The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway

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Difficult and obstinate. Thriving under a set of specific and limited conditions. That pretty much describes me. Maybe that’s why I like these roses so much.


Roses are Galilee Garner’s passion. An amateur breeder, she painstakingly cross-pollinates her plants to coax out new, better traits, striving to create a perfect strain of her favorite flower, the Hulthemia. Her dream is to win a major rose competition and one day have her version of the bloom sold in the commercial market.

Gal carefully calibrates the rest of her time to manage the kidney failure she’s had since childhood, going to dialysis every other night, and teaching high school biology, where she is known for her exacting standards. The routine leaves little room for relationships, and Gal prefers it that way. Her roses never disappoint her the way people have.

Then one afternoon, Riley, the teenaged daughter of Gal’s estranged sister, arrives unannounced to live with her, turning Gal’s orderly existence upside down. Suddenly forced to adjust to each other’s worlds, both will discover a resilience they never knew they had and a bond they never knew they needed.
 

About Margaret Dilloway

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MARGARET DILLOWAY was inspired by her Japanese mother's experiences when she wrote this novel, and especially by a book her father had given to her mother called The American Way of Housekeeping. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and their three young children.
 
Published August 2, 2012 by Berkley. 369 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Gal’s autonomy is challenged when her teenage niece Riley arrives unannounced when Riley’s flighty mom, Gal’s sister, goes to Hong Kong on business.

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B+ Originally posted Aug 08, 2012 Published in issue #1220-1221 Aug 24, 2012 Order article reprints

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Seems Gal's estranged sister, Becky, had to go to Hong Kong for her job and Gal's parents are out of town, so Becky sends Riley to stay with Gal.

Sep 03 2012 | Read Full Review of The Care and Handling of Rose...

An unconventional protagonist drives this story of feisty, 36-year-old Gal Garner, a science teacher and rose breeder wit

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An unconventional protagonist drives this story of feisty, 36-year-old Gal Garner, a science teacher and rose breeder wit

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