I have yet to read a Francine River's novel that I didn't like and Her Mother's Hope is no exception. I devoured this chunkster in just a few hours and loved being imersed in Marta's family, becoming emotionally involved with family members that I loved and at times didn't like. Relationships between Mothers and Daughters has always been a favorite subject to read about as they can be so complex and involved and this journey is no exception. I am looking forward to book two, Her Daughter's Dream.
Sometimes when life is hard you have to raise your children to stand up for themselves.
That is the main theme for "Her Mother's Hope". Yes, some parts of the book are depressing, but overall I found the spirit of a woman who would not let anyone tell her how she was going to live her life.
Yes, the ending leaves you hanging, but most books with sequels do that, otherwise the book would be awfully long.
Overall I enjoyed this book and I think you will too. Just be prepared to read the sequel.
The writing and story were quite engaging, but there were a few scenes/words I could have done without, and at times I became frustrated with the arguing and push for women working outside the home. But the arguing is supposed to make you think, and it did, or at least something in the story did. Sometimes our words or lack of words can cause a chasm between us and people we love, intentionally or not. The story doesn't end with this book, so I'll have to wait and see how it all turns out in the second book. Then again, I'm not sure I want to read the second book after looking at some reviews of it, as it seems to have more sexual events, and even this book had me skimming over little parts like that, though it's not mainly a romance. In general, I'd say this book is something I'd possibly recommend to select friends who were struggling with family relationships to make them think about the behind the scenes and consequences of actions.
First of all I LOVE Francine Rivers. I have read just about each book that she has written since becoming a Christian, and I really enjoyed each one. Most of her novels are very allegorical (I think that's the right word for it) where the story clearly shows a very spiritual issue and causes you to think deeply about that issue. This series departs from that way of writing and is more of a historical fiction, which she explains is based loosely on her family's history.
The story follows Marta, a young girl born in Switzerland. Marta was treated very poorly by her father and eventually leaves home at a young age in search of making a better life for herself. She misses her mother and sister greatly, but realizes that if she ever were to come home her father would make sure that she never left again. Marta has great ambition and her drive to own her own business of a hotel and restaurant lead her around Europe and eventually lands her in America. The story is really interesting and really leaves you hanging and wanting to read the conclusion in the next novel.
As I mentioned I love Rivers work and this is also a wonderfully told story. The series deals with personal conflict between family members as well as some tough issues like abuse and family members who no longer speak to each other. Many of Rivers other novels wrap up very nicely in the end, but this one takes a more "real-life" approach to story telling and hopefully I'm not spoiling it by saying that while I found the story filled with hope, things don't wrap up as neatly in the end for everyone.
Overall, I'd greatly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys Rivers previous works or is just in the mood for a good read!