Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Bestselling author Meacham is back with a prequel to Roses that stands on its own as a sweeping historical saga, spanning the 19th century. This time Meacham delves into the backstory of the Tolivers and Warwicks before they settled in Howbutker, Tex. The son of a plantation owner in South Carolina, young Silas Toliver has big plans to join his best friend Jeremy Warwick on a wagon train to the new territory of Texas with his true love, Lettie. The only problem is that his father has died and left him with nothing, so he has no funds to pursue his dream that is, until a neighboring plantation owner, Mr. Carson Wyndham, offers him an unorthodox deal: he'll fund Toliver's trip to Texas, and set him up with a plantation there, if Toliver will marry his daughter, Jessica Wyndham. Jessica helped free a slave and could cause scandal for the family if she stays in South Carolina. After much inner turmoil, Toliver agrees. And so begins a tangled love story, and a curse that follows the Toliver family through multiple generations. 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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Roses heralded as new Gone with the Wind."--USA Today (praise for Roses)
"As large, romantic, and American a tale as Texas itself."--Booklist (praise for Roses)
"An enthralling stunner....A compelling saga with echoes of Gone with the
Wind."--Publishers Weekly (praise for Roses)
"It's been almost 30 years since the heyday of giant epics...but Meacham's
debut might bring them back. Readers who like an old-fashioned saga will
devour this sprawling novel of passion and revenge."--Library Journal (praise for Roses)
About the Author
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.