by Leila Meacham


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Two East Texas families must deal with the aftermath of a marriage that never happened leading to deceit, secrets, and tragedies in a sweeping multigenerational Southern saga "with echoes of Gone with the Wind." (Publishers Weekly)

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, 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 consequences of their momentous choice and the loss of what might have been—not just for themselves but for their children, and their 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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ISBN-13: 9780594745143
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 40,283
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.62(d)

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Roses 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 447 reviews.
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Imagine my surprise when I received a 600 paged hardcover with a lovely cover. This book surpassed my expectations. I enjoyed the characters, and soaked up the drama. I am forever a fan of family sagas, and this was a good once. I connected with Mary's and Percy's stories more than Rachels. The book just seemed to repeat plot elements over again once it got to the end. Sometimes the pacing would be off, as is the problem with larger books. It would be very detailed in some parts, and it would mention other events in passing. Overall, a very enjoyable novel. Entertaining and time-consuming.
lindapirrung More than 1 year ago
This is a huge book, a grand, sweeping multi-generational family saga, love, loyalty, inheritance, beginning in the 1800's, set in Texas. This is a completely engrossing novel of three powerful families with immense wealth and property, (the original settlers), and are greatly respected in town and that will transport the reader to another world, another place, another time. The secrets of these families are revealed in a convincing manner and there's plenty of suspense along the way. There is Mary Tolliver DuMont, Texas cotton farmer and heir to the Tolliver "curse". The reader is given a brief glimpse into the past and at the family mysteries which will be expanded upon throughout. Mary's family and friends are introduced and the reader learns the significance of red, white, and pink roses in the lives of the characters throughout the generations, hence "ROSES". There are unintended consequences of Mary's inheriting the family cotton farm that carry the storyline through. Percy and Mary, the ill-fated lovers, remain faithful to their respective spouses. Unrequited love is always so powerful! I was captivated by the storyline and the suspense until the last page, and I was never tempted to put the book down and not finish it. Keep tissues handy!
SkipJH More than 1 year ago
This is a three generational epic that captures the reader and when the last page is read, "I say, I am sorry I finished the book. I wish there was a volume 2." I recommend this book to all who like reading about love, families, small town life and values. It is exciting, emotional and sad. But worth the read.
King_SolomonME More than 1 year ago
I grew up in east Texas so I thought I would give this book a try. And the comments that this was similar to Gone with the Wind peaked my interests. The beginning was a little slow and sometimes confusing with so many characters at once, but I kept on ready and I am so glad I did. Once it gets flowing I was hooked. The push and pull relationship between Mary and Percy pulled at my heartstrings and I really felt their struggles. The pain and anger that was in Mary's household was really well told. Like you were there feeling their pain. I related to this book on several levels and with several topics. I will recommend this book to all my friends!
Benz1966 More than 1 year ago
I pretty much devoured this book. With that said, there were a few things about it that disappointed me, but overall it was incredibly easy to read, very easy to follow and heart-breaking .. but not heart-warming as I had hoped it be. This is meant to be a sweeping story a la to Gone with the Wind about families in Texas and their plantations and businesses. There's broken romance, a secret offered at the start that will keep you reading, and some terribly twisted happenings. I loved Mary and Percy and Ollie. I adored these characters and could picture them easily. I loved Mary for her determination, loved Percy for his class and loved Ollie because..well.. he was loveable. A few other characters really spoke to me as well, Wyatt being one. But there were characters I really just did not connect with. I had a hard time feeling anything for Rachel and Matt, as much as I longed to. Instead, I found myself wishing they were both more like Percy and Mary instead of being.. well, annoying. The ending left me unsatisfied. Recently I've been stumbling across books that feel like they are just sort of haphazardly thrown together for an ending, as if the author thought, all of the sudden, "oh, I've passed my limit". That was my biggest complaint about this book. I felt as if reading 600ish pages was enough to merit me a more satisfactory ending and not a cop-out. But, alas, that's how it felt to me. Not Gone with the Wind caliber by any means, but still an entertaining enough read.
