• Everything Beautiful in Its Time

  • Seasons of Love and Loss
  • By: Jenna Bush Hager
  • Narrated by: Jenna Bush Hager
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,034 ratings)

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Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, number one New York Times best-selling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life

To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America's powerful president and influential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved Gampy and Ganny, who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning—timeless lessons that continue to guide her.

In Midland, Texas, Jenna's maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch—Pa and Grammee—a home builder and homemaker, lived a quieter life outside the national spotlight. Yet their influence was no less indelible to their granddaughter. Throughout Jenna's childhood and adolescence, the Welches taught her the name of every star in the sky, the way a dove uses her voice—teaching her to appreciate the beauty in the smallest things.

Now the mother of three young children, Jenna pays homage to her grandparents in this collection of heartwarming, intimate personal essays. Filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable stories, Everything Beautiful in Its Time captures the joyous and bittersweet nature of life itself. Jenna reflects on the single year in which she and her family lost Barbara and George H. W. Bush, and Jenna Welch. With the light, self-deprecating charm of the best-selling Sisters First—cowritten with her twin sister, Barbara—Jenna reveals how they navigated this difficult period with grace, faith, and nostalgic humor, uplifted by their grandparents' sage advice and incomparable spirits.

In this moving book, Jenna remembers the past, cherishes the present, and prepares for the future—providing a wealth of anecdotes and lessons for her own children and all of us. Poignant and humorous, intimate and sincere, Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a warm and wonderful celebration of the enduring power of family and an exploration of the things that truly matter most.

"As long as I'm alive, my grandparents will not be forgotten.... I hear their voices in the letters they sent me and in my memories. They offer comfort, support, and guidance, and I will listen to them always."

©2020 P. B. Rengason (P)2020 HarperAudio

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A True Love Story

I loved to read this book.It reminds me what true love is.The Bushes are a true example of love.They wasn't afraid to express it neither. Each one would write love letters and poem.Life had it ups and down for them.It did not stop them from enjoying life and each others.The most memorable moment is when Jenna little girl explained the death process.She was on point.This is a good read for a fall weekend.

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Fabulous

This is such a beautiful story. I couldn’t wait to hear the next stories and was sad when the book ended. Someone on the Today show said it was a six tissue book, I needed a box. Beautiful

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Great book, but...

I LOVE the Bush family and couldn’t wait to listen to this book. And I love Jenna, but after just finishing Jessica Simpson‘s book and hearing the relatability and passion in her voice, Jenna‘s voice with this book is emotionless and a bit harsh.

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Beautiful!!

It is a beautiful story of love. Love of family, love of life... so wonderful!

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Heartwarming and funny

Read this important message about what is most important in life!! Jenna did a beautiful job reading it

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I loved this book, Jenna told it so well that I believed I was part of the family.

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Touching, personal and inspirational.

I loved these very beautiful and inspirational stories shared in such a personal way. Very moving.

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Beautiful Tribute

Loved hearing Jenna’s stories. Genuine and heartfelt. Highly recommend this book for a quick listen!

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Perfection

I absolutely adored every minute of this story. Jenna has such a wonderful gift of writing beautifully. It was hard to remember that this story was involving a presidential family because she nailed the perfection of pure love. Thank you Jenna.

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Truly Inspirational Love Stories

The Bush family has always seemed so LIKABLE to me, so down-to-earth. This book confirms it. I have always especially liked and admired Barbara Bush, with her no-nonsense, practical approach to life. She always resonated with me.

In this book, Jenna Bush tells the stories of her great-grandparents, both her paternal and maternal grandparents and her parents. While a good deal of focus is on the Bush side of the family and their life in Maine, Jenna makes sure her maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch are also remembered in detail and with much love. Throughout the book, it is abundantly clear how much she loved both sets of grandparents and how much they ALL influenced her as an adult.

The senior Bushes had a love story that lasted 73 years. So sweet on so many levels, but it was also a tribute to their strength and ability to overcome hard circumstances together.

It hurt my heart to hear that Barbara Bush’s mother always emphasized that she felt her OTHER daughter was the pretty one of the two; something which stayed with Mrs. Bush her whole life. I always thought Mrs. Bush was BEAUTIFUL, inside AND out, with those striking, intelligent, sharp blue eyes, snowy white hair and her lovely complexion.

I loved hearing Jenna read the e-mails and letters between family members — they show what a strong, truly close, grounded family they are. As a family they are certainly not without the occasional squabble (as with any family), but despite those small irritations here and there, they really VALUE each other. Letters from the Bush grandparents always gave wonderful, practical advice. All her life, Jenna remembers her grandfather telling her that no matter what, “to thine own self be true.” Barbara Bush had a basic set of rules taped each to the bedroom doors at the beach house (a necessity with 17 grandchildren running in and out full of sand). Despite who they were, the Bushes never considered themselves to be better or “higher” than anyone else.

It was fascinating to get a small peek into the life of a president (two presidents!) and what it was like being a first daughter.

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush had a love story that lasted until their deaths — a love story that most of of us can hope to experience some day.

The only area in which the book that was a bit of a miss for me was when it came to Jenna reading the obituary of her maternal grandmother, Jenna. It was so lengthy, I actually skipped through the last bit of it. It felt as if the author was trying too hard — almost as if she had to “prove” that one grandmother was as important as the other. Of course they were! They came from very different backgrounds, had different educations and married into completely different levels of society, but in the eyes of a grandchild that makes no difference. Love is love! It felt as if Jenna was just trying to hard to give both sets of grandparents “equal billing” so to speak.

One part of the book that I especially loved was the description of her encounter with a psychic — I was deeply touched. The psychic immediately felt the presence of Jenna’s grandfather, Harold Welch. Jenna came away from the experience knowing her grandfather had never left her and never would. I have always wished with all my heart that I could have just a few moments of “being” with my grandmother (she and my grandfather raised me)…I have so many questions and things I want to say to her. I was so envious listening to Jenna’s experience, but it left me feeling confident that there is more to life (and beyond) than we can possibly know.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt it was well worth the credit I had spent on it. By the end, I was an even bigger fan of the Bush family than when I started the book.