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
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!
Christian man in 50's looking for good fiction
Heartwarming and inspiring on how I should live. I wish every member of my family would read it.
Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
I love multigenerational relationships, which I believe are a fundamental part of what it means to be "church."
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.
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.
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.
Leota and her granddaughter show what love, patience and hope can accomplish.
The lawyers office. Nora reading her letter from Leota and the party in the garden at the end.
It did make me cry more than once.
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!!
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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