Her Mother's Hopeby Francine Rivers
The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this New York Times best-selling story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations.
Near the turn of the twentieth century, fiery Marta Schneider leaves Switzerland for a better life, determined to/b>
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The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this New York Times best-selling story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations.
Near the turn of the twentieth century, fiery Marta Schneider leaves Switzerland for a better life, determined to fulfill her mother’s hope. Her formative journey takes her through Europe and eventually to Canada, where she meets handsome Niclas Waltert. But nothing has prepared her for the sacrifices she must make for marriage and motherhood as she travels to the Canadian wilderness and then to the dusty Central Valley of California to raise her family.
Marta’s hope is to give her children a better life, but experience has taught her that only the strong survive. Her tough love is often misunderstood, especially by her oldest daughter, Hildemara Rose, who craves her mother’s acceptance. Amid the drama of World War II, Hildie falls in love and begins a family of her own. But unexpected and tragic events force mother and daughter to face their own shortcomings and the ever-widening chasm that threatens to separate them forever.
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Her Mother's Hope
By FRANCINE RIVERS
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2010 Francine Rivers
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Chapter OneSTEFFISBURG, SWITZERLAND, 1901
Marta usually loved Sundays. It was the only day Papa closed the tailor shop and Mama had a rest. The family dressed in their finest clothes and walked to church, Papa and Mama ahead, Marta's older brother, Hermann, behind them, and Marta and her younger sister, Elise, bringing up the rear. Usually other families joined them along the way. Marta would watch eagerly for her best friend, Rosie Gilgan, who'd run down the hill to join her and walk the rest of the way to the old Romanesque church with its arches mortared shut and the white clock tower.
Today, Marta hung her head, wishing she could run away and hide among the pines and alders while the townsfolk gathered for services. She could sit on her favorite fallen tree and ask God why Papa despised her so much and seemed so set on making her suffer. Today, she wouldn't have complained if Papa had told her to stay home and work in the shop alone and not step foot outside the door for a week, though it would take longer than that for the bruises to fade.
Despite evidence of the beating he had given her, Papa insisted everyone attend services. She wore a knitted cap and kept her chin down, hoping no one would notice. It wasn't the first time she had borne the marks of his anger. When peoplecame close, Marta shifted the woolen scarf or turned her face away.
When they came into the churchyard, Papa sent Mama ahead with Elise and Hermann. He caught Marta by the elbow and spoke into her ear. "You'll sit in back."
"People will want to know why."
"And I'll tell them the truth. You're being punished for defying me." His fingers dug in painfully, but she refused to utter a sound of pain. "Keep your head down. No one wants to see your ugly face." He let go of her and went inside.
Fighting tears, Marta went in alone and stepped into the last row of straight-backed chairs.
She watched her father join Mama. When he glanced back, she tucked her chin quickly, looking up again only after he had seated himself. Her sister, Elise, looked back over her shoulder, face far too pale and strained for a child. Mama leaned close, whispering, and Elise turned face-forward again. Hermann sat between Mama and Papa, his head turning to the right and left. No doubt he was looking for friends and would disappear as soon as the services ended.
Rosie passed by and sat near the front. The Gilgans had eight children and took up an entire row. Rosie glanced toward Marta's mother and father, then back. Marta hid behind Herr Becker, sitting in front of her. She waited briefly and peered around the baker again.
All the murmuring stopped when the minister stepped into the pulpit. He opened the service with prayer. Joining with the congregation, Marta said the prayer of confession, and she heard the minister's assurance of God's mercy and forgiveness. As the creed and Scriptures were read, Marta let her mind drift like the snow blowing across the Alpine meadows above Steffisburg. She imagined herself spreading her arms like wings and letting the white swirling flakes lift and carry her wherever God willed.
And where would that be? she wondered.
The minister's voice rose as he preached. He always said the same thing, but used different words, different examples from the Bible. "Strive harder. Faith is dead without good works. Do not become complacent. Those who turn their backs on God are destined for hell."
Was God like Papa, never satisfied no matter how hard she tried? Papa believed in God, but when had he ever shown her mercy? And if he believed God created everyone, then what right had Papa to complain over how tall she was, how thin, how white her skin, how large her hands and feet? Her father cursed her because she passed the school examinations "and made Hermann look a fool!"
She'd tried to defend herself. She should have known better. "Hermann doesn't apply himself. He'd rather hike in the hills than do his studies."
