The Care and Handling of Roses With Thorns

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G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2012 - Fiction - 356 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Washington Centerville Public Library - Goodreads

High school biology teacher Gal Garner is not known for her social grace or diplomacy. She's spent her life battling kidney disease and, at the age of 36, is in the eighth year of getting dialysis ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vernon Area Public Library - Goodreads

Galilee (Gal) Garner breed roses - as an escape from her wait for a kidney transplant and a hobby apart from her job as a high school biology teacher. She is as prickly and as particular as her ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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.

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