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For the Roses (Claybornes Brides, Bk 1) (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
For the Roses - Claybornes Brides, Bk 1 - Audio Cassette - Abridged
Author: Megan Gallagher (Narrator), Julie Garwood
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ISBN-13: 9780671534479
ISBN-10: 0671534475
Publication Date: 9/1/1995
Edition: Abridged
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: Audioworks
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 2
A romance that touches your heart and reminds us what real family means.
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Helpful Score: 2
great story.
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Helpful Score: 2
Loved it......
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Helpful Score: 1
What a wonderful story about the true meaning of "family". Four young boys find a baby in the trash in New York City so they decide to head west and raise her to be a "proper" young lady. The underlying love throughout this book is a wonderful change of pace. It just goes to show you that you don't have to be blood related to have a family. I recommend this book highly.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a passionate love story of family and friends. The characters are a wonderful blend of personalities that can make you cry and make you laugh. It is an enjoyable, sweet, comfortable read.

I am not a big reader but I found it almost impossible to put down. I just finished the book and I am ordering the rest of the series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really want to like her books but I am just not that big a Julie Garwood fan. I keep ordering her books hoping one of them will prove why she has so many fans, but other than "Killjoy", I just don't understand the fuss. Her period novels, like "For The Roses" and "Ransom", are always written in an overly simplistic, doe-eyed innocent manner that simply doesn't jive with the storyline. She over-uses phrases such as "S/He really was [insert strange and unnecessary adjective here] and overall, this book reads very awkwardly. The plots are usually very interesting but the execution is just so-so.

As for this particular book, it's a great story about tolerance and different definitions for family.
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This is one of my all time favorite romances. It concerns a group of brothers who adopt a little girl in the early days of the American west. The first in a wonderful series.
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Good book!
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Excellent book about Mary Rose in the Claybornes family.
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I really enjoyed reading this book.
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This is my favorite romance novel, from my favorite romance author!!!!
Can't recommend it highly enough!!!
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I loved this book. Julie Garwood is one of my favorite authors.
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The Clayborne brothers had once been a mismatched gang of street urchins--until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City ally, named her Mary Rose, and headed west to raise her to be a lady.
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Book one in a wonderful series!
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great read!
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GOOD READ
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It is 1860, and four homeless boys from New York find an abandoned baby girl in the trash. The children form a family and travel out to the frontier of Montana, where they make a living in livestock. Years later, a lawyer turns up looking for the kidnapped daughter of a wealthy lord.

" In Blue Belle, Montana, everyone knew better than to mess with the Claybornes. The brothers had once been a mismatched gang of street urchins. until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed west to raise her to be a lady. "
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I love how the author has a letter to Mama Rose at the end of each chapter.
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Very good, love the character\'s
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Great read!
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This book has many great features, one being the letters to Mama Rose at the end of each chapter that give incites into the Clayborne family through the years.
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Compelling story exploring what truly makes people family, a sweeping romance and thrilling mystery. Another great Julie Garwood novel.
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This is a good one...Love Julie G. any anything historical she writes. She just has a knack for it
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This series has to be one of my all time favorites. What a wondeful story of strength, and the courage to love. This family will become part of your own.
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I loved this book, the characters are so real and you wish the story to go on and on. If you like JG this is another wonderful book. A really good read.
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Great story about the ingenuity, strength and loyalty of children, and romance in the old west. A New York TIMES bestseller!
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I so enjoyed this family. The brothers had me cracking up laughing because they reminded me of my older brothers. The romance flowed well and was believable. I read this in one sitting. Enjoy!
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Four orphan boys are surviving on the streets of New York City when they find a baby in the trash. Vowing to raise the baby and become a family, the boys travel west. Now Mary Rose Claybourne has grown up, finished school, and come back to her family. But when she meets the new man in town, Harrison MacDonald, and decides to invite him home for supper, she may get more than she bargained for. Mary Rose believes Harrison will never survive in the west. But Harrison is in Montana on a mission, searching for an heiress who was kidnapped as a baby 19 years ago.

Why did I wait so long to read this book? I absolutely adored Mary Rose, Harrison, and each of the four Claybourne brothers. Julie Garwood writes wonderful characters that jump off of the page. I loved how the family loved and supported each other while keeping strangers at arms length. The humor in this book is top notch. And, the letters to Mama Rose were a great way to see how the family survived the early years when the teenage boys were raising a baby. My rating: 5 Stars.
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An unlikely band of "brothers" from a New York City alley find a baby girl and take it upon themselves to protect and raise her. This act becomes their salvation and pass to a new life in the west. After baby Mary Rose is grown, an attractive stranger rides into town and becomes an ingrained part of their lives. Will his presence cause huge changes in thier situation together as a "family"?

Good read.
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Interesting quick read!
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Harrison Stanford MacDonald arrives in Montana to investigate whether a young woman, known as Mary Rose Clayborne, is his employer's long lost daughter, Lady Victoria.

