Leota's Garden

by Francine Rivers

Paperback, 2004



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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2004), Edition: Reissue, 448 pages

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Fiction. Literature. HTML:"An emotionally compelling story" (Library Journal) about the devastation secrets can unleash on a family and the power of grace to bring second chances, from the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and The Masterpiece Leota's garden was once 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. Now, eighty-four-year-old Leota Reinhardt is alone, her beloved garden in ruins. All her efforts to reconcile with her adult children have been fruitless, and she voices her despair to a loving Father, her only friend. Then God brings a wind of change through unlikely means: one, a college student with an agenda all his own who thinks he has all the answers; the other, a granddaughter Leota never hoped to know. But can the devastation wrought by keeping painful family secrets be repaired before she runs out of time? "Rivers is a master gardener . . . using poignant humor and bittersweet revelation to open hearts to reconciliation." Romantic Times Also available in The Francine Rivers Contemporary Collection (e-book only).… (more)


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Physical description

448 p.; 8.25 inches


084233498X / 9780842334983



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LibraryThing member MrsLee
Couldn't put this down. A story about broken lives and people and the effects of Christ's love on them. Very realisticly portrayed. There is no perfect happy ending here, but much hope. My favorite part of the story is the fact that it is about an old woman whose granddaughter comes to live with
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her. There were many places that hit home deeply. Fortunately, when I came to live with my grandmother, there were no broken relationships or misunderstandings to deal with. It was just joy and the regular trials of blending two seperate households into one. This book, I think, gave me insight into my Grammie's heart a bit.
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LibraryThing member Victorya
I love this author and have read all her work. But I was REALLY frustrated and disappointed with the ending of this book. She did not give it a realistic NOR a satisfying ending. I won't give away the ending because that would be rude to you reading this but though her other books get 5 stars, this
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one does not!
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LibraryThing member Sonkissed
I absolutely loved this book. I loved the daughter/mother and gandmother/granddaughter relationships and how they grew throughout the story! Sure the ending wasn't happily ever after, but it was the perfect ending for me. It brought closer to the story, but not the end of the story. She leaves itt
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open for you to continue, which I love.
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LibraryThing member serbook
Once started, had to get to the end to see whether forgivesness and love win thru
LibraryThing member freakyjesuschick
Leota's Granddaughter may be the link that brings the whole family back together. Love, life and God are all lessons learned about in Leota's loving garden.
LibraryThing member mydomino1978
Dysfunctional family at it's best, throw in a sociology student forced into interviewing an old person, four generations of secrets and misunderstandings, and a little romance. The bad part was the 18 year old Anne-Lynn was not really a very believable character, too mature and too saintly. Nora
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was a little too bad to be real, but Leota was wonderful. Also, a little TOO Christian. I skimmed through a lot of the Bible quotes.
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