I was becoming disappointed in Garwood's books because of the "Me, puissant hero. You, ineffective heroine." style she was adopting. With this book, she has achieved a great triumph: she penned a believable, romantic and above all, humorous tale.
Too many novels have trite dialogue or exaggerated sex scenes and Garwood manages to steer clear of both. "For the Roses" entertained me so much that I had to put it down more than once so that I could stop laughing at the antics of the characters. I especially loved her heroine, Mary Rose Clayborne, because the young woman was intelligent, sassy and sweet. She also has a strong streak of common sense not often found in the gloriously beautiful and reckless heroines that populate lesser author's works. Mary Rose is definitely NOT monotonous or vain.
I like the structure of the novel, with its chapters interspersed with letters written by the Clayborne family to their matriarch and Mary Rose's namesake, Mama Rose. The characters come alive through the letters and we gain an insight into their personalities that we would not normally have.
Bravo, Ms. Garwood! This is the most excellently written novel of yours I have ever read.