Four urchins (one an escaped slave) found the infant Mary Rose in a New York City trash heap, and decided to create their own family. Realizing the risks of living in states, the unusual family moves to the Montana Territory where Mary Rose's "brothers" build a home filled with love for her and for Mama Rose, a southern slave who plans to join her "children" when she can.

Mary Rose knows nothing of Harrison's ulterior motives when she offers him a place to stay. Her over- protective brothers would love to place a wall between their sister and the stranger, but the powerful attraction between Mary Rose and Harrison makes that impossible.

There will be moments when you will laugh, others when you'll cry, and still more when the sheer warmth and love captured in this story will enfold you in its powerful embrace.
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The beginning of the Clayborne family novels. Very touching, humorous and fun to read.
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Funny, touching, exciting...the only thing this book isn't is boring. I loved Mary Rose's world. I couldn't wait to read the next page to see what was going to happen. Julie Garwood is one of my new favorite authors!
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Excellent story, great series, Garwood is always good, and very enjoyable. Loved this series.
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This is a very sweet story.
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This story was interesting. The main character, Mary Rose, finds out some things about her family and back ground she never knew existed. A good book.
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For The Roses by Julie Garwood
ISBN: 0-671-87098-X
561 pages
Pocket Books Fiction

Four young boys, members in a street gang, while hiding out in an ally, watch on as someone throws what turns out to be a baby into a dumpster. After rescuing the baby and deciding to turn their lives around they move out west to Blue Belle Montana to get away from their pasts. They raise the baby, who they name Mary Rose, as their sister and with their new identity they in turn become brothers.

Nineteen years later the trouble begins when someone spots the now grown up Mary Rose; who incidentally looks exactly like someone who's child was stolen years ago at the age of 4 months. A lawyer who owes a debt to the father continues the search for the missing child. He shows up in Blue Belle without letting on who he is and is taken in under Mary Rose's care and given a job at their ranch.

Mary Rose has never met a man that has affected her this way. He is stubborn, stands up to her brother Cole who is known as the fastest gunfighter in town, is compassionate, and has a great sense of humor. Even if he does have "spells" every now and then. Little by little she is falling more and more in love with him and he is already in love with her. This poses a problem since he knows she is really Lady Victoria and that he would never be good enough for her.

Finally he tells her brothers his true identity and prepares to leave to tell his employer he has found his long lost daughter. It will be up to them to tell her. At the same time he makes his intentions clear that he is in love with their sister and his intentions are to make her his.
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very good
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I loved this book!
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Pleasant book. I enhjoyed reading it.
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I loved this book. I read all 3 of the books back to back. Thats the only way to read sequels. The 2nd book is "The Clayborne Brides" with the 3rd book as "Come The Spring".
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The story of a group of orphans and the family they make for themselves. Very good.
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I saw the TV movie with Jennifer Garner and decided to pick this up. The book is very different from the movie. I find it very annoying when modern day thoughts and attitudes are imposed upon historical characters (which happens in this book). Overall, if you like Garwood's other books, you'll like this too.
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I really enjoyed this book. Before I even finished, I ordered the rest in the series.
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Great Story. Wonderful Characters
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terrfic reading
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This book was a great read, classic Garwood and a book you don't want to miss. I do have to give it 4 stars due to fact it took a while for me to get into the book. It just took a little longer to have the story set up- not a reason to miss out on this book. Once the story was set up, it was smooth sailing. What I love about Garwood is the depth she brings to a story, you don't just read it, she shows it to you in her writing.

This is the first âFrontierâ book I have read and enjoyed greatly. I felt I was right along side the Claybourne family with their struggles. There are two books left in the trilogy, The Claybourne Brides (One white rose, One Pink Rose, One red rose) and Come the Spring. I am most looking forward to reading Cole's story in Come the Spring.
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This is a wonderfull book, It is more then a romance,It is about family, friendship and being ture to youself.I am a big san of Julie Garwood and belive this is one of her best books!!!!
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It was a a very good read from cover to cover!
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Wonderful story! Not my usual read but after I read this I ordered the sequel!
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Very sweet.
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History romance. Good story-line.
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Another great book by this author. Funny and sweet... a book not to be missed.
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For The Roses by Julie Garwood
ISBN: 0-671-87098-X
561 pages
Pocket Books Fiction

Four young boys, members in a street gang, while hiding out in an ally, watch on as someone throws what turns out to be a baby into a dumpster. After rescuing the baby and deciding to turn their lives around they move out west to Blue Belle Montana to get away from their pasts. They raise the baby, who they name Mary Rose, as their sister and with their new identity they in turn become brothers.

