Book Reviews of Tending Roses (Tending Roses, Bk 1)

Tending Roses (Tending Roses, Bk 1)
Tending Roses - Tending Roses, Bk 1
Author: Lisa Wingate
ISBN-13: 9780451205797
ISBN-10: 0451205790
Publication Date: 2/4/2003
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 65 ratings
Publisher: New American Library
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed Tending Roses (Tending Roses, Bk 1) on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Great characters, vividly drawn. Grandma Rose's advise is not just for her family members. Readers can't help but gain from the examples of acceptance, caring and wisdom.
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Helpful Score: 2
I found this book to be very special. I saw so much of my family and my mom in this book. It brought me to tears. Would highly recommend. My first book from this author. I also have the next two in the series and am anxious to get started.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very good book to give to a newly married couple even though it is fiction. Little tidbits of wisdom found amoung the pages.
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Heartwarming story about the meaning of "family"....
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The lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly. lThat's what Kate Bowman learns when she moves temporarily--with her husband and baby son--to her grandmother's Missouri farm. 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 discoveers her grandma's journal. A beautiful handmade notebook, it is fully 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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Some readers might find this story sentimental and sappy. In contrast the story is chock full of wisdom. Get over that hurdle, and try one more. You will be relentlessly reminded that "it's the simple things that are important" and "family comes first". Overlook these flaws and you will discover an enjoyable story.

The characters, like us humans, are flawed but likeable. The main character, Grandma Rose, now a widow, has been living alone on the family farm. Even her independent streak and her feistiness can't hide the fact her health is faltering. Her granddaughter, Kate, returns to the farm to care for Grandma until the rest of the clan arrives for Christmas holidays. Grandma's persistence can be annoying, but aren't most grandmother's that way?

Most of the book revolves around the relationship that develops between Kate and the matriarchal Grandma Rose, propelled by short stories Grandma writes about her past and leaves unattended for Kate to discover. Having lived through the loss of my parents and in-laws to old age, I could identify with Grandma's feelings about having more to look back on than to look foreword to especially since she is the only remaining elder relative and coping with the onset of failing health.

Grandma's relationship with a little girl, Dell, who lives in a poor neighborhood with her own ailing grandmother, is a significant part of the story. Grandma, like Dell, had a childhood filled with desperation and hardship. Dell reappears as a teenager in the book, "The Language of Sycamores."
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An incredible story of family and special releationships. Very touching and moving.
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Excellent text that honors the family! A feel good book that will leave you with renewed hope within your own family!
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A rich story about Kate Bowman who temporiarily moves with her husband and baby to her grandmother's Missouri farm to try to ocnvince her grandmother to move into a nursing home. Kate finds her grandmother's notebook full of stories that cerebrate the importance of family, friendsihp and faith.
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A story about generations coming together and changing lives. A spiritual and emotional tale of a family that has some lessons to learn from one another.
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Good book.
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What a touching book. Just finished and the tears are still drying on my face. Makes you take a step back and look at the priorities in your life. A good read.
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I don't like "chick books", so this was not a fave for me. Way too sappy.
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This book was wonderful, heart wrenching, and one of my all time favorites!
It is a book for anyone who has parents and Grandparents!
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Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate
Tending Roses Series Book One
Ben and Kate Bowman were âliving the lifeâ as some say. Things changed in the blink of an eye. A baby born with heart issues. Hospital bills that were piling up and insurance refusing to pay. And Grandma Rose needing someone to stay with her until after Christmas because of health issues.

Kate was on extended leave from work and Ben could work from home. So the adventure began. Grandma Rose was not an easy women to be around. Kate's family was at odds with each other for the past six years. And the money issues were pulling at Kate's marriage.

Another story that pulls at the heartstrings and gets the tear ducts flowing. And more. I wish I'd taken more time to sit and learn my own history before my grandparents and mom had passed away. Our busy lives often keep us so focused on the future, that we forget to remember our past. Thank you, Lisa Wingate, for another well-written book that is so much more than just a fiction read.
**Received book through Penguin Random House for an honest review
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My first from this author and I liked it a lot.
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Loved this book.
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A rich story of family and faith.

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