I’m very fragile right now. I feel emotionally vulnerable. I tried so hard to read this book slowly – I wanted it to last forever.
Leota’s Garden is everything I expected it to be and more. It’s a beautifully written story with characters developed so well, that they genuinely feel like your own family. The story-line is touching, encouraging and 100% unpredictable.
It’s one of those books that make you think you know how it will end, but really you have no idea.
Here’s a little blurb to give you an idea of what the book is about…
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 devastation wrought by keeping painful family secrets be repaired before she runs out of time?
It’s a story about family and faith. It really opened my eyes to how the elderly live, think and feel.
I’m not going to lie though, the ending had me frustrated. Francine Rivers has never left me hanging like this ever before. I won’t tell you how or what but just be emotionally prepared for a total surprise.
Oh and also, if you’re a fan of Francine Rivers’ books and you live in the UK – you’d know that the price of her books are normally up there with ridiculous. I found that buying her books ‘used’ on Amazon makes a massive difference. I bought this one for £3 including postage!