Posted by: Jennifer | January 22, 2007

For the Roses – Julie Garwood

Julie Garwood. For the Roses. (New York: Pocket Books, 1995). 067187098x.

Main Characters: Mary Rose Clayborne and Harrison Stanford MacDonald.

Related Works: One Red Rose, One White Rose, One Pink Rose and Come the Spring.

Description from book:

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 Thoughts:

This might just be my favorite Julie Garwood book. I absolutely adore Mary Rose and her brothers – Adam, Douglas, Cole and Travis. They are such a wonderful and wacky family. I love how they are Catholic during April, May and June and then switch to another religion for the next three months. The fact that they speak french on certain days – and have a word of the day – is priceless. Harrison MacDonald actually fits in with the Claybornes so well. It is actually painful to read the chapters that take place in London as Mary Rose morphs into Victoria. Fortunately, that is quite a short part of the book. The fact that her real father, Lord Elliot, comes to Montana is heartwarming.

I love this book!!!!

Read again: January 22, 2007



  1. Ok-I read your other comment, and For the Roses is also one of my faves. I love that scene, at the dinner table. And Harrison was so confused over their religion and what language to speak. That scene was classic.

    This was the first romance I ever read-I was in 8th grade.

  2. […] Related Works: One Red Rose, One White Rose, One Pink Rose (sometimes bundled together as The Clayborne Brides) and For the Roses. […]

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