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Publication Order of Tending Roses Books

Tending Roses (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Hope Road (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Language of Sycamores (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drenched in Light (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Thousand Voices (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Texas Hill Country Books

Texas Cooking (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lone Star Cafe (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Blue Sky Hill Books

A Month of Summer (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Summer Kitchen (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond Summer (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dandelion Summer (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Daily, Texas Books

Talk of the Town (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Word Gets Around (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Never Say Never (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Moses Lake Books

Publication Order of Carolina Chronicles Books

The Sea Glass Sisters (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prayer Box (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tidewater Sisters (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story Keeper (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sandcastle Sister (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sea Keeper's Daughters (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sisters (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Outer Banks Short Stories/Novellas

A Sandy's Seashell Shop Christmas (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Before We Were Yours (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Lost Friends (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shelterwood (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Before and After (With: Judy Christie) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

When You Pass Through Waters: Words of Hope and Healing from Your Favorite Authors(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stories from Suffragette City(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lisa Wingate is a published author of fiction and nonfiction books. Her book Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends has been a best seller on the New York Times list. She has written over thirty novels. Lisa used to be a journalist and has worked as an inspirational speaker. Now she is a novelist and many of her books have won awards or been nominated.

Her books have also been published in a dozens of languages, made it to best selling status internationally, and have been book selections. She was the recipient of the National Civies Award from the kindness watchdog organization known as Americans for More Civility along with six others. In addition to writing fiction, she has also authored nonfiction works.

She was the co-author of Before and After with fellow writer Judy Christie, a nonfiction novel. Lisa had begun to write books at a young age and never stopped. She was inspired to become an author when she was young thanks to a teacher in first grade at her Northboro, Massachusetts school, that told her she thought she would see her name in a magazine later on.

When she began reading Lisa’s stories out loud to the class, she found that she liked having an audience. She would eventually pursue her dream of becoming a writer after marriage and childbirth as well as forays into the working field as a technical writer and journalist.

When she was a child, she had dreams about competing in the National Finals Rodeo and training to become an Olympic gymnast. However, the gymnastics did not work out as she had trouble doing back flips while on the balance beam. As for the rodeo, her parents were against backing her financially. Lisa eventually got married to her husband.

Together they reside in North Texas, where the author is able to write at home. She is also the mother to two sons. She loves being an author and connecting with people, whether they are real or fictional. She believes in her heart that when it comes to stories, they’re able to change the world. The author has since written many novels and a variety of popular series.

Her books have often been inspired by real life people and events, such as her grandmother. Her grandmother was staying with the author when her baby was still young and they went inside to tend to the baby while he was fussing. Her grandmother held the baby in the chair and as he went to sleep, she started telling Lisa all about her life as well as flower beds and lessons she had learned.

The author wrote a story titled “Time for Tending Roses”. It would eventually become the basis behind Tending Roses, her first novel for the mainstream. The story was published in June of 2001. To this day she describes Tending Roses as being one of her top sentimental favorites, thanks to the connection that it has to her grandmother.

However, she has also enjoyed all of the time that she’s spent in each of the books, which each form their own world. Since every book that she writes finds an inspiration from real life in some way or another, she describes what happens after as a ‘journey of discovery’.

The author says that she doesn’t always know how the plot is going to go, how the story will end, or even who the characters will end up evolving to be, until they are written. She likes to write happy endings most of the time, since she wants to make books that entertain readers but also provide that sense of being ‘life affirming’.

She wants to add something good to the world with her writing. Lisa Wingate is the creator and the author of the Tending Roses series. The series first began in 2001 with the publication of the main novel, Tending Roses. The second novel is titled Good Hope Road and came out two years later. The Language of Sycamores was the third book and came out in 2005.

The fourth book was published in 2006 and is titled Drenched In Light. The fifth book was published in 2007 and is titled A Thousand Voices. Tending Roses is the debut novel in the fictional series by the same name. The story is inspired by the author’s grandmother.

Kate Bowman is the main character in this story. She’s married to Ben, her husband, who works as an architect. Together they have a son, still in infant stage. Kate was working a respectable job in Chicago but is currently taking maternity leave to care for the baby.

