Leota Reinhardts garden had always been a sanctuary. Shed named it Victory to keep her spirits up during her husbands tour of duty in World War II. Now an elderly woman, Leota has lost hope and her garden is overgrown with weeds.
In the nick of time, Leotas granddaughter, Annie, comes to visit, hoping to close the gap between her grandmother and her mother, and Corban Solsek, a young, university student studying the elderly, takes interest in Leota for his research project.
Hope rebounds as these compelling characters struggle to make peace with the past and bring Leotas garden back to life.
Francine Rivers is a master gardener, deftly pruning brush and deadwood, using poignant humor and bittersweet revelation to open hearts to reconciliation. (Aug., 350 pp., $17.95)