Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ROSES, by Leila Meacham




Leila Meacham

Released as hardback
January, 2010


Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-446-55000-0

$24.99 USA
$29.99 Canada

Saga. That's a word to sit curled up before the fire with and enjoy ... usually. This one is a serious contender for the old television series, "Dynasty". Curling up before the fire with it put me to sleep, which is far, far from the usual case where I am concerned.

ROSES is a who-did-what-to-whom-behind-the-scenes-in-the-name-of-money-and-social-standing saga. Pardon me while I snore. I cannot bear such time-consuming stories which, in the end, really go nowhere. They're simply dramatized fictional rumor-mongering, the sort of thing one would hear in twisted dribs and drabs in some half-empty beauty parlor. Real life and real life stories, compared to a good, juicy rumor? Tell it. I'll take a nap.

My apologies to the author; this book is simply not among the sort of books I admire. Best of luck next time, Ms. Meacham. You do have a way with words, and a skill with carrying a complicated tale. It was the content where you lost me.

Special thanks to Hachette Book Group, which provided this book for review free of charge to the independent reader.

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