Francine Rivers: Re-release demonstrates that every life is precious
CAROL STREAM, ILL.—Every life, no matter how marginalized, is precious in God’s eyes. This lesson rings true in Leota’s Garden, a tender story by bestselling author Francine Rivers, highlighting the relationships between a grandmother and two unexpected people who happen into her lonely life. Author Francine Rivers says Leota’s Garden focuses “on how we tend to see our elderly.” The novel highlights the need for understanding and compassion in caring for the aged.
This novel takes readers into Leota’s Garden, which was once a place of beauty where flowers bloomed and hope thrived. For Leota, it was a beautiful refuge from the deep wounds inflicted by a devastating war and provided a peaceful sanctuary for prayer. In this garden, she prayed for her children, who never understood her silent sacrifices. Fast-forward several decades, and Leota is alone and her beloved garden is in ruins. All her efforts to reconcile with her adult children have been fruitless, and she despairs in prayer to her loving Father, her only friend. God hears her prayers and brings a wind of change through unlikely means: one is a college student who thinks he has all the answers and the other is the granddaughter Leota never hoped to know. Leota’s days are dwindling and she has limited time left to repair the devastation wrought by keeping painful family secrets.
About the Author: New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers has published numerous novels—all bestsellers—and has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, 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. Francine’s novels have been translated in over 20 different languages.