Roses by Leila Meacham

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Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice and the loss of what might have been--not just for themselves but for their children, and children's children. With expert, unabashed, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers a hundred years, three generations of Texans and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love.

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Leila Meacham is a writer and former teacher who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of the bestselling novels Roses and Tumbleweeds.
Published December 29, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 641 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Meacham begins her saga in recent times, when elderly Mary decides to act on long-hidden feelings by tweaking the noses of her assembled heirs, who patiently await their cut of fortune and a big, beautiful estate in the piney woods, part of a genteel town that Mary has pretty well single-handedly...

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Mary Toliver, along with her older brother Miles and her mother Darla, learns that her father, Vernon Toliver (who has just died) has left the plantation to Mary with only a small portion of land for Miles.

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Mary Toliver and Percy Warwick, scions of their small East Texas town's founding families, fall in love, quarrel, part and live with their regrets.

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