1. Her Mother's Hope, Marta's Legacy Series #1
    Her Mother's Hope, Marta's Legacy Series #1
    Francine Rivers
    Tyndale House / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Her Mother's Hope - great novel
    June 24, 2011
    chartless
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  2. Southern New Jersey
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 24, 2011
    Lemix
    Southern New Jersey
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Her Mother's Hope - eBook.
    This is an inspiring book for mothers and daughters of all ages.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Storytelling
    June 20, 2011
    BlogfulOfBooks
    Quality: 5
    This review was written for Her Mother's Hope, Marta's Legacy Series #1.
    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.
  4. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Part One of the Marta Legacy
    June 19, 2011
    Melanie Ski
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Her Mother's Hope

    Francine Rivers

    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.
  5. Arkansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book!
    June 17, 2011
    PenLouE
    Arkansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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.
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