Francine Rivers is well known and loved by the Christian fiction world. I’m sure you know her for Redeeming Love. That is an incredible book and one that I’ve read many times. But since I know many of you have read that one, I thought I’d bring to your attention another one of her books.
Leota’s Garden follows the relationship between Leota, her daughter Nora and her granddaughter Annie. Leota is 84 years old, and her life is reflected by the neglected, overgrown garden out in her backyard. Nora has years of animosity stored toward her mother, and is consumed with pushing her daughter toward the best life she can think of. The problem is Annie wants nothing to do with that life and is drawn to her grandmother, which Nora views as the ultimate betrayal. Annie, along with a proud, narrow-minded college student named Corbin, breathe life back into Leota’s golden years.
The whole family relationship aspect is compelling and heart-wrenching. This book also addresses the role of senior citizens in society. Francine Rivers is an incredible storyteller, and you will be satisfied with this one.