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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

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A Great Book

Where does Roses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high. I really enjoyed this storyline.

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

She puts so much expression into her characters making the listener feel as if they are actually in the moment.

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

No. I travel a lot and I love listening to books on audio while driving. I do not like sitting still to read or even listen; I like listening while on the move. I can start and stop at my convenience, and I can do a short rewind or go back to the beginning of a chapter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good old fashioned read

A moving story that spans generations and tells of the complications of life. Very enjoyable!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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really able to get into the story. more please

I read this because my grandma in Indiana was reading it. I'm 29, inL.A. and really enjoyed it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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surprisingly good

Where does Roses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this is a very interesting story, no boring spots

What did you like best about this story?

I likes the unpredictable interaction of the characters, it kept my interest

Have you listened to any of Coleen Marlo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no, but it was enjoyable

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

the price of justice

Any additional comments?

this is the first book of three, which was not disclosed, the middle book is not available on audible. try it, not War and Peace, but very good

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Carol
  • Chipley, FL, United States
  • 04-29-13

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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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

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