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Her Daughter's Dream (Marta's Legacy) Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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I just finished reading this amazing book, the sequel to "Her Mother's Hope" (part two of a two part series called "Marta's Legacy"), and it was an unforgettable experience. The entire story (both books) follows family relationships, especially mother and daughter relationships spanning four generations. This second book, covering the time period from the 1950's to today, is even better, I think, than the first book (if that could be possible), as many loose ends are resolved and there are surprising conclusions. You find out what happens to the people you loved from the first book. Although this book was almost 600 pages, I hated for it to end. I felt as though I was so involved with the families and I knew that I was saying goodbye to their lives forever, although not to the lessons I've learned from them.
This is Christian fiction at its best, with fascinating historical details throughout and with events seen from the intriguing perspectives of the women of different generations. The voices change in both books, moving from mother to daughter (not alternating, but moving at a certain point--the first book covering Marta and Hildemara Rose and the second covering Carolyn and May Flower Dawn) so as a reader you have the opportunity to get to really know each of the women. All four of the women are in this second book. The theme of both books shows how imperfect people do their very best to be loving and yet sometimes their beloved family members just aren't able to see that love and misinterpret it. Sometimes, if we are blessed, the misperceptions can be corrected and so much healing can take place, with God's help. Through everything that happens to us, God's love is always, always there.Read more ›
The main focus of the book is how due to Marta's past mistakes at how she chose to raise Hildie, this has now become a trickle effect with future generations of the family. Four generations of these women have dysfunctional mother/daughter relationships and they don't improve over time. It is sad how these women missed out on so much because for whatever reason they chose not to show love to their own daughters. This book focuses on Carolyn and Dawn and their journey in trying to rectify what almost a century has wrecked havoc on their family. The story is written beautifully and in Rivers' trademark, characterization is deep and engaging. I really felt that I was a part of the story and found myself engrossed completely.
As I did with the first book, there were times when I got really annoyed with all the characters. Marta, Hildie and Carolyn were all reacting in ways that were harming their relationships.Read more ›
I love how Rivers has a way of making her stories come to life. I felt like part of the family and just had to keep reading. We traveled through so many important moments in this book - not just important for the characters, but for our country and the world. It made it that much more interesting. I love and appreciate how things came back from the first novel and we were brought full circle. I laughed, cried, got excited, and felt anticipation througout the book. The character relationships caused me to think about how I treat others and how I look at myself and my dreams. I adore May Flower Dawn's character and everything she is in the book.
I highly recommend this book, and every Francine Rivers book that I have read thus far.
WARNING - this review, has some outline, not in detail about child abuse.
I couldn't read past, the horrific account, IN A 6 yr old OWN WORDS of sexual abuse. First the start of the sexual abuse, then a more non descriptive part. But then reading about the rape. And then straight afterwards, about the horrific abuse of the father - lifting a fist to her, threatining her so much she soiled the bed. I know the latter it was implied he was sorry, but I 'hated' him at that point (the sexual abuse wasn't by the father). Although it was so mild to what went before. But it was just one thing after another. And I put the book down and HOWLED at how many children have to face that.
I have a vivid imagination, and I can't get past the images/description out of my mind.
The author has such a gift of painting word pictures, and has always managed to walk the fine line of not sugar coating the horrific world we live in, and then God's truths. And I am not even saying she crossed the line, the number of words she used regarding the whole thing, was quite short. But if there was a heads up that this was a book that contained child sexual abuse, I wouldn't have bought it. I wanted a 'nice' book to read before bed but instead was so disturbed. And the difference it made that it was in the child's own words was big!!
Many people will find it well done, but if you are very sensitive to the subject, or don't want horrible things in your head, then I am giving you fair warning.Read more ›
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Loved the first book, Her Mother's Hope, as well as the sequel, Her Daughter's Dream! Francine developed all the characters very well and I like how she subtly transitioned from... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Carolyn De Witt
I came across the Marta's Legacy books by accident and loved them. Very different from anything I've read before. Read morePublished 16 days ago by JKM1810
Another of Francine Rivers' great works in which her characters are believable and well-developed so the reader really knows them. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Macan
This is a must read series. (I say series...but there are only two books.)Published 19 days ago by Christian
I loved the story content in both books. I felt the constant referral to Jesus and religion was a bit overdone.Published 27 days ago by Phyllis Silverstein
I love anything by Francine Rivers, she is an incredible author.Published 1 month ago by Chickers65