The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway is an absolutely lovely book. I still haven’t had the opportunity to read her first book, How to Be an American Housewife, because my night stand has been constantly replenishing itself with new books to read. However, that one has been on my list for some time. And now that I’ve read The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, I cannot wait to start American Housewife.
The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns is told from the perspective of the main character, Gallilee Garner. “Gal” leads a fairly mundane life as a biology teacher who also happens to suffer from kidney disease. However, Gal’s passion lies in her rose garden, where she works diligently to create the perfect rose through various methods of scientific gardening. Various trials and tribulations are thrown at Gal throughout the novel, including becoming the caretaker of her teenage niece.
The novel moves you effortlessly through their relationship, through roadbumps and teenage angst, as well as the power of love.
Blogher Book Club chose another fantastic book for its members to review. I am so glad that I was chosen to be included in the group to review it. I couldn’t help but be captivated by this story. The pace of the book was spot on, and I never felt liked it lagged. Although I’m not much of a gardener (townhome living makes this difficult), I enjoyed the snippets on rose gardening included in between various chapters. My neighborhood is actually full of rose gardeners who are constantly in their gardens working on their beautiful creations. And while I’ve always respected what they are able to create with what seemed to be a little soil and water, I now have a deeper understanding of their efforts and the work involved.
The book is full of symbolism, so if this is your thing, I highly suggest reading it. The title alone should clue you into that. Again, this was a very enjoyable read for me. Margaret Dilloway is a fantastic story-teller. For more information and other Blogher member’s review, check out the discussion on Blogher.
The book is available for pre-order now. But I would gladly lend you my copy if you are in the Dallas area.
*I was paid for my review of this book; however, all opinions expressed are my own.