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.