Now things are coming up for her and she has the weight of trying to convince her grandmother that it might be time to leave her home. Her grandmother is getting more forgetful and frail and although she’s lived on the farm in Missouri for years, it’s getting to be too much for her.

Meanwhile, Ben and Kate are dealing with struggles in their own life. Their debts are going up and they have medical bills to pay. They’re trying to make their own lifestyle, not just a life. Kate is having trouble dealing with her stubborn relative but when she finds her journal, she starts to get a sense of clarity.

The stories of times that were simpler that came before makes Kate examine what really matters. Kate starts to look at what really is important in life thanks to the journal. It also allows her to feel closer to her Grandma Rose while pausing to evaluate what she is prioritizing and why. Life can be short and we often lose ourselves in the quest to have more.

Will Kate and Ben find that they need to take inventory of what they’re doing in life and find a greater sense of satisfaction? Read this novel to find out! Good Hope Road is the second novel in the Tending Roses series. Readers get to meet Jenilee Lane in this story. When her hometown is hit by a tornado, she does everything she can to try and find mementos in the rubble that meant something to the people that lost them.

When she saves older woman Eudora Gibson, little does she know that the two of them will grow closer than ever. Can Eudora teach Jenilee about about community and even resilience? Read this book and find out all about it! Lisa Wingate is a former journalist and bestselling author that has been widely recognized not only for her successful books but also her efforts to promote greater kindness in the United States.

When Lisa Wingate was a child, she dreamt of becoming an Olympic gymnast. However, those dreams died relatively quickly and for good reason. For one thing, Lisa wasn’t particularly enthused by the prospect of doing back flips. As far as she was concerned, there was a mental block of sorts that kept her back from throwing her body around in such risky postures.

But, like most kids her age, Lisa kept dreaming and begun planning her rodeo career. Luckily she had the sorts of parents that had the foresight to try and ground her in reality. Some people think that Lisa’s path to publishing begun on her wedding day. The author was fortunate enough to marry into a large family from the South filled with storytellers.

And she admits that life with her new family kept her consistently inspired to sit down and let her imagination manifest on the page. However, Lisa Wingate’s journey to publishing success began several years before her wedding day.

The author doesn’t think there was ever a time when she didn’t write. Even before she started school, Lisa was already writing. Nothing could dissuade her from the activity and she had the fortune of attending Peasley School, Northboro, Massachusetts.

The school itself was nothing special; however, what made Lisa’s experience at the Institution memorable was her encounter with a teacher by the names of Mrs. Krackhardt. As a shy transfer student, Lisa did not have it easy. However, having a teacher like Krackhardt helped immensely because she gave Lisa all the encouragement she needed to write.

In fact, the teacher went so far as to write on Lisa’s report card, predicting that she would see her student’s name in a magazine one day. Whether or not the encouragement drove her, Lisa distinctly remembers being shocked by the joy she felt at having an audience for her writings.

It was all the push Lisa needed to begin taking her writing seriously. Like most authors, Lisa Wingate meandered a bit. She started out in journalism. That laid the groundwork for her to become a technical writer. Before long, she was married and busying herself with caring for her sons.

Even though Lisa Wingate had always dreamed of becoming a professional author, it didn’t look like she would ever get to write her first book. Then her grandmother came over to keep an eye on things while her first child was still a small baby.

The pair took to planting flowerbeds out front. One day, the baby became so fussy that it proved impossible for Lisa and her grandmother to work. So they retired inside and, as her grandmother sat in her chair, rocking the child to sleep, she began to talk to Lisa about her life.

The tale she told became ‘Time for Tending Roses’. This was Lisa Wingate’s first mainstream story. Fans first caught a glimpse of it in 2001, published by Penguin Putnam. That laid the groundwork for Lisa’s future. She found that there was plenty of inspiration to be found in between cleaning up after her boys, doing the laundry, managing family meals and going to football games.

Lisa still treasures that precious moment with her grandmother all those years ago. Not only did it create a deeper connection between them but it created a pattern that Lisa Wingate would continue to follow for years to come. Every story that Lisa has ever written was inspired by an event or occurrence in her life. And that is what makes writing so exciting for the author.

