Title: Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, The
Authors: Dilloway, Margaret
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 404
Year: 2012
Language: English
Description: As prickly as the roses she breeds, Galilee 'Gal' Garner lives a very disciplined existence. When she is not teaching high school biology, she is with her beloved roses, attempting to bring a new breed to commercial success, or at hospital undergoing dialysis. School, roses, hospital, ad infinitum, that is until her teenage niece Riley turns up on her doorstep, promising upheaval.

This uplifting story navigates the thorny challenge of chronic disease and family dynamics, beautifully balanced with the intricacies of rose gardening.
Categories: Fiction, Medical/Health, Relationships, Science & Technology, America, 2018 Titles


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By: AUCK 006 2018-07-25 14:14:57
We were a bit apprehensive about the book at first. It is a thick book, but fortunately the print was respectable for our aging eyes. We also weren't too sure about the topic - kidney failure and its ramifications for families. Nevertheless as a group we buckled down to read it. Surprisingly, although most members thought it reasonably heavy going, the discussion took up most of our meeting. We found the questions really stimulating and although we didn't get too heated, we felt that the conversations the book generated were really interesting.

By: ASHB 003 2018-07-25 12:54:15
All group members enjoyed this book. We found Gal frustrating at times. Lively discussion.

By: AUCK 306 2018-07-25 12:52:16
Pretty lukewarm reviews from the group except for one member who happened to be really into roses! The rest of the group wanted more to happen (perhaps because our previous books have all been more dramatic!).

By: ALEXA 004 2018-07-25 12:50:23
A range of opinions - some did not enjoy the writing style but we all enjoyed the story. We had a great discussion on some of the themes - organ donation, right and wrong and sibling rivalry.

By: AUCK 137 2018-07-25 12:48:46
We all enjoyed this book. The characters were believable and flowed nicely. Interesting insights into rose growing and dialysis. There were interesting family dynamics with the healthy child feeling that most of the attention was going to the ill sibling, and the fall-out from that. There was the prospect of a reasonably positive resolution.

By: AUCK 027 2018-07-25 12:43:23
A light and enjoyable read.

By: WHANG 004 2018-07-25 12:42:39
As always there were diverse opinions, but generally it was a good read.

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