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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Roses An Epic Read!

Sumamry:This enthralling stunner, a good old-fashioned read, may herald the overdue return of those delicious doorstop epics from such writers as Barbara Taylor Bradford and Colleen McCullough. Meacham's multigenerational family saga, set in East Texas circa 1914–1985, charts the transformation of Mary Toliver, a wide-eyed 16-year-old heiress, into a calculating cotton plantation queen as hardheaded as Scarlett O'Hara. Her brother, Miles, goes off to WWI, returns home, but then goes back to France to marry Marietta, a French Communist, leaving Mary to deal with their plantation, Somerset, and Darla, their alcoholic mother (who later hangs herself ). Many years later, Mary, now an elderly, terminally ill widow, resolves to defeat the Toliver Curse and regrets selling her soul for Somerset and giving up her true love, Percy Warwick, the father of their secret child, to marry their friend Ollie DuMont, who helped her save Somerset when Percy refused. Meacham uses three well-balanced viewpoints: Mary's, Percy's and Rachel's, Mary's great-niece, who must confront Percy when she discovers some disquieting family information after Mary dies

My Thoughts:When this book came out I had looked at it in the B&N store. I wanted to find out more about Mary and the mysterious change she made to her will. But at the time I had already spent my book budget for the month so back on the shelf it went. Last month I had a 15% off coupon for anything in the store and I chose Roses to use it on. From the first chapter I was hooked in to this family saga. It is a whopping 609 pages long but as you read it you see the scenes of a miniseries unfold before your eyes. I really hope this one is made in to a film it deserves at least a 3 night miniseries. This one is one of my favorites for the year!