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Lisa Wingate

Tending Roses

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From a powerful, moving new voice in women's fiction, "Tending Roses" is the story of a woman living in a remote Missouri farmhouse and struggling to care for her husband, baby, and aging grandmother. It is there that Katie Benson finds inspiration in the pages of her grandmother's journal.

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From a powerful, moving new voice in women's fiction, "Tending Roses" is the story of a woman living in a remote Missouri farmhouse and struggling to care for her husband, baby, and aging grandmother. It is there that Katie Benson finds inspiration in the pages of her grandmother's journal.From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Friends and Before We Were Yours comes a heartfelt novel about the bonds of family and the power of second chances.

When Kate Bowman temporarily moves to her grandmother’s Missouri farm with her husband and baby son, she learns that the lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly. The family has given Kate the job of convincing Grandma Rose, who’s become increasingly stubborn and forgetful, to move off her beloved land and into a nursing home. But Kate knows such a change would break her grandmother’s heart.
 
Just when Kate despairs of finding answers, she discovers her grandma’s journal. A beautiful handmade notebook, it is full of stories that celebrate the importance of family, friendship, and faith. Stories that make Kate see her life—and her grandmother—in a completely new way...

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Language
English
Series Title
Tending Roses
Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
Lisa Wingate
Title
Tending Roses
ISBN-13
9780451203076
Publication Date
June, 2001
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.02 x 5.28 x 0.80 Inches
ISBN-10
0451203070

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Tending Roses Will Become A Part Of Your Life
This is one of the most heart-warming books I have every read. The author has written well-developed characters who stick with my memory. As I understand, this is just the first of what is called the Tending Roses series of five books. I intend to read them all, after thoroughly enjoying this first book. In this book, one of the lead character is Grandma Rose, who loves her roses that she must tend. But Grandma Rose is mentally slipping some and must be tended as well, and so you have the play on words of “tending roses”. Grandma Rose befriends a little girl, Dell, who is caught up in a life that is unbearable, though the little girl does her best to get through life, with an abusive uncle, a maternal grandmother who is near death's door and dysfunctional, and a mother who is long dead from a drug overdose. Grandma Rose, a neighbor who quickly understands Dell's situation, becomes the kindness and guidance that the little girl needs. If you have a heart for taking care of the elderly as well as vulnerable children, this is a book you will be glad you read. I encourage you to make the purchase.
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Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
While there are some g...
While there are some good life lessons to be learned from this book, it is so 'sweet' that I gained 5lbs while reading it!
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Tending Roses Will Become A Part Of Your Life
This is one of the most heart-warming books I have every read. The author has written well-developed characters who stick with my memory. As I understand, this is just the first of what is called the Tending Roses series of five books. I intend to read them all, after thoroughly enjoying this first book. In this book, one of the lead character is Grandma Rose, who loves her roses that she must tend. But Grandma Rose is mentally slipping some and must be tended as well, and so you have the play on words of “tending roses”. Grandma Rose befriends a little girl, Dell, who is caught up in a life that is unbearable, though the little girl does her best to get through life, with an abusive uncle, a maternal grandmother who is near death's door and dysfunctional, and a mother who is long dead from a drug overdose. Grandma Rose, a neighbor who quickly understands Dell's situation, becomes the kindness and guidance that the little girl needs. If you have a heart for taking care of the elderly as well as vulnerable children, this is a book you will be glad you read. I encourage you to make the purchase.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
While there are some g...
While there are some good life lessons to be learned from this book, it is so 'sweet' that I gained 5lbs while reading it!
This is one of the most heart-warming books I have every read. The author has written well-developed characters who stick with my memory. As I understand, this is just the first of what is called the Tending Roses series of five books. I intend to read them all, after thoroughly enjoying this first book. In this book, one of the lead character is Grandma Rose, who loves her roses that she must tend. But Grandma Rose is mentally slipping some and must be tended as well, and so you have the play on words of “tending roses”. Grandma Rose befriends a little girl, Dell, who is caught up in a life that is unbearable, though the little girl does her best to get through life, with an abusive uncle, a maternal grandmother who is near death's door and dysfunctional, and a mother who is long dead from a drug overdose. Grandma Rose, a neighbor who quickly understands Dell's situation, becomes the kindness and guidance that the little girl needs. If you have a heart for taking care of the elderly as well as vulnerable children, this is a book you will be glad you read. I encourage you to make the purchase.
While there are some good life lessons to be learned from this book, it is so 'sweet' that I gained 5lbs while reading it!

