Stepping on Roses, Volume 1

Stepping on Roses, Volume 1

by Rinko Ueda
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Stepping on Roses, Volume 1 by Rinko Ueda

Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi fool high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth giving up everything for this sham of a marriage?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421550916
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication date: 04/02/2012
Series: Stepping on Roses Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 325,525
File size: 80 MB
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About the Author

Rinko Ueda is from Nara Prefecture. She enjoys listening to the radio, drama CDs, and Rakugo comedy performances. Her works include Ryo, a series based on the legend of Gojo Bridge; Home, a story about love crossing national boundaries; and Tail of the Moon (Tsuki no Shippo), a romantic ninja comedy.

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Stepping on Roses, Volume 1 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't love a poor-girl-brought-to-riches-and-fortune-through-love story? Everyone, thats who. But this one has a unique twist. The poor Sumi must grit her teeth and marry a rich boy simply for money and nothing else. Trapped in a marrige where love is forbidden, stuck with a lazy brother and several adopted children to feed, Sumi must take care of her family from her old poor life while still being a proper lady in the eyes of her new peers. Sumi may be wrapped in velvet and silk and draped in gold and loaded with money that she could never have dream of, she is still burdened with a heart that beats ever so for a boy who is not her 'husband'. Whats a girl to do? And tht is what makes Stepping on Roses wonderfully unique!
truth2me-istruthenough More than 1 year ago
The cover is cute and it was good enough to pick up from the shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It gets my attention and how Sumi likes Nozomu but she marries a different guy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really awesome series beautiful illustarations... CANNOT STOP READING!!A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's such a cute and sweet read! I fell in love with the characters immediately, and you should definitely get it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading this series.
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Its cute
Machine-gun_Nun More than 1 year ago
Pretty illustrations, so-so story...I've definitely come across very similar stories manga/anime before.
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Dancingsnowflakes More than 1 year ago
The summary convinced me that giving this first volume a read through on the shelf. That lead to me buying it a few days later. I enjoyed how the idea of poor girl marries rich man is presented in the first and following volumes. The artwork is well done. I plan on sending my copies out into the world via bookcrossing for others to enjoy!
librachic More than 1 year ago
I was looking for my next fix from Rinko Ueda san when this popped up and the story line was so enticing that I couldn't resist!I mean who does not heart romantic tension,a beautiful and richly drawn era in Japanese history and a total unlikely couple??? Yes to all!!!! Recommended if you <3 romance and are a romantic!!! or are a fan of Rinko Ueda!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Girl meets boy, boy proposes marriage. But both have their own reasons and so have to put on a charade of sorts. Also, most awkward wedding...ever.
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Equivocate More than 1 year ago
A Cinderella story starting with the magic of money. If you dislike weak/"Dum" (some would contrue it as such) but stubborn and an enduring heart, dont bother. The story may start as a cliche, but you will find it much more dramatic then you would think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HELLO i am just like to tell you that this book is super
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Jettneko More than 1 year ago
The original Japanese title, Hadashi de Bara wo Fume, translates to "Stepping on Roses Barefoot". Anyone who knows what it's like to prick a finger with a rose thorn can imagine how excruciating stepping on roses barefoot would be. And that's exactly how heart-rending this series feels to read (I've read the original Japanese manga). This series is full of everything great about shojo--romance, humor, tenderness, loyalty, and drama--but it also has some deliciously sinister darkness in it: deceit, betrayal, tragedy, and obsession. Just when you think you've figured everyone and everything out, the story twists and changes in such a way that it surprises you and keeps you hooked. This story happens during the Meiji period, which went from 23 October 1868 to 30 July 1912, so all the costumes you'll see in this manga show Japan's transition to Western ways and clothes; some people are still wearing kimonos all the time, but many are starting to wear the styles of that time period. Ueda portrays her characters with her usual tenderness and love. She's a master at drawing emotions, and I found myself empathizing with the characters often. Thankfully, the storyline avoids being static and dull like some shojo/romance stories; it gives its audience the marvelous pleasure of watching the characters change and grow. _Stepping on Roses_ a nice follow-up to VIZ's previous series from Ueda, _Tail of the Moon_ (which takes place in the period just before this series' period, the Edo period a.k.a. The Tokugawa Shogunate). Warning: Possible semi-spoiler comments ahead. I picked up this series because I'm a huge fan of Rinko Ueda. This series could have turned out to be a very clich&#233;d shojo series. Sumi seems weak and tragic. Soichiro seems cold and calculating. Another character, Nozomu, (Sumi's "Prince Charming") seems charismatic and noble. Fortunately, as the series progresses, nothing is as it first appears. The more Sumi learns how to become a lady, the stronger, happier, and glorious she becomes. Soichiro has a very tragic past that made him the way he is now, and when Sumi is tender to him, he warms up to her. Nozomu's true nature is actually very possessive, sinister, and just a little bit crazy. He becomes obsessed with Sumi, and his wild desire to "possess" her leads him to do things no sane person would do. This series has quickly become one of my favorites, and I can't wait to collect every volume. Note: VIZ gave this volume, and all volumes following, the "Older Teen" rating (age 16+). As a parental warning, there are some make-out sessions in here, but, as always, Ueda-sensei doesn't show any detailed nudity or graphic sex scenes. However, these scenes are still pretty sensual and provocative. You may wish to read this before allowing your teen under 16 to read it. As I said before there isn't any detailed scenes, but the books still have "sex scenes" in the loosest usage of that phrase (no actual sex, just lots of smooching, skin, and making out).
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