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Leota's Garden

By: Francine Rivers
Narrated by: Melissa Hurst
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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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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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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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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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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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Great story,really enjoyed listening to it. would highly recommend this if your considering it .

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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.

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Beautiful story!

This story challenged my perspective/judgement of my parents and the aging population as well as looking at myself as a geriatric and what my hopes and fears could be. This story also beautifully shows how trust in God's plans and love for us can transform our and other people's lives in the most unexpected, beautiful and rewarding ways. I would highly recommend!

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Restoration is possible

God’s plan will always prevail but often we do not understand it. Why did Leota not explain things to her daughter years ago? I don’t understand why she let the hurt fester for so long. I love that her granddaughter spent time with her, that was God’s grace. We have to be intentional about breaking cycles of pain and hurt to keep our families together.

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Good family story

Good relevant story but very negative throughout . Not enough positive lessons. Just a lot of moaning

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A timeless reminder there are always two sides

A long gentle read with much to reflect on.Several parts I relistened to and definitely sided my thinking about family life and misunderstandings.

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