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.
©2010 Leila Meacham; (P)2010 Random House
Leila Meacham, in my opinion, is one of the best writers I have ever read. The complexity of her characters is beautiful and the story a story full of depth.
I couldn't put the book down or should I say take the ear bud out. Truly an amazing book. Even my husband enjoyed listening to it.
I like to get an audio book thats long in hours and worth the listen and that's what you'll get with Roses. The narration is soothing, with great southern accents and yet well done character voices. The main characters were very believable and I found myself thinking about them until I could get back to my ipod. Overall a very enthralling historical, family "mystery" romance.
yes I would listen to Roses again and have recommended this book to my friends and they have listened and agreed
the twists and turns
when Percy received the painting. I cried
yes but was unable to due to the length
I just purchased Tumbleweeds and I hope it is half the book that Roses was.
I really liked this novel with its family drama and likable, well developed characers. And, although it was somewhat of a soap opera, it was an enjoyable listen.
I listened to this on the way to and back of my daughters wedding in East Texas in my great grandparents home. So I am partial to that part of the state and country. I loved the characters and the book. It was sad and tragic, but I couldn't stop listening.
Although this book is not brand new, I had somehow not seen it until now. I am so glad that I did not miss it! I love novels that have history! I would be so glad to read other things from this author!
Gosh, where to begin. First, due to all the hype, I was expecting a sweeping saga - (think a Southern "Thorn Birds"). Not even close. Instead this read like a third rate Harlequin novel, complete with heaving bosoms and dreadful dialog. The black characters were stereotyped card board cut outs - "Lawdy, Miss Maary - I sees dem folks a coming..." and, well, you get the picture. But the real stinker was the narration. At times her "Southern" accent was more Hillbilly twang; with all the great narrators out there, SOMEBODY could do a better job with this book. And to think this cost 2 credits! Not even worth one.
Over the top fairy tale lovers. I made it through about 10 chapters -- all spent describing the virtues, mostly beauty, of the heroine. Enough!! If unrealistic and flawless characters are your thing, this is the book for you.
The Wasp Factory
All scenes are the same -- describing MAry Tolliver's superiority to everyone else.
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