" Hello Nancy! Thank you for reading my book Rose to the Occasion: An Easy-Growing Guide to Rose Gardening, which I see has heavily influenced your book! As I see you have used my book and no other sources to write this book. What tipped me off was when I was reading your list of recommended roses and said, "Why, these are the exact roses I recommended!" and then it all went downhill in flames after that.
Now, I did not spend the best years of my life working in a rose garden in 95 degree heat with 95% relative humidity (this means you will sweat a LOT but it does not evaporate so it doesn't cool you off), getting thorns in my hair and scratches on my arms and a bit of a trick back, to have someone crib off my book. Though, it's possible that your ghostwriter did this and you didn't know. (edited to add: BUT THEY PROBABLY DID.)
Also, if you crib my content, please crib my jokes. Your ghostwriter picked up my line about orange hips on rugosa roses, but didn't pick up the line I wrote. H "
— Melinda R. Cordell, 4/12/2020