Book Review: Roses by Leila Meacham
Roses by Leila Meacham
Roses is a compelling saga that spans three generations of a Texan family. From the early chapters it is clear there is going to be lots of trouble when strong-willed 16-year-old Mary Toliver inherits the ‘Somerset’ cotton plantation from her father, instead of her mother and brother. And the trouble from that point on just seems to multiply. Estranged from her family, Mary is packed away to boarding school, but when she returns she is determined to make the cotton plantation successful, even though it is heavily mortgaged – and she pours all her efforts into the plantation wanting to continue the Toliver dynasty. But things become complicated when she falls in love with the handsome timber magnate Percy Warwick – but their love affair has terrible consequences that reverberate through the decades.
This is a sweeping story of passion, heartbreak, love and loss. It is also a book about family secrets, with a ‘sins of the fathers’ element as each generation suffers because of decisions made by their parents. Add in money and intrigue, alcoholism and madness, suicide and estrangement, scandal and seduction and it makes for a highly enjoyable book – one that will keep you gripped to the extremely satisfying ending. Think of the old TV series Dallas with cotton instead of oil and you’ll have an idea of what to expect.