Review of Her Mother’s Hope and Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers

I’m trying to make the best use of my governor’s executive order for citizens to “Stay at home.” One of the things I’m working on is my backlogged To Read List. I picked a two-book series by Francine Rivers, Her Mother’s Hope and Her Daughter’s Dream, Marta’s Legacy.

This series begins in Switzerland before WW I, at a time when women were often abused and treated as slaves. This was the case in Marta’s family, where she was singled out to receive worse treatment than the other girls because of her plain looks.

Although Marta’s father beat her and forced her to work long hours, keeping all the money for himself, her mother encouraged her to look for God’s plan for her life, even in her negative circumstances. Her mother’s support gave Marta the courage to better herself so she could achieve her dreams.

After Marta’s father allowed her timid sister to be abused sexually, Marta despised timidity and later did all in her power to eradicate that trait in her own children. This caused a rift between Marta and her timid second-born, Hildamara, with Hildamara believing she wasn’t loved by her mother. Due to Hildamara’s poor health and other circumstances, Marta’s relationship with Hildamara’s daughter Carolyn became quite strong.

As time passed and Carolyn became a mother, certain patterns repeated themselves: misunderstanding between mother and daughter, feelings of being unloved, and an abnormal closeness between granddaughter and grandmother. Francine Rivers is a master at conveying the emotions that surface in the events that build the scaffolding of time, as granddaughters become mothers and grandmothers.

This series follows five generations of women caught in this painful cycle, and one daughter’s desperate attempt to break the pattern, even though she could lose her life while trying.

Francine Rivers is releasing updated covers for this series next week!

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