Papa came after her. Mama tried to get between, but he shoved her roughly aside. "You think you can talk to me like that and get away with it?" Marta raised her arm to protect herself, but it did no good.
"Johann, don't!" Mama cried out.
Still gripping Marta's arm, he turned on Mama. "Don't you tell me-"
"How many times must we turn the other cheek, Papa?" Something white-hot rose up inside Marta when he threatened Mama.
That's when he used his fist on her. He let go of her abruptly and stood over her. "She made me do it. You heard her! A father can't tolerate insolence in his own home!"
Marta didn't know she'd fainted until Mama stroked the hair back from her face. "Be still, Marta. Elise is getting a wet cloth." Marta could hear Elise crying. "Papa's gone to the tanner. He won't be back for a while." Mama took the cloth Elise held out. Marta sucked in her breath when Mama dabbed her split lip. "You shouldn't provoke your father."
"So it's my fault."
"I didn't say that."
"I pass the examination with the highest marks in school and get a beating for it. Where's Hermann? Strolling along on some mountain trail?"
Mama cupped her cheek. "You must forgive your father. He lost his temper. He didn't know what he was doing."
Mama always made excuses for him, just as Papa made excuses for Hermann. No one made excuses for her.
"Forgive," Mama said. "Seventy times seven. Forgive!"
Marta's mouth twisted as the minister spoke of God the Father. She wished God was like Mama instead.
When the service ended, Marta waited until Papa motioned her to join the family. Head down, she fell into step beside Elise.
Papa turned at Herr Gilgan's voice. The two men shook hands and talked. Hermann took advantage of the distraction to join some friends heading up the hill. Mama took Elise's hand when Frau Gilgan joined them.
"Where have you been all week?" Rosie spoke softly and Marta turned. Rosie gasped softly. "Oh, Marta." She moaned in sympathy. "Again? What was his reason this time?"
"But you passed the examination!"
"But that's not fair."
Marta lifted one shoulder and gave Rosie a bleak smile. "It does no good to tell him so." Rosie would never be able to understand. Her father adored her. Herr Gilgan adored all his children. They all worked together in the running of Hotel Edelweiss, encouraging one another in everything. They teased one another with good-natured humor, but never mocked or belittled anyone. If one of them had a difficulty, the others lovingly closed ranks around him and helped.
Sometimes Marta envied her friend. Every member of the Gilgan family would finish school. The boys would serve their two years in the Swiss Army and then go off to university in Bern or Zurich. Rosie and her sisters would learn fine cuisine and the art of running a large household that embraced up to thirty outsiders. She would be tutored in French, English, and Italian. If Rosie had further aspirations, her father wouldn't deny her simply because she was a girl. He would send her to university along with her brothers.
"You've been in school long enough," Papa had declared when he came back from the tanner. "You're old enough to carry your share of the financial burden."
Begging him for one more year of school had done no good at all.
Tears filled Marta's eyes. "Papa said it's enough that I can read, write, and do arithmetic."
"But you're only twelve, and if anyone in our class should make it to the university, it would be you."
"There will be no university for me. Papa said I'm done with school."
"Papa says too much school fills a girl's head with nonsense." By nonsense Papa meant ambition. Marta burned with it. Marta had hoped that with enough schooling, she would have choices about what to do with her life. Papa said school had puffed her up and she needed to be brought down to where she belonged.
Rosie took Marta's hand. "Maybe he'll change his mind and let you come back to school. I'm sure Herr Scholz will want to talk to him about it."
Herr Scholz might try, but her father wouldn't listen. Once he made up his mind, not even an avalanche would change it. "It'll do no good, Rosie."
"What will you do now?"
"Papa plans to hire me out."
Marta jumped at Papa's bellowing voice. Scowling, he motioned sharply for her to come. Rosie didn't let go of her hand as they joined their families.
Frau Gilgan stared at Marta. "What happened to your face?" She cast an angry look at Papa.
Papa stared back at her. "She fell down the stairs." Papa gave Marta a look of warning. "She's always been clumsy. Just look at those big hands and feet."
Frau Gilgan's dark eyes snapped. "She'll grow into them." Her husband put his hand beneath her elbow.
Mama held out her hand to Marta. "Come along. Elise is cold. We need to go home." Elise huddled close to Mama's side, not looking at anyone.
Rosie hugged Marta and whispered, "I'll ask Papa to hire you!"
