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Kate Blakely is trying to hold together a farm in Oregon near the turn of the century after her husband's reported drowning. Kate wishes she could erase the memory of his abusive behavior towards both herself and her traumatized four-year-old daughter, Miranda. His equally rough brother, Ryan, insists that Kate marry him, and threatens to take Miranda away. Meanwhile, Kate's handsome new neighbor, Zachariah McGovern, withstands rattlesnake bites to rescue Miranda from a well, and Kate takes him into her home to nurse him back to health. After Zachariah accidentally discovers why Kate's rose garden flourishes while the rest of her land produces little, the two make a marriage of convenience so that Zachariah can adopt Miranda and keep her from Ryan's clutches. Anderson ( Comanche Heart ) has a talent for drawing characters. Kate is portrayed sympathetically as a self-protective woman who has suffered, but the historical setting is less convincing. It seems unlikely, for instance, that a late 19th-century farmer could intuit modern psychiatric techniques, as Zachariah appears to do when he employs doll play to get Miranda to tell him about past abuse.
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"She does it again.  A winner."--Brenda C. Barbour

"Loved this book."--L. Walls

"This is a winner.  Catherine Anderson can't write a bad book."--Lorna Derrick

"Awesome book!  She is one of the best writer's that I read. I have not read a book by her I did not like!"--Kelly Weeks

"I "Loved" this."--Linda Morgan

“A major voice in the romance genre.”—Publishers Weekly

“Catherine Anderson is an extraordinary talent. She has a voice that is gritty and tender, realistic and romantic, and always unique.”--Elizabeth Lowell

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236548
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By MaryGrace Meloche on April 24, 2004
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With many books, once I turn the last page, the story's image disappears. Within a few days, I have forgotten the book's foundation. This is not so in Catherine Anderson's "Coming Up Roses." I think the child in this harrowing tale will live in my memory forever.
Kate Blakely and her daughter, Miranda, endured personal hell for five long years. An agonizing world controlled by a heinous man - a perverted man to whom Kate Blakely had regrettably married. A man unsoundly motivated -- by his own interpretation of the Bible. Joseph Blakely perceived his wife and daughter as `Handmaidens to Satan' - sent by the evil one to tempt him into sin.
Zachariah McGovern is the neighbor around whom Miranda builds a castle of dreams. In Miranda's eyes, this man is her hero. A man who ranks right up there with the fairies, the elves, and the mystical unicorns from her mother's fairytales -- he is the stuff of magical wishes. Zachariah McGovern is a god sent.
Through the pages, the author has drawn striking character sketches. Kate Blakely is a gentle, loving woman -- the victim of a life mistake. Anderson drafts Zachariah McGovern from her masculine template - brawny men who are everything wonderful. And little Miranda Blakely is divine, the star of the story. This cast and their lives make remarkable reading material.
What are the problems? The conclusion wrapped up too nicely, too methodically. These are two wounded souls who would not come back from the brink of destruction so easily -- no matter who the hero is. Secondly, Zachariah's tragic past was an unnecessary side story. Still, this is a forceful well-written story.
Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1999
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This is her best work. It's the only book I ever finished, and then immediately reread - the same day. It was also the first I read of Catherine Anderson and what got me hooked on her books. Excellent. So glad to see it back in print. I had to hunt online through used bookshops to find a copy. For me, it's a "must have in my collection" along with all my Lavyle Spencer collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Morgan on May 27, 2012
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Abuse of women and children has been swept under the rug by most people. For those of us who have been abused, we believe we deserved it. Widow Kate and her 4 yr old daughter, Miranda, have been victims of a tormented husband and father until his death. I appreciated how I was able to feel sympathy for him through Kate's eyes, because she understood he couldn't help his behavior, and why he did the things he did. When Zachariah, the neighbor growing grapes to produce "sinners' swill", rides into their lives looking for his dog (who is digging up the rose garden), he is not welcome. He saves Miranda's life, but nearly dies, and while being nursed by Kate, they form a friendship. He becomes the answer to Miranda's magic wish. I loved the relationship between Zach and Miranda. Breaking through the wall Kate has built to survive her marriage is a challenge. I enjoyed the little bits and pieces of progress. The dead husband is a story in himself, along with his brother. Unfortunately, I kept seeing similarities between these two brothers and a faction of the American public. I call them "The Religious Right". That certainly doesn't make the rest of us "The Wrong" by any means, but the Judge's comments to the jury and gallery at Kate's trial about all of them sharing guilt in what happened out at the Blakely place was spot on, in my opinion and is partly responsible for my enjoyment of the book.

Catherine Anderson has written a fairy tale for grown ups. There's not a lot of hot steamy sex, but there is plenty of sexual
tension and attraction. I especially enjoy the fact that Ms Anderson's female characters are flawed, just like the rest of us. Her women are sometimes overweight, blind, paralyzed, mute, scarred, abused or some other "imperfection".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2011
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Couple: Zachariah McGovern and Kate Blakely
Kate was married to a very abusive man who beat on her and even tortured their sweet daughter, Miranda, by holding her hands in the fire. Now Joseph is dead and Kate is trying to live her life quietly with her daughter and keep her interfering brother-in-law from taking over her life. Zach is their new neighbor who ends up getting bitten by several rattlesnakes saving Miranda from an old well, and has to recover at Kate's farm. He comes to like Kate and Miranda and realizes they've had an unhappy life with Joseph Blakely. I really like that Miranda warms up to Zach so quickly and even "magic wishes" him to be her pa. It shows how much she's willing to trust again after the horrible things her father used to do.

Kate marries Zach to protect Miranda from her brother-in-law, (who is accusing Kate of killing his brother,) but she's still wary of him. When Miranda disobeys Zach, (by trying to hide in the hay loft when the floor was weak,) and almost has a deadly accident Zach takes her to the house to discipline her. Kate forces herself to trust that Zach isn't like Joseph and wont hurt Miranda. Later when she finds that Miranda only had to sit on a chair in the corner, her trust in Zach is rewarded and they make their marriage real.

Miranda is an adorable child. I especially like the part where she's telling Zach about her mother's happy tears and how pretty they make her eyes. She asks if Zach wants to see her happy tears and tells him she just has to tell her mother how much she loves her. I can see why Zach wanted to have her for his little girl.
This book's a keeper. It's out of print right now, so I'm glad I was able to get it.
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