Title: Tending Roses
Author: Lisa Windgate
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Blurb: The lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly. That’s what Kate Bowman learns when she moves temporarily—with her husband and baby son—to her grandmother’s Missouri farm. The family has given Kate the job of convincing Grandma Rose, who’s become increasingly stubborn and forgetful, to move off her beloved land and into a nursing home. But Kate knows such a change would break her grandmother’s heart. Just when Kate despairs of finding answers, she discovers her grandma’s journal. A beautiful handmade notebook, it is full of stories that celebrate the importance of family, friendship, and faith. Stories that make Kate see her life—and her grandmother—in a completely new way
My Thoughts: TENDING ROSES is a wonderful feel good story that explores different issues such as old age, family relationships, faith and getting your life style priorities straight. Kate and her husband Ben have been through a rough period in their lives. Their young son was born with a defective heart and the medical treatments he had to go through has put them deeply into debt. Kate’s grandmother, Rose, had a stroke several months ago and she is still a bit dodgy in her mental faculties; when she forgot to turn an iron off and set the kitchen on fire the family believes Rose should go into aged care. Kate and Ben are asked to travel to Rose’s farm and keep an eye on her until the rest of the family arrives to tell Rose of their decision. Rose has aged but she is still bad-tempered and manipulative but counters that with a strong faith and a sense of family loyalty. Kate and Ben find themselves torn between wanting to support Rose in her desire to stay and home and the wishes of the rest of the family. Always ready to give advice whether it is wanted or not, Rose tells Kate if she can’t afford their lifestyle then maybe they should start wanting less. It was lovely to see how Lisa Windgate brought all the issues together and then came up with an ending which is not quite what you would expect – but was fitting. I loved Rose and could really relate to the problems of priorities that Kate and Ben had to sort out. I recommend TENDING ROSES to anyone who likes family sagas that encompass love, family and faith. It is the first in a series and I will certainly be happy to look the rest of them up.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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