The Language of Sycamores

The Language of Sycamores

by Lisa Wingate


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When a woman’s whole life falls apart, she finds refuge in the home she left behind in this touching novel in the Tending Roses series from the New York Times bestselling 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984804235
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: Tending Roses Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 77,844
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lisa Wingate is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels. She is known for combining elements of Southern storytelling, mystery, and history to create novels hailed by Publishers Weekly as “masterful.” Her novel Before We Were Yours remained on the New York Times bestsellers list for over five months and has been translated into thirty-five languages. While her work has received many awards, she most treasures the National Civics Award, presented by the kindness watchdog organization Americans for More Civility, to recognize public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. She believes that stories can change the world.

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The Language of Sycamores 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
beebeeBookPal More than 1 year ago
A tale of the burned out and recently laid off software installer with a team returning to the heartland of the USA and her church to find solace and a way of well-being for her heart and soul. If you're moving to find the source of life and your sources of inspiration, this novel is sure to appeal !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a book you just can't put down. I give it 2 thumbs up!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Tending Roses and looked forward to reading The Language of Sycamores. This book surpassed Tending Roses. I love the wisdom we learn from the elderly and what is most important in life. It isn't money or our jobs, its family. A great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Again, in The Language of Sycamores Lisa Wingate has written a beautiful novel that addresses many common family dynamics. Most people who read this novel will find at least one thing that they can relate to: strained sibling relationships, marital problems, the desire or lack of desire to become a parent etc¿ I read this novel in one sitting; I was taking the train home after my family¿s Christmas gathering. Tears came naturally as I read through the touching story. (I am sure people on the train wondered what I was reading that could bring me to tears repeatedly.) After finishing the novel, I felt the need to reflect on my own relationship with my sister, which is strained. Also, I realized that becoming a mother is not a given and that I should not take it for granted. Enjoy this thought provoking and inspirational book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Karen Sommerfield feels she must be in hell not Boston. First Dr. Connor tells her she might have cancer again, previously diagnosed when she miscarried; Later that morning Lansing Technology downsized her mid management high tech job after fifteen loyal years in which she realizes as the anger flows through her that the firm was her first love, not herself or her spouse James......................... The two hits slam home to Karen. When her somewhat estranged sister Kate calls from Hindsville, Missouri, Karen decides it is time to mend fences and visit her family while she still can. In the Ozarks on Grandma Rose¿s farm, Karen begins to listen to the Sycamore trees while her family including Kate¿s children engulfs her with love just as she reaches out to a mistreated young neighbor with music ability...................... The talent of Lisa Wingate comes out very strongly with this powerful first person account of a person seeking what matters in life. The story line avoids the extreme so that the audience receives a deep character study that emphasizes loved ones as critical to well being while not condemning the urban rat race. The cast provides depth to the understanding of what motivates Karen so that she is a complete person struggling with establishing new goals. Genre fans will hear the entertaining message of THE LANGUAGE OF SYCAMORES............................ Harriet Klausner
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Anonymous 11 months ago
I am so glad that I had a whole day of travel when I started this book because I would not have wanted to put it down. Relationships are tricky, and familial ones even more so, but this author manages to capture the tone perfectly.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had a hard time putting the book down. Warmed my heart and many things in book I want to keep and refer back to whenI reach that age of wisdom.
Sandee5657 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book....I love Lisa's writing, very inspirational and I like the characters.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Karen Sommerfield's perfect life is coming down around her ears. After eight cancer-free years, abnormal test results might mean the cancer is back. Then, while she's still reeling from that information, she finds that the company to which she's devoted 15 years of her life is laying off her entire department, herself included.In the midst of this emotional turmoil, her sister Kate from Tending Roses calls, inviting her to come to the farm for the weekend--a cousin, Jenilee from Good Hope Road will be visiting, as will Karen's airline pilot husband, on a layover. Karen hasn't been to the farm since Grandma Rose died, but some impulse prompts her to agree.It's a trip that will change her life even more than the two events that precipitated it have. She's forced to reevaluate her relationships with her family and her husband, and with her self. She faces some painful and sobering facts, and ends up happier with her self, her family, and her marriage than before.The emotions in The Language of Sycamores run deep, and it's particularly satisfying to watch Karen go from experiencing life superficially, hiding away painful feelings, like her grief over the death of Grandma Rose and her own miscarriage years earlier, to opening herself up. Reconnecting with her childhood, her roots, the things that make her Karen, helps her find that meaning and satisfaction are more fulfilling than money and appearances and advancement.This is a perfect ending to the story begun in Tending Roses and Good Hope Road, and like them, it's full of intense emotion, yet a feeling of hope. You'll need tissues for this one, but you'll be satisfied at the end, rather than sad.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice read !!! Many bits and pieces of wisdom for finding your true north.