Marta didn't dare hope her father would agree-he knew how much she would enjoy working for the Gilgans.
Papa went out that afternoon and didn't return home until late in the evening. He smelled of beer and seemed quite pleased with himself. "Marta!" He slapped his hand on the table. "I have found work for you."
She would work for the Beckers at the bakery every morning. "You must be there by four in the morning." She would spend three afternoons a week working for the Zimmers. The doctor thought his wife would welcome some freedom from tending their fractious new baby. "And Frau Fuchs says she can use you to tend her hives. It's getting colder, and she'll be ready to harvest the honey soon. You'll work nights as long as she needs you." He leaned back in his chair. "And you'll work at Hotel Edelweiss two days a week." He watched her face closely. "Don't think you're going to have tea and cookies with your little friend anymore. You're there to work. Do you understand?"
"Yes, Papa." Marta clasped her hands in front of her, trying not to show her pleasure.
"And don't ask for anything. Not from any of them. Herr Becker will pay in bread, Frau Fuchs in honey when the time comes. As to the others, they will settle with me and not you."
Heat spread through Marta's limbs, surging up her neck into her cheeks and burning there like lava beneath pale earth. "Am I to receive nothing, Papa? nothing at all?"
"You receive a roof over your head and food on your plate. You receive clothes on your back. As long as you live in my house, whatever you make rightfully belongs to me." He turned his head away. "Anna!" he shouted at Mama. "Are you done with that dress for Frau Keller yet?"
"I'm working on it now, Johann."
Scowling, Papa shouted again. "She expects delivery by the end of the week! If you don't have it ready by then, she'll take her business to another dressmaker!" Papa jerked his head. "Go help your mother."
Marta joined Mama by the fire. She had a box of colored threads on the table at her side and black wool partially embroidered spread across her lap. She coughed violently into a cloth, folded and tucked it in her apron pocket before taking up her sewing again. Anyone could see by her pallor and the dark circles under her eyes that Mama wasn't well again. Mama had weak lungs. Tonight, her lips had a faint bluish tint. "Help your sister, Marta. She's developing another headache."
Elise had spent all evening on her sampler, brow furrowed over every stitch in pained concentration. Marta had helped her until Papa returned. About the only thing Elise could do well was hem, leaving Mama and Marta to do the fine embroidery work. Elise struggled as much as Hermann in school, though not for the same reasons. At ten, Elise could barely read and write. However, what she lacked in intellect and dexterity was overlooked because of her rare and delicate beauty. Mama's greatest pleasure took place every morning when she brushed and braided Elise's waist-length white-blonde hair. She had flawless alabaster skin and wide, angelic blue eyes. Papa asked nothing of her, taking pride in her beauty, acting sometimes as though he owned a priceless piece of art.
Marta worried about her sister. Papa might be right about suitors, but he didn't understand Elise's deep-seated fears. She had an almost-desperate dependence upon Mama and became hysterical when Papa went into one of his rages, though never in Elise's life had a hand been laid on her in anger. Papa would have an eye out for a settled man with money and position for Elise.
Marta prayed nightly that God would bless her sister with a husband who would cherish and protect her-and be rich enough to hire others to cook, clean, and raise the children! Elise would never be able to carry out such responsibilities.
Marta lifted a stool and set it beside her mother's chair. "Frau Keller always wants things done yesterday."
"She's a good customer." Mama laid a section of skirt carefully over Marta's lap so they could work on it together.
"Good is not a word I would use, Mama. The woman is a tyrant."
"It's not wrong to know what you want."
"If you're willing to pay for it." Marta fumed. Yes, Papa would ask Frau Keller to pay for the additional work, but Frau Keller would refuse. If Papa pressed, Frau Keller would become indignant "at such treatment" and threaten to take her business "to someone more appreciative of my generosity." She would remind Papa that she ordered six dresses a year, and he should be thankful for her business in these hard times. Papa would apologize profusely, then add what he could to the amount Herr Keller owed for the suits Papa made him. And Papa often had to wait six months for even partial payment. No wonder the Kellers were rich. They clung to their money like lichen to rock. "If I were Papa, I'd demand a portion of the money before beginning the work, and full payment before any garment left the shop."
Mama laughed softly. "So much fire from a twelve-year-old girl."
Marta wondered how Mama would ever finish the skirt on time. She threaded a needle with pink silk and set to work on flower petals. "Papa has hired me out, Mama."
