Leota Reinhardt married for love, but when World War II came along her husband Bernard left her and their children to fight the evil that threatens to take over Europe. Unable to make it on her own she moves in with her husband parents, where the barrier of language and culture make living under the same roof a difficult challenge. Her only bright spot is her garden where she watches while her plants come to life under her care. Now that she is nearing the end of her life, Leota greives for the fact that her children dont speak to her and her garden that now lays in ruins.
Nora Reinhardt Gaines has tried all her life to be the perfect wife and the perfect mother. Memories of her mother leaving her day after day with her grandmother Reinhardt have left her with a shallow faith deep scars that she desperately tries to hide.
Annie Gaines, Noras daughter, has had enough of her mothers over bearing ways. With college looming, Annie decides that it is time to follow the Lords direction for her life and she decides to move to Oakland and go to art school instead of the prestigious college her mother has chosen for her. And connecting with her grandmother Leota is an unexpected bonus for Annie.
Leotas Garden is a character driven emotional roller-coaster book. One chapter you are laughing out loud and the next you are crying. Its storyline moves at a good pace and is not overly complicated. This is the sign of a well written novel. I couldnt put it down.
If you are new to Francine Rivers give this book a try. You wont be disappointed.
Was an excellent book, well written, and one I literally couldn't put down until I finished. My first Francine Rivers novel was "The Last Sin-Eater" and have read several more since. Her writing is intense and can get almost personal, but really grabs a hold of of my emotions. Once I've read one of hers, I can't read another for awhile; have to read somethings "lighter". Thank you, Ms Rivers, for the great, thought-provoking books.