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Of course, everyone in town knew better than to mess with the Claybornes. The brothers, four of the toughest hombres in the West, had once been a mismatched gang of street urchins. But they had found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, headed West, and raised her to be a lady. Through the years the Claybornes had become a family, held together by loyalty and love if not by blood - when they suddenly faced the crisis that could tear them apart. ...
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Of course, everyone in town knew better than to mess with the Claybornes. The brothers, four of the toughest hombres in the West, had once been a mismatched gang of street urchins. But they had found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, headed West, and raised her to be a lady. Through the years the Claybornes had become a family, held together by loyalty and love if not by blood - when they suddenly faced the crisis that could tear them apart.

Mary Rose's brothers never knew what kind of stray she would bring home next. Her latest is an Englishman in need of training in frontier living. 2 cassettes.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This romance set in mid-19th-century Montana spent two weeks on PW's bestseller list. (Feb.)
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671576103
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Series: Clayborne Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Product dimensions: 4.59 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Garwood
Julie Garwood is among the most critically acclaimed — and popular — romance authors around, with thirty-six million copies of her books in print. She is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Ideal Man, Sizzle, Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, and Slow Burn. She lives near Kansas City.
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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

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

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    Got better towards the end

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2007

    Meanders

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    My favorite book, EVER!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    A good read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    Couldn't get enough!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2004

    Very pleasant book to read

    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.

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

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    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!! The story of four orphans coming togeth

    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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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    One of my all time favorite books!

    Classic Julie Garwood.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    Always good read!

    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.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    a definite read

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Review of movie

    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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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Beautiful story

    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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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    Loved this book. Fast read that gets your attention from the fi

    Loved this book. Fast read that gets your attention from the first page.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    For the Roses by Julie Garwood is a paperback that is well-worn

    For the Roses by Julie Garwood is a paperback that is well-worn in my personal library. Garwood’s talent for making her heroines spunky, daring, and innocent, while allowing them to be strong, is a plus for her books. Mary Rose is no exception.

    Mary Rose interacts with her family and friends with caring. She allows her interactions to be realistic and fun. It is easy to visualize this spunky heroine. She is allowed a temper, even at times that women are angry for no reason, but has that temper in such a fun way that one cannot be angry back at her. Garwood’s pen allows endearment, not anger. Mary Rose realizes her complaining makes her brothers uncomfortable, so she complains when she wants them to quit bothering her because they change the subject or find another place to go. She gives caring to Corrie, a woman living away from civilization because she was treated horribly by indigents and is disfigured. She protects Corrie from trouble-makers in town when they attempt to burn Corrie out.

    Although this is an older book, it is worth a read, even if you are not a lover of historical romance. Her characters are individual, not dull, and bring a good time to the reader. This is the kind of book that is enjoyable, relaxing, and fun.

    NOTE: I purchased this book with my own funds.

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    Posted March 27, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    An enjoyable story and a pleasant read

    The story holds your attention, is definitely fiction but lots of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    A great story about the best kind of family.

    Families come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Most families are bonded by blood, but some of the most special are families brought together by circumstance and shared goals. This is the case for the Clayborne family, young boys living on the street who find a baby girl and make a pact to raise her and give her a fighting chance at life. Mary Rose grows up to be a beautiful and generous woman. Then Harrison comes along and the Clayborne idyllic life is challenged. For the rest, read the book, it's a great story. You will love this special family as much as I do.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Wonderful read!

    Loved it! Recomend this highly!

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    excellent writer

    I have read Julie Garwood books for years. She had a way of picking you up and placing you in her stories. I started reading her books when my children were small. Now my daughter buys any thing new and brings it to me just so she can read them. I have every book that she has published, and can't wait to read anything new that she puts out you will enjoy the rose series. They made a movie out of one during 1999 or 2000. This is a great book to curl up with and just drift away.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    Finally, a romantic western with a heart

    Four orphans, pushed aside, forgotten, still retaining a kernel of human kindness despite the adversity thrown their way. Garwood writes a fascinating tale of these four that adopt each other, despite their differences, and save the life of an infant that would have otherwise perished. Garwood's tale is magnificent and the subsequent follow ups are enchanting.

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