Mama sighed. "I know, Liebling." She quickly drew the cloth from her apron pocket to cover her mouth. When the spasm passed, she fought for breath as she pushed the cloth back into its hiding place.
"Your cough is getting worse."
"I know. It comes from the years I worked in the cigar factory. It'll get better when summer comes." In summer, Mama could sit outside and work instead of sitting by a smoking fire.
"It never goes away completely, Mama. You should see the doctor." Perhaps when Marta worked for Frau Zimmer, she might speak with the doctor about what could be done to help Mama.
"Let's not worry about that now. Frau Keller must have her dress!"
* * *
Marta quickly became used to her work schedule. She got up while it was still dark, dressed quickly, and went up the street to the bakery. When Frau Becker let her in the front door, the room smelled of fresh baking bread. Marta went into the kitchen and chopped nuts for Nusstorten while Frau Becker stirred batter for Schokoladenkuchen.
"We're making Magenbrot today," Herr Becker announced as he stretched out a long snake of dough and cut it into small pieces. "Marta, dip those in butter and roll them in cinnamon and raisins, and then arrange them in the angel cake tins."
Marta worked quickly, aware that both of the Beckers watched her. Frau Becker poured the dark batter into cake forms and handed the wooden spoon to Marta. "Go ahead. Lick it clean."
Herr Becker laughed. "Ah, see how the girl can smile, Fanny." He punched dough down. "You learn quickly, Marta." He winked at his wife. "We'll have to teach her how to make Epiphany cakes this coming Christmas. Ja?"
"And Lebkuchen." Frau Becker winked at Marta. Mama loved the spicy gingerbread. "And Marzipan." Frau Becker took the spoon and tossed it into the sink. "I'll teach you how to make Butterplätzchen." She set butter, flour, and sugar on the worktable. "And tomorrow, I'll teach you how to make anise cookies."
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Originally a mainstream romance novelist, Francine Rivers became a born-again Christian only after she wrote her bestselling book, Redeeming Love, a novel now considered a classic of Christian fiction. She has published many other Christian fiction books since then, such as The Scarlet Thread, Unveiled, and .
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The very core of the mother/daughter relationship can be heart-wrenching and soul-searching and the author truly captured the trials and triumphs. Marta and Hildebrand struggle for survival in pre-World War11 era. This is a wonderful, powerful portrayal of the life and times but in the foreground, the workings of the spirit in love, forgiveness, and trust. Marta raises her children to be strong and independent, not figuring in the cost of how her past relationships may affect her family. There are lessons here that change happens when we allow pride to dissolve and encourage an open mind and an open heart to view others.
Having read several of Ms. River's novels, I anxiously looked forward to reading this new novel. I was not disappointed. Her characters are very believable and probems confronted in her plots are relatable to modern day even though the time period is 50 to 100 years earlier. This novel follows Marta who lives in Switzerland during the early 1900s. As oldest daughter of an ailing mother and abusive father, she leaves home at a very young age determined to succeed at something other than being a servant to the wealthy. Her life takes many twists and turns before she settles in Ca. with a family of her own. However, her past comes back to influence her relationship with her own children. This is the crux of the story. As the plot develops the reader is drawn into not only Marta's life but her oldest daughter's. This daughter has problems related to Marta's determination to make her "tough" and her inability to cope with her mother's treatment.The book leads into Hildi's life and a second book (coming out in fall 2010) will continue her story. I at times felt compassion for Marta and then other times angry and frustrated by her decisions and personality. The same with Hildi. It is a sign of good book that you develop these strong feeling about the characters. As with other Francine Rivers novels such as "Leota's Garden" and "Redeeming Love", I enjoyed this book to the last page and look forward to the next one.
When I got to the last page, I did not realize it was the last page, and turned the page "for more", I just broke down in tears! I was SO disappointed! I was so into it and was NOT ready to stop. I am looking forward to the next chapter! This book helped me relate to growing up with my own mother; with my most wonderful relationship with my grandmother; and then to raising my own daughter; and NOW my relationship with my grandchildren and respecting my daughter as mother to my grandchild. What a wonderful book with clear descriptions and examples/illustrations of unspoken love. When to speak and when not to speak, but act. I would highly recommend this to any woman! How we are responsible to raise and train up our children and yet learn from the experienced ones that have gone on ahead of us. WOW! Francine Rivers did a wonderful job in putting our daily lives and relationships in perspective as to how it will affect generations to come. It was hard to tell where the fiction part came into play from her factual research. She did a splendid job in weaving the story together. I could feel myself getting wound up and telling each side to go talk to the other side; let them know how you are feeling, yet you could see strength being built out of each character and just feel the pain with them. What a book! A total 10 in all areas! ENJOY! LEARN! BE FULL!
