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Leota's Garden Audiobook

Leota's Garden

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....
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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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 06-24-13
    Bill 06-24-13

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 04-08-16
    Tracy 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Insipid."
    What would have made Leota's Garden better?

    Characters that have even the most remote possibility of being real. The author is using 2 dimensional characters, and preaching a message that is based on partial information and strong bias (not referring to religious bias, but rather cultural & political.)


    Has Leota's Garden turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but it has turned me off of Francine Rivers. I have read some very good titles by her, but will be hard pressed to discover any new ones after this.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I love multigenerational relationships, which I believe are a fundamental part of what it means to be "church."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    I couldn't stop listening!

    The storyline is compelling and engaging. The characters are well developed and relatable.

    This book is extremely raw and emotional. The narration adds a bit to the feeling of knowing the characters, which intensifies the emotion.

    There is a political subtext, which shouldn't generally bother the target audience.

    I found myself being convicted over and over, so believers be prepared.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    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.

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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.

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    Sonja H Winburn 11-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought provoking for all those misunderstood!"
    What made the experience of listening to Leota's Garden the most enjoyable?

    Leota and her granddaughter show what love, patience and hope can accomplish.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The lawyers office. Nora reading her letter from Leota and the party in the garden at the end.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did make me cry more than once.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martha 10-27-15
    Martha 10-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great christian book"

    really enjoyed this book...it has a bit of sad...but more importantly the wonderous joy of knowing christ with the sad... it shows an old lady praying for reconciliaton with her family...while discovering the wonderous joy of a grandaughter who comes to visit and then puts her life on hold to care for her grandmother in her final year... I guess it is a mixture of joy and sadness as in all our lives. it has a bit of a surprise ending...but I may be giving too much away. I found it very realistic. anyway if you are looking for a good christian story, I would highly recommend this book!!

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    Rebecca Loa 09-29-15
    Rebecca Loa 09-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Reader sounds like a robot"
    Where does Leota's Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About in the middle


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Get a new reader!


    How could the performance have been better?

    If someone else had narrated, and I didn't like what happened to grandma


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Families"


    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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