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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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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!
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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!
<ul><li>Format:Paperback</li><li>Publication Date: 2001-06-01</li></ul>
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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

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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My favorite book! The...

My favorite book! The wisdom of the grandmother, the searching of the girl next door, the healing of the daughters. Wow...make you think about what is really important.

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Kate Bowman is on mate...

Kate Bowman is on maternity leave from a high-pressure job, so when Grandma Rose starts a fire through her forgetfulness, the family decides Kate and her husband Ben, who's an architect and can "work anywhere", should go stay with Grandma Rose and convince her to move into a retirement home. Grandma Rose is a bit cantankerous and persnickety, and is prone to heartbreaking and alarming bouts of forgetfulness, but she also has a unique sense of humor and the wisdom she's gleaned in her long life. It's mostly Kate's story, as she goes from frustration with Grandma Rose and eagerness to return to her old life, to a real affection for and understanding of the old woman, and the big old house. She periodically finds a journal lying around, in Grandma Rose's handwriting, and each time there's a new story of Grandma Rose's life, but after she's read it, it disappears until the next time. Kate was more understanding of Grandma Rose than I think I would have been, but I really enjoyed Kate's journey. She went from buying in to the yuppie dream at the beginning of the book to understanding what really mattered to her at the end, helped along by Grandma Rose's advice: "maybe you should want less." Ben had the same journey, but it was a little easier for him, I think, since his focus was on architecture rather than on the lifestyle. Too, his life didn't change as much as Kate's. The secondary characters were vivid, unique, and realistic--the other family members, who are concerned that Grandma Rose is manipulating Kate, and the young girl Dell who Grandma Rose takes under her wing. It's a little self-consciously "heart-warming," something I don't particularly enjoy, but the characters made up for that somewhat, and since I'd read the subsequent books in the series, I already knew how some of the more emotional scenes would turn out, so they weren't as tear-inducing as they might otherwise have been.

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Kate Bowman, along wit...

Kate Bowman, along with her husband and infant son, travel to the family farm in Missouri to try to convince her strong-wiiled grandmother to move to a nursing home. Kate, used to the frantic pace of the city, dreads returning home and being embroiled in family drama. Grandma Rose, who is stronger than anyone realizes, leaves her journal out so that Kate will read it. As Kate reads the journal, she come to appreciate and know her grandmother and discovers what is really important in her own life. Fine chick lit that encourages all of us to slow down and smell the roses.

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Kate Bowman, along wit...

Kate Bowman, along with her husband and infant son, travel to the family farm in Missouri to try to convince her strong-wiiled grandmother to move to a nursing home. Kate, used to the frantic pace of the city, dreads returning home and being embroiled in family drama. Grandma Rose, who is stronger than anyone realizes, leaves her journal out so that Kate will read it. As Kate reads the journal, she come to appreciate and know her grandmother and discovers what is really important in her own life. Fine chick lit that encourages all of us to slow down and smell the roses.

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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!

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heart-jerking story ab...

heart-jerking story about growing old, Wingate tells it very well and brings characters alive

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