I 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.
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.
Francine 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.
her mothers hope is about how marta is forced to quit school after she got a better grade than her brother. her father told her since she wanted to go back to school so badly she would go to maid school and pay him back when she got a job.after working at a hotel to pay her dad back she decides she wants to run a hotel.she finaly fulfills her dream after her mother and sister die and she buys a big house and and turns it into a boarding house in canada. while working there she meet her future husband and starts her family. they moved several times in the next several years and by the time they moved to califonia they had three kids.after they moved to california marta and niclas argued a lot which scared hildemara. when school time came hildie and bernhard started school. he made friends right away but she was too shy. hildie's teacher is meen to her everyday at school. then marta had another baby. the year after that clotilde started school. on their first day back she attacked the teacher for hurting hildie. after moma cut her hair hildie made her first friend. a few years later after a neighbor tries to rape hildie the family gets a dog. when hildie gets sick she decides she wants to be a nurse. she has to pay to og to nursing school. two days later she gets a job at the hospital.she had a boyfriend until her dad got sick with cancer. niclas died shortly after that. when she came back to work trip proposed. they got married december 21. while trip was at war as a medic hildie gives birth to their son. trip survived both times at war. some time after that he started working for the police force and she had a little girl. after hildie got sick again her mother has to take care of her.