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From the New York Times bestselling author of Roses comes "epic storytelling that plunges the reader headfirst" into the fate of heiress Samantha Gordon and ranch hand Nathan Holloway as their lives collide in early 1900s Texas. (Jackie K Cooper, The Huffington Post) Texas in the early 1900s was on the cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents, would spark a pe From the New York Times bestselling author of Roses comes "epic storytelling that plunges the reader headfirst" into the fate of heiress Samantha Gordon and ranch hand Nathan Holloway as their lives collide in early 1900s Texas. (Jackie K Cooper, The Huffington Post) Texas in the early 1900s was on the cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents, would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth. In the midst of this transformative time in Southern history, two unforgettable characters emerge and find their fates irrevocably intertwined: Samantha Gordon, the privileged heiress to the sprawling Las Tres Lomas cattle ranch near Fort Worth, and Nathan Holloway, a sweet-natured and charming farm boy from far north Texas. As changes sweep the rustic countryside, Samantha and Nathan's connection drives this narrative compulsively forward as they love, lose, and betray. In this grand yet intimate novel, Meacham once again delivers a heartfelt, big-canvas story full of surprising twists and deep emotional resonance. LOOK FOR LEILA MEACHAM'S HISTORICAL WWII EPIC, DRAGONFLY, COMING JULY 2019.


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From the New York Times bestselling author of Roses comes "epic storytelling that plunges the reader headfirst" into the fate of heiress Samantha Gordon and ranch hand Nathan Holloway as their lives collide in early 1900s Texas. (Jackie K Cooper, The Huffington Post) Texas in the early 1900s was on the cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents, would spark a pe From the New York Times bestselling author of Roses comes "epic storytelling that plunges the reader headfirst" into the fate of heiress Samantha Gordon and ranch hand Nathan Holloway as their lives collide in early 1900s Texas. (Jackie K Cooper, The Huffington Post) Texas in the early 1900s was on the cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents, would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth. In the midst of this transformative time in Southern history, two unforgettable characters emerge and find their fates irrevocably intertwined: Samantha Gordon, the privileged heiress to the sprawling Las Tres Lomas cattle ranch near Fort Worth, and Nathan Holloway, a sweet-natured and charming farm boy from far north Texas. As changes sweep the rustic countryside, Samantha and Nathan's connection drives this narrative compulsively forward as they love, lose, and betray. In this grand yet intimate novel, Meacham once again delivers a heartfelt, big-canvas story full of surprising twists and deep emotional resonance. LOOK FOR LEILA MEACHAM'S HISTORICAL WWII EPIC, DRAGONFLY, COMING JULY 2019.

30 review for Titans

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I really, really enjoyed this novel. This is what I would call 'light' historical fiction. It's nice being able to loose yourself in a nice easy story for a few hours. That is exactly what I've enjoyed so much about Meachams novels. 5 stars. I really, really enjoyed this novel. This is what I would call 'light' historical fiction. It's nice being able to loose yourself in a nice easy story for a few hours. That is exactly what I've enjoyed so much about Meachams novels. 5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Helene Jeppesen

    DNF’ed it at about 400 pages. Even though the first chapter was promising, this book turned out to be boring and predictable. Leila Meacham likes to stop up her narrative every second page to explain the characters’ thoughts and reflections, and it becomes too much and to abruptive. Further on, the story keeps repeating its same points, and the plot seems to go nowhere. I stopped reading because I grew too frustrated. I’ve read other books of Leila Meacham’s that I was okay with, but this one is DNF’ed it at about 400 pages. Even though the first chapter was promising, this book turned out to be boring and predictable. Leila Meacham likes to stop up her narrative every second page to explain the characters’ thoughts and reflections, and it becomes too much and to abruptive. Further on, the story keeps repeating its same points, and the plot seems to go nowhere. I stopped reading because I grew too frustrated. I’ve read other books of Leila Meacham’s that I was okay with, but this one is definitely too weak for me to finish it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Kannel

