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Leota's Garden Audiobook

Leota's Garden

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Shelfish IL, United States 09-09-13
    Shelfish IL, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Great one from Francine Rivers"
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    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!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 06-24-13
    Bill 06-24-13 Member Since 2016

    Christian man in 50's looking for good fiction

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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    maria vandenbergh 06-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Unpredictable Story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Daulton Diamondhead, MS United States 05-28-16
    Donna Daulton Diamondhead, MS United States 05-28-16 Member Since 2016

    bookoholic

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    "better than I expected"

    The depth of feeling & the breadth of issues covered made it a compelling read.

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    granny 04-29-16
    granny 04-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Nasal narrator!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 02-10-16
    Debra 02-10-16
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    "Awesome book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelsey 01-25-16
    Kelsey 01-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wookie's mom 01-28-15 Member Since 2012

    Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!

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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Yellville, Arkansas 09-12-16
    Annie Yellville, Arkansas 09-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome Book but Incomplete"
    Would you listen to Leota's Garden again? Why?

    Yes, It is a gentle rolling story of family conflict. The story draws you in and I was unable to put it down.


    What other book might you compare Leota's Garden to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Melissa Hurst’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Who was the most memorable character of Leota's Garden and why?

    Leota was my favorite. I just liked her.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Sharon 09-06-16
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    "I loved this story."

    Even though it didn't have the fairy-tale ending I had written in my mind, it ended as true to a real life tale as I could imagine. God is so good and faithful. I have decided that I will pray to have a prayerful mindset like Annie and Leota and do my best to practice that as well. thank you Francine Rivers. Amazing

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    "Thought provoking novel about our view of old age and family conflicts"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. L. Lawson
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    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.

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