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  - julie10reads - LibraryThing

Thirty-six year old high school biology teacher, Gal (Galilee) Garner works hard to breed a prize-winning rose in her spare time. She also manages to fit in overnight dialysis every other night due to ... Read full review

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An unconventional protagonist drives this story of feisty, 36-year-old Gal Garner, a science teacher and rose breeder with kidney disease, who is suddenly left to care for her teenage niece. Verdict ... 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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