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For the Roses: Claybornes' Brides, Book 1 | [Julie Garwood]

For the Roses: Claybornes' Brides, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Julie Garwood's best-selling novels of the beloved Clayborne family began with this critically acclaimed masterpiece.

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.

©1995 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 12-14-13
    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 12-14-13 Member Since 2011

    ~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~

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    "Beautiful Story"

    As I started listening to this captivating story it reminded me of a Hallmark movie that I watched on TV. About an hour into this book I realized that it was a Hallmark movie! I looked it up and the movie is called "Rose Hill' made in 1997. Of course this book is better because of the detail as they crammed 22 hours into 2 for the movie.

    Its a touching story of commitment, devotion, honor, and love. It shows that the meaning of family goes deeper than blood. Such a touching story nobody should miss.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene Yucaipa, CA, United States 12-14-13
    Darlene Yucaipa, CA, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "And So It Begins"

    This fan simply adores all of Julie Garwood's novels. No matter if they are from far in the past or modern day. She pull's me right into the book. I love the way she brings the clan names through time into her present day F.B.I. series. The narration on this particular book was simply wonderful. Mikael Naramore did an excellent job. I swear it was a pure pleasure to listen to him read. This small gang of young boy's, jump right into the heart and stay there all the way through the book. Which sets you up for the following book's.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 01-10-14
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "amazing story, excellent narration"

    Well I have to say that a couple times, I wondered if this was too much talking and detail. But, after finishing it I think all those details were necessary. Definitely worth the credit, worth more than one. And, plan the last hour uninterrupted when you listen. I was in the car for my 45 minute commute and could not stop for the last 15 minutes, came straight into the house and listened to the end. This story line had many plot twists and turns. I love the historical romance genre, but they do become predictable at times. This is much more than a love story. The book explores many aspects of history, such as class differences, prejudices, divisions in our country, women's rights, and they are handled in unique ways. Highly recommend this book, and this narrator. I agree with another reviewer that the Scottish brogue wasn't always believable. But still gave it 5 stars because of the wide range of accents, ages and genders that the narrator was able to capture.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 12-16-13
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "Loved the characters!"

    Overall the story was a bit long but the characters were fun. It only seemed to drag when the brothers were not around. I am sure I will listen to this again one day and I will have to get any future releases with this family.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-23-13
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "By far the BEST Julie Garwood book I have read!!!"

    Actually I have to say this is not only one of J Garwood’s best books but one of the better book I have yet to read. This story encompasses love, compassion and sacrifice between people brought together by life’s misfortunes. I am so sensitive to writer’s ramblings on about the hero or heroin’s thoughts (which are mostly repetitive) that reading this book was truly refreshing. This story was action filled, not thriller action, but the type where every moment was filled with relevant pieces that I feel added to the story and to the building of each and every character. GREAT job Garwood. This is TRULY one of the books worth three times the credit. Get it and enjoy experiencing true love of family, friends and a soul mate.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    sandy 12-17-13
    sandy 12-17-13
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    "To much talking"

    I'm used to more action and faster pace from Julie Garwood. The story line was great if it had just moved along faster and had more action and less talking. I normally don't like male narrator's. I fined they have loud and gruff voices. I like to be relaxed and soothed when I listen and men usually do terrible impressions of women. This narrator, however, did a fine job with the female voices and also had a soothing tone to his voice. My only complaint was his so called Scottish brogue, he sounded more like a Viking or Russian.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hilary Honolulu, HI, United States 09-25-14
    Hilary Honolulu, HI, United States 09-25-14
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    "Slow to start but builds to great."
    Would you listen to For the Roses again? Why?

    Most likely I would not. It's just a little too long and part one is a little slow in building the story. The very beginning is good but the it takes a but to get on with the point. But once She does then it's a great story!


    What other book might you compare For the Roses to and why?

    I usually read contemporary time period books so this was a departure for me.


    What does Mikael Naramore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The various accents. He was excellent at bringing all the Characters to life by using all the differing accents so well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not the whole book, no. Part three I wanted to though.


    Any additional comments?

    Julie Garwood wrote particularly compelling characters in this book. By Part two I found myself rooting for the brothers and Mary Rose. I felt anger for them and sadness and frustration at times. The story between Mary Rose and Harrison is very compelling as well. This is over all a good listen and worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia 06-23-14
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    "What Love Should Be!!"
    What made the experience of listening to For the Roses the most enjoyable?

    The narration was superb. I listen with awe and wonder..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say Harrison. Cole and Adam were next. Cole with his meanest (but tender heart) and Adam with his strength and honor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the whole book was awesome.


    Who was the most memorable character of For the Roses and why?

    Mary Rose with her soft heart for others and for how strongly she loves.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for book 2!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Khasi SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 05-26-14
    Khasi SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "People I'd love to meet."
    Would you consider the audio edition of For the Roses to be better than the print version?

    no


    What other book might you compare For the Roses to and why?

    They are in a place of their own.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have a hard time picking just one


    If you could rename For the Roses, what would you call it?

    NO ORDINARY LOVE


    Any additional comments?

    I love the story from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kay 05-24-14
    Kay 05-24-14
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    Love this story!
    Narrator:Mikael Naramore does one great job. Though I found the story stretch out I still loved it and will listen to it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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