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Author: Leila Meacham Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Roses Series Release Date: July 2019 ISBN: 9781549125263
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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, 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 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • “A compelling East Texas saga with echoes of Gone With the Wind.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 1/14/2014

    " I slogged through this one, and found it sooooooooooo disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/13/2014

    " Finished her 2nd book Tumbleweeds a few weeks ago and just had to read this one. Her books are volumous, but engaging. This one the legacy of a cotton plantation family in east Texas. It should be a mini-series. Full of plot turns. I cried with Mary, got angry with Rachel. I loved this story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joni | 1/10/2014

    " One of those 'epic' stories that spans generations and involvs three families. The writing had me turning the pages quickly and although I figured there would be some sort of happy ending for someone at some point - it was a delicious winding of stories and drama that made this a fast read. Note - not one of the characters has much of a sense of humor so aside from occasional sarcasm and a wry observation here and there, don't look for any "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MarySueWood | 12/28/2013

    " The story and the characters and some of the dialogue were a little corny, but it grabbed me like a good soap opera so I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 12/22/2013

    " Long but I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 11/23/2013

    " Great mysterious story! Strong female character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 11/17/2013

    " This was a great book. I had a hard time putting it down. The family secrets and curses kept you on your toes. There were just enough characters to give it variety but not too many to get you confused. This is much more than just a romance. I would recommend this book to others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 11/12/2013

    " Loved the saga, the story, the ending. Great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 11/7/2013

    " Big, thick book. Good story, confusing the way the author jumped around the timeline. I love strong women characters, but especially the ones who are able to put aside their pride and do the right thing. It doesn't begin to compare with Gone With the Wind, but I still enjoyed the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyndsey | 10/11/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book! I loved the way that it told the story from the different character's perspectives. I loved that when Mary's part was finished, it picked up the story from Percy's perspective. I did not want to put this book down and was sad when it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 10/8/2013

    " Silly but entertaining "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 10/5/2013

    " Recommended by my reading buddy, Mary Ann. Will probably read along w Shantaram, since both are long, saga types, tho with totally different themes and settings! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayde | 9/28/2013

    " This book was okay. Engaging story but a little unrealistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 9/24/2013

    " Any review on this book would have to be coming up roses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cdriesen | 9/9/2013

    " Reminded me of "The Thornbirds," or a Texas version of "Gone with the Wind." Whatever, I couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenore | 8/9/2013

    " Loved this - an old fashioned saga with many characters, well developed for the most part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunday | 5/10/2013

    " Thanks Lori for the recommendation! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 2/5/2013

    " I loved this book. Such a great story that had me riveted from page 1. Heart-breaking and beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 7/16/2012

    " A nice epic saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyd | 7/8/2012

    " A good old fashioned family saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/12/2012

    " A good summer read... Kept my attention however the writing wasn't the best. I did find myself totally caught up in the story though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arleigh | 3/1/2012

    " I haven't read a "sweeping family saga" in years. I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/8/2012

    " Soap opera story with very unbelievable characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 12/15/2011

    " Great saga with wonderful characters. Some surprises and lots of fun to read. Would love to read some more books like this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elana | 10/16/2011

    " SUCH a good book!!! I recommend to all!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 9/3/2011

    " LOVE this book! Very compelling read. The ending was ok.....but dang, this was a fabulous book! I am looking forward to her next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianna | 5/25/2011

    " Enjoyable read, pleasant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/20/2011

    " Really good book, a family saga that's hard to put down. I found myself staying up past my bed time a few evenings just to read one more chapter. It is a long book, but at the same time a quick read. If I weren't comparing it to "The Thorbirds" I would have given it a 5 star rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/19/2011

    " So much drama! But in the end, I actually liked it. Even if it was a little over the top. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/16/2011

    " This is another Gone With The Wind- about Texas, Fun read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 5/15/2011

    " Entertaining read but not a masterpiece. I liked it tho. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 5/13/2011

    " Amazing book. It was given to me as a gift and I wasn't sure I was going to like it but I was hooked from the first page. Incredible story about two warring families and all of the relationships between them. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Queta | 5/11/2011

    " Very long, but very well written.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/8/2011

    " Poignant story of a driven woman and the sacrifices she makes for her love of land and family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvonne | 5/2/2011

    " I enjoyed this novel. Just a fun book to read if you enjoy novels about a family than spans generations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/1/2011

    " It has romance, history, starts in the 1900's? and ends to date. I couldn't put the book down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 4/30/2011

    " Enjoyed it but it took awhile. Pretty frustrating overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryHelen | 4/30/2011

    " As advertised, this was a family saga that occurred over almost a century. I found it very good and quite poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 4/28/2011

    " LOVED LOVED LOVED THis book ! You will not put ti down ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 4/27/2011

    " Audiobook. Texas family saga/love story with glimpses of "Gone With The Wind". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 4/27/2011

    " Good character development. I also liked the moral to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melodi | 4/25/2011

    " Quick, easy, fluffy read. There's a review on the front that compares it to gone with the wind, I for sure wouldn't put it up there...but definitely a good read. I do recommend. Lots of secrets in a long line of family and it's nice to know all of them! I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 4/20/2011

    " Very fun read. Just what I needed. It reminded me of Gone with the Wind and the TV show Dallas. Quite the dynasties.

    This is a thick book and therefore kind of intimidating to start, but it reads so fast. I couldn't put it down.

    Fun,fun,fun. "

About the Author

Leila Meacham is a former teacher and the author of the New York Times bestseller Roses. She graduated from the University of North Texas and lives with her husband in San Antonio.