The robust Agosti family shared almost everything with each other—laughter and good-natured teasing, genuine love and loyalty, and lots of Mama’s mouthwatering Italian food.
But a devastating illness and the discovery of one, decades-old secret tore father and son apart and threatened to undermine the once-solid family foundation of three generations. Told from the perspective of oldest sister Trina, Garden of Hope celebrates the joys of a small-town life, the privilege of being surrounded by God’s love in a Christian family, and the peace and redemption that comes when forgiveness happens and joy is rediscovered.
This is a warm and loving look at the importance of family, faith and forgiveness. Those themes are woven in to all the relationships depicted in the story in both small "every day" ways and in the big plot twists of life that can, and often do, derail families. The familiar foods, landmarks and easy conversations between family members pulled me in and kept me reading. The spiritual truths throughout the life cycle of this family will resonate with almost any reader!