87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Lovely book about forgiveness, hope & devotion,
This review is from: Daughters for a Time (Paperback)
When I received the pitch from the publisher for Daughters for a Time, I just knew that I had to read this book. Both the author and I have daughters and both of us came to motherhood by two different methods - we each have a biological daughter AND a daughter adopted from China (in fact, she has three girls, but I'm not sure whether her third child is adopted or not). The book also deals with a cancer diagnosis (which I am all too familiar with, being a breast cancer survivor myself). Needless to say, this book called to me in various ways.
The story is about Helen, a thirty five year old woman married to Tim and desperate to start a family, but unable to conceive a child. In addition, she is still dealing with her own abandonment issues, having lost her mother to cancer when she was a teenager. Her own father, unable to deal with his crumbling marriage and ailing wife, walks out on Helen and her older sister Claire during this most crucial time. Claire took care of Helen after their mother's death and now lives close by with a husband and daughter of her own.
After years of infertility, Helen comes to terms with the idea of adoption and her and Tim are off on the adventure of a lifetime. She has also been in contact with her father, hoping that he will be able to play a part in her new daughter's life. After coming home with their new daughter, Helen is hit with a devastating blow - the same cancer that stole their mother has now been diagnosed in her own sister. How can Helen enjoy her feelings of elation after finally becoming a mother, only to have to deal with such terrible news about Claire?
Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford is a lovely book about forgiveness, hope and devotion. I very much enjoyed the relationship between Helen and Claire, two people with very different personalities but who obviously love each other as only siblings can do. I also really liked the plot line about Helen trying to make a connection with her father who abandoned them so long ago. He is remorseful for the choices he made so many years prior and it is a nice story-line seeing how he tries to make up for the past by being in the present.
Also, if you are planning to adopt from China or have already done so, you would very much enjoy the chapters which follows Helen and her husband Tim in China at the moment they meet their daughter Sam. This part of the book was very true to the whole Chinese adoption proccess and reminded me of that life altering trip my husband, oldest daughter and I took over five years ago to adopt our daughter Maya.
Daughters for a Time was a highly enjoyable, albeit heart-wrenching book that I very much enjoyed.