For the Roses by Julie Garwood is a paperback that is well-worn
in my personal library. Garwood’s talent for making her heroines spunky, daring,
and innocent, while allowing them to be strong, is a plus for her books. Mary
Rose is no exception.

Mary Rose interacts with her family and friends with caring. She
allows her interactions to be realistic and fun. It is easy to visualize this
spunky heroine. She is allowed a temper, even at times that women are angry for
no reason, but has that temper in such a fun way that one cannot be angry back
at her. Garwood’s pen allows endearment, not anger. Mary Rose realizes her
complaining makes her brothers uncomfortable, so she complains when she wants
them to quit bothering her because they change the subject or find another place
to go. She gives caring to Corrie, a woman living away from civilization because
she was treated horribly by indigents and is disfigured. She protects Corrie
from trouble-makers in town when they attempt to burn Corrie out.

Although this is an older book, it is worth a read, even if you
are not a lover of historical romance. Her characters are individual, not dull,
and bring a good time to the reader. This is the kind of book that is enjoyable,
relaxing, and fun.

NOTE:  I purchased
  this book with my own funds.

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