    Having read all of Leila Meacham's books I of course had to read this one as well. If you are comparing this book to her previous books like "Roses" you will be sorely disappointed. Still a good read that kept me wanting to come back & read more. Pros: Charactors that I could relate to. A well researched time period by the author. I appreciated the history & interesting subject matter of the book. Easy read with a well thought out plot line. Cons: I didn't feel like the author did a good job of ty Having read all of Leila Meacham's books I of course had to read this one as well. If you are comparing this book to her previous books like "Roses" you will be sorely disappointed. Still a good read that kept me wanting to come back & read more. Pros: Charactors that I could relate to. A well researched time period by the author. I appreciated the history & interesting subject matter of the book. Easy read with a well thought out plot line. Cons: I didn't feel like the author did a good job of tying up the ending. All of a sudden it just ended & I felt like the most important relationship, that of Samantha & Nathan, wasn't even explored. I would have loved to read about the moment that Nathan found out that Sam was his twin. It was an important key element of the book that could have filled a whole last chapter. It was the moment the entire book was about & then it just wasn't there. Disappointing! I also prefer the authors format of a multigenerational time period saga like in "Roses." I wanted to read about offspring. This book missed that target audience Leila Meacham is known for.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda NEVER MANDY

    “There’s oil in them thar fields” along with fossils, cattle, shady friends and family connections that may be best left buried. This book read like a soap opera and I was not even a little bit in the mood for it. I knew going in that it would be like that but I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was. It was full of far-fetched scenarios and impossible coincidences that were extremely predictable and lame beyond belief. The fact that I didn’t like a single character made it even worse. I s “There’s oil in them thar fields” along with fossils, cattle, shady friends and family connections that may be best left buried. This book read like a soap opera and I was not even a little bit in the mood for it. I knew going in that it would be like that but I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was. It was full of far-fetched scenarios and impossible coincidences that were extremely predictable and lame beyond belief. The fact that I didn’t like a single character made it even worse. I spent most of the book wanting to smack the ever-loving crap out of all of them for being so clueless. If they would have been honest with each other from the beginning, half of the stupid shit would not have happened. There was another book written by this author that I added to my to-read list when I first started reading this book, and it took getting about halfway through this one for me to remove it. Two stars to a book that irritated more than entertained.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leota

    Of all Leila's books this book was my least favorite! The characters were not developed strongly and were wishy-washy!! She repeated herself so much that half the book could have been eliminated. Even the story line was weak!! Of all Leila's books this book was my least favorite! The characters were not developed strongly and were wishy-washy!! She repeated herself so much that half the book could have been eliminated. Even the story line was weak!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    D Nine

    Interesting setting, time period, and great characters. I liked the redeeming factor in all of them when their actions proved hurtful...... at least, five of the characters. What I didn't like was the "lecture feel" of the story. As though my high school history teacher wanted to get in all the details of the time period even if they were trivial and wouldn't be on the final exam. And, those details were repeated "drilling" them in (pun intended) making the story drag. Interesting setting, time period, and great characters. I liked the redeeming factor in all of them when their actions proved hurtful...... at least, five of the characters. What I didn't like was the "lecture feel" of the story. As though my high school history teacher wanted to get in all the details of the time period even if they were trivial and wouldn't be on the final exam. And, those details were repeated "drilling" them in (pun intended) making the story drag.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Gaskin

    If you want to read a really good Meacham book, go with "Roses." This one was okay, but I thought it dragged - too much emphasis on when, or if, the twins would find each other. And, the disappointing part, not having their first meeting as part of the novel. Instead, about thirty years was crammed into the final chapter and no details. I'd have liked to see less of the novel devoted to the buildup of their discovery and more devoted to the aftermath. I think it would have made the novel more en If you want to read a really good Meacham book, go with "Roses." This one was okay, but I thought it dragged - too much emphasis on when, or if, the twins would find each other. And, the disappointing part, not having their first meeting as part of the novel. Instead, about thirty years was crammed into the final chapter and no details. I'd have liked to see less of the novel devoted to the buildup of their discovery and more devoted to the aftermath. I think it would have made the novel more enjoyable.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    NO ONE writes like Leila Meacham!! She is an amazing writer! I loved this title as much as her other titles. I only wish she wrote more often!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Martha Anne Davidson

