Galilie is a young single private school teacher who is on dialysis and has a passion for roses. Gal, as she is better known, is a bit awkward and in my opinion self-centered. Everything and everyone must accommodate her and for some reason she expects people to bend over backwards to help out without much of a Thank you from Gal.
Gal's life is turned upside down when the teenage daughter of her less than responsible sister comes to stay with her. Riley is a teenager carrying deep wounds from a scattered Mother and absent Father. She is sharp on the outside (thorns!) but you quickly learn that she is a really good kid in need of someone to really care for her.
As Gal and Riley's story develops Margaret Dilloway incorporates some mild botany into the story. She weaved together the delicate manner of growing roses into the story between 2 lost souls finding themselves by finding each other. (whoa that was deep!)
I love when stories stay with you after you finish reading them. This book did that. A great summer read. It also gave me a deeper appreciation for beautiful roses.
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|My Sophia stopping to smell the roses.