From a powerful, moving new voice in women's fiction, "Tending Roses" is the story of a woman living in a remote Missouri farmhouse and struggling to care for her husband, baby, and aging grandmother. It is there that Katie Benson finds inspiration in the pages of her grandmother's journal.
The lessons that most enrich our lives often come at unexpected moments and from unlikely places. That's what Katie Benson learns when she moves temporarily—with her husband Ben and baby son—to her grandmother's Missouri farm. She arrives at a time of crisis and indecision—struggling with the demands of being a new mother, a not-so-new wife, and a well-meaning but often impatient granddaughter. The family has assigned her and Ben the job of convincing Grandma Rose, who's become increasingly stubborn and forgetful, to move off the land that means so much to her and into a nursing home. Katie knows such a change would break her grandmother's heart. But what is right for her grandmother? And what is right for herself and her family?
Just when Katie despairs of finding answers, she discovers her grandmother's journal. A beautiful handmade notebook, it is full of heartwarming stories that celebrate the virtue of patience, the power of love, and the importance of family, friendship, and faith. Stories that make Katie see her life—and her grandmother—in a completely new way...and lead her toward a new, more meaningful future...
Lisa Wingate lives with her husband and two sons in central Texas, where she is a popular writer and inspirational speaker. She grew up in Oklahoma and studied writing at Oklahoma State University. Author website: lisawingate.com.
Praise for Tending Roses "Richly emotional and spiritual, Tending Roses affected me from the first page. A story at once gentle and powerful about the very old and the very young, about the young woman who loves them all. In Kate, Lisa Wingate has created a wonderful character."--New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice
"Stop what you are doing and experience Tending Roses...A rich story of family and faith."--New York Times bestselling author Lynne Hinton
"Wingate's touching story of love and faith proves the old adage that we should take time to smell the roses and try to put our modern problems in perspective."--Booklist
"You can't put it down without...taking a good look at your own life and how misplaced priorities might have led to missed opportunities. Tending Roses is an excellent read for any season, a celebration of the power of love."--El Paso Times
"This novel's strength is its believable characters...Many readers will see themselves in Kate, who is so wrapped up in her own problems that she fails to see the worries of others."--American Profiles Weekly Magazine
"Get your tissues or handkerchief ready. You're going to need them when you read Lisa Wingate's book, Tending Roses. Your emotions will run the gamut from laughing loudly to shedding tears as you read the story."--McAlester News-Capital & Democrat
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