest woman ever, everything goes well until Harrison, the lawyer, sweeped in their life and stole Mary's heart.
I loved everything about it- I loved the humor, the bond between family, the letter to the mother, the passion between the main couple, and the angst too. Every br
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Here are some of my thoughts:
• I love the idea of four unrelated young boys (9-13) finding a baby literally in the garbage and deciding to raise her and be her family. It is a wacky idea – but so endearing. I love how these boys have become brothers who strongly protect their sister. They all have issues of some sort, with abandonment and/or crime – they are alone in this world, but they have found each other and have made a family out of this, which is sweet. They are prickly at times, but ther
Normally, I love Julie Garwood. Maybe I've changed because this book kind of annoyed me. It was way too long - could have and should have been edited back at least 100 pages. Her writing style is very simple - maybe too simple. I liked all of the characters and the premise was good. But something was missing from this compared to some of her other books. The Bride (Lairds' Fiancées, #1) by Julie Garwood and The Secret (Highlands' Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood are still my favorites! ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
A very sweet and almost old fashioned story!
It reminded me of Polliyanna meets Oliver Twist meets cowboys! :)
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017

Of all flowers, Methinks a rose is best.

This was a wonderful story with enchantingly solid characters. Looking forward to the next installment.
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Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, favorites, 2012
This is one of my most favorite Historicals. The Prologue of four street boys finding a baby girl amongst the rats and rubbish in their New York back alley and their decision to become a family to save the baby is one of the best I've ever read.

Then the kids' letters to their Mama Rose giving glimpses of their journey with the baby from New York to the Wild West and all their trials and tribulations as they settled in Blue Belle, Montana, are both funny and touching.

The romance between Harrison,
Kathie (katmom)
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books-ever
A friend, Sandi Layne, told me that THIS was the Julie Garwood book to read. She was right!

I LOVED this from the moment the four boys found Sidney who turns out to be a girl. These young men know what FAMILY is and they raise Mary Rose to be an articulate, knowledgeable, kind, caring woman.

Each chapter ends with a letter to Mama Rose, the eldest brother's mama, who has become the mama to all five of them. It doesn't matter that four of the five have NEVER even met her, she's their MAMA and throu
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: print, favorites
I read this years ago and it has always remained a favorite in my memory.
I've put off reading this one for quite a while, but I ended up reading it all in one sitting last night: this book didn't have what I usually enjoy in HR(the big villain) but it was very well written, and I loved Mary Rose and her brothers' relationship.. Harrison was great, and the interaction between himself and the Clayborne family was very enjoyable and fun.. I did like Mary Rose, but there were times where she grated on my nerves a teeny tiny bit, especially at the beginning:-) And I also ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
What a wonderful story!
I'll write my review later:)
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I adored everything about this book. Such a lovely tale. Such wonderful characters. A must read for sure!

3.5 stars. The story is heartwarming, smexy and sweet, but too slow. I do love Julie Garwood, but this American historical is not her best. I did like the hero, though. Garwood's heroes are always hot. Harrison is Scottish, big and braw. For some time, Mary Rose thinks he is a mild-mannered man, not familiar with guns or fights. This misperception created some mildly amusing scenes. I liked the four brothers and Mary Rose, too.

The best parts of the book are the first chapters (the boys find a ba
Nov 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
This may be my last Julie Garwood. I try not to give one star ratings very often, because I completely understand that it's all subjective and my mood can play into whether I like a book or not. But this book was... wow. With the exception of Adam (a supporting character), every character is astoundingly immature. Harrison and Mary Rose (our H/h) are ridiculous. Around the halfway point when they admit they love one another it gets a little sappy. There's a lot of "we have something REALLY REALL ...more
One of my faves. The prologue begins the story before the American Civil War. Then fast forward to chapter one and it is years later after the war. The heroine, Mary Rose, has arrived back to Blue Belle and her loving family after being away at school in St Louis. Mary Rose was found in a basket in an alley as a infant and raised by 4 "brothers". Filled with humor and a few heart wrenching moments I highly recommend this one. ...more
4.5 stars, I loved it. This was written a long time ago but one of the best things about a great story is that it never goes out of style.

Mary Rose and her brothers were terrific characters and Harrison was just as engaging himself, as well as hilarious while Mary Rose was trying to "save" him. This was a wonderful family, and the book was filled with rowdy, bickering, loving family loyalty, sacrifice and undying support.

I'm genuinely looking forward to more from this series! <3
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Despite its flaws--and there are many--I enjoyed this story of an unconventional family in the Wild West. I enjoyed it enough to check out the sequels from the library and am now looking forward to reading a trilogy of novellas about three of the brothers.
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story of a family of four young boys and the baby girl they find, focused on the now grown girl, Mary Rose and Harrison, the Scotsman who changes their lives.

Mary Rose has had a wonderful life, growing up loved and cared for by her four older brothers, who may not have known what they were doing but did a better job at parenting than most. She is a kind, warmhearted woman who likes taking weak or needy people under her wing. Upon first meeting Harrison, she believes he needs her help more th
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love Julie Garwood books and this book did not disappoint me. The weekend I read it I wanted to read a quick book but I only had this book. For the Roses is rather lengthly but well worth it.
The story starts off with four street boys finding a baby girl in a dumpster in New York City just before the Civil War. The boys decide to keep her and want to raise her to be a proper woman. Most of the book takes place after the boys and Mary Rose have grown into adulthood but they reflect on growing u
R.L. Mathewson
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
From the cover I really didn't expect much more than a dry read, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a witty, entertaining and often times a steamy book. My only complaint was the writing style and it's a small complaint at that. The author would often speak about the event in past tense with a wrap up which she quickly turned the event into a present tense. It took a little while to get used to that. In the end things were quickly washed over in a rush to get to the end which was left wide o ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
I find myself re-reading this whenever I need a comfort read. The love that the brothers have for Mary Rose is just stunning and can only be eclipsed by the love Harrison feels. Sigh. I'm already getting misty-eyed just thinking about it! ...more

I so wish I was better at DNFing books. Somehow, this historical western romance turned into the lamest To Kill a Mockingbird impersonation. UGH.
DNF at 35%

Honestly, this kind of writing was something an amateur like me produced in 9th grade. The characters were wooden and one-dimensional. Don't get me started on the romance.
3.25 Stars

I loved this book when I first read it 20+ years ago, this time I listened to the audiobook. The narration was well done, but it was just too long. I think I would have liked re-reading (and skimming) better than listening.

This was a little disappointing, but I haven't given up on Julie Garwood. She's still one of my favorite authors for historical romance.
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