I love to immerse myself in a good family saga so I picked up Leila Meacham’s new title Roses to read. Meacham’s family saga follows the three most wealthy and powerful families of a small east Texas town from 1914-1985. The Toliver family owns a large cotton plantation, the Warwick’s are timber barons, and the DuMont’s are merchants. The story follows three generations of these families through war, depression, forbidden love, betrayal and a family curse with the focus on the middle generation of Mary Toliver, Percy Warwick and Ollie DuMont . The book is divided into three sections and told through three different character’s point of view.
Mary and Percy’s drive and ambition, and their heartbreaking romance are at the center of this captivating story. It is reminiscent of Colleen McCullough’s fabulous title The Thorn Birds which I love to this day. Roses is a great summer escape read for any vacation or staycation! If you enjoy family sagas, I would like to also recommend these titles available at the Library: The Sight of the Stars by Belva Plain; Gilead by Marilynne Robinson; The Woodsman’s Daughter by Gwyn Hyman Rubio; No Angel by Penny Vincenzi; The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan; The Assassin’s Song by M. G. Vassanji; The Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis; Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh; Bloodroot by Amy Green; The River Wife by Jonis Agee; and of course The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough.