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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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