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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,616 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leila Meacham Narrator: Angéle Master Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Recently orphaned, eleven-year-old Cathy Benson feels she has been dropped into a cultural and intellectual wasteland when she is forced to move from her academically privileged life in California to the small town of Kersey in the Texas Panhandle, where the sport of football reigns supreme. She is quickly taken under the unlikely wings of up-and-coming gridiron stars and classmates John Caldwell and Trey Don Hall, orphans like herself, with whom she forms a friendship and eventual love triangle that will determine the course of the rest of their lives.

Taking the three friends through their growing up years until their high school graduations when several tragic events uproot and break them apart, the novel expands to follow their careers and futures until they reunite in Kersey at forty years of age. Told with all of Meacham’s signature drama, unforgettable characters, and plot twists, readers will be turning the pages, desperate to learn how it all plays out.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Meacham’s second sprawling novel is as large as Texas itself. The author skillfully manipulates multiple themes of friendship, loss, guilt, and the possibility of redemption. Readers who love epic sagas that span a couple of generations will enjoy this soap opera tale of young love, betrayal, and living a life that might not have a happy ending.”

    Library Journal

  • “Readers of Leila Meacham’s Roses have waited two years for this soulful new fiction. Clear eyes; full hearts; can’t lose.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Soap operas may be struggling on television, but they’re alive and well in Meacham’s fiction…As dictated by the sudser format, the plot drives characters’ behavior, rather than vice versa, and dialogue frequently serves double duty as exposition. It’s all very over-the-top, which, as with any soap opera, is the story’s greatest appeal.”


  • “Meacham’s latest is of a piece with her past work and sure to find an eager audience among romance buffs.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melissa Kayden | 2/18/2014

    " Good story but way too long and one too many twists and turns for me. The matter in question for most of the book seems so simple to have determined, it doesn't seem like 450 pages of story was necessary. I remember liking Meacham's first book, Roses, a lot but this one was a disappointment compared to it. It seemed like the author was trying to do too much with the plot and it would have been a better book if Meacham went with the "less is more" theory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tammy | 2/17/2014

    " I loved Leila Meacham's first book, Roses and couldn't wait for this one. Tumbleweeds held my interest but was not as good as Roses. I was disappointed in how the story ended and thought it was a bit far fetched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gene | 2/16/2014

    " Great read! It's hard to put down. You get very involved in the characters lives. This author also wrote "Roses". You should also read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lynda | 2/15/2014

    " I chose this book because I really enjoyed her last book, Roses. I stopped reading this after about one fifth of the way through and was going to return it to the library. The characters were involved in a reprehensible crime and I did not want to continue. But I was still intriqued by the third main character and so I picked it up again and finished it. There were several unexpected twists and turns in this story of two young boys in Texas and the girl who changes their lives when she moves to their town at age eleven. Both John and Trey are orphaned at an early age and live with relatives as does Cathy Benson the girl involved in their story. The trio become fast friends and are never separated until their teen years when Trey and Cathy become romantically involved. Football is a major component in this novel as it seems to be in real life in Texas. It is a story of how abandonment whether real or imagined affects children all through their lives as well as mis-communication between friends. It had a few too many twists at the end but a realistic ending tied up all the loose ends. It was not as good as Roses but still worth reading. "

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