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A Garden to Keep | [Jamie Langston Turner]

A Garden to Keep

Author of Some Wildflower in My Heart, Jamie Langston Turner won the Christy Award with A Garden to Keep. Elizabeth Landis is learning that God works in mysterious ways, and life has become more fulfilling for her as she takes Him into her heart. When she discovers her husband has been unfaithful, the Lord's strength becomes more valuable than ever.
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Publisher's Summary

Author of Some Wildflower in My Heart, Jamie Langston Turner won the Christy Award with A Garden to Keep. Elizabeth Landis is learning that God works in mysterious ways, and life has become more fulfilling for her as she takes Him into her heart. When she discovers her husband has been unfaithful, the Lord's strength becomes more valuable than ever.

©2001 Jamie Langston Turner; (P)Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Garden contributes much to the booming subgenre of Christian literary fiction: the characters are well-developed, and their struggles are real, not saccharine. This is proof that a faithful Christian witness can come packaged in a quality novel." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Becky Smith Plano, Texas 07-09-05
    Becky Smith Plano, Texas 07-09-05 Member Since 2002
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    "A Great Book Made Better By the Narrator"

    I really loved this audio book and I think I enjoyed it better on audio than I would have the book itself. The Narrator made it come alive. The author rambles a lot, but that just makes it sound more real. When I got in the car to go to work every morning, it felt like I was going to have another conversation with a good friend. I hated to see this one end.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Argyle, TX, United States 10-25-07
    Debra Argyle, TX, United States 10-25-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Incredible Book"

    This book is one of the best books I have ever "read". And the narrator is wonderful, too. You will not be disappointed with this book. I wish this author would write more. Thank you Audible for giving us the opportunity to "read" as we drive down the road.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maxie Odessa, TX, United States 08-18-09
    Maxie Odessa, TX, United States 08-18-09 Member Since 2005
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    "If you don't understand poetry, don't read it."

    This is an interesting book - the story rambles and skips around so much that sometimes you forget the point of where it's supposed to be going. However, we must understand that this lady is suffering through a terrible time and we are pulled into her emotional upheaval. If you can bring yourself to understand what is happening in her mind and heart, and choose to love her, you will enjoy this book. Having been through the death of a marriage, I can remember times when my thoughts were just this disjointed.

    My only real complaint is that the narrator always pronounces POEM as "pome". Since the word is used every few lines, it becomes irritating. I've heard better readers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Glendale Heights, IL, USA 09-25-07
    Heather Glendale Heights, IL, USA 09-25-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Enlightening"

    As some previous posters have mentioned, this book does tend to ramble. However it's part of the character of the book and I loved it. I like how she jumps back and forth and you really get inside of her as she goes through a valley time. You don't know where it's going to end up and it was amazing how it all tied together in the end. Also you learn a lot about poetry and how a new Christian processes different pieces of information. I loved it in the audio format and the narrator did a fabulous job, but I don't think I could read it in a book format because it jumps around so much. It's a slow methodical book, so if you want something that is fast paced, this is not the book for you, but I think it's one of the best that I have ever read and I see why this author has won awards.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Nevada City, CA 09-03-11
    Marsha Nevada City, CA 09-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Unique"

    Jamie (the author) definately has her own unique style of writing! If you like fast-paced stories that move along...don't order this.
    This tells of a woman who is writing a journal about the unfolding of a major event in her life, and how God orchestrated this to teach her to love. The woman's journaling jumps around a LOT. But it all comes together in the end.
    I really enjoyed it....the creativity and uniqueness of the telling was refreshing. I just flowed along with it. I especially loved the ending, because it involved the movie "Babette's Feast," one of my favorite flicks.
    So, only you can decide if it is right for you. Good luck..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Rock Hill, SC, United States 05-31-11
    Christine Rock Hill, SC, United States 05-31-11
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    "A Garden To Keep"

    She just tells the story. You keep waiting for some dialog between the characters but there almost none. Just the narator telling the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Watertown, TN, United States 12-04-10
    Carmen Watertown, TN, United States 12-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not For Me"

    Could not even finish this book. Tried 3 time to finish it and the author take too many long departures from the story. Will not select this author again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Virginia, IL, USA 03-12-08
    Matthew Virginia, IL, USA 03-12-08 Member Since 2002
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    "rambling"

    This book was a rambling account of an interesting life. The author evidently knew that it rambled too much, because several times in the book she admits it. Her tangents weren't interesting and distracted from the plot. A skip.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lois INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 10-13-13
    Lois INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 10-13-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Boring and tedious."
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    The author tells you through this story that "it is her story and she will tell it her way" and that she does. Filled to overflowing with worthless descriptions from the color of a flower to how she felt when she looked at it. I found nothing redemptive about this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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