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For the Roses (Clayborne Series #1)
     

For the Roses (Clayborne Series #1)

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by Julie Garwood
 

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The Clayborne brothers were a rough gang of street urchins — until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed to Blue Belle, Montana, to raise her to be a lady. They became a family — held together by loyalty and love if not blood — when suddenly a stranger threatened to tear them apart...Lord Harrison

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The Clayborne brothers were a rough gang of street urchins — until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed to Blue Belle, Montana, to raise her to be a lady. They became a family — held together by loyalty and love if not blood — when suddenly a stranger threatened to tear them apart...Lord Harrison Stanford MacDonald brandished a six-shooter and a swagger, but he soon proved to be a gentleman to the core. The brothers taught him frontier survival, while Mary Rose touched his heart with a deep and desperate passion. But soon, a shattering secret would challenge everything Mary Rose believed about herself, her life, and her newfound love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This romance set in mid-19th-century Montana spent two weeks on PW's bestseller list. (Feb.)
Library Journal
When a gang of New York orphans discovers baby Mary Rose inside a picnic basket in a trash bin, they travel to Montana to establish a more suitable home for their new charge. Headed up by an escaped slave and peopled with would-be juvenile delinquents, the family that results is unique, to say the least. But it works for 19 years-and then Harrison MacDonald appears, sent by an English nobleman to reclaim the long lost Mary Rose. Filled with humor and appealing characters and neatly punctuated with letters to the absent "Mama Rose," Garwood's (Prince Charming, Pocket Bks., 1994) lively and charming romance is essential to most romance collections.
Melanie Duncan
When four streetwise boys, one of whom is a runaway slave, find a baby girl in a New York City alley, they make a pact to raise her the way they should have been raised. Christening the child Mary Rose, the children form a family under the adopted name of Clayborne and head West to protect Mary Rose from the people who abandoned her. Eighteen years and several thousand miles later, Harrison MacDonald tracks down a rumor about a young lady who could be the daughter of his employer, a wealthy British lord. Harrison confirms that Mary Rose, whom he has fallen in love with, is the missing child, stolen as an infant and believed dead, and immediately makes plans to reunite her with her "family" as his wife. In England, Mary Rose soon realizes love is stronger than blood and returns to America and her "brothers." The conclusion to all this is quite satisfying. A surefire hit with fans of the historical romance and the best-selling Garwood. Highly recommended for all public libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671014988
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
06/15/1997
Series:
Clayborne Series , #1
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.28(d)

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They found her in the trash. Luck was on the boys' side; the rats hadn't gotten to her yet. Two of the vermin had already climbed onto the top of the covered picnic basket and were frantically clawing at the wicker, while three others were tearing at the sides with their razor-sharp teeth. The rats were in a frenzy, for they smelled milk and tender, sweet-scented flesh.

The alley was the gang's home. Three of the four boys were sound asleep in their make-do beds of converted wooden crates lined with old straw. They'd put in a full night's work of thieving and conning and fighting. They were simply too exhausted to hear the cries of the infant.

Douglas was to be her savior. The fourth member of the gang was taking his turn doing sentry duty at the narrow mouth of the alley. He'd been watching a dark-cloaked woman for quite some time now. When she came hurrying toward the opening with the basket in her arms, he warned the other gang members of possible trouble with a soft, low-pitched whistle, then retreated into his hiding place behind a stack of old warped whiskey barrels. The woman paused in the archway, gave a furtive glance back over her shoulder toward the street, then ran into the very center of the alley. She stopped so suddenly her skirts flew out around her ankles. Grabbing the basket by the handle, she swung her arm back as far as it would go to gain momentum and threw the basket into a pyramid of garbage piled high against the opposite wall. It landed on its side, near the top. The woman was muttering under her breath all the while. Douglas couldn't make out any of the words because the sound she made was muffled by another noise coming from inside the basket. It sounded like the mewing of a cat to him. He spared the basket only a glance, his attention firmly on the intruder.

The woman was obviously afraid. He noticed her hands shook when she pulled the hood of her cloak further down on her forehead. He thought she might be feeling guilty because she was getting rid of a family pet. The animal was probably old and ailing, and no one wanted it around any longer. People were like that, Douglas figured. They never wanted to be bothered by the old or the young. Too much trouble, he guessed. He found himself shaking his head and almost scoffed out loud over the sorry state of affairs in general, and this woman's cowardice in particular. If she didn't want the pet, why didn't she just give it away? He wasn't given time to mull over a possible answer, for the woman suddenly turned around and went running back to the street. She never looked back. When she was almost to the corner, Douglas gave another whistle. This one was loud, shrill. The oldest of the gang members, a runaway slave named Adam, leapt to his feet with the agility and speed of a predator. Douglas pointed to the basket, then took off in pursuit of the woman. He'd noticed the thick envelope sticking out of her coat pocket and thought it was time he took care of a little business. He was, after all, the best eleven-year-old pickpocket on Market Street.

Adam watched Douglas leave, then turned to get the basket. It wasn't an easy task.

