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Tending Roses

(Tending Roses #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  5,877 ratings  ·  1,113 reviews
Librarian Note: This is the updated cover for ISBN 9780451203076

Author Lisa Wingate drew upon her relationship with her grandmother for inspiration in writing "Tending Roses". Her sensitive and able crafting of language, character, and situation pierces through the turmoil and stress of everyday life, illuminating its message with almost painful intensity: "Maybe you shoul
Paperback, Berkley Trade Edition, 288 pages
Published July 2018 by Berkley, Penguin Random House (first published June 1st 2001)
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Jeanne Adamek
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I realize that I do not really write reviews, I only write the impressions and the feelings that I get from a book. I read a lot of really awe-inspiring books this year but this book "Tending Roses" will stay with me.

Lisa Wingate has written perfectly (at least for me) a book about family relationships, the wonderful and also the not so great. She created a grandmother that was wise but also contrary and sometimes down right mean. A real person...

I read this with the eyes of a grandmother, but a
Feb 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jen by: book group
I needed to hear the message of this book. As a homemaker and a full-time mom it really inspired me to slow down and really savor the fleeting precious moments of motherhood. I am normally very passionate about learning new things and can easily get caught up in my own interests. This book helped me to remember that I'll have my whole life to devote full-time attention to them. While I do take time for myself, I take great satisfaction in nurturing the passion for life and learning in my childre ...more
SUMMARY: 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
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emotionally charged and gripping.

That's how I'd describe this book.

Sort of like a dramatic Hallmark telefilm, this sweet story tells of familial discord and hard times...but reconciliation and triumph over dire circumstances as well.

I'm glad my book club on Goodreads recommended this; I likely wouldn't have read it or even discovered it otherwise.

Also: Sometimes, Christian authors can betray their faith when writing mainstream books; not so here. The only thing that even comes close to offensive

Seldom do I start a review with wow when it’s not a 5-star review. This is most definitely worth 5 stars, and more if I could give it more. Also, I seldom re-read books, but I have no doubt I will go back to this book several times… and perhaps someday, God willing, sit down with my granddaughter when she’s old enough and read it to her. Such a beautiful work this book is. I really love all of Ms. Wingate’s novels, but I think this is my favorite.

As I was reading I kept wondering if Ms. Win
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! This is the first book in a series of 3 (At least I think it's the first...). They are connected in an interesting way. The characters waltz in and out of each story, but each book has a different main character. The other books are Language of the Sycamore and Drenched in Light. I read them in the order listed. Lisa Wingate also wrote Good Hope Road which has some of the same characters, but I don't know if it was meant to be part of the series.
Sep 08, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bleh. Sappy, heavy-handed and obvious. A woman stressed out by her job, her role as a new parent, and her desires for more house, more money, more everything goes to take care of her grandmother with Alzheimers and learns lots of important lessons about what is important. I hate this sort of "message" book where the outcome is obvious from page one and cliches masquerade as challenges.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I like to read every few years. So far I have read it three times and I still am not tired of it!

I especially enjoy Grandma Rose's character. She is real; down-to-earth, not merely a 'fluffy do-gooder Grandma' type, but also able to offer stability and advice to her granddaughter, Kate.

The author does not gloss over Grandma Rose's faults but because they are so realistic (for example, the piles of clutter in her home that she defensively pretends to be 'normal' and does not want
Apr 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Brandy by: Newburgh Book Club
Shelves: just-about-life
Some people may say that this book is on the boring side. I personally loved it. It is about a young lady who goes to stay with her aging grandmother. They don't have the best relationship. Not your typical grandmother/granddaughter relationship. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that I loved it because I read it shortly after my grandmother passed away and I didn't have the greatest relationship with her either. The book didn't make me have any regrets but it did create alot ...more
Debra Hutchison
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is about a young couple with a child that goes a spends some time with her grandmother. They want to put the grandmother in a nursery home and this mother is on maternity leave and so she goes and stays with her grandmother until the family can decide what to do. The family hasn't been really close since their mother died 6 years ago. The grandmother leaves a journal in places that her granddaughter can see. At first she thinks that she is snooping and reading the journal but then she ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book. I put it on my life-changers shelf. Lisa Wingate's books tend to end up there - she is not just a storyteller; she writes about things that make a difference. In this novel, she helps bring a fragmented family together. Grandma Rose is all alone on the old family farm; her health is failing and the family needs to decide how to tell her that she needs to be moved to a nursing home and give up the farm. Granddaughter Katie is the one selected to go early (she has a new ...more
Susan Peterson
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is so much to love about this book! Tending Roses is a story about family and forgiveness, a heartfelt tale about finding happiness and contentment. There is so much wisdom and love within its pages. Grandma Rose is such a wonderful, memorable character, sometimes cranky, but always loving and wise. I became emotionally invested in all of the characters; a family torn apart by secrets, jealousy, and hurt feelings; a family who needs to find a way to come back together for all of their sake ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
I did not like Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate. I read Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate and really liked that book. I noticed that Tending Roses was published in 2003 and Before We Were Yours was published in 2017. I think L Wingate has matured greatly as a writer and it shows in her later books.

