Feelings of abandonment filled Helen at a too-young age when her mother died and her father walked out. Left in the care of her sister, Claire, she moved on, but never truly healed. Now thirty-five, married, and starting her own family, she must confront her inability to bear children by accepting the idea of adopting.
But just when Helen experiences holding her new baby for the first time, she is blindsided with the worst possible news: Claire has cancer. Helen’s wounds are again torn open as she balances the delight of parenthood with the grief of her ailing sister.
A poignant and probing exploration of life and loss, Daughters for a Time is a tale of unconditional love, the destructive and healing powers of family, and the search for solid ground between pain and joy.
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Helen and her husband Tim own a successful DC eatery, they’re a couple that seem to have it all until you look below the surface. Helen has survived her childhood, her fear of rejection and inadequacy, her mother’s death from Ovarian Cancer and her father’s desertion only by the steady hand of her older sister Claire. But even Claire has managed to get the one thing that Helen so desperately wants, a child of her own. As Helen struggles with infertility drugs and cycles, adoption is mentioned more than once, but Helen can’t seem to get her head around not having her own. But the more she examines the brochures about all the abandoned girls in China, some left on roads only days old she feels her heart begin to melt and after a last failed attempt at pregnancy she and Tim set out on a journey to bring home a daughter not of their blood but of their heart. Helen is in for all kinds of surprises when she returns home with her new little girl and some of them won’t be easy to take, will she be able to handle the good with the bad, or will the ghosts of her past haunt her future as well. Jennifer Handford’s debut novel Daughters for a Time is a poignant, beautiful and at times heartbreaking read. Her plot could be any town, any house USA where the inhabitants battle their infertility and what to do about it, but she gave me a little more as well as she brings to light the real problem of Chinese girl children being abandoned, in fact up to a million children are abandoned in China each year and the majority of them are healthy baby girls. Her dialogue is easy to read and I found it hard to put the novel down. Her characters are at times funny, at times sad and at times frustratingly bullheaded but they all seemed very real to me. There are a couple of things that set this novel apart from being just a piece of fiction, the moral is very real and the relationship between the sisters is spot-on. This novel will appeal to a multitude of readers, from romance lovers, family drama fans, to literary fiction enthusiasts. And if they’re like me they’ll all come away with the satisfaction of having read something that spoke to their heart. Ms. Handford I look forward to our next journey together as this one was exceptional
Helen has been wanting a child for the longest time, but seems unable to conceive. She knows she will not be truly happy unless she can be a mother, but she seems unwilling at first to adopt. When she finally takes a look at the adoption process, she discovers a whole new side to mothering that she wants to try. The plot complicates, however, as she learns that her beloved sister, Claire, who acted as a mother to her has cancer. Helen struggles to be both a supportive sister and a loving mother. Helen's character is perfect for motherhood. She is extremely caring and considerate, the reader will be rooting for her throughout the novel. Claire is surprisingly accepting and supportive of Helen. The reader will be hard pressed to not connect to these characters. The other family members and characters are mostly likable...the reader will likely enjoy getting to know them as well. The plot itself is fast-paced, the writing smooth. The adoption process is not heavily detailed, but factors heavily in this novel. This book is recommended to adult readers.
Fast money and a quick read.
A book that tugs at your heart strings and makes you realize how unlucky life can be. Helen, the younger sister of two, who loses her mom in the middle of her teenage years is forced to live with her older college sister as their father has left at the same time that their mother succumbs to cancer. With major trust and "leaving" issues, Helen is having a hard time accepting her infertility issues and the lucky woman who has a husband to stand and support her through it all. I was instantly grabbed by the character of Helen and just wanted to know where her story was going to go and where it would end up. I ached with her, but I wasn't overwhelmed by her grief, it was a perfect balance. Although the story was full of trials and problems to overcome, I was left with a sense that the author handled her struggles with some reality - this I completely enjoyed. A fiction book that many a reader would enjoy, although there may be a few tears to shed in the process of reading it.