    I have been invited to join a local book club, and Leila Meacham's Titans (2016) is the first selection on the reading list. The novel centers on family drama, involving two central characters, Samantha Gordon and Nathan Holloway, and a wide assortment of parents, siblings, friends, and more. We meet each main character separately, and then we experience the connections between the two. Beyond the endearing characters and the engaging plot, the novel also offers a captivating sense of time and p I have been invited to join a local book club, and Leila Meacham's Titans (2016) is the first selection on the reading list. The novel centers on family drama, involving two central characters, Samantha Gordon and Nathan Holloway, and a wide assortment of parents, siblings, friends, and more. We meet each main character separately, and then we experience the connections between the two. Beyond the endearing characters and the engaging plot, the novel also offers a captivating sense of time and place, and it does not hurt that the place is Texas. Samantha and Nathan live in North Central Texas in the year 1900. The novel works as historical fiction, and incorporated into the story are some of the innovations and changes that the new century was bringing, from telephones to oil wells, from ranching business to petroleum business. The author paints scenes of ranches and homes, snippets about Fort Worth and Dallas and their surrounds. The rich description of the novel even pictures the transportation at the time, from riding a horse to taking a train to boarding a raft to cross the Red River. I know it sounds clichéd, but reading the book gave me a feeling of being there. Leila Meacham's Titans is definitely a "good read," one that I look forward to discussing at book club. And another of her books, Roses (2010), is now on my To Read shelf.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Wiseman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Skipped to the end.... I couldn't stand how this was written, the characters did not talk very realistic and it drove me nuts! They kept say very obvious and fake things, over and over again.... The characters were annoying also. Why did Samantha care when her father wouldn't let her read his letter?? Isn't he allowed any privacy? Why would anyone care that much and become so suspicious about something so trivial. He is a grown man and your father so just leave it be! This book was basically a s Skipped to the end.... I couldn't stand how this was written, the characters did not talk very realistic and it drove me nuts! They kept say very obvious and fake things, over and over again.... The characters were annoying also. Why did Samantha care when her father wouldn't let her read his letter?? Isn't he allowed any privacy? Why would anyone care that much and become so suspicious about something so trivial. He is a grown man and your father so just leave it be! This book was basically a soap opera, plot and writing wise. The characters even have ridiculous names like 'Sloan Singleton', who was called by his full name basically every time they mentioned him which got very old, very fast. I think it could have had about 400 pages cut out.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Edie

    A big book with lots of very predictable characters. To save you some trouble, everyone lives happily ever after.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    The basic plot of "Titans" is alright, if unoriginal and clichéd. But I found the specifics of the piece extremely problematic. (Warning: spoilers and possible triggers ahead.) First, the author's handling of rape seemed disrespectful and dismissive to me. The allegation is quickly swept aside and dismissed, even by her own husband who declares that the other man "wouldn't have had to rape her." Additionally, mental illness was also poorly portrayed. Rebecca's death, coupled with her uncle's sui The basic plot of "Titans" is alright, if unoriginal and clichéd. But I found the specifics of the piece extremely problematic. (Warning: spoilers and possible triggers ahead.) First, the author's handling of rape seemed disrespectful and dismissive to me. The allegation is quickly swept aside and dismissed, even by her own husband who declares that the other man "wouldn't have had to rape her." Additionally, mental illness was also poorly portrayed. Rebecca's death, coupled with her uncle's suicide, seems to give the message that it's impossible to live a happy, productive life with mental illness. And finally, few of the women had any agency, and Samantha, who did actually have dreams and aspirations, quickly gave them all up for the chance to get married and be a mother. I found this novel troubling to say the least.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Trica Fox

    4.5 I really like it. First thing I must say is COMMUNICATE PEOPLE!!!- There, I feel better :) I enjoyed the characters and love the setting (Fort Worth-where I live). Narration was very good as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    I was quite disappointed in this novel. It was long and tedious. I kept reading waiting for something of interest to occur but it was a pretty much a letdown.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ginger Johnson

    Excellent! Great family saga with history of the oil founding in Texas. Fun to read of local places and imagine them in their beginnings.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Young

    Good vacation book. Easy, some substance, enjoyable.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Wow! 600 pages is an investment of time but man, I loved this story so much. Beautiful. Engrossing. Captivating.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hayley Brown

