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chartlessAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Her Mother's Hope - great novelJune 24, 2011chartlessAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5First 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!
LemixSouthern New JerseyAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5June 24, 2011LemixSouthern New JerseyAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an inspiring book for mothers and daughters of all ages.
BlogfulOfBooks4 Stars Out Of 5Great StorytellingJune 20, 2011BlogfulOfBooksQuality: 5I love Francine Rivers's writing style, and I love the way she interweaves the stories of the four main characters. There is just so much ... I'm not sure how to word it ... so much life told in these books. From war to death to child abuse to independence to love to ... the list could go on and on. Rivers is a wonderful storyteller, and I truly enjoyed reading this saga.
The only negative for me is that Rivers includes a very well described sex scene in Her Daughter's Dream (the second part), and I just can't understand that in a "Christian" novel. The scene does have importance to the rest of the book, and is thankfully only half a page in length (easy to skip over), but I don't know why she couldn't have just implied it and not written it out.
Melanie SkiAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Part One of the Marta LegacyJune 19, 2011Melanie SkiAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Her Mother's Hope
Marta's legacy begins in Switzerland in the year 1901 as a young girl at the age of 12. With a father who was quick to anger and take his anger out on Marta, and a sickly mother, Marta learns quickly that life is difficult. Papa pulls her out of school at age 12, hires her out to tend bee hives, clean hotel rooms and babysit. He finally sends her back to school.. to become a servant. Marta meets a variety of people through her employment and continues to hold on to her dreams of running a hotel someday. She gets as far as running a boarding house when she meets her husband Niklaus. They end up living in Canada, then later Calif with their young children. Marta's daughter Hilde is constantly pushed by Marta, and feels the same unloved feeling that Marta had from her father. Hilde leaves as soon as she can to pursue nursing.. always being a servant as her mom says.
The book is rich in historical facts, ranging different countries and decades. The first in a sage of two parts, I definitely recommend not stopping with part one. The relationships between the mothers and daughters in this novel are always strained. Following the sin of pride and stubbornness, though feeling that they are showing love, they continue to pass on those traits to the next generation. It had sad undertones throughout the whole book and made me want to go and love on my daughter.
PenLouEArkansasAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great book!June 17, 2011PenLouEArkansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Francine Rivers has once again written a great book. I very much enjoyed reading about Marta's journey through life with all the sorrow, heart-break and joys as she grew up and left Switzerland and eventually wound up on California. It was an amazing journey.