Nineteen years later the trouble begins when someone spots the now grown up Mary Rose; who incidentally looks exactly like someone who's child was stolen years ago at the age of 4 months. A lawyer who owes a debt to the father continues the search for the missing child. He shows up in Blue Belle without letting on who he is and is taken in under Mary Rose's care and given a job at their ranch.

Mary Rose has never met a man that has affected her this way. He is stubborn, stands up to her brother Cole who is known as the fastest gunfighter in town, is compassionate, and has a great sense of humor. Even if he does have "spells" every now and then. Little by little she is falling more and more in love with him and he is already in love with her. This poses a problem since he knows she is really Lady Victoria and that he would never be good enough for her.

Finally he tells her brothers his true identity and prepares to leave to tell his employer he has found his long lost daughter. It will be up to them to tell her. At the same time he makes his intentions clear that he is in love with their sister and his intentions are to make her his.
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Loved the story. Julie Garwood is a favorite of mine. Love her humor.:-)
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I really enjoyed this book. I love Julie Garwood and have all of her books. This book replaced one I had a few years ago that was lost, and I was anxious to re-read it and the follow-up Claybourne Brides books. The story is lively and very entertaining.
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Another great Julie Garwood book!
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No one ever knew what kind of strays, from animals to weary travelers, Mary Rose Clayborne would bring home next. 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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[3 stars]
~ SUMMARY (from back cover) ~
In Blue Belle, Montana, everyone knew better than to mess with the Claybornes. The brothers had once been a mismatched gang of street urchins --- until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed west to raise her to be a lady. They became a family --- held together by loyalty and love if not by blood --- when suddenly they faced a crisis that threatened to tear them apart . . .

Trouble came to town with one Lord Harrison Stanford MacDonald. Armed with a swagger and six-shooter, he cut a striking figure --- but it soon became apparent to Mary Rose that he was too much of a gentleman to make it in her rough-and-tumble town. She asked her brothers to teach him the basics of frontier survival, which he acquired with ease. And soon he possessed a deep and desperate love for Mary Rose. She returned his affection wholeheartedly . . . until MacDonald revealed a secret that challenged everything she believed about herself, her life, and her newfound love. Now her search for identity and meaning would begin, raising questions that could only be answered if she listened to the truth within her heart . . .

~ MY REVIEW ~
The second half was better than the first half, but this book was still my least favorite Julie Garwood book. Normally, I love her work, but too many things in this book drove me nuts. Eleanor was wholly unnecessary and although Garwood heroine's are always beautiful/smart/innocent/naive/etc., this one was just a little too much for me; they're always somewhat clueless and kind of head-in-the-clouds, but Mary Rose was more than I could handle.

~ "CLAYBORNES' BRIDES" SERIES ~
FOR THE ROSES - Mary Rose (Book 1)
ONE PINK ROSE - Travis (Book 2)
ONE WHITE ROSE - Douglas (Book 3)
ONE RED ROSE - Adam (Book 4)
THE CLAYBORNE BRIDES - anthology of Books 2, 3, and 4
COME THE SPRING - Cole and Daniel (Book 5)

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Excellent Julie Garwood. Quality romantic fiction.
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In Blue Belle, Montana, everyone knew better than to mess with the Claybornes. The brothers had once been a mismatched gang of street urchins - until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed west to raise her to be a lady. They became a family - held together by loyalty and love if not by blood - when suddenly they faced a crisis that threatened to tear them apart...
Trouble came to town with one Lord Harrison Stanford MacDonald. Armed with a swagger and six-shooter, he cut a striking figure - but it soon became apparent to Mary Rose that he was too much of a gentleman to make it in her rough-and-tumble town. She asked her brothers to teach him the basics of frontier survival, which he acquired with ease. And soon he possessed a deep and desperate love for Mary Rose. She returned his affection wholeheartedly ... until MacDonald revealed a secret that challenged everything she believed about herself, her life, and her newfound love. Now her search for identity and meaning would begin, raising questions that could only be answered if she listened to the truth within her heart.
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This is part of the trilogy and it is was very good series. I couldn't wait to start on the next book as soon as I finished the one preceding it. It is worth the read
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I really loved this book!It's worth reading!
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The Clayborne brothers were a rough gang of street urchins -- until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed to Blue Belle, Montana, to raise her to be a lady. They became a family -- held together by loyalty and love if not blood -- when suddenly a stranger threatened to tear them apart...Lord Harrison Stanford MacDonald brandished a six-shooter and a swagger, but he soon proved to be a gentleman to the core. The brothers taught him frontier survival, while Mary Rose touched his heart with a deep and desperate passion. But soon, a shattering secret would challenge everything Mary Rose believed about herself, her life, and her newfound love.
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Of course everyone in town knew better than to mess with th Claybornes. The brothers, four of the toughest hombres in the West, had once been a mismatched gang of street urchins. But they found an abandoned baby girl in 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.
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Slighly worn around the edges. Good condition. Good read too!
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One starr since I have not read this, in good time