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Roses by Leila Meacham

Roses (2010)

by Leila Meacham

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Series: Toliver Family Saga (1)

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    miriamparker: ROSES, like THE THORNBIRDS, is an epic family saga that you won't be able to put down.

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This was a fun summer read. Nothing too challenging, just a good soapy story that spans several generations. There are plenty of secrets and their consequences, and a strong female protagonist. I have seen some reviews complaining that this book is not as good as "Gone With the Wind" but I didn't expect it to be. ( )
  400mom | Nov 23, 2016 |
A sprawling Texas family saga reminiscent of “Gone with the Wind.”
  mcmlsbookbutler | Sep 19, 2016 |
Basically a historical romance bases in East Texas and in the Sabine River area. I enjoyed the book, but felt the curse was weird and needed more explanation. Good ending, but lots of tragedies. Covers a lot of time and many generations, so story line effected by two world wars, depression, Korea, etc., but only as these events effected the main families of a small towning. Recommended if you like historical romanc3s.
  Gmomaj | Aug 28, 2016 |
Review: Roses by Leila Meacham.

The book was entertaining, powerfully driven, well written, and filled with love, sacrifice and a struggling saga through three uncomplicated generations of characters which unfolds periodically throughout the story with ease. Its context is utterly justified and created to flow without pause to the very end.

Some comment that its format is similar to Gone With The Wind and I would probably agree but no story can ever fill the pages of “Gone with The Wind”. However, the story is very satisfying in plot, depth, emotion, power and animosity through generations to keep you reading.

The setting is in a small town in east Texas where three families of enormous wealth and power live. First is the Tolivers who are cotton tycoons, then there is the Warwicks who are lumber barons and the last family is the DuMonts who are retail industrialist. The mutual respect formed between these families set up a social structure that will have long lasting ramifications throughout the generations for all their descendants.

Mary Toliver, a heroine the reader follows for eighty plus years is a stubborn upsetting single minded great character and summarizes the strong-willed matriarch necessary to create the stability that keeps these families together or should I say apart. Her male adversary is Percy Warwick, a perfect scapegoat and the love of Mary’s life. They are made for each other but however, they can never truly realize happiness in each other’s arms. Their love for each other is played out through decades with overpowering intensity and great tragedy.

Fast paced and intriguing the story stayed invested in Mary and Percy’s story and all the subplots throughout the generations. Aviating through the years, the unattainable romance stays center stage even as they both go their separate ways.

There were many unexpected twist and turns and creative characters in the plot to keep my interest turning page after page to see what would happen next. The story was told over many pages but so wasn’t “Gone With The Wind”……
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Tri porodice: Toliver,Werwick i DuMont ispreplele su svoj zivot generacijama, oprastaju i traze oprostaj crvenim i bjelim ruzama, krije li se prokletstvo na njihovim zemljama i da li im to onemogucava ljubav koja im toliko nedostaje...Prica prati porodice od 1916. do 1985. godine kroz cetiri generacije farmera,drvopreradjivaca i trgovaca. ( )
  ceca78 | Apr 10, 2016 |
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Quando Mary Toliver, ricca proprietaria terriera, decide di cambiare il testamento e di escludere la giovane nipote dalla successione alla grande proprietà su cui i Toliver hanno fondato la loro fortuna, sono in molti a stupirsi. Eppure non si tratta del capriccio di una vecchia signora. Mary vuole proteggere la nipote da quella che ritiene una sorta di maledizione legata a Somerset, il loro feudo, che, se da una parte ha reso i Toliver ricchi, dall’altra parte li ha privati della felicità. Mary lo sa, l’ha vissuto sulla sua pelle, e il segreto che nasconde ha radici profonde nel passato. Aveva solo sedici anni quando il padre, morendo, l’aveva nominata unica proprietaria di Somerset e lei, nonostante fosse così giovane, aveva dedicato a quella terra tutte le sue energie. Ma la decisione aveva distrutto la famiglia, sua madre e suo fratello non le avevano mai perdonato di essere la prescelta ed entrambi erano scivolati lungo una china di autodistruzione. Poi c’era stato l’amore. Un amore appassionato e ricambiato per il giovane Percy Warwick, la cui famiglia era da sempre amica dei Toliver, interrotto solo dall’esplodere della prima guerra mondiale. Ma quando Percy era tornato e le aveva chiesto di sposarlo, purché rinunciasse a Somerset, lei non se l’era sentita di tradire la promessa fatta al padre e così la sua vita aveva preso una piega diversa. Ma ora, passati gli anni, ciò che decide lascerà un segno indelebile nella vita di chi le sta attorno. Una storia di conflitti e di passioni, che ci travolge e non si fa dimenticare.
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Marlo, ColeenReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Aulanko, SirkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Howbutker, Texas, augustus 1985 - Amos Hines zat achter zijn bureau en sloeg het laatstte blad om van de uit twee pagina's bestaande akte die hem gevraagd was te lezen.
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En dit voorzie ik: de ruzie van heden In de tempeltuin tot deez' breuk gegroeid, Zal onder de rozen wit en rood, Menigeen leiden tot duist're nacht en dood. - Graaf van Warwick in Henry VI, Part 1 van William Shakespeare, tweede bedrijf, scène 4
Maar uit teveel, niet uit tekort bied ik mijn liefde aan als een meisje van tien - ik zie me daar nog staan, zoals ik een boordevolle schort omhooghou: 'Kijk wat ik heb en allemaal voor jou!' - Edna St. Vincent Millay; vertaling van Herman de Coninck (overgenomen uit De Gedichten - 1998)
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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 tragedies of their choice and the loss of what might have been--not just for themselves but for their children, and children's children. With expert, unabashed, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers a hundred years, three generations of Texans and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love.

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