Once she zeroes in on a point of inspiration, she never knows what story will emerge out of it and how it will eventually progress. She basically goes with the flow. Like most writers, Lisa Wingate crafts stories with the intention of entertaining her fans.

However, more than that, Lisa wants to leave her readers feeling hopeful and optimistic about life. She knows just how dark the news can get and she encounters so many reasons on a daily basis to lose faith in the world. Lisa views her books as a way to fight that perception of the world by uplifting readers and adding some color to their world.

Lisa finds that she is able to lift her readers up because she is surrounded by so many wonderful people who keep lifting her up. Lisa has received nominations for the Carol Award, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award and Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize to mention but a few.

Tending Roses Kate Bowman has a difficult task. She is expected to convince Grandmother Rose to get off her Missouri Farm and move into a nursing home. Even after she temporarily moves her family to the farm in hopes of cutting through her grandmother’s stubborn nature, Kate knows that the idea of leaving her home would bruise the old lady in more ways the one.

It isn’t long before Kate begins to despair. But then a silver lining comes her way. Kate stumbles upon her grandmother’s journey, a beautiful book that starts to provide Kate a glimpse into the old woman’s world.

This is Lisa Wingate’s first novel. The book is a short simple read with a straightforward message about the importance of family. Kate Bowman takes center stage. Kate is a woman who uses her maternity leave to go see her grandmother. Because the two haven’t been close since Kate’s mother died, she struggles to connect to her grandmother.

But then she finds the old woman’s diary and begins to learn a few unexpected things about life.

Larkspur Cove Andrea Henderson is a social worker that moves to Moses Lake with her son. Andrea wants to forget her shattered past and find a new sense of purpose in a new community. Mart McClendon became the Moses Lake Game Warden to escape the tragedy he suffered in Southwest Texas and for which he cannot forgive himself.

Andrea and Mart are drawn together when they embark on a mission to identify a mysterious little girl that suddenly appears in town. This book is a blend of mystery, suspense and romance.

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9 Responses to “Lisa Wingate”

  1. Lynn McCrobie: 1 year ago

    I loved Before We Were Yours. I am now halfway through The Book of Lost Friends. Even though I haven’t finished it, I can say I would highly recommend it. The characters are very real and the descriptions so detailed I feel I can hear and smell the settings.

  2. Claudia Korsun: 1 year ago

    Hello, just read your Blue Sky Hill Series. Loved them all! Is there going to be a 5th book? I loved the 4the book the best!! so much more could be written about Epie and her family.
    Thank you, for the wonderful stories.
    Claudia Korsun

  3. Thelma Blew: 2 years ago

    Just finished The Prayer Box and was again blown away by Lisa’s ability to weave a story and inspire the reader at the same time. Keep up the great work!! Love your work.

    • Roxie Skinner: 1 year ago

      I absolutely love your books. I’ve read or listened to almost every one of them. Looking forward to reading Before and After.

  4. Nancy J Johnson: 2 years ago

    Just finished the FABULOUS Tending Roses series and would definitely LOVE a followup book on Dell’s life!!

  5. Mary Olsen: 2 years ago

    I just finished Tending the roses series. You have had a chance to be away from Dell. How about a follow up on Dells life. Please

  6. Pamela arledge: 2 years ago

    I read Before we were yours and loved it. i have purchased Before and After, Book of Lost Friends and Shanty Boats KY. in what order do i need to read after Before We Were Yours? Thank you and please keep writing.I love series books. If you have other series books please let me know. Thank you and God Bless you Pam Arledge

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      Can read in any order 🙂

  7. Sue: 2 years ago

    Hi Lisa,
    I thought I had read all your books, so I looked on your website and saw that I haven’t read Texas Hill County Books, and I also found that they aren’t on Kindle. Which I read because I can make the print larger than the paperbacks. Can you tell me why they aren’t on Kindle? And is there anyway to get the series in a large format?
    Thank you, I love all your books, and am an avid reader.
    Thank you for your time,
    Sue Whited


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