The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns (Hardcover)

By Margaret Dilloway

Thorndike Press, 9781410452542, 547pp.

Publication Date: November 22, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (11/1/2012)
Paperback (7/2/2013)
Hardcover (8/2/2012)

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August 2012 Indie Next List

“Galilee Garner needs a kidney transplant. At 31, single, and teaching science in a private school, she breeds roses for pleasure. Dialysis every other day and her roses keep her life busy and organized. Then her 15-year-old niece shows up at school needing a place to live, and turns Galilee's life upside down. No longer able to think only of herself, she must come to terms with her responsibilities, and eventually realizes that change is inevitable, and could even be for the better!”
— 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.

About the Author

Margaret Dilloway lives in Southern California with her husband and their three young children. Her blog, American Housewife, can be found on her website at This is her second novel.