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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

If I offer you a red rose...

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 c...
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.

posted by Awesomeness1 on January 15, 2010

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7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Review of Roses

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 ...
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.

posted by Benz1966 on March 27, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2010

    Disappointed - Liked the book but didn't love it.

    I read a critic's review before I bought this book and it compared it with Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With The Wind." When I read this I had to have Roses because that's the type of book that's right up my alley. All I can say is I don't think that critic actually read GWTW. There is absolutely no similarity in these two books. Mitchell was a masterful author who developed original characters and plot lines and Roses was basically a cheap beach read at best. Meachem employed every creap trick and cliche in the book. Boy meets girl, they don't see eye to eye, he goes off in a huff, she finds out she's pregnant. He doesn't come back so she marries his best friend. Orignal boy comes to senses and comes back to girl to find she just left for honeymoon day before he arrives back home? Come on Leila darling. And that's only the first part of the book. Cliches abound til the very end. Again, fun beach read, but no masterpiece like GWTW. I think Meachem should focus writing shorter, better crafted stories rather than long predictable ones.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    ThornClan

    Rose res 2 is bios res 6 is camp

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Don't waste your Time

    I found this book horrible. I did not like it at all. I kept reading it thinking it would pick up.....but it didn't.....Was no Gone With The Wind.... I can't even remember of what it was about, that bad.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2010

    Texas Family Tree

    This book was advertised along the lines of Gone With the Wind. This book isn't even close to that great novel. It has none of the characteristics of GWTW such as: a) interesting, well developed characters, b) time period accuracy, andc) a well developed story. The story is about 3 families, man meets women, women are subordinate to man, and family mistakes are carried through generations. The ending, like the story, of course could be predicted. The beginning was good, middle boring and ending went on for ever. Some editing would help.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

    Disappointed

    "Roses" was tedious and predictable. It was a chore to finish given its length.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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