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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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By Shelfish on 09-09-13

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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By Bill on 06-24-13

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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By Melody Sibanda on 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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By Daisy65 on 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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By Shirley Dianne Herbert on 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.

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