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Daughters for a Time Paperback – April 24, 2012
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“A wrenching, resonant debut about infertility, cancer and adoption. Grab your hankies.”
"Equally heartfelt and hopeful, Daughters for a Time is a powerful exploration of what it means to be a mother, a sister, a daughter. Tender and poignant, Handford weaves a captivatingly honest story that will have you smiling and weeping throughout -- often within the same paragraph." --Heather Gudenkauf - New York Times Best-selling Author of The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden"Daughters for a Time is a brutally honest but captivating peek at the powerful hold human connections and the pursuit of motherhood can have on the human spirit….A story filled with the truths of compassion, dedication and losses many of us must face in life... [It] will draw you in and have you rooting for [protagonist] Helen Francis." --Kay Bratt, Author of Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage
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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.Read more ›
Told in Helen's voice we are able to see how she tries to have the normalcy that everyone wants but how the storms of life seem to be raining down on her at every opportunity. Just when she thinks things are turning around and she is building the family she wants then Helen finds herself once again facing losing a loved one and the wounds of the past seem to bleed through again.
DAUGHTERS FOR A TIME will allow you to see that no matter how brief the time, the idea of being able to make things right is something that is to be appreciated and sought after, even if you believe it is a lost cause. For Helen and even Claire we are able to see how making that first move can lead to the next one and the next one and begin you on a path where you can not only find some healing but allow yourself to live and love in the moment.
Drawing on her own life experiences and creativity, the author has managed to weave together a literary gift that is sure to please all that open the cover This is definitely a book worth your time and the space on your reading list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I followed others' recommendations and tried this, not really expecting too much. Found it beautifully written, thoughtful and very interesting. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lizsabb
An awesome story of familial love. The characters were believable and real. It just takes love, forgiveness and people to form a family.Published 26 days ago by monica holmes
Well written and a good story. The author kept the story moving at a good pace. I felt that the story was accurate. Good family values were presented. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yum Tum-ite
What a wonderful book,such love an hope an also heart breaks,such a heart warming book.A book to remember.Love family an heart warmingPublished 1 month ago by Judy Zatarain
This would not be on my all-time favorites list, but it was a good experience meeting this author's work and meeting the people she created. I would read another by her.Published 2 months ago by N. J. Piatt
I found this novel in my recommended reads list and decided to give it a whirl. The author weaves a heart felt tale of love, struggles with infertility, foreign adoption, family... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Angie Thompson