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by Flo Schmidt,Francine Rivers

eBook Leota's Garden download ISBN: 1589266714
Author: Flo Schmidt,Francine Rivers
Publisher: Oasis Audio; Abridged edition (June 30, 2004)
Language: English
ePub: 1259 kb
Fb2: 1145 kb
Rating: 4.3
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Category: Christian Books
Subcategory: Literature and Fiction

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Leota’s garden was once a place of beauty, where flowers bloomed and hope thrived.

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Leota’s Garden is a work of fiction. Where real people, events, establishments, organizations, or locales appear, they are used fictitiously.

Discussion guide questions written by Peggy Lynch. Leota’s Garden is a work of fiction. All other elements of the novel are drawn from the author’s imagination. Rivers, Francine, date. Leota’s garden, Francine Rivers. p. cm. ISBN 978-0-8423-3572-0 (hardcover).

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Value priced! Award-winning author Francine Rivers opens a world full of vibrant characters with a powerful story of hope. In this stunning novel, Francine explores the new life that love can bring to a decaying garden of broken relationships. Through the lives of 84-year-old Leota, her granddaughter, and a college student with all the answers, Francine leads readers to ponder the value of life and truth in a way that only she can.

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Leota’s garden was once a place of beauty, where flowers bloomed and hope thrived. New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. 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, Leota Reinhardt is alone, her beloved garden in ruins.

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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 eighty-four, 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?
Comments: (7)
Gholbithris
Sometimes I get ahead of myself on scheduled reviews, so I pick an author I know I'm going to love, preferably one who writes thick books, and get some reading material that I don't have to review. Except...I just have to review this one. Beautifully done, Francine Rivers. Characters are believable, hateable, lovable, troubling, tragic, and all totally different from one another. No flat cardboard figures here. Three-dimensional, real, breathing characters. Although--still fictional of course. But this scenario could (and probably has) happened!

Leota is a lonely old widow, rejected by the children she gave birth to but had to hand over to her mother-in-law to raise so she could work. The war (World War II) wrought horrors not only on the battle fronts but also in the homes. Leota's only refuge was the garden she put into the back yard of their home. There, she met with the Lord while she raised enough for the family, enough to sell some of it, and enough to share with the neighbors.

Now the neighborhood has gone to seed. Windows are barred. People watch each other with suspicion. No one tends her garden for Leota, and she is unable to anymore. Nothing to share. Nothing to sell. Living on Social Security. She calls a phone number shown on TV to request some volunteer help. A young man, Corban, answers the need--however reluctantly. His professor insisted he include a case study in his thesis on how to handle the poor and aging population. This cranky old lady is it.

And Leota's granddaughter, tired of her mother's authoritarian rule over her life, slips the bounds of the contentious home and begins an acquaintance with the grandmother she's only barely spoken a shy hello to in the past.

And so it begins. I can't recommend this book too highly. I wish I could give it ten stars.
Mananara
"Leota's Garden" is my favorite Francine Rivers book. In fact it is one of my all time favorites and I reread it yearly. There is a compelling story line that keeps you involved as the story unfolds. The characters come to life. What keeps me coming back each year are the deeper levels that touch the human soul and our own life experiences. We realize that every life has its hurts, secrets, desires, struggles and heroism of various kinds. All these play out in this book. I have shared "Leota's Garden" with many friends who have each come to me with tears in their eyes,describing the deep places in the soul that were touched. I hope you will get to know and love Leota too!
Cordann
There is family dysfunction, unforgiveness, grief, relational problems and many biases displayed by all the characters as the story first unfolds. As the plot unfolds more, it develops these themes in a manner that draws you in wanting to know more. It then turns to forgiveness, reconciliation and a love that only can come from a true relationship with God. The plot draws characters from varied backgrounds and ethnicity to show how love can supersede our prejudices if we keep an open mind to others and things that might not be familiar at first. It also show how God can and should be the catalyst to bring people together despite difficulties and differences. It is a riveting and well written story. I was disappointed only because it came to an end. I am a fan of Francine Rivers.
Windworker
Absolutely loved this book! Francine Rivers delivers every time! I think I have just about read all of her books and I would recommend this book and all her books to those who want a journey that grips your emotions and makes you think about how one might handle similar issues that may come up in their lives. No bad language, which is a plus for me. She does know how to weave a very believable story with believable characters.
Kea
Leota's Garden . . . I couldn't help but identify myself in so many of the characters at different points in the story line. First, I saw myself in Nora, an imperfect but loving mother who has worked hard and tried her best to give her children a leg up in the world. She is hurt when her children seemingly throw it all back in her face and the kids go their own way, leaving their mother to perceive their actions as rejection.

Then I began to see myself in Leota, who has seen the world and her own neighborhood and life change in ways she really doesn't understand. It's not that she's intolerant or mean-spirited. She's just too tired and old to try to figure it all out. I loved the part where she began calling the neighborhood children by names she made up for them because she couldn't wrap her brain around their given names. LOL! I understand.

And she's alone, wondering why the Lord hasn't called her home yet.

I understand the pain of being misunderstood, of having your every action vilified and misconstrued to be viewed in the worst possible light. I understand how a child's perception of an incident can be so far from the truth.

I understand how the desire to know who your family is can spur you into doing things outside of your comfort zone.

And I understand how God can use every bit of that to bring joy and purpose and meaning, even into painful situations.

I don't want to give the ending away, but I didn't see it coming. I was shocked at what happens with Leota.

In conclusion, this is a great book. I agree that some of the plot lines are left at dead ends, but really, there are two ways to tie up those loose ends, and either way would have been trite and predictable.

I finished this book a week ago and still find myself thinking of Leota.