    I stumbled across Titans in Barnes & Noble's bargain section. At first I was weary of the novel, considering its place and price at B & N. The book cover, which depicts a classic Southern old-fashioned country scene, caught my attention. I was looking for a historical fiction novel. I checked Goodreads, like I normally do before purchasing a book, and found that it got a solid 3.96 overall rating. Having that score I knew it must be good, so I went ahead and purchased it.For the most part I enjo I stumbled across Titans in Barnes & Noble's bargain section. At first I was weary of the novel, considering its place and price at B & N. The book cover, which depicts a classic Southern old-fashioned country scene, caught my attention. I was looking for a historical fiction novel. I checked Goodreads, like I normally do before purchasing a book, and found that it got a solid 3.96 overall rating. Having that score I knew it must be good, so I went ahead and purchased it.For the most part I enjoyed this 600 page novel and got through it relatively quickly- it took me 10 days to read. Although a bit lengthy and dull at times, Meacham is effective in developing her characters and painting a representation of them in her reader's mind. I think it may have been a difficult task at times for Meacham to take into account all characters- as there were a lot of them. I found myself having to concentrate more so than I normally do when reading in order to keep track of the characters.The ending was simple and brief. Meacham's message of the importance of love and acceptance between friends and family was clearly communicated, if not directly stated.I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a long summer read. It's not exactly a "page turner", but I found myself going back to it willingly during my free time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Eve since reading Roses by this author I've excitedly picked up anything else she's written. None of her subsequent books have quite lived up to Roses but this one comes pretty close. However, it started out slow and is a bit wordy and should be a couple hundred pages shorter. We don't need several paragraphs to tell us exactly what each character is thinking and then several more paragraphs as they do just what we read they would do. The plot finally started to pick up at page 291. I actually r Eve since reading Roses by this author I've excitedly picked up anything else she's written. None of her subsequent books have quite lived up to Roses but this one comes pretty close. However, it started out slow and is a bit wordy and should be a couple hundred pages shorter. We don't need several paragraphs to tell us exactly what each character is thinking and then several more paragraphs as they do just what we read they would do. The plot finally started to pick up at page 291. I actually remember the exact page number because I was hoping and waiting for the action to start! Meacham creates good characters and usually ties all loose ends together with a neat bow at the end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paige P

    Titans by Leila Meachan is a tale about family secrets and loyalties set in Texas during the early days of the oil boom. A woman is giving birth to twins and one is coldly and inexplicably given away. Thus begins the story of Titans and what it means to be family and how secrets are revealed and karma seems to be the force that prevails over all.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christy Ryan

    As a rule, I do not read 600 page books. My to read stack is far too high and that is just way too long of a commitment. But, for Leila Meacham, I make an exception...every. time. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve read her other books...so it’s hard to know for sure, but this may have been my favorite.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This is a family drama in early twentieth century Texas. Ranching and oil figure prominently and Beaumont/Spindletop is mentioned a few times, especially when the gusher comes. As always, Meacham has written a highly entertaining book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Bleh! Boring, trite and colorless. Very disappointing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    NayNay

    Titans is a riveting novel that captures the essence of the early days of the Texas oil boom. Meacham’s characters, as always, have depth and her story development is outstanding given the multiple story lines in this novel. I love how the characters and their lives intertwined, it made a good solid enjoyable read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Betty Christian

    A great historical romance book to give me a much needed break from my usual dark, psychological murder mysteries. It was nice to read a book that created several different strong characters that you could care about and wanted to read to the last page to find out what happened to them!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shae

    I continue to enjoy these so much! I don't have much more to say on this one other than I enjoyed it, and will continue to read books by this author! I continue to enjoy these so much! I don't have much more to say on this one other than I enjoyed it, and will continue to read books by this author!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    A slow meander down a lazy river. Pleasant but I occasionally drifted off....

