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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: Angèle Masters Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781611137163
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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

  • Roses heralded as new Gone with the Wind. USA Today
  • As large, romantic, and American a tale as Texas itself. Booklist
  • An enthralling stunner....A compelling saga with echoes of Gone with the
    Wind.
    Publishers Weekly
  • It's been almost 30 years since the heyday of giant epics...but Meacham's
    debut might bring them back. Readers who like an old-fashioned saga will
    devour this sprawling novel of passion and revenge.
    Library Journal
  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 2/7/2014

    " First time reading this author's work and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading her other works. I won this copy from Bookreporter.com. At first I was concerned with the thickness of the book (466 pages), but once you start, the story draws you in. Even after finishing the novel, I found myself thinking about the characters and the crafty way the author told the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walt | 1/22/2014

    " Tumbleweeds was the best book I have read in a long time. I could not put it down. The secrets, the lies, and the last minute twist kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning until I finished it. I wish this author would write more books. She is a master storyteller "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/15/2014

    " So disappointed. But I stayed with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Christiansen | 1/15/2014

    " It was depressing... "

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

    " Very good book about childhood friendship and the pain and hurt that is caused by not telling the truth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marge Ryan | 1/13/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I normally like historicals, so this was a change for me. Although I didn't,t get the gone with the wind, I thought the book kept up a good story line all through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doreen Smith | 12/26/2013

    " Not great, but not bad....not as good as her first novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/22/2013

    " Good story...a little long winded in some parts and the way it all wrapped up was a little disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosario | 12/14/2013

    " Lots of drama. I wanted to keep reading to see how it would all play out. Really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/10/2013

    " What a fantastic story! This story follows the three main characters from the time they're children into adulthood and examines their relationships with each other and how decisions they made in their youth influence them throughout their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/17/2013

    " Tumbleweeds is one of those stories that cover a lifetime. I enjoyed reading about Cathy and her two boys. I would rate Meacham's novel 3.5 stars. I felt like she skipped over important ages and did not transition nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/2/2013

    " I couldn't put this book down. I had to find out what happened to these characters and found myself cheering for them or hating them at times. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy T | 3/22/2013

    " I just loved this story and was surprised by the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 3/14/2013

    " I live her writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson Reuben | 2/28/2013

    " This is a fantastic story, although Roses is still my favorite between the two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/18/2013

    " Interesting story of 3 friends growing up together in the Texas Panhandle and how they their lives intersected over the years. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina | 12/24/2012

    " Didn't exactly like the turn it took for the ending. Lil bit of a let down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Tucker | 11/17/2012

    " I very much enjoyed this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcia | 10/25/2012

    " I liked the book up until the ending. Then not so much. Didn't really go with the rest of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faith Bryan | 8/29/2012

    " Quick read, starts out a good read, but the ending is disappointing with the author trying to add too many twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion Vinette | 7/27/2012

    " Awesome book! I couldnt put it down till I was done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 6/27/2012

    " This is a great book---set in Texas, so that is appealing to me--but the plot is good--writing is good-- "

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About the Author
Author Leila Meacham

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.

About the Narrator

Angéle Masters is an actor and writer, born and raised in a small town in England. She has spent the past twenty years in the southern United States. While most of her background is in theater, she makes an occasional appearance in front of the camera and quite often behind the microphone recording audio books.