The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this sweeping story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations. Near the turn of the 20th century, fiery Marta leaves Switzerland determined to find life on her own terms. Her journey takes her through Europe and finally lands her with children and husband in tow in the central valley of California. Marta's experiences convince her that only the strong survive. Hildie, Marta's oldest daughter, has a heart to serve others, and her calling as a nurse gives her independence, if not the respect of her mother. Amid the drama of WWII, Hildie marries and begins a family of her own. She wants her daughter never to doubt her love--but the challenges of life conspire against her vow. Each woman is forced to confront her faulty but well-meaning desire to help her daughter find her God-given place in the world.
Romance Hall of Famer Rivers (Redeeming Love) returns with her first full-length novel since 2003 with this two-generation saga of a mother and daughter, the first of two parts. Ambitious, strong-willed Marta Schneider leaves her home in rural Switzerland at the beginning of the 20th century. She's determined to flee her abusive father, loving but weak mother, and the constraints placed on women. Meeting interesting characters all along her journey, she works her way to Canada. There she buys a boardinghouse and meets her match in Niclas Waltert, a German engineer with a farmer's heart. Through Marta's sharp elbows and the sweat of Niclas's brow, the family eventually arrives at an increasingly comfortable life in California's Central Valley. The second half of the story, told from the point of view of constitutionally timid daughter Hildemara Rose, is less deeply imagined. So many events happen as history rapidly unrolls in the background that the narrative feels too much like an outline for a Lifetime TV offering about a couple buffeted by the winds of WWII. Writers like Rivers are why people buy Christian fiction: it's dramatic, engaging, and acknowledges the bedroom without going inside. This well-told tale will have readers eagerly awaiting the story's resolution. (Mar.)
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1 . page turner
Posted January 03, 2011 by Dawn , Kerrville, TxI felt as if I had just traveled the World over.
Loved the added bits of history and how forgiveness played such a large part throughout. Could relate to each character in one way or another.
Felt convicted enough to tear up several times.
But it may be because of how closely I could relate as a "mother's daughter".
Mrs. Rivers never fails to deliver a good read.
2 . Wondeful and Frustrating all at once!
Posted August 18, 2010 by Maryann L , HonoluluThis book tells all about the problems mothers encounter all through the phases of life... It's frustrating b/c as the reader, you understand what is going on but the characters don't realize what is going on. You want to reach out to them and explain.... so you keep reading in hopes of finally seeing the characters understand each other. It's a great book for mothers and daughters to read and maybe make sense of some of the loss they may have felt in their own relationships.
March 14, 2010
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