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CareRosesThorns (2)


Winner of the 2012 American Library Association’s Best Women’s Fiction Award, from the Literary Tastes Reading List


“I was captivated from the very first page. This uplifting novel about family and forgiveness brought me to both laughter and tears. By the end of this honest, engaging journey, I had grown to love all of the characters and was left with a new appreciation of the fragility and beauty of our daily happiness.”

Jean Kwok, New York Times-bestselling author of Girl in Translation

“Rapturous. To say I loved this book is an understatement.”

Caroline Leavitt, New York Times-bestselling author of Pictures of You

“Galilee Garner is as prickly, thorny, and gracefully sweet as one of her prize roses. And her supporting characters bloom with their own quirks and virtues. A fun and uplifting read.”

–Tiffany Baker, New York Times-bestselling author of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Thirty-six year old Gal Garner lives a regimented life. Her job teaching biology and her struggle with kidney disease keep her toggling between the high school, the hospital, and home on a strict schedule. Only at home, in her gardens, does Gal come alive. But even her passion, rose breeding, has a tangible and highly structured goal: Gal wants to create a new breed of rose, win Queen of Show in a major competition, and bring that rose to market…

Then one afternoon Gal’s niece Riley, the daughter of her estranged sister, arrives.

Unannounced. And their lives will never be the same…


German version, Sept 2013

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  1. Sounds intriguing.

  2. loved!! loved!! this book. i was hooked within the first few pages. your characters are people i would like to know. now i cant wait for your third book.

  3. Just finished this book… couldn’t put it down. The care taken to write the descriptions of emotions and roses alike is magnificent. I lived Gal’s life as I read it and had to finish it in 3 days.

  4. Just finished the book and LOVED it…the characters, learning facts about roses, all of it. I was sorry I finished because I wanted to keep reading. Hope there is a sequel with Gal, Riley and the rest of the folks.

    • Just finished reading your new book, and I loved it! After reading your first novel, I had nothing but high hopes for this one, and was not let down one bit. You take real life situations and create one wonderful story! Can’t wait for the third…no pressure;)

  5. Loved The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns. I have told friends about this book. So beautifully written. Thank you for a wonderful story.

  6. Barbara Cantor said:

    i enjoyed “Ameican Housewife” which I finished this morning. It was interesting to read how you used some of your mother’s stories. And your writing the guide for assimilation into American way was genius. i look forward to reading your new book

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