Leota's Garden

Leota's Garden

by Francine Rivers
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Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers

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 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414370651
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 232,420
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Francine Rivers, winner of the ECPA Gold Medallion, has been writing for almost thirty years. Her books have received numerous awards and have endeared her to millions of readers.

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Leota's Garden 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a FABULOUS book! Rivers is a powerful author, enabling her readers to be taken away with the words. I could not turn the pages fast enough!!! She uses a simple story to show the power of God in His full glory! Great lessons to be learned from her book. You will laugh and cry all at the same time! I can't wait to read others!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my fourth Francine Rivers book to read and each time she goes to the very depth of one's soul and sprituality. Her books reflect today's issues with God's thoughts. I've dispaired when her books ended and this one was no different. I truly have thanked God for Francine. I look forward to the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Francine does it again in this exciting book about relationships with family, friends, and God. Like her other stories, it almost makes you want to go through adversity yourself in order to be a stronger person and closer to our Heavenly Father.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leotas Garden was a complex story of family dynamics and Gods provision in the darkest of times. The charicters were realistic and Leota was quirky and charming. I found myself longing to read this book just to experience the setting. After reading this I long to plant a garden. I was impressed how Rivers weaved difficult topics into the life of the story to give flesh to these subjects, and challenge our thinking. This story made me miss my own grandma. I would definately reccomend this book to a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book until the last couple of chapters. It seemed like the author was rushed to get the book finished. Corbans issue with Ruth was quickly mentioned when he told Anne about it, like they were talking about a minor mishap. I was disappointed with the ending, not that all books should have a happy ending, but the main characters were left in limbo. I love Francine Rivers and will read more of her books but would not recommend this one. The Mark of the Lion series was amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this Francine Rivers' book. I absolutely loved three of her other books, but LEOTA'S GARDEN didn't seem to really grab my attention. I didn't care for the characters. I would highly recommend Rivers' other books, though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful - insightful to God's love & how He is truly in our lives!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Francine Rivers. This book was not what I had expected but it was great. A little surprising close to the end, I was unhappy about what happen to Leota. All in all I would reccommend!!!!
TammyK1 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book with a powerful message that doesn't hit readers over the head with it. The characters are engaging and the plot fast-paced. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Faithfulness, forgiveness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very touching book. You can see how simple things we do can effect generations. Good read
wogivg More than 1 year ago
my all time favorite. to be like leota wow! the story has a twist i never saw coming and it saddened me but the ending joyous. i loved it. you won't be sorry you read this unless you are looking for violence, sex, or cursing. it just isn't there. thought provoking. excellent read.
mimi-diane More than 1 year ago
Makes one take a second look at the generation gap.
Krisg66 More than 1 year ago
A pretty good book. I didn't realize it was written by a religious author so it had a lot of praying and speaking to god in it. Despite that the story line was just ok.
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Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
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.
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Spiritplay226 More than 1 year ago
While I have another one of this author's books that I thoroughly enjoy (The Scarlet Thread), I was supremely disappointed in this book. Misunderstandings and failed (albeit sometimes for understandable reasons) communications have led to fractures in several relationships, in particular between the main character (Annie) and her mother and between Annie’s mother and grandmother. The struggle in these relationships is amplified by endless time spent in their angry, hateful thoughts. I noticed I was becoming tense reading the book, simply because there was so much anger that the author hammered into the reader again and again. I don’t believe it was necessary or helpful to spend that much time in repeating cycles of the same angry thoughts, no matter how frequently they lived in the minds of the characters. At one point, the author also uses a holiday opportunity to tell a lengthy quick-sprint through the Bible under the guise of a “scary story” for the audience. While I understand the desire to use this story to evangelize, this felt like a sledgehammer approach. I confess, I barely skimmed these pages, preferring the direct approach of reading the texts for myself. But the real problem I had with this book was the introduction of a character, out of the blue, barely 50 pages from the end, who was more suited to a crime drama than this story. I felt betrayed, as if I was being jerked into a wholly different genre! The worst part was, it served only to accomplish a specific purpose in the plot that could have been handled more effectively and more appropriately in any number of other ways. I find it hard to believe that a publisher would have found this acceptable and I doubt that a first-time novelist would have gotten away with such a deviation from the tone and genre of the book. The worst thing was that there was no resolution or other useful purpose served by this unexpected event. (So be prepared for an unexpected jolt, then let it go.) At this point, I nearly stopped reading altogether, having felt cheated by the author. Although I did finish the book, I lost interest in the characters. The final “resolutions” in the story were weak and poorly executed and left me with a reluctance to spend money on her other books – which is sad, because I really like The Scarlet Thread.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone of these characters has flaws. Bitterness, pride, ego, hate, etc... We live in an imperfect world full of misunderstandings and full of sin and full of hurt. I could go on but one thing that is different among the characters is their standing with Jesus. Jesus brings hope and healing. We all need Him. He is the key to savation, forgiveness and love. Leota spent her life praying for heaing. She handled raising her kids the best way she thought she should but it only made her kids run from her and resenting her. Through Leota's granddaughter, the family begins to come together again. It is a painful transition for all parties. Bitterness and anger are diseases that spread like cancer. God works through the granddaughter, Annie to bring healing and hope to this broken family. God also brings Corbin, a young college student, into the mix. Corbin is not a believer but he is able to witness the flaws of Christians and non-Christians alike. At the same time he is able to witness how living a life of Christ changes how you handle situations, people, hurts and so on. This book does not wrap up in a nice little package. Though some things are resolved, many things are left unresolved. This leaves the reader wanting more. I do hope Ms. Rivers will write more on some of the other characters one day. I would love to see their journey.
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Great book. Recommend it to everyone who has disfunction in a family and how God can do miracles to bring it back together.
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