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Roses: A Novel | [Leila Meacham]

Roses: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Rozette Seabrook, TX, United States 03-22-10
    Rozette Seabrook, TX, United States 03-22-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Scarlett O'hara meet Mary Toliver"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Canada 07-05-10
    Sheri Canada 07-05-10
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    "A Modern Gone with the Wind"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Chipley, FL, United States 04-29-13
    Carol Chipley, FL, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "best book I have listened to yet."
    Would you listen to Roses again? Why?

    yes I would listen to Roses again and have recommended this book to my friends and they have listened and agreed


    What did you like best about this story?

    the twists and turns


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when Percy received the painting. I cried


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

    yes but was unable to due to the length


    Any additional comments?

    I just purchased Tumbleweeds and I hope it is half the book that Roses was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pris 08-22-12
    Pris 08-22-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Gone with the Wind meets Dallas"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy Spicewood, TX, United States 07-03-10
    Betsy Spicewood, TX, United States 07-03-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Gripping Didn't Want it to end!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yates East Windsor, NJ, United States 05-18-10
    Yates East Windsor, NJ, United States 05-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Roses was a sweet success!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 07-22-10
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 07-22-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Stinkweed"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    03-02-10
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    "Stereotype characters"

    Very predictable plot, and only two characters were fleshed out, all others were stereotypes. Not worth 2 credits.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer California 06-15-14
    Amazon Customer California 06-15-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Wonderful Southern Fiction"
    Would you listen to Roses again? Why?

    Yes, and I already have. As soon as I finished it I wanted to start from the beginning to hear the story again once I knew the full details.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary and Ollie, Both leaped out of the stereo for me. I didn't care much for Percy.


    Which character – as performed by Coleen Marlo – was your favorite?

    Mary, by far. I felt her voice matched the character flawlessly.


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

    Yes, but it was far too long to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    I had previously listened to Tumbleweeds, and have always enjoyed Southern fiction in general. I liked Roses much more, it was less predictable and more rich in it's storytelling. I especially enjoyed that the book spanned such a large scale of time and included a lot of historical details. Well researched, well written, beautifully narrated. 5 Stars from me.

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    love2read ENCINO, CA, United States 05-15-11
    love2read ENCINO, CA, United States 05-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "LOVED THE BOOK"

    ENJOYED LISTENING DIDNOT WANT IT END NARRATOR WAS CLEAR AND MADE IT VERY ENJOYABLE RECOMMEND IT HIGHLY

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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