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Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and trag ...more
Kindle Edition, 641 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing
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Rose Finishing Somerset. Makes me want to read Roses again. At least the beginning. Personally I'd recommend Somerset first then Roses. It's a family saga.
Rose In Somerset they also reference the historical War of the Roses. Cannot remember if that was referred to in Roses. The families brought the rose stock…moreIn Somerset they also reference the historical War of the Roses. Cannot remember if that was referred to in Roses. The families brought the rose stock with them when they moved to Texas.(less)
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May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book and I had a love/hate relationship. At times I felt ready to pull my hair out, and other times I was searching for the nearest tissue.

The story was about deciding what is most important in your life, and living with the consequences of those choices. It also showed how our posterity is affected by our actions.

Leila Meacham did a great job creating a story that pulls the reader in. Her characters were well developed (although so many of them were selfish, blind idiots-argh, I'm still m
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Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i thought this book was the cause of so many butterflies. and many outbursts! i enjoyed every character, every paragraph, every chapter, ... such a great read.
Mar 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So my friend called me a book snob and I think she is right! I really tried with this book - I read it all the way through when there were more interesting books calling out my name, but I could not really find anything in it that I liked.

A big, sweeping, overly dramatic saga straight out of the Gone With the Wind playbook, Roses is the story of Texas tycoons, plantations, birthrights, love, and secrets. Everything you would expect to find in this genre of book is there, and more. All the charac
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dugo sam željela pročitati ovu knjigu i sad kad sam konačno okrenula posljednju stranicu moram reći da sam blago razočarana. Puno sam više očekivala od ovog romana koji je po sadržaju trebao imati sve ono što volim. Najviše pohvala ide za radnju koja je zanimljiva, roman se stoga lako i brzo čita bez obzira na priličan broj stranica. Osnovna zamjerka ipak od mene ide za karakterizaciju likova, previše je to površno, baš kad sam pomislila evo ovaj će od mnoštva likova biti dobro opisan pa će mi u ...more
Feb 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, This book was infuriating, It was sheer stubbornness (and my book club) that had me sticking it out to the end. The characters were just not believable. I find it hard to fathom that after Somerset cost Mary the love of her mother and brother, she not only allow it, but encourage it, to cost her the love of her life. That she would then groom her grand-niece to inherit it, only to pull it out from underneath her. The her niece would make all the same mistakes. The only likeable characters w ...more
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
"O, kako tužnih ljubavi ima,
ovaj svet je ispunjen njima.
Sve više sumnjam da neko
sretno i voli još..." Đ.B.
Sep 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. There were only a few similarities to Gone with the Wind, such as, the main character lives on a cotton farm and has black hair and green eyes. That's pretty much it.

The book is divided into three parts telling the stories of three different characters, Mary, Percy and Rachel. After Mary's father dies leaving her the family cotton plantation and almost nothing to her mother and brother, her family is torn apart by resentment. Her father knew that if he left the plantati
Nov 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three families migrated west to eastern Texas and founded the small town of Howbutker (“how about here” they said) - the Tolivers (descended from the Lancasters), the Warwicks (descended from the House of York) as well as the DuMonts of French descent. Friends for generations, most disagreements were settled by the offering of a red rose to offer apology and a white to acknowledge forgiveness. As the story begins, Mary Toliver Dumont has only weeks to live and reflects back on her life and how i ...more
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This enthralling stunner, a good old-fashioned read, may herald the overdue return of those delicious doorstop epics from such writers as Barbara Taylor Bradford and Colleen McCullough. Meacham's multigenerational family saga, set in East Texas circa 1914–1985, charts the transformation of Mary Toliver, a wide-eyed 16-year-old heiress, into a calculating cotton plantation queen as hardheaded as Scarlett O'Hara. Her brother, Miles, goes off to WWI, returns home, but then goes back to France to ma ...more
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Leila Meacham is a writer and former teacher who lives in San Antonio, Texas.
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