Sunday 20 March 2011

Climbing Patrick's Mountain

Finished March 20
Climbing Patrick's Mountain by Des Kennedy
Patrick Gallagher has made a life in Vancouver hybridizing roses. He names his roses after the attributes of beautiful women. Patrick is from County Cork, Ireland, a place he fled twenty years ago. He finds out that his home in Vancouver is under threat and, hoping to find a way to save it and his roses, agrees to lead a garden tour to Ireland. His past in Ireland comes back to haunt him in various forms when he arrives in his birth country. With lots of information about gardens and plants, particularly roses, and Irish history, I found the story an interesting one. Patrick has never really dealt with his past, and this visit brings it all back. He must finally deal with that which he ran from.

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