Tumbleweeds Recently orphaned eleven year old Cathy Benson feels she has been dropped into a cultural and intellectual wasteland when she is forced to move from her academically privileged life in California to

  • Title: Tumbleweeds
  • Author: Leila Meacham
  • ISBN: 9781619694378
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Audio
  • Recently orphaned, eleven year old Cathy Benson feels she has been dropped into a cultural and intellectual wasteland when she is forced to move from her academically privileged life in California to the small town of Kersey in the Texas Panhandle where the sport of football reigns supreme She is quickly taken under the unlikely wings of up and coming gridiron stars and cRecently orphaned, eleven year old Cathy Benson feels she has been dropped into a cultural and intellectual wasteland when she is forced to move from her academically privileged life in California to the small town of Kersey in the Texas Panhandle where the sport of football reigns supreme She is quickly taken under the unlikely wings of up and coming gridiron stars and classmates John Caldwell and Trey Don Hall, orphans like herself, with whom she forms a friendship and eventual love triangle that will determine the course of the rest of their lives Taking the three friends through their growing up years until their high school graduations when several tragic events uproot and break them apart, the novel expands to follow their careers and futures until they reunite in Kersey at forty years of age Told with all of Meacham s signature drama, unforgettable characters, and plot twists, readers will be turning the pages, desperate to learn how it all plays out.

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    1. I loved Roses - loved. I mean, it wasn't amazing literature or mind blowing prose, but it was a good story, it was interesting, I felt invested in the characters, I loved the descriptions and the characters and I really "felt" that book, if that makes sense. It was "soapy" and "sudsy" to quote other reviewers - but it was juicy and good. I do enjoy a good epic saga. So I was super crazy looking forward to this book. My sister in law also loved Roses and we've both been anticipating Tumbleweeds w [...]

    2. *SPOILERS*This was an interesting read. On one hand, I really liked tracing the three characters throughout their life, on the other hand, it made me depressed that their life could be summed up in a bookAlso, I had to majorly suspend my disbelief when Ms. Meacham made John the father of the childyahh no. Lastly, the whole twist at the end, it was interesting, but it just left the book with an unfulfilling ending. Plus, there's really no explanation for TD to yell "Catherine Anne" at the end. wa [...]

    3. 3.5Saga koja prati Catehrine Ann, Treya i Johna, njihovo prijateljstvo, ljubav i sve ono kroz šta prolaze zajedno; od odrastanja, preko školavanja, pa sve do smrti. Lijepa priča o tome kako porijeklo ne određuje životni put i kako je jaka volja dovoljna da se ostvare životni ciljevi. Zamjerka, prije svega, ide na dužinu romana koji je mogao biti i kraći jer se mnogo stvari moglo izbaciti ili barem ne opisivati toliko. Sve u svemu roman je vrijedan čitanje zbog prvih dvjestotinjak strani [...]

    4. Nevjerovatno dobro ispričana priča o prijateljstvu, ljubavi, izdaji i oprostu. Neizvjesno do samog kraja, tek što bih pomislila da je to to, priča bi dobila novi preokret i držala mi pažnju do samog kraja.

    5. Tumbleweeds was a 4 star for me up until page 399, like another reviewer here I felt the story was ruined for me at that moment.Cathy, John, and Trey, all orphans, find a wonderful kind of friendship in their early years and it blooms as they grow into young adulthood. Cathy is refined, cultured, and smart. John is kind, conscientious, and honest. Trey is devious, unfaithful, and charming. Is it any surprise Cathy chooses to date Trey? It should be but in fiction the good girls always choose the [...]

