The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway is a beautifully written story sure to capture any reader’s heart. I read Margaret Dilloway’s first book How to be An American Housewife a few years ago and I had loved it. She has a way of bringing characters to life right before your eyes and she did it once again in The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns. It is a touching and heartfelt novel of love, family, forgiveness, and learning to let go and live life. I loved it!
Galilee Garner is a good match for the prize roses she grows as she can be as full of thorns as they are. In her thirties she is a biology teacher at a private catholic school and she takes her job very seriously. If the kids don’t want to learn, they fail. Yet Gal has had a rough life which can likely explain her abrasive behavior at times. She has kidney disease and has been on dialysis for the past ten years while she waits for another kidney transplant. In the meantime the disease seriously affects her life in many aspects but she always has her roses and they never fail to please her and lift her spirits.
When, unexpectedly, her fifteen year old niece Riley shows up Gal is not at all happy. What is she going to do with a teenager underfoot? What was her sister Becky thinking? She wasn’t thinking as usual. Gal and her sister have never gotten along. Becky always resented Gal for getting all the attention because of her disease and Gal resented Becky for being healthy and wasting it on drugs and alcohol. Is it possible that one very sweet teenager can be the key to bringing these two women together? Will Gal learn to open her heart to Riley and learn that life has so much to offer despite her being held back by her disease?
The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway is a beautiful story that I loved. I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Andrea Gallo and she does a wonderful job of bringing this lovely story to life. The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns is one I highly recommend. If you haven’t read anything by Margaret Dilloway you’re missing out as she’s an amazing writer!