My heart was captured from the beginning, when a girl of 12 years old, went through so much struggle, pain and heartache, seeing Marta become a woman and then, later, a mother. This is an interesting family drama that focuses on a Mother and her oldest daughter in the first half of the twentieth century. It was truly powerful. The Swiss dialect came across so well! The story has history, family battles, love, forgiveness, broken trust, new trust and God's work. Marta is driven by purpose, hope and guilt. Hilde is the direct opposite of her mother. Neither knows how to bridge the gap between them. This novel will give every woman, who is a mother or a daughter, hope for mending relationships and healing, no matter how far apart they are. If you are looking for a book that will capture you heart and soul, this is it. I recommend!
Marta is driven by ambition and guilt. Hilde is the antithesis of her mother. Neither knows how to communicate their heart. As powerful as Redeeming Love, Her Mother's Hope will give every woman, who has been a mother or a daughter, hope for mending the rifts in their relationship, no matter how deep the divide, how devastating the mistakes, love has the power to heal. Novel Journey and I give Her Mother's Hope our highest recommendation. It's a 5 star read.
This book and the second in the series, is a fantastic look at Mother's Love! This is a wonderful look at generations of women and how they (we) don't always understand the love we're being given. For me it has been a wonderful exercise in experiencing PERSONALITY! Love is shown filtered through our God-given personalities....what a shame when we don't recognize or understand this filter.
I picked this book up, knowing that it would be an enjoyable read, since it was authored by the incredible writer, Francine Rivers. Once again, Rivers has woven a completely riveting tale; this time it is one that spans generations and half the globe! I must admit, I was a little daunted by both of those facts and the fact that "Her Mother's Hope" was nearly 500 pages long. However, I grew to appreciate that fact as I delved into the story, not wanting it to end! Rivers begins the tale of Marta in Switzerland in 1901 and the rest of this book takes her throughout Europe, across the Atlantic and into Canada, and then finally to California, where she resides by the conclusion of "Her Mother's Hope", 50 years later. All of these places and scenarios provide the backdrop for the riveting tale of a mother and daughter's lifelong relationship. However, one of the many aspects of the novel that makes it distinctive is the fact that halfway through this book, the protagonist is actually swapped from Marta to her daughter, Hildemara Rose. It is for this reason that the tale of this mother-daughter relationship is so incredibly realistic and moving. Since we witness the passage of time from these two very different viewpoints, we are afforded a unique perspective, one that makes it so heart-breaking as the reader, to know where both the mother and daughter are coming from, although they themselves do not understand it. I do not want to spoil any of the book for anyone, but I must say one element of this story that shocked me, as its one you rarely come across in novels, is the fact that the hero at the beginning of the book becomes, over the course of the story, the villain, a character you almost hate and wish to do away with! I guess that only goes to show that Rivers does her job so well that you become emotionally invested in the characters. :) I believe this is a nearly universal read, one that most people would enjoy, and yet it has the potential to be a life changing tale. As someone who has had a strained and painful relationship with her mother, I saw so much of myself and my life in this story, and I came away with some real insight and understanding of my own past and present. For this reason I thank Ms. Rivers for her dedicated work and recommend that all mothers and daughters pick up this book!
In the three days this book was glued to the inside of my palms, the house didn't get cleaned, the laundry was neglected and if the kids weren't old enough to fend for themselves, that could have been another issue altogether. Francine Rivers never fails to impress me with the level of research and background information she provides that captures my attention, draws me in and sometimes take me hostage until the bitter-sweet end. This story is absolutely riveting... Scene details make you feel like you are there...you can smell the German pastries and sausages cooking in the over-heated kitchen, appreciate the beauty of foreign lands you might only be able to experience through a book. The characters are so fully developed you feel like you have a personal history with them - some you will despise, others you will applaud (at times in this book you'll do both with the same character!). This story will have you laughing out loud, grumbling under your breath in severe malcontent, raising your fists in victory and crying like a baby. Do not attempt to start this book if you can't devote some time to reading it from cover to cover...or you might find yourself neglecting your family, work, household chores...