    6. Knjiga je tako dobro počela Veoma me je privukla da čitam i da me zanima sve oko toga šta će se desiti, međutim s vremenom mi je postala previše opširna i previše komplikacija koje su zaista bile nepotrebne. Moglo je da se završi mnogo prije i na mnogo bolji način. Za one koji su pročitali znaće: Posebno me nervira način na koji je ona ostala trudna? Jedva da ju je pipnuo i trudna? Zaista??????? To me je toliko iznerviralo!Sve u svemu, knjiga nije loša. :)

    7. Ruže i Somerset su mi bile bolje od ove, iako i ovdje ima nešto jedinstveno, posebno početak. Kasnije se malo radnja odužila i sam kraj je malo bio nategnut. U biti, nisam razočarana, ali joj nisam mogla dati više od ove ocjene. :)

    8. I fully expected to spend the weekend to be absorbed in Tumbleweeds. I enjoyed Roses in all of its melodramatic glory. I opened the book to the painted bluebonnets inside the front cover and started to settle in. I got page 87, read: "the ocean had surged to the shore and the sand and sea became one", and snorted a little. Then I got to the chapter with the mascot of the opposing football team and said really?! At that point I decided I did not want to invest in the remaining 338 pages and put i [...]

    9. The Texas panhandle breeds a bunch of us long, tall drink-of-water look-alikes. We're as common as tumbleweeds.~T.D. Hall from TumbleweedsThis week I read devoured Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham. I could not put it down, which was a bad thing because I've had TONS to do this week. Last week I posted about Meacham's other novel, Roses. As much as I loved Roses, I think I liked Tumbleweeds a wee bit better.Tumbleweeds is like a cross between Friday Night Lights and The Thorn Birds. :D This is a very [...]

    10. TUMBLEWEEDSLeila MeachamHaving long been a huge fan of epic sagas Ms. Meacham led me to believe she was going to single handedly revive the genre. That may have been too much to ask of any author. Her first book, ROSES led me down that primrose path as I loved the book. That is not the case with TUMBLEWEEDS. The book becomes overly melodramatic, terribly detail oriented with predictable, wooden characters and plot.Recently orphaned eleven year old, Cathy Benson who had lived a life of plenty is [...]

    11. An over-sized soapish melodrama of friendship, love and betrayal all rolled into a mystery of sorts by the author of Roses, recommended to me by my daughter and a book I would not have otherwise read. Moving onto Tumbleweeds was most likely prompted by the tease of a football player -- if you know me, you know how much I enjoy my sports-related romances. However, there wasn't much of the actual sport involved here. Here readers will be confronted with the tale of three orphans who were best of f [...]

    12. This was a delicious story - full of love and hate in a small Texas town. The author made the characters come alive - so much that I could barely put it down. I liked it much better than her previous book, Roses. The characters of the three children who grow up together were well defined. I could visualize them in my head. The plot, while slightly soap opera"ish", kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time. Highly recommended.

    13. It's a good summer read, but that's about all it has going for it. The novel involves three people: TD, the high school golden boy quaterback; John, his WR and best friend; and Cathy, the woman they both love. Over time they separate but their lives continue to be intertwined.My biggest problem with the book stemmed from the John becoming a priest plotline. The author says that she's not Catholic so she had to do research here, but it seemed to me like she was into the "Hollywood" Catholic stuff [...]

    14. This book was such a waste of time. Happily, I listened to it while driving to and from work, so I wasn't really wasting my time. It was just so melodramatic and stung out. I can only go by disc numbers; it was 13. It could easily have been about eight. Beautiful, popular, and rather bland people keeping secrets from each other and never forgiving one another, capped with a silly twist at the end that didn't do any of the characters a bit of justice.But I will give it this: Cathy was no annoying [...]

    15. SPOILER ALERT: This previous review says exactly how I feel after reading this book: "I really enjoyed reading the beginning and middlebut when it got to the point where the close-knit threesome started to unravelI felt as though the author tried to incorporate almost too much drama into the story. It wasn't a bad story, but I didnt feel fulfilled when I finished it. The murder of Trey was completely unnecessary made things feel unresolved between Trey and Catherine Ann. I wished they could have [...]

    16. The last forth of the book dragged a bit and it could have ended sooner but I just can't give it less then 5 stars.I'm loving Leila Meacham's writing and the characters are so well developed that you can easily imagine them as real people.

