I read this booka and it was one I wanted all my friends to read. It is a great love story between a girl and her grandmother. There is also a love story between the girl and her friends. It is a must read for anyone who likes Francine Rivers.
Don't expect the expected ending with this story. The characters are real the and the plot could really happen.
I found the mother's contentiousness droning on and on sometimes, but as one moves through the story, that is understood and again, I think the realistic approach of the author would bring all aspects to the story. Faith will be encouraged as we see the heroine grow, but Ms. Rivers doesn't spare hard subjects and grappling with issues--painful at times.
The end comes gently and leaves the reader comforted.
Very interesting story with some interesting points regarding aging and the value of human life as we age. I enjoyed the characters and the story. Not my favorite Francine Rivers work, but worth the read.
This book was hard to put done right from the beginning. Many hard lessons to learn in this book of how we treat other, see others, judge others, and why self must die! And lessons on why we must lean and trust in God and HIs will for us.
This book deals with the problems a family faces when the truth is covered-up for generations. It also gives insight to the issues a family faces when old-age catches up with the members who have been estranged for year. Once you begin reading, you can't put it down.
Great book. The story pulls you in right from the start. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the characters. I am a little less enthusiastic about the ending. I'm not sure why Leota had to die that way. It seemed unresolved. Still well worth reading.
I really enjoyed this book. This is another one from Francine Rivers that is hard to put down. I loved the relationships that develop between the characters. The author deals with many of the hot topics of the day in a way that makes you think, and puts them in realistic situations. You are given a glimpse into lives of people in a very believable way.I recommend this book.
I started this book and just never got into it...it didn't grab me quick enough i guess. But after reading reviews from others it make me wish I'd held onto ut a little longer...because how good they say it was!
Terrific book about family. This one is disfunctional and not able to talk to each other. Younger family members and new friends break through the wall of pain and misunderstanding and generations apart start to appreciate each other in a neglected garden. Reconciliation does not happen easily, but God can heal broken hearts and broken families.
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 eighty-four, Leota is alone, her beloved garden 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?
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down! It made me very sad but also helped me to see through the eyes of those who are living in this "cage of a body" that we live in. Very profound. I recommend highly, especially for those who are taking care of the none speaking or edlerly.
A very touching story. Suggests in story form that each life has a certain number of days and only God knows how many they should be. I loved the characters and Francine Rivers really outdid herself. My favorite of her books.
Acclaimed Christian fiction writer Francine Rivers's (The Atonement Child) Leota's Garden uses the image of the garden as a metaphor for the cycles of life that the characters experience. While the story revolves 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-centered 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 one's hands a little dirty doing the hard work of love.
This is a wonderful story of a young 18 year old girl who defies her mother & makes contact with her aging Grandmother. She wants to get to know her grandmother while she can. She also wants to know what alienated her mother & her grandmother. In the process of getting to know her Grandmother, she begins to help her in the garden & before she knows what has happened, she has taken over the garden & moved into Grandma's house to care for her after a stroke. This is a very tender love story between a "child" & her Grandma & how while caring for her Grandma, God uses that time to bring healing & truth to the family & to also show the girl God's path for her life.
I absolutely loved this book. It really made me think about how my actions and attitudes effect others. It was definitely a tear jerker! Francine Rivers has become a staple in my house a constantly recommended author to my friends. This book was great!
Really enjoyed reading "Leota's Garden". Leota's family and their relationships to each other through three generations was a learning experience that I could relate to. Francine Rivers perspective touched my heart and hit close home. Leot'a relationship with God and her courage in dealing with what life handed her was inspiring. Recommend this book to anyone who has had any issues with their grandparents, parents and children and are looking to understand them better. That would include everyone.
Leota's garden is a precious look into a families struggles. This is relevant to so many family problems and misunderstandings that arise when one does not take the time to get into another ones shoes and understand them through their eyes. Francine Rivers never disappoints and I am on a quest to read all of her books. I am a better person because I always walk away with a new understanding of God thru her writing!
I am a Francine Rivers fan - I really enjoyed her Mark of the Lion Series and the last book that I really enjoyed was "The Scarlet Thread" -- I chose this book because it was written by Francine Rivers, but I rank it along with "And The Shofar Blew" -- it was ok, but not one that I would want to read again.