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The Care And Handling Of Roses With Thorns (2012)

by Margaret Dilloway(Favorite Author)
3.72 of 5 Votes: 1
0399157751 (ISBN13: 9780399157752)
Putnam Adult
review 1: This was a book I wan't sure I would finish. It just never drew me in. The main character was not very likable and the supporting characters were not very well developed. It was hard to believe in the relationships between them all. Some of the themes about family relationships and dealing with long-term serious illness were interesting, but they just weren't explored deeply enough for my liking. I enjoyed the author's How to Be an American Housewife much more than this work.
review 2: I enjoyed this book on several levels. It was a fascinating journey into rose breeding and the rose show circuit. The prickly nature of the main character was an interesting twist on a protagonist. The role of the effective-but-less-than-popular teacher was one with which I cou
... moreld identify. The parallels between the essentially abandoned daughter, Rylie, and her mother who was "abandoned" because she was the healthy child added an interesting dimension to the plot, although I think this could have been stressed a bit more. The weakness I saw in the book was the almost too-harmonious relationship between the aunt and her niece,and I didn't really see clearly the catalyst(s) that prompted the changes -- however subtle -- in Gal. I guess if I had to sum it up, I would say that the author toned down the emotional conflicts a bit too much. And it took a couple of rereadings to figure out the less-than-startling secret about Brad. less
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Really enjoyed this book. I grew to appreciate the main character as the book progressed.
Highly enjoyable and well written chick lit.
Slow but touching story.
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