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In the dramatic conclusion to the New York Times best seller Her Mother’s Hope, Francine Rivers delivers a rich and deeply moving story about the silent sorrows that can tear a family apart and the grace and forgiveness that can heal even the deepest wounds.

Growing up isn’t easy for little Carolyn Arundel. With her mother, Hildemara, quarantined to her room with tuberculosis, Carolyn forms a special bond with her oma Marta, who moves in to care for the household. But as ...

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Overview

In the dramatic conclusion to the New York Times best seller Her Mother’s Hope, Francine Rivers delivers a rich and deeply moving story about the silent sorrows that can tear a family apart and the grace and forgiveness that can heal even the deepest wounds.

Growing up isn’t easy for little Carolyn Arundel. With her mother, Hildemara, quarantined to her room with tuberculosis, Carolyn forms a special bond with her oma Marta, who moves in to care for the household. But as tensions between Hildie and Marta escalate, Carolyn believes she is to blame. When Hildie returns to work and Marta leaves, Carolyn and her brother grow up as latchkey kids in a world gripped by the fear of the Cold War.

College offers Carolyn the chance to find herself, but a family tragedy shatters her newfound independence. Rather than return home, she cuts all ties and disappears into the heady counterculture of San Francisco. When she reemerges two years later, more lost than ever, she reluctantly turns to her family to help rebuild a life for her and her own daughter, May Flower Dawn.

Just like Carolyn, May Flower Dawn develops a closer bond with her grandmother, Hildie, than with her mother, causing yet another rift between generations. But as Dawn struggles to avoid the mistakes of those who went before her, she vows that somehow she will be a bridge between the women in her family rather than the wall that separates them forever.

Spanning from the 1950s to present day, Her Daughter’s Dream is the emotional final chapter of an unforgettable family saga about the sacrifices every mother makes for her daughter—and the very nature of unconditional love. Tyndale House Publishers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414334103
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/17/2011
  • Series: Marta's Legacy Series , #2
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 109,454
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Francine Rivers
Francine Rivers
From 1976 to 1985, Francine Rivers had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were awarded or nominated for numerous awards and prizes. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith.
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  • Posted October 3, 2010

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    Wonderful conclusion!

    I have one word that sums up my overall feelings about this book. It was WONDERFUL! I really enjoyed the first book, but loved this one even more! I was so inspired as I read about how the Lord pulled each of these ladies through the hard times and I cried more than once while reading this book. Not because it was sad (though I was) but because I really cared about the characters. And honestly, even the sad feelings were a healing, rejoicing kind of sad because of the beauty that God brought forth from the ashes in their lives.

    The title of this book couldn't have been more perfect. At first I thought the daughter who had the dream was Carolyn, but it ended up being Dawn. And what a powerful story she had. I loved how realistically her struggles with Jason were portrayed. I loved how I lived in her head and in her skin for so long. I literally escaped into her world. This author is so incredibly gifted. She does a fantastic job of bringing characters to life, and having her readers join their journeys and struggles in every life-transforming story she writes.

    This is the kind of fiction I aspire to write myself. Fiction that comes alive, that brings healing, that deals with real-life, painful issues, and that shows the heart of God and the redemption of Christ. What a beautiful story! I dare say that this book ranks at the top of my favorites list for this year. I've read many great books so far in 2010, but this one stirred my heart, challenged my thinking, and encouraged my spirit the most. Wonderful, wonderful book!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

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    Rivers is one special writer!

    Rivers is one special writer that seems to know what the world needs to read. This is another wonderful, special book about mother, daughter relationships spanning four generations. This one covers the 1950's up until today with a lot of surprises in its conclusion. This, along with her others, is full of historical detail, is so moving and heartfelt that the family saga comes alive and we can all relate. I love all of Francine River's books!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

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    Her Daughter's Dream

    Francine Rivers

    2010

    Fiction/General

    Tyndale

    Reviewed by Cindy Loven


    Her Daughter's Dream, takes up right where Her Mother's Hope left off. Francine Rivers, has such a wonderful gift of telling a story, that it will stand alone without reading the first book, but it does help to know the story of the first book.

    Marta, now known as Oma has come to the realization that she should have done some things in her life different, perhaps a bit of kindness with Hildemara, instead of the harshness she had shown her all her life, would have improved the relationship between them. However what greatly grieves Marta is seeing the same pattern with her granddaughter Carolyn and her great granddaughter May Flower Dawn.

    The family grows up, and grieves as a grandson goes off to fight in the Vietnam War, never to return. Greater grief takes places when the only surviving child of Hildemara and Trip, disappears into the crazed drug scene of the sixties. They near grieve themselves to death, only to find that when she does come home, there are things they just don't seem able to move past. Fast forward several years and Carolyn has grown into a wonderful responsible single mother, who falls in love with an old high school friend, after much pursuing on his part, and a new family is born.

    A new family with the same struggles, as the old family had, the grandmother and daughters not bonding with their mothers. A story of struggles, hurts and dashed hopes.