The rats didn't want to give up their bounty. Adam hit one squarely on the head with a jagged-edged stone. The vile creature let out a squeal before scurrying back to the street. Adam lit his torch next and waved it back and forth above the basket to frighten the other vermin away. When he was certain they were all gone, he lifted the basket out of the garbage and carried it back to the bed of crates where the other gang members still slept.

He almost dropped the thing when he heard the faint sounds coming from inside.

"Travis, Cole, wake up. Douglas found something."

Adam continued on past the beds and went to the dead end of the alley. He sat down, folded his long, skinny legs in front of him, and put the basket on the ground. He leaned back against the brick wall and waited for the other two boys to join him.

Cole sat down on Adam's right side, and Travis, yawning loudly, hunkered down on his other side.

"What'd you find, boss?" Travis asked, his voice thick with sleep.

He'd asked Adam the question. The other three gang members had elevated the runaway slave to the position of leader one month ago. They'd used both reason and emotion to come to their decision. Adam was the oldest of the boys, almost fourteen now, and logic suggested he, therefore, lead the others. Also, he was the most intelligent of the four. While those were two sound reasons, there was yet another more compelling one. Adam had risked his own life to save each one of them from certain death. In the back alleys of New York City, where survival of the fittest was the only commandment anyone ever paid any attention to, there simply wasn't room for prejudice. Hunger and violence were masters of the night, and they were both color-blind.

"Boss?" Travis whispered, prodding him to answer.

"I don't know what it is," Adam answered.

He was about to add that he hadn't looked inside yet, but Cole interrupted him. "It's a basket, that's what it is," he muttered. "The latch holding the top closed looks like it could be real gold. Think it is?"

Adam shrugged. Travis, the youngest of the boys, imitated the action. He accepted the torch Adam handed him and held it high enough for all of them to see.

"Shouldn't we wait for Douglas before we open the thing?" Travis asked. He glanced over his shoulder toward the entrance of the alley. "Where'd he go?"

Adam reached for the latch. "He'll be along."

"Wait, boss," Cole cautioned. "There's a noise coming from inside." He reached for his knife. "You hear it, Travis?"

"I hear it," Travis answered. "Could be something inside's gonna bite us. Think it could be a snake?"

"Of course it couldn't be a snake," Cole answered, his exasperation evident in his tone of voice. "You got piss for brains, boy. Snakes don't whimper like . . . like maybe kittens."

Stung by the retort, Travis lowered his gaze. "We ain't never gonna find out lessun we open the thing," he muttered.

Adam nodded agreement. He flipped the latch to the side and lifted the lid an inch. Nothing jumped out at them. He let out the breath he'd been holding, then pushed the lid all the way up. The hinge squeaked, and the lid swung down to rest against the back side of the basket.

All three boys had pressed their shoulders tight against the wall. They leaned forward now to look inside.

"Probably nothing," Travis replied. "Least ways, not yet. Maybe though, when he gets bigger..."

"Yeah?" Douglas asked, curious over the sudden excitement that came into Travis's voice.

"I'm thinking we could all teach him a thing or two."

"Like what?" Douglas asked. He reached out and gently touched the baby's forehead with his index finger. "His skin feels like satin."

Travis was warming to the possibility of educating the baby. It made him feel important . . . and needed. "Douglas, you could teach him all about picking pockets. You're real good at it. And you, Cole, you could teach him how to be mean. I seen the look that comes into your eyes when you think someone's wronged you. You could teach the little fella to look like that too. It's real scary."

Cole smiled. He appreciated hearing the compliment. "I stole me a gun," he whispered.

"When?" Douglas asked.

"Yesterday," Cole answered.

"I seen it already," Travis boasted.

"I'm going to get good shooting it as soon as I steal me some bullets. I'm gonna be the fastest gun on Market Street. I might be persuaded to make the little fella second best."

"I could teach him how to get things," Travis announced. "I'm good at finding what we need, ain't I, boss?"

"Yes," Adam agreed. "You're very good."

"We could be the best gang in New York City. We could make everyone afraid of us," Travis whispered. He was so enthralled over the possibility, his eyes shone bright. His voice took on a dreamy quality. "Even Lowell and his bastard friends," he added, referring to the rival gang members they all secretly feared.

The boys all took a moment to look at the pretty picture Travis had just painted for them. Cole rubbed his jaw again. He liked what he was imagining. He had to force the eagerness out of his voice when he spoke again. "Boss, you could teach him all about them books your mama taught you about. You could maybe make him as smart as you are."

"You could teach him how to read, and he wouldn't get whiplashes across his back for learning the way you did," Travis interjected.

"If we keep him, the first thing we got to do is take that sissy dress off him," Douglas announced. He glared at the long white gown and shook his head. "No one's ever gonna laugh at him. We'll see to it."

"I'll kill anyone who even snickers," Cole promised.

Copyright © 1995 by Julie Garwood

Meet the Author

Julie Garwood is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, Murder List, Killjoy, Mercy, Heartbreaker, Ransom, and Come the Spring. There are more than thirty-six million copies of her books in print.

