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Tending Roses

Written by: Lisa Wingate
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours comes a heartfelt novel about the bonds of family and the power of second chances. 

When Kate Bowman temporarily moves to her grandmother’s Missouri farm with her husband and baby son, she learns that the lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly. The family has given Kate the job of convincing Grandma Rose, who’s become increasingly stubborn and forgetful, to move off her beloved land and into a nursing home. But Kate knows such a change would break her grandmother’s heart.  

Just when Kate despairs of finding answers, she discovers her grandma’s journal. A beautiful handmade notebook, it is full of stories that celebrate the importance of family, friendship, and faith. Stories that make Kate see her life - and her grandmother - in a completely new way...

©2003 Lisa Wingate (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Struggled to finish

There is no suspense or wittyness or even much of a plot to this story. It is predictable and boring.

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Spoke to me

This book was deploy moving
It spoke to me more then any book I’ve read recently
Simple and wonderful!!
Beautifully written

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Lots of things to think about!

The lessons in this story and simple reminders are continuous. Parts of the story get a little repetitive or this would have been a 5-star review.

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Good story

Good story, not a huge fan of the lady reading it. Her voice is kind of blah.

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  • Andrea L. Kyle
  • 2018-10-01

BORING

This book was so painfully dull, I don’t even know how I got through it. And the narrator’s nasally voice while speaking as the grandmother grated on my every nerve. Do not waste your time.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Valarie Holm
  • 2018-09-25

Loved it!

This was not only a great story, but the narration was good too. Loved hearing the different voices. This was another book I couldn’t wait to get back too. A lot of lost life lessons/advice included in the story, which was great.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • cathy
  • 2018-07-04

Beautiful and uplifting story of living our goodbyes

I Love Lisa Wingate’s books - commend this to others. It’s both thought provoking and entertaining.


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  • Gina H.
  • 2019-04-15

So Boring....sorry Lisa Wingate

After listening to "Before We Were Yours", I was very anxious to explore more of this authors works. She has many titles to choose from and I read through most of the reviews. None had the same response as "Before...", but I still decided to give one more of her books a try. "Tending Roses" was even narrated by the same artist as "Before..." which I quite enjoyed, not the case with "Tending Roses". And the existing reviews seem to have a similar theme: either people said that it was a heartwarming story filled with life lessons, or it was too sappy. I"m about 8 chapters in, and at this point I would be happy to find even the sappiness. This story is just so incredibly boring. There is just nothing there. I'm struggling to predict even any upcoming plot or point. Why does she keep finding her Grandmother's journal in random places? And why does she read it? I though journals were supposed to be private...just because you find someone's journal doesn't mean the person has inadvertently invited you to read it! What ever happened to respect and integrity?? The main character (I don't even remember her name, and I listened to a chapter today!) is so whiney and seems like she doesn't even want to be at the Grandmothers house. No chemistry or connection with her spouse. Is the Grandmother grouchy or kind?? It's just very inconsistent for me. The only thing that is consistent is the problems with her infant son's medical bills, which that seems to be the only thing she is concerned about! The narrators version of the Grandmother's voice is annoying, and honestly I don't really care for the main characters voice either. I gave that portion 2 stars only because she did perform several voices. I know that is sometimes takes a bit for a novel to get rolling along, but I don't think I am interested enough in these characters to keep listening. It's just blah and boring.

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  • Jane
  • Rochester, MN, United States
  • 2019-03-30

Not Lisa’s best

I just did not like this book. I found the characters one dimensional, and the story overly sentimental. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen. It never did. I did like the narrator though; she handled several characters with skill.

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  • Kelly
  • 2018-10-13

too sappy

This story was way too sappy for me, and so predictable. Just boring. And the reader was AWFUL. I finished it, but it was a struggle

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  • LoverofClassics
  • Hudson River Valley
  • 2018-10-09

Rarely do I NOT like a recorded book, BUT. ..

I didn't care for story, characters, or narrator. Period. I would have given it 2 stars. but my phone won't change it. It's not that the author doesn't write well; I just don't like what she writes.

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  • John G
  • 2018-08-13

Narrator

Returned book after a few chapters in.
Did not like the narrator voice and couldn’t seem to get into the book.

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  • Lydia Rothfusz
  • 2019-01-01

Inspiring and heartwarming

I have come to love reading Lisa Wingate‘s novels. I am inspired by the wisdom of her characters, and I always come away feeling that I am better for having known them. They make me feel good, and brighten my day. This one compares to the prayer box, And after listening to it as an audiobook I Purchased a paperback copy for my mother as a gift.

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  • Lisa Whitley
  • 2018-08-30

Sweet Faith and Family!

Loved it! A wonderful testimony to faith and family and what really matters! Highly recommended!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful