Personal Review of the book Tending Roses

Lisa Wingate writes both Accent novels and contemporary romances for NAL.  She lives with her husband and two sons in the central Texas hill country, where she is a popular inspirational speaker, writing instructor, and magazine columnist. (Barnes and Noble website)

This is my first book I’ve read from Lisa Wingate and I really liked it.

I like reading Christian books, novels but also devotionals, even if you read only novels, you can learn so much from the authors.

I liked this book very much, I truly love books that talk about family, about their struggle and how they resolve their problems with each other.

The main character is Kate, a young woman who goes for Christmas with her son and husband to her grandmother’s farm.

She did not see her grandmother since her mother died and since then, the family has split, they did not speak to each other.

I think this is such a sad thing to let the years pass by and not talking to your family, not trying hard enough to resolve your problems. You have only ONE family, you should not let the relationship fade away, it’s wrong and so sad.

They were grieving, each of them in their own way and did not talk to each other.

Grandma is slowly going downhill and after leaving the iron on and setting a fire in the house the family has decided to put her in a nursing home. They all agreed with that, but after living for 3 weeks in the house with her grandmother, Kate changed her mind. She saw that her grandmother wanted to live her last years in the farm and to die there. Also, she saw that her grandmother was not as crazy as everybody thought.

Her grandmother saw the struggles that Kate had, so she wrote in a journal devotionals that were specifically for Kate. Those devotionals helped Kate realize what was more important in her life.

I think this is a lesson for everybody, you should think on your priorities in life, and focus on that. We are sometimes very unbalanced, we prioritize things that are not important and we forget about the REAL things, that matter the most.

Read this gorgeous book, you will like it.

“The secret to a happy life is not in getting what you want. It is in learning to want what you get.”

“I understood now that all of us have that place inside that wants to be part of something, that needs the comfort and companionship of loved ones. Within each of us, there is an empty room, and when we open the door, light flows in. The wider we open it, and the longer we leave it open, the brighter our souls become.”

“Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered…”

“Happiness is not in getting what you want, but in learning to want what you get. Don’t waste your time crying over what you’re not given. When you have tears in your eyes, you can’t see all the beautiful things around you.”

“Be patient, Katie. Everything doesn’t have to work itself out today.”

“Pride and resentment do not create bread that will rise. Bread, like a good life, can only be created by honest measure, patience, warmth, and time.”

“The beginning of a journey is always uncertainty, but with uncertainty comes hope.”

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