For The Roses (Anglais) Poche – 1 février 1996
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Sometimes her four brothers? runaway slave Adam, ax-pickpocket Douglas, gunslinger Cole, and con man Travis -- wondered whether her boarding school education did a lick of good now that their beautiful, impulsive little sister was back in Blue Belle, Montana.
Of course, everyone in town knew better than to mess with the Claybornes. The brothers, four of the toughest hombres in the West, had once been a mismatched gang of street urchins. But they had found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, headed West, and raised her to be a lady. Through the years the Claybornes had become a family, held together by loyalty and love if not by blood -- when they suddenly faced the crisis that could tear them apart.
That crisis came to town with Lord Harrison Stanford MacDonald. In his fine clothes, he looked every inch a dude. Mary Rose figured that if she didn't interfere, this handsome Englishman would get himself killed, so she took him home to the Clayborne ranch to ask her brothers to turn him into a cowboy. She didn't suspect MacDonald was a chameleon, not the greenhorn he appeared to be. He'd prove fast with a gun, quick with his fists, and capable of commanding the Claybornes's respect -- if not their trust. He'd also soon be desperately in love with Mary Rose. She returned his affection blissfully and wholeheartedly...until MacDonald revealed a secret that challenged everything she believed about her love, herself, and her life.
Now Mary Rose's search for identity and meaning would begin, sending her to England, to the family she lost long ago. Her soul hungered for the freedom of the American West, but she was being drawn away from all she cared about by the need to know her past...and by her uncertain but still potent love for MacDonald. Torn between conflicting loyalties, Mary Rose wasn't sure who she really was, or where she belonged...questions that could only be answered if she listened to the truth within her heart.
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The uniqueness of the Clayborne family, particularly in such a time as the mid to late 19th century, is what drew me in as a kid and which still appeals to me as an adult: four street rats (one of whom is a runaway slave) band together for survival and find an abandoned baby girl whom they decide to raise and, in doing so, are transformed into intelligent, respectable, honorable individuals, men they would never have become had they not united around this baby. Each of the family members are characterized somewhat well, with special attention being given to the elected patriarch, Adam, the family's heart, Mary Rose, and Cole, who for some reason takes precedence over the other two brothers, Douglas and Travis, who are not as well-drawn as their siblings. There is an added poignancy to this family in the fact that they come to regard Adam's mother, Mama Rose (the only living biological mother of any of the siblings), as their matriarch despite none but Adam, of course, ever having met her. Through letters sent over the span of 20 years, each child establishes a meaningful relationship with Mama Rose, who wields incredible influence and stability over her adopted children.
This is too unique a storyline to play second fiddle to a stereotypical romance, especially when padded out by the letters. Because I'm an adopted child in an interracial family, I would very much like to see this unconventional story of the ties that bind explored in a different genre, a genre in which priority doesn't have to be given to things so frivolous as fluffy dialogue, vain and horny protagonists, and other trivial, worn out romantic tropes when a much more interesting plot line could be developed. The Hallmark movie's de-emphasis on the romance aspect in deference to the elevation of the family dynamic is why I favor it, though I think the movie's depiction of the family dynamic is not nearly as intricate or revealing as it could have been, given the well-described relationships in the novel.
The romance is unconvincing, in my opinion, but I didn't particularly care for the male protagonist or Mary Rose, when she was with him. I also disliked his odd, wildly inappropriate announcement to the brothers that he intended to sleep with Mary Rose, before they were married. That was incredibly jarring to read, particularly after having spent hundreds of pages (by then) understanding that the Clayborne brothers are predictably overprotective when it comes to Mary Rose. Their blase reactions to this primal sex announcement were thoroughly unconvincing, especially Adam's. As a romance novel, this book is too long. There is way too much inane chatter between characters; it's a bit of a headache to read chapter after chapter that's 90% dialogue. There are also annoying moments in the narrative when characters are musing inwardly and swear phrases such as "Lord/God/Heavens, but so and so was this", "Lord/God/Heaven help him/her", "For Heaven's/God's sake" crop up repeatedly, sometimes within the same page.
For Kindle readers, be aware that there are typos; however, they are not distracting, mostly having to do with punctuation rather than misspelling.
Exceptionally well told in my humble opinion (IMHO)...and, at times, reminded me of Diana Gabaldons' "Outlander" Saga (4th book "Drums of Autumn").
Would it be asking too much to read Harrison's reaction when he finds out he's gonna be a father?????!!!???? Talk about disappointment!!! Cripes JG...are ya tryin' to kill me?
I loved all of Garwood's characters with Adam being my absolute favorite. He really did hold the family together and was wise, subtle, and a kind man. Mary Rose continuously made me laugh with her stubbornness but kind and naive heart. I loved her wistfulness, and unfailing love for Harrison. Harrison though, like Mary Rose had me fooled with his changing moods or "spells" especially how he became so arrogant in his love for her and forceful. I really wasn't expecting their intimate scenes scenes with one another but, to each their own.
I really did love the letters sent between the siblings to mama rose, and how it kept the bond between them all so strong. I can't wait to read more in this series.
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