• Everything Beautiful in Its Time

  • Seasons of Love and Loss
  • By: Jenna Bush Hager
  • Narrated by: Jenna Bush Hager
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (989 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, number one New York Times best-selling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life

To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America's powerful president and influential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved Gampy and Ganny, who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning—timeless lessons that continue to guide her.

In Midland, Texas, Jenna's maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch—Pa and Grammee—a home builder and homemaker, lived a quieter life outside the national spotlight. Yet their influence was no less indelible to their granddaughter. Throughout Jenna's childhood and adolescence, the Welches taught her the name of every star in the sky, the way a dove uses her voice—teaching her to appreciate the beauty in the smallest things.

Now the mother of three young children, Jenna pays homage to her grandparents in this collection of heartwarming, intimate personal essays. Filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable stories, Everything Beautiful in Its Time captures the joyous and bittersweet nature of life itself. Jenna reflects on the single year in which she and her family lost Barbara and George H. W. Bush, and Jenna Welch. With the light, self-deprecating charm of the best-selling Sisters First—cowritten with her twin sister, Barbara—Jenna reveals how they navigated this difficult period with grace, faith, and nostalgic humor, uplifted by their grandparents' sage advice and incomparable spirits.

In this moving book, Jenna remembers the past, cherishes the present, and prepares for the future—providing a wealth of anecdotes and lessons for her own children and all of us. Poignant and humorous, intimate and sincere, Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a warm and wonderful celebration of the enduring power of family and an exploration of the things that truly matter most.

"As long as I'm alive, my grandparents will not be forgotten.... I hear their voices in the letters they sent me and in my memories. They offer comfort, support, and guidance, and I will listen to them always."

©2020 P. B. Rengason (P)2020 HarperAudio

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A True Love Story

I loved to read this book.It reminds me what true love is.The Bushes are a true example of love.They wasn't afraid to express it neither. Each one would write love letters and poem.Life had it ups and down for them.It did not stop them from enjoying life and each others.The most memorable moment is when Jenna little girl explained the death process.She was on point.This is a good read for a fall weekend.

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Fabulous

This is such a beautiful story. I couldn’t wait to hear the next stories and was sad when the book ended. Someone on the Today show said it was a six tissue book, I needed a box. Beautiful

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Great book, but...

I LOVE the Bush family and couldn’t wait to listen to this book. And I love Jenna, but after just finishing Jessica Simpson‘s book and hearing the relatability and passion in her voice, Jenna‘s voice with this book is emotionless and a bit harsh.

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Beautiful!!

It is a beautiful story of love. Love of family, love of life... so wonderful!

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I loved this book, Jenna told it so well that I believed I was part of the family.

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Touching, personal and inspirational.

I loved these very beautiful and inspirational stories shared in such a personal way. Very moving.

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Beautiful Tribute

Loved hearing Jenna’s stories. Genuine and heartfelt. Highly recommend this book for a quick listen!

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Perfection

I absolutely adored every minute of this story. Jenna has such a wonderful gift of writing beautifully. It was hard to remember that this story was involving a presidential family because she nailed the perfection of pure love. Thank you Jenna.

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Filled with love & wonderful memories

I wasn’t sure what to expect because I bought this the day it was released but didn’t read it until now 2 years later. Jenna tells an amazing story of the love her family shares and how impactful her family bonds have been in creating love for her young family and the caring environment she creates for those around her and for us viewers.

It was very satisfying and I felt that strong family bond while listening.

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loved this book

I loved the openness and authentic perspective from Jenna. She is so accomplished and represents the perfect balance of successful woman and caring mother/wife/sister/daughter/ granddaughter.