Leota's Garden

Narrated by: Melissa Hurst
Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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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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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!

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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Leota's Garden

Melissa Hurst have depth to the voice of grandma Leota in a special way. What a beautiful story of love made stronger by the knowledge of God and the reality of how he works! Kudos to you Francine Rivers for giving us a wonderfull view from above of the connection between heaven and earth in our every day lives !!!!!

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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.

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Mixed feelings

I usually go through audio books pretty fast, yet this audio took me a couple of weeks. I had a hard time getting into the book. I liked it, liked the story line just kept clicking off. Parts of it would not hold my attention and my mind world drift off and I would have to start the chapter over again, I did that a lot!
I did not like parts of the book that were not answered. Especially with how the grandma died. But it is a book, I can make my own endings.
I would buy another book from this author, love the Christian aspect of the books.

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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.

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  • Melody Sibanda
  • 01-05-17

Wow. The story was well written.

I could see the garden clearly in my head and could imagine what it looked like. She really described each character well. I would have loved to hear more about Cory in the end. I didn't like that ending. But overall it was good.

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  • Daisy5
  • 08-22-16

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-19

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Great story,really enjoyed listening to it. would highly recommend this if your considering it .

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  • Lisa Rankin
  • 01-01-19

loved it

absolutely brilliant couldn't stop listening to it. reduced to tears and always brought hope to one's Heart

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-18

character building

Loved connecting with characters. Saw myself in them and it was like looking in the mirror. Very though provoking and heart warming. Book of hope and God's goodness.

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  • Mrs. L. Lawson
  • 11-25-15

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-19

riveting

it took a little while to get into it, but once I got past the first chapter, it was phenomenal. It was emotional, and simply wonderful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-19

Beautiful hart warming story

Its different from the other Francine River books I have read and I felt that I might not like it. It took a while to get into the story but when I did, it was lovely and beautiful. The Narrator was amazing and Im sad now that its over.

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  • cbeauty
  • 09-25-18

Absolutely love it

The story was not what I had expected. The more the book went on the less I could stop listening. It was truly eye opening. Well done on another great story. I love your books.
However I was not too fond of the narrator. Her voice was too singing for my liking, where it should have been more intense or serious it just did not sound right, Definitely recommend this book.

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  • Shirley Dianne Herbert
  • 04-21-16

A good story

I enjoyed this story although I found some parts repetitive, I had trouble with the disdain in the narrators voice though, a lot of the times it was called for as it fitted the characters and where they were at but sometimes it didn't. I did love the Characters especially Leota and Annie and am inspired by their relationship so for that reason I recommend this book.