One Red Rose

One Red Rose

by Julie Garwood

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ISBN-13: 9781501131462
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 07/11/2016
Series: Clayborne Series , #3
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 11,680
File size: 4 MB

About 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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From Chapter Two

It really was a hell of a mess, and he had no one but Mama Rose to blame for meddling in his private affairs. He would deal with her later, but now he needed to

First things first. He needed to move away from her. He was standing entirely too close. Odd, but he couldn't seem to make himself step back. Her scent, so light and feminine, made him think she'd bathed in lilacs. He liked it more than he thought he should. He liked just about everything about her. He even noticed, and approved of, what she was wearing, and he had never been interested in such superficial things before. Still, the starched, high-collared white blouse and white skirt were a nice contrast to her flawless coloring. She looked as prim and proper as a banker's wife, and was as sexy as hell.

He shook himself out of his reflection. "Why don't we go down to the library."

"The library? Yes, we should go to the library."

"Good idea," he drawled out.

She inwardly groaned. She was doing it again, repeating his words. He was going to start calling her a parrot if she didn't get hold of herself and stop thinking about foolish things, such as how deep and rich the sound of his voice was and how clean and masculine his scent was. He seemed to carry the outdoors around with him.

He really had the most devastating effect on her. She let out a little sigh. "I've been dreading this."

"Dreading what?"

"Our private talk," she said. "Shall we go and get it over with?"

She sounded as though she were on her way to a firing squad. He agreed with a nod and walked by her side down the stairs. When they reached the end of the back hall, he moved forward to open the door, then stepped back so she could enter the library first.

The room was musty and smelled of old books. She found it very pleasing and looked around in fascination and approval. There were hundreds of volumes lined up on cherry wood shelves from the ceiling to the floor, and more books were piled in stacks on the hardwood floor near the windows.

The library had taken on the character of the man who occupied it, she decided. She knew from Adam's letters to his mother how much he loved to read, and she would have wagered every cent she possessed that he had already read every book there. He might even have read them more than once.

He motioned for her to take a seat. She chose one of the two overstuffed leather chairs facing the desk, sat down on the very edge of the seat, with her knees and her ankles pressed together and her back as straight as a ruler, and folded her hands in her lap.

She couldn't sit still long. While he was getting comfortable in his chair behind the desk, she nervously began to tap her heels against the floor. She stared down at her lap so she could concentrate, and rehearsed what she would say to him.

She thought it would be better if she let him speak first, and after he was finished, she would then gently -- yes, gently -- explain that her circumstances had changed and she couldn't marry him. She would be as diplomatic as a statesman so that she wouldn't injure his feelings or damage his pride.

Adam sat back in his chair and stared at her, patiently waiting for her to tell him what was on her mind. After several minutes passed in silence, he decided it was up to him to begin. He knew exactly what he wanted to say to her, for he'd been thinking about it all week long. Why then was it so difficult for him to get started?

He cleared his throat. The tapping got faster and louder.

"Genevieve, I'm not certain what your understanding with Mama Rose was, but I --"

She jumped to her feet. "Oh, Adam, I can't do it. I just can't."

"You can't what?"

"I can't marry you. I wish I could, but I can't. I wanted to explain right away, but you've been avoiding me all week long, which makes me think you don't really want to marry me anyway, and this personal matter wasn't something I wanted to talk about in front of your relatives. It's all so awkward, isn't it? Your mother put both of us in such a peculiar position. Are we engaged or aren't we? No, of course we aren't. Will it surprise you to know that I do want to marry you, or at least I used to want to marry you? For heaven's sake, don't look so surprised. I'm telling you the truth. Everything's changed though, and I can't possibly marry you now. No, it's out of the question, and even if you did want to marry me, well, eventually you'd find out about the trouble I'm in, and then you'd be horrified you ever entertained the notion. Do you see? I'm saving you from making a terrible mistake. I'm so sorry to disappoint you. Truly I am. You're just going to have to get over me. Broken hearts do mend. There, I've had my say. We can't get married, no matter how much you want to, and I apologize for deliberately misleading you. It was insensitive and cruel of me."

She finally paused long enough to take a breath. She knew she'd made a mess out of her explanation, and even while she had been rambling on and on, she'd kept telling herself to stop, but she couldn't seem to make herself do it. He probably thought she was crazy. His expression didn't give her a hint of what he was thinking, and she could only conclude that he was too stunned to react at all. Some of the words she'd blurted out kept repeating inside her head. Dear God, she'd started out telling him she didn't believe he wanted to marry her, and by the time she'd finished, she was insisting that his broken heart would mend. Oh, yes, he had to think she was demented. Mortified, she turned her attention to the wall behind him, pretending great interest in the framed map hanging there.