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Tending Roses Will Become A Part Of Your Life

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This is one of the most heart-warming books I have every read. The author has written well-developed characters who stick with my memory. As I understand, this is just the first of what is called the Tending Roses series of five books. I intend to read them all, after thoroughly enjoying this first book. In this book, one of the lead character is Grandma Rose, who loves her roses that she must tend. But Grandma Rose is mentally slipping some and must be tended as well, and so you have the play on words of “tending roses”. Grandma Rose befriends a little girl, Dell, who is caught up in a life that is unbearable, though the little girl does her best to get through life, with an abusive uncle, a maternal grandmother who is near death's door and dysfunctional, and a mother who is long dead from a drug overdose. Grandma Rose, a neighbor who quickly understands Dell's situation, becomes the kindness and guidance that the little girl needs. If you have a heart for taking care of the elderly as well as vulnerable children, this is a book you will be glad you read. I encourage you to make the purchase.

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Fragrant with Life Lessons!

"Maybe you should start wanting less." Arriving at her grandmother's home, Kate Bowman comes prepared to care for her aging family matriarch, temporarily relocating with her husband and baby son on an extended maternity leave. What she finds on the Missouri farm is far richer than anything money can buy; for she finds peace, contentment, and renewed relationships with those who should be and could be dear to her heart. She listens to stories, she reads journals, she patiently endures her grandmother Rose's tendency to be cantankerous and bossy; all while her priorities quietly realign themselves and the once murky future becomes brighter again. For now, Kate can hear wisdom's soft whisper . . . "the best times of my life, the times that passed by me the most quickly, were the times when the roses grew wild." "The secret to a happy life is not in getting what you want. It is in learning to want what you get." "Tending Roses"; a beloved story by a most gifted storyteller, will surely resonate in the minds of its readers for years to come, as each one contemplates how to tend the roses that God has given them. The publisher provided me withe a copy of this book. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

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Lisa Wingate is one of...

Lisa Wingate is one of my favorite authors. She delivers heartwarming, soul edifying stories. Every. Single. Time. Her stories have an abundance of heart and her characters own the perfect balance of strengths and limitations. Tending Roses depicts the realistic falling away of families-becoming busy in our own lives, or holding on to past hurts, that puts a wedge between those we'd preferably cling to. And Christmastime is the premier occasion to join together, even if the circumstances aren't ideal. After Grandma Rose has a stroke, the splintered family comes together to come up with a game plan for her future. Clearly, this isn't an easy decision, and one I can relate to in my own life. As with all of Ms. Wingate's characters, Kate Bowman is easy to connect with. I connected with her from the very beginning and understood her motivations and heart. This is such a beautiful story, showcasing the importance of family bonds and spiritual faith. I was blessed to receive a complimentary copy of this book.

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Reviewed by Mrs. Mansf...

Reviewed by Mrs. Mansfield (Vocational Education) This book makes you think about what is really important in life. The setting is a rural town in Missouri. The main character leaves a high profile job and "finds" what is important isn't money and material possessions, but life itself. Her grandmother teaches her a lot about this. She also befriends a child that has a difficult home life. The other books in the series are just as powerful.

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Reviewed by Mrs. Mansf...

Reviewed by Mrs. Mansfield (Vocational Education) This book makes you think about what is really important in life. The setting is a rural town in Missouri. The main character leaves a high profile job and "finds" what is important isn't money and material possessions, but life itself. Her grandmother teaches her a lot about this. She also befriends a child that has a difficult home life. The other books in the series are just as powerful.

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