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The Care and Handling of Roses With Thorns

Dilloway, Margaret

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Care and Handling of Roses With Thorns
Thirty-six-year-old biology teacher Gal Garner's regimented life will never be the same after her estranged sister's teenage daughter Riley arrives one afternoon unannounced.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2012
ISBN: 0399157751
Characteristics: 356 p. ;,24 cm


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Nov 20, 2013
  • cheadlebeagle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very interesting read and very involving. I also found out a lot about roses which was nice.

Nov 06, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A very good book. I would recommend this book for all to read.

Jul 17, 2013
  • ScrollAdore rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Aunt, niece, chronic illness, friendships, roses

Apr 02, 2013
  • mercyme57 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The bare, forlorn branches and thorny sticks of her rose bushes give Galilee Garner something to look forward to all winter in The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns: “Something to hang my daydreams on like the ornaments on a Christmas tree. In the spring, they will bloom again.”
Roses have long been used in metaphors for love in literature, and Margaret Dilloway continues the tradition in her charming novel. Dig right in with Gal Garner as she grows and breeds her difficult and obstinate Hulthemia roses, which thrive under a set of specific and limited conditions. The roses she breeds pretty much describe Gal, who was born with kidney problems, has gone through two kidney transplants, and has been on dialysis for eight long years waiting for another donor. Learn about love, roses and thriving under difficult conditions as you read this sweet, beautifully-written story.
Thirty-six-year-old Gal teaches biology at a private school and has loving family and friends (Margaret Dilloway makes all her minor characters come to life!) who form a support network, but although Gal is funny and interesting, she is no saint. Her arty friend Dara, her fellow dialysis patient Mark, and the cute new chemistry teacher George all bump heads against her stubborness. She definitely likes to get her own way and be Queen of the Show, like the rose she wants to cultivate.
As the recipient of most of her family’s attention due to her chronic illness, Gal has a strained relationship with her sister. When that sister dumps her teenaged daughter on her unexpectedly, Gal’s life changes drastically. With her niece Riley as thorny as she is and her job and health on the line, Gal learns she can bloom against formidable odds.

Sep 06, 2012
  • faithjourney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved Dilloway's character development and her use of rose breeding as a way to bring the story forward. Besides feeling like I had new friends with the characters, I learned a lot about roses.

Aug 22, 2012

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