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For the Roses 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a very quick book to read, and I mean that in a good way. Very loving, sexy, heart warming, and exciting. I read For the Roses and the other books in the series a few years ago and I have re-read them because they are that good. Although I do like romance this is not just a romantic story it much more than that. It about family and love and respect, I loved it. The reason why I have taken the time to write this review is I have just seen the movie ROSEHILL that was adapted by Hallmark (WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT THAT WAS). Avoid at all cost, the essence and heart of the story has being destroyed the humour was taken out of the story, you would not recognise Mary Rose who was made out to be a jealous person who disregarded the men who raise her.The men did not appear to really bond together like in the book, what happen to Harrison he did not exist in the movie and the most unforgivable act was that they KILL OFF COLE For the Roses surely proved that a family can be strongly bonded through the years of love and taking care of each other. Family can be create not only formed by blood. Aside from the family values, the romantic story of Rose & Harrison added spice to the whole book. Mary Rose's discovery of her real father and their initial meeting was a tear jerker. I was once again in tears when I read the part of Mary Rose adjusting to her new family. J.G. described each scenes and emotions so perfectly that I feel like I am part of the book itself. I have many favorite scenes in this book but I have to hold back telling it, otherwise, I will give it away and ruined it for those who haven't read the book just yet. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
There were lots of laughs in this book as well as lots of moments that nearly made me cry. But the story starts wandering about halfway through, especially when they get to England, and I found myself skimming a bit. I love Julie Garwood's style. She always has a great blend of humor and poignancy. This book had both, and I loved all the characters 'except for Eleanor and the bunch in England', but it didn't keep my interest throughout. When the final chapters came and there was yet another new plotline, I just sighed. But then the ending felt rushed, with several things left out. Why didn't we get to experience Harrison's joy at Mary Rose's good news? Why didn't we see the reunion with Mama Rose? A lot to love, but I have to give it only three.
CodygirlDG More than 1 year ago
Follow the story of Mary Rose -- from when she was found abandoned by her four adopted brothers, to her all grown up. This story has it ALL and I can not recommend it highly enough to those like me who absolutely ADORE western romance. 200 stars, 200 A+'s -- this is the one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. A little twist on family and romance intertwined. It took a look at the 19th century in both high society of London England, as well as the US when it was still a little wild.
denverbroncosgirl More than 1 year ago
In the beginning, I really didn't like it much. The main female character was just plain annoying. I really had to push myself to continue reading. The only reason I did is because it is one of my best friend's favorite books & I promised her I'd read it. Many things that were said & done were contradictory. I will have to say that it did get better about 1/2 to 2/3 into the book. This was a really long read for me because I disliked the beginning so much. The end of the book went by much quicker. If I could break it down, I'd give the first half of the book 1 star, and the second half 3 1/2 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! It's a thick book, but I found myself breezing through it. I loved all of the characters and especially the name of the town haha Not only did I fall in love with Harrison and Mary Rose, but I fell in love with all the brothers as well, especially Cole! Eleanor cracked me up! Go out and buy this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud reading this book, was suprised, sad, and amazed. It was a wonderful book to read. I only read alittle each day, because I didn't want it to end. I also have the sequels to this book and can't wait to get started reading them. This book had be thinking about each part I read the next day on my ride to work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a series I have reread numerous times over the years
RSMH More than 1 year ago
The best of Julie Garwood's novels and that is saying a lot!
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Momof4IN More than 1 year ago
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!! The story of four orphans coming together to form a family and raise a baby girl in the wilds of Montana, For the Roses is a fantastic story about life, friendship, family and love! The letters from Rose to Mama Rose were adorable, the family aspect was so real you could feel the love, the romance between Rose and Harrison was hot and steamy, just an all around wonderful book! Highly recommend! 10 stars at least!
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cutierenee More than 1 year ago
Classic Julie Garwood.
bonfrow More than 1 year ago
This was very good read, but a little too much info on the sexual content. Story line was intriguing and very encouraging about the morals and values learned in childhood. When we are old, we do not depart from them.
andeken More than 1 year ago
This is so beautiful, a group of homeless boys that are of different race and backgrounds sticking to gether and how they find a baby girl and she becomes the glue that makes them into a family. She loves them unconditionaly no matter what they look like. All the characters are well written, which makes it easy to write the sequels of the brothers. The one thing I didn't like was the letters that were written to "Mama Rose" while the kids were growing up...that seemed monotonos, and I actually skimmed & skippsed over those eventually as they were boring. But overall, this was a really good read and I highly recommend this book, but this one must be the first to read in the series. ENJOY!
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I saw this as a tv movie. I really enjoyed it, but wonder how much of the book the movie left out. The movie/book did leave itself open to sequels which I intend to read. The free sample of the book on nook only had a peek at another book and none of this book!
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Monica0927 More than 1 year ago
You just can't go wrong with a Julie Garwood book. I have read them all several times over and there isn't a bad one in the bunch!
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jennb73 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Fast read that gets your attention from the first page.