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Leota's Garden by [Rivers, Francine]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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Acclaimed Christian fiction writer Francine Rivers's Leota's Garden uses the image of the garden as a metaphor for the cycles of life that the characters experience. While the story spins around a number of lives, they are all connected through Leota--an 84-year-old grandmother--and her garden, which was once a place of beauty and hope but has in recent years gone to ruin. Beginning in desolation--Leota has been neglected by her self-centred daughter, whose obsession with getting her own daughter into the best college has driven them apart--the novel slowly shows the weaving together of lives in the mysterious ways of grace: a proud and narrow-minded college student ends up learning more from Leota than he'd bargained for, and the granddaughter Leota had never been allowed to know shows up looking for some answers, and even more, looking for Leota herself. A garden blooms, the novel suggests, by getting the hands a little dirty doing the hard work of love. --Doug Thorpe

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1656 KB
  • Print Length: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096VM6NS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was surprised by how much I loved this book. I was so glad to find a writer who has composed an Angelus to the mending of the human spirit; a canticle of conversations with God.
Set in the modern San Francisco Bay area, Leota's children have become hollow successes carrying the burden of their wounded spirits & tainting their own children in the same way.
Back when Leota was lively & young there was a war on, the men were away fighting & someone had to bring home the bacon. This Leota did very well & continued when her husband came home too broken be of help. It was in the garden that Leota found her refuge, her chapel where she spoke to her God & it was in there that beauty abounded. Then everyone left except Leota.
Into this lonely old woman's life of meditation & hurt comes a callow Berkeley student with his thesis writing itself in his brain & his heart on hold. Leota's granddaughter also turns up with a suitcase full of pain & questions.
A redemptive & contemplative read, well written & rewarding.
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This is one of Francine Rivers' best novels, in my opinion. Now, I'm not an over-emotional person, which some people find odd considering I'm both a woman and a mother, but this story of a mother, a daughter and a grandmother is a compelling read that moved even me. The story's main character is the feisty grandmother, an intelligent old lady with a lot of emotional backpack, hidden behind her complex layers of memories and spunk, which nobody understands - and you can't help but fall in love with this gal and feel that suddenly you understand your own grandparents better. A delightful and meaningful read!
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If you like Christian Fiction then this is a book for you. I have actually got this on my kindle but having read it twice - I have now bought this as a present for my mum who loved 'and the shofar blew' also by Francine Rivers.

Also if you haven't already done so read 'A Voice in the Wind' - it's better still
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Leota and her daughter don't get along. As a result Leota and her granddaughter Annie haven't spent much time together. The story focusses onthe relationship between Annie and Leota and examines the reasons for the breakdown in the relationship between Leota and her children. I was furious with an incident that occurred towards the end of the book but other than that it was a pleasant read but a little bit too samey with some of her others, particularly a mother's hope and a daughter's dream
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I found this an interesting book as it showed how patterns of thinking can be formed from misconceptions and how gradually people can change as they begin to understand the reason for other people's -- and , at times, their own--actions. As a Christian, I was pleased that there were characters who turned to God for wisdom when faced with decisions.i was disappointed in the ending as it seemed, to me, to come rather abruptly and I was left wondering what happened to some of the characters. Maybe there is a follow up book.
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A very thought provoking book for all mothers and children, how are we perceived, how do we live our lives based on our childhood and how do we break the mistakes of generations. Francine Rivers always brings it back to the Truth, the word and the life that is Jesus and His redeeming love and forgiveness.
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This is the first novel by this author that I have read but it will not be the last. The heroine seems too good to be true at times but she is quite young, & there is a bit too much "Preaching". In spite of that , the interplay between the characters covers many aspects of society. There are young, old, families, neighbours do-gooders, well intentioned but mistaken people & the genuinely helpful. Emotions from greed, love, bitterness, & regret are all covered. One thing that struck me was the statement that "Silence is not always the best way". This is a book I will recommend to friends, & one of the very few that I will read again & even better it was free.
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A beautiful story of faith, family dynamics and loss. Not everyone will like the heavy Christian message but it was beautifully written and believable and utterly compelling. One of the best books I read this year so far.
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