Hooray for another book by a beloved author! This one was especially gripping for me, lots of drama to shed tears over! The character development here is excellent- the push and pull of relationships that help me see my own strengths and weaknesses. Francine does not disappoint. I found it especially moving that she gleaned much from her families personal lives. Is there anything richer than real life drama in printed form to help us appreciate the wonders of God? To cause us to take a step back and examine our own lives so as to rejoice in the good times and the bad, praising the Lord for all He gives? I think not and thoroughly enjoyed the read! I can't wait for the second part to come out!
As always, Francine Rivers has created another winner. I love her work and always wait with baited breath for the next novel. In "Her Mother's Hope" we are introduced to 3 generations of Swiss/German women who lived through the two world wars. An intimate view of their lives shows us the physical, spiritual, and emotional struggles they endure. We see their successes and their failings. We see OURSELVES. I found the story very moving because, although I don't have the same background as these women, I have the same foibles, and I have the same faith. I felt myself cheering for them in their victories and agonizing for them in their angst. The only disappointment I had in this book is that it left me waiting for the next story to discover how it will all turn out for these women.
I've been waiting for years to read a new release by Francine Rivers and this book went beyond my expectations. It left me breathless. The thing I love so much about Francine's storytelling is that her characters are so realistic and three dimensional that you can't help but care about them even when they are stubborn and difficult and make bad decisions. Her Mother's Hope is a story of joy and heartache, of lessons learned as well as regrets that can't be changed, but most of all it's a novel of faith and the legacy that is passed on to children. It's so cool how the characters in this story experienced faith journeys in different ways. Some had no faith at all and some were angry with God. Others remain faithful and ministered to an entire community by offering love to them through acts of grace and service. I got choked up so many times I lost count. It started with the teacher overhearing Hildie telling her sister they needed to pray for her because she was hurting. I'd say my eyes leaked tears five or six times, at least. And all for different reasons. The author really knows how to get you to feel for her characters. I read the last four hundred pages straight through in one day. I was 100% invested in the characters' fictional lives. I cheered for them and grieved with them. This is a powerful story that has it's heart-tugging moments that are as unforgettable as the beautiful romances within the pages. I loved this book and can't wait for the next one in the series! Though it was a bit long for a novel (over 500 pages) it didn't drag at all and in my opinion it was the perfect length because I really got to know the characters over the course of the four generations that transpired. That is a very effective technique in helping me to better understand a family's dysfunction then just showing everything in the present day and talking about the past. Now I'm just itching for more. One year seems awfully far away!
Another beautiful story by Francine Rivers. Such powerful characters and complicated relationships keep you anxious for the next page. I enjoyed the historical aspect of this book also. It helped me to understand the "times" and how difficult it was for early immigrants to America. Can't wait for the second book in this two book series.
There are many Christian writers and Francine Rivers is one of the best. This is a very moving story and will truly pull at your heart strings. I will be anxiously waiting for the upcoming sequel.
Francine Rivers did it again with Her Mother's Hope. Love is often misunderstood and not packaged the way we think and this book exemplifies this. I couldn't put this book down and look forward to the sequel. Hopefully, Francine Rivers will have other books coming as well!!!
Beginning in 1906 in Switzerland, Marta Schneider is twelve years old with a deep love for learning, she has aspirations of going higher in her education. But a father who is a tailor and a drunk, has different plans, he will hire her out to do any type of work to bring in money to his house. Marta has good employer's and she is a hard worker but she has much more ambition than being a serving girl all her life. Working her way across Europe, and eventually into Canada she realizes her dreams. First she opens a boarding house and is very successful running it, and then she falls in love and marries. Her husband a engineer, however has no desire to run a boarding house. Often making poor decisions, financially Marta and her husband and children find themselves in California, after World War One living in a tent. A story of a young Marta who dreams big, growing into a woman who has aspirations and who has a purpose to make sure her children are not weak. This story will have you laughing at the antics of Marta and crying with her as she looses loved ones in her life. Truly a story I could not put down start to finish. 386 pages $24.99 US Hardcover 5 stars. For more information about this book and the author go to her website http://www.francinerivers.com/ This book was provided by Tyndale for review purposes only no payment was received for this review.
