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Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate
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Aug 19, 2012

really liked it
Read in August, 2012

Kate and her husband, Ben have retreated to Kate's grandmother, Rose's farm. Rose had a stroke several months earlier and needs someone to keep an eye on her. She had inadvertently left an iron on and set a small blaze in the farmhouse before it was discovered. The family believe Rose should be placed in a care facility. Kate's baby, Joshua is only a couple of months old and needed heart surgery shortly after he was born. As a result, Kate and Ben are struggling financially as they try and pay the medical bills on top of their other payments. It is expected everyone will be home for Xmas and the family discussion of Rose's placement will be a hot topic. Kate and Ben learn, with the help of Rose what is really important in life; the accummulation of expensive belongings and golf membership in an exclusive club or family happiness. Kate reflects on her own childhood when her successful parents did not spent 'quality time' with her and her older sister. Rose leaves a 'wildflower book' in strategic places for Kate to pick up and read. In the stories Rose has written in the book, Kate begins to do some serious thinking. I liked the message in this book and the emphasis on family and home values and what is truly important in our lives.
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