The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns (Hardcover)
Thorndike Press, 9781410452542, 547pp.
Publication Date: November 22, 2012
August 2012 Indie Next List
— Beth Carpenter, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
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Thirty-six-year-old Gal Garner lives a regimented life. Her job teaching biology and her struggle with kidney disease keep her toggling between the high school, the hospital, and her home on a strict schedule.
Only at home, in her garden, does Gal come alive. It's here that she experiments with Hulthemia roses, painstakingly cross-pollinating various specimens in the hopes of creating a brand-new variation of spectacular beauty. But even her passion has a highly structured goal: Gal wants to win Queen of Show in a major competition and bring that rose to market.
Then one afternoon Gal's teenaged niece Riley, the daughter of her estranged sister, arrives. Unannounced. Neither one of them will ever be the same.
Filled with gorgeous details of the art of rose breeding, "The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns" is a testament to the redemptive power of love.