Once Leota's garden was a place of beauty - where flowers bloomed and hope thrived. It was her refuge from the deep wounds inflicted by a devastating war, her sanctuary where she knelt before a loving God and prayed for the children who couldn't understand her silent sacrifices. At 83, Leota is alone; her beloved garden is in ruins. All her efforts to reconcile with her adult children have been fruitless. She voices her despair to a loving Father, her only friend. And God brings a wind of change through unlikely means: one, a college student who thinks he has all the answers; the other, the granddaughter Leota never hoped to know. But can the devastation wrought by keeping painful family secrets be repaired before she runs out of time?
©2006 Francine Rivers (P)2013 Recorded Books
The story of an elderly woman's life told as her granddaughter gets to know her despite the alienation of the mother who should connect them. The book explores issues of how we care for and value our loved ones in their last phase of life. Rivers demonstrates the tragic results of lack of transparency in family life and the emotional damage done by bad communication. There is much spiritual wisdom and many warning examples for young and old. A thoroughly enjoyable novel and full of Gospel truth.
The story remind us of a misunderstand that can foster a relationship to stop growing. In which it took a younger member of the family to clear the way in uniting the family together.
"Another Great one from Francine Rivers"
After reading "Her Mother's Hope" and "Her Daughter's Dream", I couldn't imagine enjoying a book any better. But Leota's Garden came very close. The story almost paralleled my own life dealing with a self-centered mother and a self-less grandmother. It brought tears to my eyes many times. I enjoyed it and can't wait to see what Francine Rivers come up with next!
"One of the best books I've ever read"
Heartwarming and inspiring on how I should live. I wish every member of my family would read it.
Couldn't put it down. Unpredictable and it deals with many of today's social issues. The narrator's voice is soothing and yet attractive.
"better than I expected"
The depth of feeling & the breadth of issues covered made it a compelling read.
Good book - mostly plot is emotions and reflecting on history and coming to terms with the past. It's lovely in many ways, but the narrator made it difficult to keep listening. Maybe it's just that I'm from the south, but I've never been bothered by a reader before. I think I'd have enjoyed it far more with another (any other!) reader.
When I first started listening I didn't hear Francine's usual strong Christian message. Her books always have some theme and message, I wondered why this one didn't. Then I felt like I could see Jesus bend down and write in the sand. I got it! Don't miss this book; read it and wait for it. Great reader too she drew attention to the characters not herself.
"Good overall, but drawn out"
I have listened to all but two or three of Francine River's books, and this was the least captivating. The story seemed to be longer than it should have been, and somewhat exhausting with the repetition of the characters expressing the same feelings and thoughts (but I realize the story was about long suffering). I enjoyed it, but her other books set a high standard.
"A Bit Preachy"
Francine Rivers is by far one of my favorite authors. This book, IMO, isn't one of her best. The sad events of this family and the missed chances of mending fences goes on a little too long. I was dissatisfied with the ending; it could have been better.
"Love this story!!! "
So meaningful and applied to a lot of issues today. It's heart warming, and in usual Francine Rivers style; makes you examine your own heart. I purchased it several years ago, but re- listen every now and again because it's that good!
"Awesome Book but Incomplete"
Yes, It is a gentle rolling story of family conflict. The story draws you in and I was unable to put it down.
I love Francine Rivers books and find each one to carry it own story. So i have difficulty comparing it to another one of her books.
Leota was my favorite. I just liked her.
I do not know if Francine Rivers was trying to make a statement about the treatment of our elderly or not. Although i enjoyed the book very much and will listen to it again, I feel that she left to many open places in the end that needed closure. I cannot state what they were without spoiling the story. So read it to see what you think. You will enjoy it if you like Francine Rivers books. I just wish she would write a sequel to this one.
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