Penrab More than 1 year ago
I don't understand how anybody could not like this novel. Yes, it was long, however I found it a very hard book to put down. I absolutely felt like one of the characters...I was transported back into time. Mary made me angry, yet I understood why she felt the way she did. I could feel Percy's pain. I admired Ollie and the life he led. What an outstanding storyline. Many times upon reading a novel, I can imagine how it would play out on the theatrical screen--I feel this one will actually make it to the screen--it reminded me so very much of Gone With the Wind....I laughed and I cried. JUST OUTSTANDING!!!!!
ForeverCurious01 More than 1 year ago
In the rich tradition of fictional Southern authors ( Frank, Conroy, Siddons), the reader often can envision a strong sense of pride; a richness in Southern culture; a kind of tenacity of spirit among the characters. Leila Meacham's ROSES conveys a similar message to its reader. Meacham's protagonist, Mary Toliver, is spirited, opinionated, but a fiercely loyal Texas plantation owner; a deeply passionate woman. Mary conveys the quandary that many women are faced with, often in their lives : Will I be truly accepted and loved if I remain authentic, in my desires and dreams? More importantly, ROSES is a love story; one that keeps the reader emotionally riveted throughout the book, asking oneself, if the love between Mary Toliver and Percy Warwick will be an enduring love. The other characters in this book are wonderfully likeable, proud Southern business men and women, yet flawed. Maintaining family legacy is a vital component in the book. ROSES is a deeply engrossing book, one that a reader could curl up in an easy chair, and get lost in for days! Submitted by, ForeverCurious01
romance_chick More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me of a cross between Gone with the wind and the Thorn Birds. I loved the fact that it was an Epic novel. You don't find too many of those nowadays. I would highly recommend this book. It had a little bit of everything love, war, betrayal and redemption.
Goober1 More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book, only took me 5 days. It was a long read and honestly at times it did drag on especially near the end but it nevered swayed from the main storyline. I loved this book! Its a good love story taking you through 80-90 some odd years of a group of friends that went through war, deaths, and broken hearts. Explains why the main character doesn't end up with the love of her life. At first when looking at the title/cover I thought it was about roses (obviously). It does play an important part in the book but thats not what the main storyline is. Kind of has a Gone with the Wind feel to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As Director of our local Public Library, I preview most books before putting them out for public reading. This novel was not disappointing. At first it seemed a bit formidable with the 600+ pages, but I didn't miss any of them. Often I "skim read" books that lose my interest, but not this one. I had trouble putting it down until I had finished it. Someone had likened it to Gone With The Wind and I agree. It is a Texas Gone With The Wind. Five stars on the whole book. I can hardly wait for a sequel, but hope we don't have to wait another five years, such as this took for the author to write.
plou More than 1 year ago
Although this novel is over 500 pages I read it very easily. Ms Meacham engages the reader with her interesting characters. The families at the center of Roses are the Tollivers, the Dumonts and the Warwicks. Mary Tolliver is a grand woman who loves her plantation. Though she is young when her father dies, he leaves the plantatation to her in his will, effectively cutting out her mother and leaving a minor property to her brother. This presents many problems for Mary to overcome, especially since her mother "took to her room" and her brother escaped to Paris. Throughout her life Mary struggles to make the cotton plantation successful. Mary has a romantic relationship for which she has high hopes, but because of her love for Somerset (the plantation) she puts all else in second place and is not willing to meet her suitor's demands of giving it up when he makes these demands as part of his proposal. As a result of circumstances that arise, Mary marries another. This tale covers three generations of the families who moved from the east and settled in Texas, establishing the town of Howbutker. Ms Meacham develops her characters very well, helping the reader to feel for them and understand their reactions. I read Roses with high interest and enjoyed it immensely. I don't want to say any more about the story line, because I don't want to give too much away. Needless to say, I truly feel it is an outstanding tale. I have recommended it to our book club and would highly recommend it to others.
DEVILICIOUS More than 1 year ago
This is another book about the South, cotton plantation, a Texas Family saga about sacrifice, pride, secrets, tragedies, alcoholism, suicide, passion, revenge and about what COULD HAVE BEEN. There's a lot of drama and emotional pulls, all to keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. I really enjoyed it! I also reccommend THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN, EXPLOSION IN PARIS and THE GLASS CASTLE.
