At the age of thirteen, Helen lost her mother to cancer and her father walked out, leaving Helen's older sister to become legal guardian to Helen. In one of the most difficult stages of childhood, Helen was crushed with the devastation of loss, and abandonment. As the years passed by, Claire managed to always be there for Helen, which lead Helen to move on with positive plans for her future, and education. Although Helen followed Claire's good advice, nothing removed the pain and suffering that took hold of Helen's life. At the age of twenty, Claire grew up overnight to become a mother to Helen. The two daughters dealt with grief, resentment and anger in different ways. How did the girls feel about their father having an affair while married to their mother? How close were the girls with their mother, and what did they miss the most? I highly recommend "DAUGHTERS FOR A TIME" to all fiction and literature lovers, who enjoy stories that are heartfelt and powerfully moving. Jennifer Handford delivers a first novel that will not only make you laugh and cry as it tugs at the heartstrings, but one that will make you crave for more. A mother dies at age forty, a father disappears from the foot of the earth, and two young girls struggle for survival in an ever-changing world. The reader can feel mixed-emotions as two girls are deprived of love, and family. The author clearly reminds us of what unconditional love is, the longing for a family, and the trauma of a broken heart. How many years did Helen try to get pregnant, and how did she feel about adoption? When did Helen have a miscarriage, and how many years was she depressed? What happened to Claire, and what did that do to Helen? The reader is taken through the life of one family, torn to pieces for different reasons from horrifying events that lead to wounds never healed, nor forgotten. Each page is filled with sadness, anger, resentment, and the desperate need to cope.