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For the Roses (edition 1996)

by Julie Garwood

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Title:For the Roses
Authors:Julie Garwood
Info:Pocket Books (1996), Mass Market Paperback, 576 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:****
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For the Roses by Julie Garwood

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Just droned on and on and I couldn't take it. Mary Rose is so sweet and so sweet and so sweet and so kind and she's also very kind and her brother Cole is so disagreeable and so disagreeable and hard to get along with and so disagreeable and Mary Rose is so kind…..

I am a fan of Garwood. Love alot of her stuff. Not this one.
  rainrunner | Oct 3, 2013 |
For the Roses by Julie Garwood is a paperback that is well-worn in my personal library. Garwood’s talent for making her heroines spunky, daring, and innocent, while allowing them to be strong, is a plus for her books. Mary Rose is no exception.
Mary Rose interacts with her family and friends with caring. She allows her interactions to be realistic and fun. It is easy to visualize this spunky heroine. She is allowed a temper, even at times that women are angry for no reason, but has that temper in such a fun way that one cannot be angry back at her. Garwood’s pen allows endearment, not anger. Mary Rose realizes her complaining makes her brothers uncomfortable, so she complains when she wants them to quit bothering her because they change the subject or find another place to go. She gives caring to Corrie, a woman living away from civilization because she was treated horribly by indigents and is disfigured. She protects Corrie from trouble-makers in town when they attempt to burn Corrie out.
Although this is an older book, it is worth a read, even if you are not a lover of historical romance. Her characters are individual, not dull, and bring a good time to the reader. This is the kind of book that is enjoyable, relaxing, and fun.

NOTE: I purchased this book with my own funds. ( )
  sara.edens | Apr 22, 2012 |
I really enjoyed this story, though it may have had a bit too much description at times. I did find in the first half of the book at least that I could skip a couple of chapters and not miss too much.

The Clayborne's were a family drawn together when 4 urchin boys who were living roughly on the streets of New York City in 1860 found a baby girl (Mary Rose) in a dumpster. At the time Adam was 14, Cole and Douglas were 12 and Travis was 10 - a bit young to do what they did (in these days anyway) but I guess in 1860 children of that age were more adult. Because Adam was on run they decided to move to the country to bring up the baby, they chose Montana. The boys wanted Mary Rose to be a lady so they sent her to boarding school in St Louis to finish her education.

When she returned home in 1879 after, she had finished schoo ,a stranger came to town and started working on their ranch, his name was Harrison Stanford MacDonald and he was going to change their lives forever.

I did love the closeness of this misfit family, they certainly looked after each other. You get to know each person very well. Adam is the scholar and the quiet one, Douglas in the healer, Cole is mean (most of the time) and Travis is the thinker. Mary Rose thinks everyone deserves a chance. ( )
  bhryk0 | Aug 14, 2010 |
Time and again when I read For the Roses my favourite part remains the bond between the Claybornes. The Claybornes have made a family bonded not by blood but love. Neither Douglas, Cole, Travis or Mary Rose have any problems of thinking of Adam's Mama Rose as their own mother. And they soon make Harrison and Elliot a part of their family. A family where one brother shoots the imaginary monsters under his sister's bed so she can sleep without worries at night while another learns how to play the piano with his sister in order to give her a well-rounded education. There is nothing special in the love story itself. Instead it is the story of the Claybornes' past glimpsed through letters communicated between the siblings to Mama Rose and Harrison's experiences when he first joins them which provides both the humor and warmth. It is this which continually makes this story a keeper and makes me wish to read on in order to learn more of the Claybornes. ( )
  kw50197 | Jul 5, 2010 |
Mary Rose was kidnapped and then abandoned as an infant. She was found and adopted by 4 street children in New York City. they traveled west to find a safe place to live and settled in Blue Belle, Montana. They became a family,prospered and eventually founded the ranch Rosehill. Twenty years later a stranger Lord harrison Stanford MacDonald come looking for the abandoned infant to reunite her with her father in England. ( )
  lindahallmann | Oct 19, 2009 |
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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 together by loyalty and love if not by blood -- when suddenly they faced a crisis that threatened to tear them apart....

Trouble came to town with one Lord Harrison Stanford MacDonald. Armed with a swagger and six-shooter, he cut a striking figure -- but it soon became apparent to Mary Rose that he was too much of a gentleman to make it in her rough-and-tumble town. She asked her brothers to teach him the basics of frontier survival, which he acquired with ease. And soon he possessed a deep and desperate love for Mary Rose. She returned his affection wholeheartedly... until MacDonald revealed a secret that challenged everything she believed about herself, her life, and her newfound love. Now her search for identity and meaning would begin, raising questions that could only be answered if she listened to the truth within her heart....
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Mary Rose Clayborne is as well-protected by her four adoptive brothers as any woman in Blue Belle, Montana could be--until Lord Harrison Stanford MacDonald comes to town and she finds herself falling in love. How can Mary Rose keep her family together and learn to accept Harrison's questionable past? This story of love and adventure in the Old West will keep you turning the pages.

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From the Publisher: 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 him frontier survival, while Mary Rose touched his heart with a deep and desperate passion. But soon, a shattering secret would challenge everything Mary Rose believed about herself, her life, and her newfound love.… (more)

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