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Her Daughter's Dream (Marta's Legacy) Paperback – September 1, 2011
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Best-seller Rivers completes the five-generation Christian family saga she began in Her Mother’s Hope (2010). It’s 1951, and Hildemara is back in the hospital with recurring tuberculosis, so her mother Marta moves in to care for her grandchildren Charlie and Carolyn. Charlie is the light of their lives while Carolyn is neglected, with unfortunate consequences in her college years, including alcoholism and pregnancy. Single, unemployed, and with a baby to raise, Carolyn moves back home, where the past repeats itself. Her mother lays down the law for her daughter and takes over her granddaughter Dawn’s care, selfishly arranging matters to suit herself and pushing Carolyn away, much as her mother had abused her. It isn’t until Dawn is an adult, heavily pregnant and missing her beloved army husband, who is serving in Iraq, that she realizes how each new generation of women has hurt her forebears. With her stepfather and mother-in-law’s help, Dawn resolves to stop the vicious cycle. The concluding book in Rivers’ drama examines mother-daughter relationships in the context of faith, juxtaposed against a backdrop of world events. --Lynne Welch --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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. I just thought it would be like the first book, but it seemed to jump the daughter and go straight to the grand daughter. So I didn't really like it from that point either.
I won't be finishing the book either. Not because it isn't well written, it is but because of the above comments.
"Wait," my mother said, "just give this a chance . . ."
Bored with my winter vacation, I finally cracked open the first book two days after receiving the set. Seventeen hours later, I set down the last book, sated. I'd gone on a reading binge. That was not what happened with this two part series.
Like I said in my previous review, no one can deny what a brilliant writer Francine Rivers is. The woman is amazing with plot lines, and an interesting read. She writes simplistically, but somehow it's sophisticated. She manages to get difficult plot points across without confusing the reader. Most of all, she is a compelling author, possibly one of the best Christian writers of all time. Perhaps she's one of the best writers that I've ever read. Her Mark of the Lion Series was supreme. This short series was not.
In the second part, Francine Rivers focuses on the daughter and granddaughter of Marta. Once again, Rivers emphasizes the dissidence between the characters, the lack of respect that the younger has for the elder. Once again, Francine Rivers enjoys beating the reader into a bloody pulp, trying to make a point.
I, the readerly, get it! Color me flabbergasted, Rivers makes the point over and over again that without communication and trust in God, good relationships cannot exist. Got it! Rivers is great, but the over-proselytizing and emphasis on communication skills was annoying.
However, I still needed to complete the last book, which speaks to Rivers as a writer. Although, not her best, still the book is better than much of the reading material that I consume on a daily basis. Rivers is a great writer with fantastic ideas and amazing appeal. She is a quality writer. Although this is not HER best, she is still one of the best writers out there today, Christian or not.
I'm always extra-critical of Christian writing since so much of it in the past was...well, awful. The influence of God in each of the lives chronicled in this story is inspiring and a vital part of this family. As always, Ms. Rivers' writing is so good it fades into the background until the reader is conscious only of the unfolding story without having to notice the grammatical mistakes, typos, awkward sentence structure and uneven character development of many published writers. I read the first book in a single day and couldn't wait to find this one, the second in the series. I highly recommend both.
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Must be read after the first in the series or it won't be as impactful.