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    NOTES: Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. — Old saying At nearly twenty, Nathan had already decided that to be rich was to be happy where you were, doing the things you liked, and wanting for nothing more. The blood of the man who had looked after him tenderly since he was born, who had taught him to walk, read, ride, farm, the man he loved and believed he took after, did not pump through his veins. “Blood can be stronger than a court order saying she’s ours… stronger even than love.” T NOTES: Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. — Old saying At nearly twenty, Nathan had already decided that to be rich was to be happy where you were, doing the things you liked, and wanting for nothing more. The blood of the man who had looked after him tenderly since he was born, who had taught him to walk, read, ride, farm, the man he loved and believed he took after, did not pump through his veins. “Blood can be stronger than a court order saying she’s ours… stronger even than love.” The wide-open range, where the wind blew fresh and unobstructed and the only smells and sounds were natural to the country, was for her a vast laboratory that offered plentiful opportunities for scientific exploration and analysis. “No man’s son has a better head or pair of hands for running a ranch than our daughter.” Was it the way of mothers that they were always anxious about their children’s happiness and safety? Could Sloan, so willing to embrace the latest and most modern methods of cattle raising, not see that the cultural landscape of women was changing? The Gordons had been left land rich but cash poor. In age, he had looked the same to Samantha all her life, neither young nor old, simply durable and unchanging as post oak. It was his job as a paleontologist to search out and study specimens of this oil-producing phenomenon buried beneath the Earth’s surface and report his findings. Why? Because, within the decade, America would become ever more dependent on oil and gas to fuel all forms of transportation, to heat homes, generate electricity, and provide mechanical power to factories. Samantha listened, somewhat repulsed. When she had studied paleontology, the purpose had been to learn more about the animals and plants that had once inhabited the Earth. When she was in school, the process of fossilization had been studied for its own sake, not to inflate the pockets of investors drilling for money. A child did not have to be of a man’s flesh and blood to be counted as his own as long as he was part of his heart and soul. That was the connection that mattered. “Honey lamb,” the older woman said, “if I may offer a piece of advice. If you’re happy where you are, there are no greener pastures.” He’d obeyed a personal rule that many times had served him well: Never show your hand until the other fellow lays down his cards. Sometimes you could get away with a bluff, but this time Neal doubted he’d be so lucky. Samantha possessed the purest scientific mind he’d so far encountered. The scientific mind called for a continual openness to new ideas, concepts, and theories that challenged the established point of view. Loyalty is the one human quality that must be returned, his mentor once told him. You can give respect, honor, admiration, even love without return, but loyalty must be repaid in kind. There was another reason why Neal wanted to drill. He was well-off now, but he wanted to be rich. Money spoke. It was like the sword in the hands of the mighty Titans that ruled the universe in his mythology books. He had to admit it, but only to himself, that he liked the idea—the image—of himself as a powerful champion of Texas, like those Olympians featured in the tales from his mythological collection. Families! They were like seeds. They came from the same packet, but there were always one or two that sprang up in the row different from the rest. Always good for everything and everybody to end up in their proper place, the farmer had said. His statement had seemed strange and irrelevant at the time, but now it was clear as rainwater. After meeting Neal, Leon Holloway had determined that Samantha had ended up in the proper place. Leon sighed. How he missed the days of his farming. For all its uncertainties, crops were a mighty lot easier to raise than children. For a parent, there were no more painful hurts than disappointment in a child unless it was a parent’s disappointment in himself. The right course was not always the wisest. “No more keeping secrets. No more sweeping dust under the rug. We’re all family. Regardless of our misguided steps, our hearts have been in the right place. Despite the physical evidence of vast oil production that came to dot its acres, Las Tres Lomas and the Triple S maintained their inherent character. Cattle was their business.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Montgomery

    This book is huge but it's really good. It never lost my attention. I got mixed up with the characters a little but I don't think most people would have that problem. I liked it because it was historical fiction as well as romance and it made a LOT of sense. There were a lot of twists and turns in that there were things you didn't see coming. Nothing was pat. I especially liked all the colloquialisms from the South and from Texas. There were a lot I haven't heard and that's a special area of inte This book is huge but it's really good. It never lost my attention. I got mixed up with the characters a little but I don't think most people would have that problem. I liked it because it was historical fiction as well as romance and it made a LOT of sense. There were a lot of twists and turns in that there were things you didn't see coming. Nothing was pat. I especially liked all the colloquialisms from the South and from Texas. There were a lot I haven't heard and that's a special area of interest for me. I think I'd like to read it again in a couple of years when I've forgotten everything.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Belk

    Leila Meacham has written another addictive southern saga. Having read Roses, Somerset and Tumbleweeds, I knew I had to read this book as well. This author always satisfies my desire for a good family epic. With memorable characters, a strong storyline and a very descriptive setting, I was quickly drawn in and I savored each chapter. This book is as big as TEXAS. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy her books and those who are looking for a great storyteller. I give it five big stars.

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