Item description for Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers...
Overview At eighty-four, Leota Reinhardt is alone, suffering from her unsuccessful efforts to reconcile with her adult children, until she meets her estranged grandaughter, Annie, and confides to her the silent sacrifice she had made as a young mother of two, while her husband was gone during World War II. Reprint.
Publishers Description 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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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 084233498X ISBN13 9780842334983 UPC 031809034989
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More About Francine Rivers
Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market and her books were awarded or nominated for numerous awards and prizes. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books, and then re-released by Multnomah Publishers in the mid- 1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea set during the time of the California Gold Rush is now considered a classic work of Christian fiction and continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association’s top-selling titles; it has held a spot on the Christian bestseller list for nearly a decade.
Since Redeeming Love, Francine has published more than 20 novels with Christian themes - all bestsellers- and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous awards including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA award for Inspirational Fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers’ of America Hall of Fame. In 2007, the feature-length film version of her novel The Last Sin Eater was released in theaters by Fox Faith. In March 2010, Francine officially became a New York Times bestselling author, when Her Mother’s Hope debuted at #12 on the hardcover fiction bestsellers lists. The sequel, Her Daughter’s Dream, debuted at #12 on the same list just 6 months later, in September, 2010. Francine’s novels have been translated into over twenty different languages and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries including Germany, The Netherlands, and South Africa.
Francine and her husband Rick live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their five grandchildren. She uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.
Francine Rivers currently resides in the state of California. Francine Rivers was born in 1947.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Leotas Garden?
A beautiful story of life... Mar 19, 2007
in a real way. I loved reading through the eyes of Leota. She has insights that most of us just push aside. The story opened my eyes and hope it will continue how I feel in the future. It is a book everyone should read, especially mothers and daughters! I plan on letting my oldest read it!
As good as I had hoped it would be. Jan 9, 2007
I gave this book to a Francine Rivers fan. They loved it.
compelling and compassionate Jan 8, 2007
I really loved this book. The characters were warm, real, and developed except as noted below. I wished for the characters that all would work out, but I loved the fact that they were "real enough" not to in all situations. I also loved the focus on Christ without it seeming that all things fall together in a neat, wrapped package the minute you give God the throne He deserves.
The only aspect that detracted or seemed like a side-trail that wasn't truly developed was the nurse who "helped" Leota to die.
A Love Story Nov 30, 2006
Leota's Garden is a story of love and acceptance. It wasn't always an easy read as many times I felt prodded and pricked. The story involves a family that has suffered and has been nearly torn completly apart. Leota lives alone in her house struggling to get by while her daughter and son virtually ignore her. Her daughter, Nora, has bitterly written her mother off as uncaring, unloving, and selfish. In her effort to give her daughter, Anne-Lynn, the love she felt she never recived, Nora demanded only the best from Anne-Lynn, best tutors, best schools, best everything. Everything except what Annie craved, a mother who loved her for herself. After Nora scathingly told Annie she was "just like her grandmother", Annie decided to go find out more about her grandmother.
Annie found Leota a loving kind although sharp tongued woman. Annie brought a burst of sunlight into Leota's fading world. While Annie struggles to breath new life into Leota's overgrown garden, Nora is being painfully pruned and stretched in ways she feels unable to undertand or acceept.
I think this book can reach many of us. How many times do we feel hurt and slighted by loved ones because of what we perceive them to be thinking or saying about us? How many times do we wish we would have just said something in love rather retreat into stoney silence and hurt.
I did find the ending a bit jarring and uneven, but it did not dim how much I liked the book even though it made me look at some of my own actions more closely than I may have wished to do so.
And most of all, don't waste a chance to tell someone you love them. You may not have a second chance to say it.
Another Great Story Nov 4, 2006
I could not put down this book. I kept thinking of my own grandmother and what must life have been like thru her eyes. Ms. Rivers has a easy reading style that allows me to see into the heart of another.