Audience: Teens through adult
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this sweeping story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations.
Near the turn of the 20th century, fiery Marta leaves Switzerland determined to find life on her own terms. Her journey takes her through Europe and finally lands her with children and husband in tow in the central valley of California. Marta’s experiences convince her that only the strong survive.
Hildie, Marta’s oldest daughter, has a heart to serve others, and her calling as a nurse gives her independence, if not the respect of her mother. Amid the drama of WWII, Hildie marries and begins a family of her own. She wants her daughter never to doubt her love—but the challenges of life conspire against her vow. Each woman is forced to confront her faulty but well-meaning desire to help her daughter find her God-given place in the world.
If I had to sum up this novel in one word, it would be "WOW"! "Her Mother's Hope" is an emotionally gripping story based on the lives of the author's mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. It was researched and written when the author wanted to understand more about her mother's and grandmother's relationship. This is and absolutely unforgettable story of love and determination, faith, friendship, and most importantly family.
This is my first exposure to anything written by Francine Rivers, and it certainly won't be the last! She is a brilliant storyteller - perhaps one of the best I have ever come across. Her delivery is powerful and she has a masterful way of delivering her story. The characters grip your heart and will pull you into their lives. They will become part of you, as if you had really grown up with them. In a sense, maybe one does.
"Her Mother's Hope" is definitely one of the best stories I have ever read. It has made my most favorites list. I do know that it's going to seem like forever before the next of the series "Her Daughter's Dream" becomes available later this year! I can't wait to continue the story.
If you would like to know more about Francine Rivers and what other books she has authored, please visit her website at: http://www.francinerivers.com/
This book was sent to me by Paula of AME. Thank you so much, Paula!