    This book will keep you reading from front to back. Be prepared to have your tissues, as your heart will tear and break with the family as they loose loved ones, laugh along as they celebrate victories and milestones. I loved this new Francine Rivers books and appreciate the chance to review it. 438 pages $24.99 Hardcover 5 stars!

    Thanks to Tyndale publishing for providing this book for review.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

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    What a wonderful book.

    I totally enjoyed reading the second book in this series by Francine Rivers. It was very true to life and times in the 1960-1980's. The author taught how her family over came many dysfunctions and still found peace in our Lord. I had to carry tissues with me. You will too.

    I hate to put it in archive.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    Highly Recommend

    What a great continuance to Her Mother's hope. I read this book in two days. Just like the first book it had me from the very beginning to the very end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    a strong epic family drama

    In 1951 Hildemara Rose is back in the hospital suffering from tuberculosis and a fear she is dying. Her husband Trip told her mom Marta who has come to help with the children Charlie and Carolyn as well as take care of the house.

    While Hilde remains in an isolated ward with other TB victims, her daughter and her mother bond. After several months away, Hilde returns home, but is angry that her Carolyn and Oma Marta have a special connection. The tension between mother and daughter grows over the next decade plus and impacts the granddaughter who believes she is the cause and decides in 1965 college is her escape. While Charlie joins the Marines, Carolyn attends Berkley. However, a tragedy destroys Carolyn's sense of being and she flees into the counterculture. Two more years pass before she returns home to her parents with a daughter, May Flower Dawn who bonds with her grandmother. This leads to history repeating itself as a war between her mom and her grandma ignites, but Dawn plans to be the bridge not the divider between them.

    The second Marta's Legacy (see Her Mother's Hope) completes the saga with a strong epic family drama that occurs over a half of a century. The ensemble cast is fully developed so that the audience will understand motives of each individual that sometimes lead to internal strife. Although Her daughter's Dream stands alone, readers will appreciate Francine River's powerful twentieth century duology.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Epic story

    This book by Rivers is another example of a great story writer. The story is this family is sure to affect you.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    I love everything Francine writes, but this one really hit home

    I love everything Francine writes, but this one really hit home for me. How did she know my family this well when we've never met??? I couldn't put down either book, and was living many of the scenes while reading them... Father died of cancer, brother died, conflicts with mother, alienation from siblings, and on it goes. We haven't found the healing yet, though.

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    This book along with the first one were a total waste of time.  

    This book along with the first one were a total waste of time.  I read for enjoyment.  I don't enjoy being 
    depressed or reading about children being mentally and sexually abused.  The characters were unlikeable.  I regret the time that I spend 
    reading these two books and don't think I will be getting any more Francine River's books. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

    Highly recommended...Francine Rivers is an awesome detailed writer.

    It's a fast moving story that keeps you glued to each word.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    highly recommented

    the journey these woman took through their lives and the affect of theirs relationship through the generations gave me a lot to ponder in my own life. we are not an island to ourselves. what we do has profound consequences for future generations. i also read her mothers hope couln't put them down til i was finished

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Great book!

    One of the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Wonderful book by one of my favorite authors

    Wonderful book by one of my favorite authors

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    Legacy of Love

    To be honest, I'm not really sure how to begin conveying my review of "Her Daughter's Dream". This book has impacted me in ways I never suspected it would, and I don't think anything I can say will do it justice. This is the conclusion to a multi-generation saga, bringing to light the relationships between mother and daughter and the fears that keep us from realizing the depth of our love for one another. Francine Rivers does an amazing job bringing the characters to life and gripping your heart. They go through real life circumstances; hurt, loss, despair, fear, love, tragedy, faith and joy. This is not a feel good novel about how Christians go through life with no trial or tribulations, it depicts REAL life through four generations of women. As I think back to the story, I realize how much I need to trust Him more and me less, that I need to exhibit more faith in the God who lights my path, and not use a flashlight when the Son is shining so brightly. There were times during the novel that I thought "Don't say it, don't do it! That is not a good idea". I had to laugh thinking this must be what God says every minute of every day when we say or do things without reflecting on His desires for us. We must drive Him crazy! I know I sure do. He is who sustains us. Our faith in Him is allows us to walk the streets of this wretched earth to love, be loved and share His love. I think of all the books out there that tell us what our purpose is, when in one short sentence it is our purpose to love, to have faith in Jesus Christ and to share those two things with others. Take time and read these two books. I pray that you will enjoy them as much I did and that they will place the desire for a legacy of love and faith in Jesus Christ deep into your heart and soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Good

    Easy reading enjoyed this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Loved it!!!!!!!!

    This book really pulled me in and made me think about my own relationships. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    My favorite!

    I just read this for the second time & could not put it down! A great lesson in learning from past generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Excellent

    This was an awesome book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Wonderful.

    Francine Rivers writes beautifully, and this story delivers!

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