For the Roses - Julie Garwood This book earns a 5 from me because it is the book I see as sifting me into more adult reads. I was 13 and my mom got it for me not realizing the "romance" aspect of it (lol, YA wasn't on our radar I guess), but she knew how much I loved reading and this was something new.

It is a very traditional story, as are all of these early novels by Garwood, about a young girl who was orphaned and raised by a group of against-the-odds boys. I highly recommend this author, and this book in particular, to anyone who likes a good romance and HEA.