I can not recommend Trending Roses to readers. I do highly recommend Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a stay-at-home mom, I LOVED this book! It helps you put things in perspective, remember what's most important, and more fully enjoy every minute of everyday...especially with your children. I will caution you on a bit of swearing in the first few chapters, although it doesn't continue through the book.
Cathy Daniel
Love, love, LOVE Lisa Wingate's books but this one isn't drawing me in like her books usually do. It's definitely me but I just find the idea of this grandma with dementia to be a little too sad. It's making me miss mine!
Julie Auger
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Everything about it.
Kate Bowman returns to her family's ancestral home after being delagated by her family to convince her grandmother to move to a nursing home. Kate and her husband Ben are also dealing with the demands of caring for their recently arrived first baby Josh, who underwent heart surgery soon after he was born. Although medical bills are pressuring them, she's torn about going back to her high-powered job, even though she was very good at it, and becoming a stay-at-home mom. We soon realize that the e ...more
Jenny Bates
Jan 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I am going to say outright that I did not read this whole book. I skimmed it. I know the general gist of it... I did open random pages throughout the book and read a couple of pages at a time. But I just could not bring myself to waste my time with the whole book. It was silly. I did not care for it at all. I get it... we, as a generation care too much about things. We should be staying home with our kids instead of working so we can have luxuries. I already believe this. Lesson was not ne ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the messages of this book - getting your priorities straight, the importance of family, the value of stay-at-home mothers, wanting less - and in return getting more, the importance of God in your life, the strength that friends and neighbors and community bring to your life, and the important role of parents and grandparents in our lives. Kate learned valuable lessons from her elderly grandmother. The book was a bit predictable,some details were lacking, and some things were rather unr ...more
Melissa Henderson
One of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. The topic touches close to my own experiences. This story is full of love, hard decisions, family history, heartbreak and hope. Excellent story. Bring the tissues. I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my personal honest opinion. No review was required.
Apryl Rickert
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lesson in gratitude and what is really important in life when we truly take time to connect with our purpose. Beautifully written book ! This author shared many important lessons that everyone can take something away from and use in their own life.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate
Tending Roses Series Book One
Ben and Kate Bowman were “living the life” as some say. Things changed in the blink of an eye. A baby born with heart issues. Hospital bills that were piling up and insurance refusing to pay. And Grandma Rose needing someone to stay with her until after Christmas because of health issues.

Kate was on extended leave from work and Ben could work from home. So the adventure began. Grandma Rose was not an easy women to be around. Kate's family
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
She is not close with her family but when they need her she will come.
Its just an average family with real life problems and a bit of extra drama for good measure.
Grandma Rose left these journals, letters, her life on paper and these stories turn to life lessons and allows her to see a different side of her parents then before.

It was beautiful, not as good as Before we were yours but still a beautiful story.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved Before We Were Yours by the same author and was looking forward to this book. However I found it to be a bit lacking. While I agree with the messages in the story (about slowing down, taking time to enjoy your family, and not being so focused on material things), I found the story itself to be a little too preachy, predictable, and contrived. It was like reading a Hallmark movie in book form.

Little tangent here... A lot of the main character’s “financial troubles” were privileged and si
This novel borrows ideas from stories Lisa Wingate's grandmother told her, and is a novel about family, about having an aging relative with alzheimer's/dementia who can no longer live alone and about a family that has been estranged since the death of Kate's (the protagonist) mother.

Kate and her husband Ben have come to visit her grandmother several weeks ahead of the rest of the family who are coming together for Christmas for the first time in some years (this novel does not end at Christmas)
Chris Unwin
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Revised and Updated Review for the new release:

I have just re-read the book for the millionth time. I ❤it! Funny how some people love a book and others don't. This is my all time favorite book. Each time I have read it I have highlighted so many thought provoking moments.

It is a good book club read. I have used it twice. The younger group enjoyed it. The book club with older members maybe could relate more and tears of sharing were shed! This book is one of my all time favorites. It has so many
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Bookclub
I REALLY enjoyed this book!!! It was a nice read to start during Christmas, since the book takes place during that time as well. I wasn't too sure about this book at first, but any doubts I had flew out the window shortly after I started reading it.

Tending Roses is about a couple, Kate & Ben, who go to stay with Kate's Grandma during the holiday season with their four month old boy, Joshua. Kate's presence at her grandmother's home is more of, make sure she doesn't burn the house down. The r
Jan 03, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this book was a little insulting. If she'd wanted to write a self-help/essay on why people should be less materialistic, moms should stay home with their kids, people should forgive and forget (things I totally agree with, by the way), I wish she'd just written the essay/sermon, instead of pretending she was writing a story. Every character was unoriginal, every plot was predictable and most of the dialogue was so contrived. The only reason it's getting 2 stars is because it isn't trashy.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Since I loved "Before We Were Yours", I tried another book by Lisa Wingate. "Tending Roses" was good, but not special, so I quit reading. It was about taking care of your family, doing right by the members of your family, cooperating with your spouse, and other quality values. Reading about them wasn't bad, and the story was fairly good, it just wasn't outstanding and I decided I'd try to find another book that I like more.
Sue Jellum
This book was a little preachy for my taste. Also seemed to be a little hypocritical - a young couple who is in debt because of all their toys is wrong to want so much stuff, but an old woman who is overzealous protecting her wood floors and home is to be understood and admired? Stuff is stuff.
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Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her work was honored by the Americans for More Civility for pro ...more

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