Tending Roses: Volume 1

· Tending Roses Book 1 · Sold by Penguin
15 reviews

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Friends and Before We Were Yours comes a heartfelt novel about the bonds of family and the power of second chances.

When Kate Bowman temporarily moves to her grandmother’s Missouri farm with her husband and baby son, she learns that the lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly. 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....

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Cheryl Hart
October 11, 2018
Lisa Wingate is one of my favorite authors. She delivers heartwarming, soul edifying stories. Every. Single. Time. Her stories have an abundance of heart and her characters own the perfect balance of strengths and limitations. Tending Roses depicts the realistic falling away of families—becoming busy in our own lives, or holding on to past hurts, that puts a wedge between those we’d preferably cling to. And Christmastime is the premier occasion to join together, even if the circumstances aren’t ideal. After Grandma Rose has a stroke, the splintered family comes together to come up with a game plan for her future. Clearly, this isn’t an easy decision, and one I can relate to in my own life. As with all of Ms. Wingate’s characters, Kate Bowman is easy to connect with. I connected with her from the very beginning and understood her motivations and heart. This is such a beautiful story, showcasing the importance of family bonds and spiritual faith. I was blessed to receive a complimentary copy of this book.
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A Google user
October 24, 2018
Kate temporarily moves in with her grandmother as a caregiver. Her husband is trying to telecommute, and her young son is just a baby. As she cares for her son and grandmother, she learns a lot about her grandmother's past through a series of entries left in a journal. These stories serve as life lessons and lead Kate to a new place in her life with her marriage, job, motherhood, and future. One last family gathering at Christmas helps the rest of the family to understand Kate's choices for her grandmother's future as well as her own. The symbolism of tending roses is not just about flowers, it's the lesson for how to care for family, faith, and friendship as we journey through life. I highly recommend this book!
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Toby A. Smith
January 11, 2024
In the midst of multiple family crises, including a beloved grandmother in declining health, Kate finds herself reexamining her priorities. It'll make you do the same.
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About the author

Lisa Wingate is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels. She is known for combining elements of Southern storytelling, mystery, and history to create novels hailed by Publishers Weekly as “Masterful.” Her novel, Before We Were Yours, remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over five months and has been translated into thirty-five languages. While her work has received many awards, she most treasures the National Civics Award, awarded by the kindness watchdog organization Americans for More Civility, to recognize public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. She believes that stories can change the world.

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