Nice read but hated that the ending was so abrupt and left too many questions unanswered, too many issues unresolved. I know, I know...it's a series, but come on! The next books are more than I would pay so I'll just have to deal with it. Review by CherishD
Loved this book, I could barely put it down to go to sleep at night. I can't wait for the second book to come out...I hope soon! This is a beautifully told story with very well-developed characters that I felt I knew. Francine Rivers is my all-time favorite author for that reason, I feel a part of her books as I'm reading them. Highly recommend!
This book helped me with my relationship with my mother.
This book was fabulous. It spans over years and years, but I just felt like I was right there in the story. The characters were so well defined and the story line was awesome. I loved it.
What an incredible book. The story spanned many wars and generations. Shows what God can do in our lives.
Story of family disfunction spanning several generations. If you have family issues - this could be an eye opener to perhaps give your own family members another chance. If only this family could have communicated better - but lots family members might make the same mistake.
As a fan of author Francine Rivers and I love that the book was 483 pages long. It is not often that you can find good epic novels these days and I was eager for this first book in a two book series. The next one will be Her Daughter's Dream. As I was the baby of our large family I was close to my Mama and as I have three sons and one daughter she is my baby and we have always been very close. In Her Mother's Hope, Francine Rivers captures the complex relationship between mothers and daughters. Starting prior to WWI, the story of a woman driven from home in Switzerland and eventually making it to America. It's a story of anger and bitterness. The marriage in the story breaks my heart and makes me smile all at the same time. Marta determines to make a life for herself and struggles to overcome obstacles that stand between her and her dream. The children's thoughts of their parents does the same thing. It made me wonder how my own children see me and my husband. There's tragedy, hope, frustration, and pain. About a third of the way in, the book starts to focus from Marta to her oldest daughter, Hildemara Rose. Marta fears Hildemara is too weak and that she should toughen up to avoid what her weak younger sister suffered in her short life. It makes life difficult for Hildemara, who is a loving and caring girl who only wants to help other people. Marta desires to fulfill her own mother's dreams for her and Hildemara. It is interesting to see the different path each woman takes on their way to this goal. The story flowed beautifully and is never boring as some long books are. If you are looking for a quick read, this is not the one. But, if you are a Christian looking for an engaging story that will connect with your personal walk with God, time is not an issue. It is beautifully written, with extraordinary insight into the mother daughter relationship. I recommend it highly and give this one (as all Francine Rivers novels) high marks. NOTE: I received a copy of this book from Paula at aMe publisher for reviewing purposes.
Francine Rivers is a master at creating characters and relationships. A Mother's Hope will not dissapoint you if you are looking for deep relational issues and all the dynamics that go with those issues. It shows how in our struggle to not be like our parents we so often make the same mistakes. As you move and grow with these characters and you are able to see how actions and words are misinterpeted by love ones and how so many misunderstandings occur in families. Using this book to look into your own life will help you to not make those same mistakes and to consider how your words and actions may be interepted by your family members. All that in a very interesting story that takes you to many different countries, languages, cultures, and times.
What a refreshing read. It spans World Wars and changing times. The different countries and many languages was like a trip around the world in a book. However the book is mainly about the relationship of a mothers and daughters, different generations. Mother's wanting their daughters to succeed in the changing world, to move outside their own front door and try, try, try to be more accomplished, than the mother they leave behind. There is also relationships between sisters, brothers, and fathers and daughters. Marta is to be congratulated on her accomplishments, traveling alone at such a young age, learning numerous languages and always missing her mother, but knowing she can never return the life she left behind. She has a great friend. One who was more priviledged than her and we follow Marta's feeling through these letter to her friend Rose. There is a second book coming out and part of me wants to believe that Marta's daughter will find out how much her Mother really loved and supported her journey in life, by the contents in these countless letters. I cannot wait for later this year when the sequal to this epic comes out.
Francine Rivers has written a wonderful book about a mother and her daughter. The book describes the mother's family, struggles, and dreams throughout her life which really helps us to understand this character. Then the perspective changes to her daughter's view. You learn how the mother's behavior has been interpreted by the daughter. Both characters are strong women with very different personalities. You can feel the difficulty they have understanding each other. As much as they seem to disconnect from each other, you also see how their different perspectives and behaviors make each other better. They strengthen each others' weaknesses. I want to know more about these women. I can't wait to see how their relationship develops. I am looking forward to the next book "Her Daughter's Dream"!