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Publisher's Summary

When a woman's whole life falls apart, she finds refuge in the home she left behind in this touching novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours.

Karen Sommerfield has been hiding from the big questions of her life - the emotional distance in her marriage, her inability to have children, and her bout with cancer. Getting lost in her high-powered career provides the sense of purpose she yearns for. Until the day she's downsized out of her job and the doctor tells her the cancer may be back. It's a double blow that would send anyone reeling.

It sends Karen to Grandma Rose's old farm, where her sister has made a seemingly perfect life. Opening herself to the unexpected, Karen finds a lonely child in need of nurturing and insights into her family's past. In the quiet of the Missouri Ozarks, where the sycamore leaves whisper their soft, secret language, she begins to discover answers - and a joy to make her life complete.

©2018 Lisa Wingate (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Heartfelt, honest, and entirely entertaining...this poignant story will touch your heart from the first page to the last.” (Number one New York Times best-selling author Kristin Hannah)

“Wingate’s smoothly flowing prose fills the pages with emotional drama.” (RT Book Reviews (Top Pick) 

"A master-storyteller.” (Parade)

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Amazing

One of her best books!! Wished I could keep reading about these characters, very well written.

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what a good writer

a good story and good performance. a story of the heart suitable for all ages

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Absolutely the sweetest book

Love this book.
I highly recommend
Everyone should read Lisa Wingate book.
Wonderful read. Great

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Too long

I have been a fan of Lisa Wingate until this book. It was far too long and indulgent on uninteresting characters

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There’s no place like home

A story of forgiveness, 2nd chances and Gods hand. Bringing together family and history in a sweet touching story.

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Loved it.

loved listening to this book.
I can't wait to start the next one of this series.

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A non stop read

Again Lisa Wingate has outdone herself. It is a wonderful read. Now going to listen to another one of her books. Thanks

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A delightful read

After reading Lisa Wingate's, Before We Were Yours and loving every word of it, I highly anticipated my read of The Language of Sycamores; unfortunately, it fell flat for me.

I say this a lot in my reviews, "there is nothing wrong with the book." It is beautifully written, using wonderfully visual, flowery words and phrasing, the characters are believable, likable, and endearing, and the story is good - and that's where it fell apart for me; the story was too good. Maybe it's just me, perhaps the older I get, the more cynical I become, or maybe, just maybe, my life is a unicorn, and all the pieces don't fall into a lovely, complete picture at the end of the day and I can't relate to such stories.

The Language of Sycamores is a story of two sisters, one who partly chose and partly did not choose a career over family, the other who chose family. Through life circumstances (one sister loses her job and has a second cancer scare), the girls come back together, join up to help care for a neighbor girl who lives in what we can guess is a bad situation, and reunite their long-lost distant family. The jobless sister becomes involved in a summer children's program and gains a job with the organization. She doesn't have cancer, the neighbor girl presumably has a good rest of her life with the two sisters and their families, and everyone lives happily ever after. Throw in a preachy undercurrent that doesn't entirely develop until the last few pages, and all boxes get checked.

Again, a nice story, nothing wrong with it, just so unrealistic to my understanding of the world it was difficult for me to lose myself in its pages. Perhaps I'm just jealous.

I would, however, recommend this book - it is a very well-written and crafted novel, and for the right reader, one not quite as seemingly jaded as this one, it would be a delightful read. As for me, perhaps I need to look for my language in the sycamores.

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What A Beautiful Story!

Many of the past's books come to an amazing "conclusion " in this beautiful story! A reuniting of generations! I loved it!!!

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Beautiful loving story!

I know I will listen to this series of books again some day . I will be telling everyone that I share the love of great books about these stories.

The marathon is also beautiful.

Thank you Lisa Wingate.

The Farmer’s Daughter