JekyllGK More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book on the first page and couldn't put it down. This saga reminded me of Gone With The Wind and I enthusiasically recommend you to read this gripping, heartwarming tale. Please don't miss the opportunity to purcahse this wonderfully written book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Mary did remind me so much of Scarlette in Gone with the wind. I did not want this book to end. Cant wait to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were ripped apart so much turmoil. This writer made you feel each characters pain. Except Lucy her character was just a pond in the main characters life. Who would have thought she would try to the heroin. I was angry that Percy wasn't celibate like Mary all those years. After all yes she was stubborn but so was he or there life would have been so different. There was also so much greed in the family. Her mom was crazy bananas for what she made Mary endure. All i can say is simply wow. Worth every minute i couldn't put the book down.
KLReviews More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book and bought it because of the multi-generational aspect which always gives depth to a book. I fell in love with the story from the very beginning. The plot was presented in an intriguing fashion. The characters were very well developed and the story was presented in a unique fashion. I was very impressed by the author. I kept wondering how she came up with such an interesting story. The constant twists, turns and surprise events kept me enthralled. Every page was interesting. There was no fluff here, no empty, wasted words. For me, this book had everything and I think it could/should be a best seller. There was so much to the story and the characters that the author could have separated it into two books. I have recommended this book to anyone who would listen - that is how much I enjoyed it! I will definately give this book as a gift to many people - no matter the occasion, I am sure it will be well received. Read it!
lovestoread17 More than 1 year ago
Llia Meacham writes like Barbara Taylor Bradford which is an extreme high complement as it is the type of story she writes It is a saga of a family and it gets you from page one it is hard to put down and when you are done you wonder when the sequel will come It has love, sadness, secrets and passion and intertwines three different families from the original owners to the great grand children and there lives and secrets that have been kept and ruined families and how tragedy and lies become discovered and how the different families cope with them and how much is given up to keep secrets A great first book hope she has a follow up in mind
-CNSM- More than 1 year ago
As a native Texan and a lover of great stories, I was taken with "Roses" from the first chapter, set in the fictional town of Howbutker, Texas in the summer of 1985. The story begins with Leila Meacham's protagonist, Mary Toliver, paying a final visit to her trusted lawyer and family friend to deliver the unexpected news that in the final days of her life, she's decided to redirect her will and the fate of her sweeping cotton empire, passed down from her forbears for generations. And so begins this sweeping Texas tale, which takes the reader on an emotional journey that follows three iconic families through three wars, the Great Depression, desperate love affairs, tragic deaths, and the love -- and revenge -- only a family can know.
RoseEI More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was wonderful!! I could not put it down; I read it in 6 days! I would defiantly recommend this book other people and I already have. I really hope there is a sequel or I would love to see this in a movie, I have never been able to not put a book down and this was a first! I loved the setting, the characters, and the plot. PLEASE MAKE A MOVIE OUT OF THIS!!!! :) I was also very hesitant to buy the book b/c it was a hardcover and more pricey but it was well worth it because I defiantly plan on reading it again someday!
KDavio More than 1 year ago
it has been a while since I have a read a book that I did not want to end due to being wrapped up with the characters lives and their general likability - this book has it - so get it and enjoy your time with them
my_oasis More than 1 year ago
Incredible tale of several families woven together in a small Texas town. Each character's actions affecting those around them and those that come after them. A must read.
MommaJRI More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic!! The whole story was engrossing, I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I felt everything the characters felt. Some of it was a little predictable, but not so much that I wasn't a little surprised.
deequa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gone with the Wind type family saga, good writing made the characters come alive. Enjoyed!
lrma466 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed Meacham's saga Roses. It is a very big book numbering over 600 pages, but it reads very quick. I couldn't put it down. It was easy to become wrapped up in the story of three families and the tragedies they face over the years. The characters were sympathetic and captivating. I will definitely read more books by this author.
tanya2009 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It is the story of the founding families of Howbutker, Texas and how their histories remain intertwined over the span of three generations. The characters are wonderful and I highly recommend the book.