    17. Author: Leila Meacham Published By: Hachette Book Group Age Recommended: AdultReviewer: Arlena DeanRating: 5Blog For: GMTAReview:"Tumbleweeds" by Leila Meacham was some interesting read. In Kersey, this story takes place in the Panhandlewith the story being told in third person. These three orphans (Catherine Ann Benson and Trey Don Hall)and a abandoned child (John Caldwell),lead a very interesting life. I found this novel rather long but still fast enough to stay interesting for me. Be ready fo [...]

    18. I loved Roses - the authors first book. This was great too but very different in some ways. This is another Texas "epic" story but about a family in a different wayWe meet the three main characters when they are in middle school. Three orphans who find each other and are friends for several years. Smart Cathy, jock Trey, kind-hearted John. I didn't feel that the author wrote the characters as children very believable - but i kept reading. Through a series of tragedies and events, the trio falls [...]

    19. I am a little perplexed with how to rate this book. There were parts I really enjoyed, parts that were drawn out and parts that I think could have played out differently.This is the story of three kids, all orphaned in one way or the other. Trey Don Hall, John Caldwell and Cathrine Ann Benson who grow up in the town of Kersey, Texas. The story chronicles their lives and all the ups and downs they share. The three are inseperable until a problem arises and then the book just takes an unexpected t [...]

    20. SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT -- It was definitely hard to put down once I got to a certain point. There are some dragging parts and they keep jumping years. I love happy endings, but this book didn't satisfy the ending I wanted. It was still a good read, but I want the perfect happy ending of John and Cathy ending up together. It was lame to let him become a priest. I feel frustrated after reading it because you are left with the ultimate life question of "What if" and you just want to yell at them at s [...]

    21. 3.75 StarsI loved Roses, the author's first book, so I was excited to dive into this story. This had the same get lost in the characters feel about it. Cathy, who was orphaned at age 12 had to leave California to live with her grandmother in a small town in Texas. She quickly takes up with Trey and John and a lifelong love triangle saga begins. I thoroughly enjoyed this saga until page 399. What was the author thinking? A last minute thrown intally out of place.ery? I don't want to spoil it for [...]

    22. 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed it but had a REALLY tough time believing John was Wills dad. Even after it was revealed I kept thinking "no no - the doctor might have been wrong about Trey being sterile - there's no way - it will come out at the end." But it never did. We were to believe that what happened, if we can even consider it a thing that happened, between Cathy and John resulted in a pregnancy?! That was my only big issue with the book. Otherwise I enjoyed it.

    23. Leila Meacham has the drama laden novel down. Once again she writes an amazing story of love, friendship, betrayal, secrets, murder and religion! You won't be able to put Tumbleweeds down until the final word. And you'll never know which character has the last word! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys an epic saga!

    24. When I started this book, I had high hopes. I found the middle of the book to be very predictable and then the last quarter of the book bordered on ridiculous. The storyline is just a mess. Save yourself some time and skip this one.

    25. Yuck. I was in the mood for an epic melodrama. The melodrama was there and the plot had potential, but the characters were too unbelievable and the dialogue so awful. The writing seemed very juvenile. Worst book I've read in a while!

    26. This book is split into three sections, but should have been four: while they were kids; while they were adults; the ending; just kidding this is the ending. And I would give 3 stars; 2 stars; 4 stars; 2 stars. Which averages out to 2.75, so I rounded up to 3. Which is a big rounding up, in my opinion. Very gracious. The book skipped around so much, I had a difficult time figuring out what was going on. And the dialogue just dragged on and on and on. The story itself was interesting with twists [...]

    27. This is such a good author and the book was an entertaining read but I'm giving it just 3 stars. The ending was rushed with some wild and crazy happenings and it felt like the bad guy was just suddenly thrown into the mix. Still worth reading but this author does write family sagas really well and some of her other books I've liked better.

    28. Other than being a page turner this book was a disaster and let me tell you why: 1. The priestly man John rapes Cathy. 2. There is no way that two abandoned boys would be so kind, so devastatingly handsome, so smart and so talented, let alone best friends. 3. Why was Cathy's friend Laura always randomly brought up? 4. I feel like the author could have made this book 100 pages less by dropping unnecessary story lines/writing stupid segways. Just say 5 years later. 5. I would have loved to see Cat [...]

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