Somerset by Leila Meacham

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Still, Meacham writes competently, if without much flair, and her tale delivers what it sets out to do: Namely, it’s a historical oater with oodles of emotion, rent hearts, sundered friendships and fierce Comanches
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One hundred fifty years of Roses' Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts! We begin in the antebellum South on Plantation Alley in South Carolina, where Silas Toliver, deprived of his inheritance, joins up with his best friend Jeremy Warwick to plan a wagon train expedition to the "black waxy" promise of a new territory called Texas. Slavery, westward expansion, abolition, the Civil War, love, marriage, friendship, tragedy and triumph-all the ingredients (and much more) that made so many love Roses so much-are here in abundance.
 

About Leila Meacham

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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 February 4, 2014 by Grand Central Publishing. 625 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 31 2013

Still, Meacham writes competently, if without much flair, and her tale delivers what it sets out to do: Namely, it’s a historical oater with oodles of emotion, rent hearts, sundered friendships and fierce Comanches

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Sep 16 2013

Rich with American history and pitch-perfect storytelling, fans and new readers alike will find themselves absorbed in the family saga that Meacham has proven—once again—talented in telling.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Jeremy McGuire on Feb 24 2014

Yes it is an historical romance but it seems Somerset doesn’t aspire to more. If it is entertaining and informative, we cannot fault it for not being enlightening and inspiring. Taken for what it is, it succeeds wonderfully. It is a great read.

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