Copyright© 1997 by Julie Garwood

Interviews

Before the live bn.com chat, Julie Garwood agreed to answer some of our questions:

Q:  Which couple in history do you think is the most romantic?

A:  Harry Truman and Beth Truman, because they were so in love with each other. William the Conquerer, because in all he did and in all his travels, he was ultimately faithful to his wife. Fidelity and loyalty are really important to me. For me, these traits define marriage.

Q:  Have you ever successfully played matchmaker?

A:  No, I haven't. I learned early not to interfere.

Q:  Where is your favorite place to read?

A:  I'm usually doing three things at once. I have a big, long sofa that I usually curl up on at night. There are some nights I fall asleep on that sofa with research books all around me, and I wake up and have to go to bed.

Q:  Have you given a book as a gift lately? Which one?

A:  Yes. Frank McCourt's book, Angela's Ashes, which I just gave to a friend. He's coming to speak here soon, and I'm sure he will be wonderful.

Q:  What's your thirst quencher of choice on a scorching summer day?

A:  Diet Coke with lime. In fact, I drink that instead of coffee. I drink it for the caffeine. It hits the spot.

Q:  What is your favorite romantic movie?

A:  The original "An Affair to Remember." I still cry when I see it. Also "Casablanca." A movie I've been thinking about a lot lately, because Robert Mitchum just passed away, is "Heaven Help Us, Mr. Alison." Although it is about a nun and a soldier, the way they feel about each other is wonderfully romantic. I prefer the older movies. The last really wonderful movie I saw recently was "Sleepless in Seattle," which of course had "An Affair to Remember" in it.

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One Red Rose 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Ceruleangem More than 1 year ago
This rating is in no way reflective on the quality of writing(I loved these stories when I read them), but the I truly feel that the publishers are taking advantage of consumers. I could understand if they put all there "rose" stories together in one e-book and then charged you $7.99 for it but $24 for three short stories is way overpriced.
kw50197 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The last of the Clayborne Brides books is also my least favourite of the 3 books. I find the heroine's sugary sweetness to be irritating. Giving away money despite being broke herself ? And her foolish behaviour disguised as concern for the man she loves only serves to put herself and Adam in danger. For someone on the run from dangerous men to behave as if she was on an adventure despite a destination obvious to all is no longer naivete but idiocy. When Genevieve runs straight into danger fearing for Adam, all she does is put a hostage into enemy hands. Thus, being the one again to put Adam in danger. The hostage situation may have been intended to demonstrate Adam and Genevieve's love for each other, but it only annoys me having to read of such a stupid heroine. Reading this book only makes me pity the Claybornes and wonder at the future troubles Genevieve is going to get them into. Even the Claybornes appearance at the start of the story does not save this book from being a disappointment. Let's hope the last in the Clayborne family saga does better.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a very brief, predictable story. The only point in reading this is for the purpose of completing the series. Really, though, like the two other "Rose" books, it's not worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story
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Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
One Red Rose by Julie Garwood is the 4th book in her Clayborne Brides series, which includes a three book novella. In One Red Rose, Adam Clayborne returns home late at night for a family party, and finds a woman in his bed. After the initial shock, Adam recognizes Genevieve as the woman who Mama Rose invited to become Adam’s wife; but that was almost a year has passed. Why did Genevieve decide to come now? Adam makes no bones that he is not interested in getting married …..ever. We learn that Genevieve is keeping a secret about some trouble she is in. When she leaves abruptly after the party, Adam and the others in the family are concerned. Adam does find a telegram warning Genevieve to run, as someone is coming for her. This will set Adam to find Genevieve and help her from whoever is chasing her. What follows in this quick paced short story, is an exciting tale of a preacher from Genevieve’s past who is evil, and wants her back. Adam will do whatever it takes to protect her, even if she insists he leave her alone. Genevieve finds herself caring for Adam, but does not want his help because she fears for his safety. It is also a sweet slow build romance that will find Adam falling in love with Genevieve and her believing he could never love her. They were very good together, and it was a happy ever after. If you enjoy western themed romances, with a great couple and a shorter storyline, then you should read the Clayborne Brides trilogy
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twilighfan More than 1 year ago
just saw this book from bargain bookstore and just pick it up, this one the old print year 1997!!! really!!! it's the same exact cover!!! and i was totally thrilled bec. i pick this! i just saw Ms. Garwood name and bought it! don't have any idea at all about Clayborne bride until just now when i search for this... the first page will really capture your attention and wouldn't be able to put it down until you finished it... it is so amazing that Ms. Julie could create such a wonderful character, it's like real! that they were all really breathing in just somewhere and that Ms. Garwood tell they're story! i just started reading her novel 2008 when my mom give me Hearthbreaker and after that i continued reading her historical novel... She's realllllly AMAZING!!! and now i can't wait to have "The Clayborne Brides" surely im gonna love it! ^_^