In South Lake Tahoe now; moved here to volunteer in wildlife rehab. Bears, raccoons, squirrels, birds -- lovely! Also knitting, embroidery, spinning and audio books.
At first I thought this was a book for kids. Kids do need to understand why Papa is a drunk and a bully, why boys are promoted and girls put down when they're too smart for their own good. I kept listening, and it just gets sillier and sillier. I can't believe this is for adults! And the stuff about God's will and forgiveness and being patient -- when her father is beating her and -- Well, this is not literature; it's nonsense! I am bailing!
The narrator chirps along very nicely.
Married to a Presbyterian Pastor - 4 grand children - just returned from a mission trip to Russia - Career - Interior designer
One of my favorite things to do is clean counters of the week's clutter - Many times as I plan the week ahead and straighten the house it becomes mindless organizing…..At those times, there is nothing like a good audio book to keep me invigorated.
You can always count on Francine Rivers to build an interesting plot - she is excellent at describing the life style of her characters bringing in current historical events and how they affect the protagonist. Francine Rivers is able to create a plot involving many people and it becomes a web of personalities that the listener is either fond of or filled with disgust.
Francine always gives the listener people, places and experiences that one can connect to. Yes - possibly more women than men. I highly recommend her books.
Hilde Mara Rose
This is the second Francine Rivers book I have listened to. She is a compelling writer, I have enjoyed this book and I am about to start book 2 . Francine Rivers keeps your interest, draws you into the story as an observer, and instills emotion. The actors do a wonderful job of bringing the characters off the page and into the room with you.
Christian Wife and Mother
For me it started off slow and sometimes I couldn't see the connection between the middle aged character and who they were in their youth but in the end it made more sense. There was plenty of wisdom shared through the characters and very thought provoking even if your own family history doesn't compare at all. Overall it was excellent and made me think about the last 100 years or so in general and in a more personal way. Excellent narration too! So glad I was able to listen to it! I don't know where I would have found the time to read it myself.
Can't hear you....I'm reading!!
Hmmm...kind of disappointed with this one. I had high hopes really seeing a mother/daughter relationship. Also God was not really present in this one, like her other books. I will continue to read the second/last book just to see how it ends.
Love, sorrow, endearment
When Hildy was born.
It would have to be when Marta took the Hilda past the house that burned down and told her to not remember the bad but remember only the good memories that came from that home and the people that had previously lived there.
I cried many times as I felt I was really there while reading it.
Francine Rivers has kept true to her writing and has given us another exceptional story. You can not go wrong with any of her books.
She flowed so nicely through the generations of women. I loved the story. Parts 1 and 2 weren't enough. I wanted MORE. I was so involved in the character's lives.. I cried many tears throughout the 2 books!!
Not sure it was the intended theme, but Her Mother's Hope made me think about how the more parents try to avoid their parents' mistakes, the more they repeat them. Marta, the main character, is not always a sympathetic character, but I listened all the way to the end. I was genuinely interested to know how the characters' lives turned out. I probably would not have bought this book had I known it is in the "Christian" genre, but the religious aspect was not too treacly and fit logically with the story and the characters.
Absolutely baffling why the producer and narrator chose to use an American accent for the characters who were Swiss and German, yet tried to use British and French accents for other characters from those countries. (By the way, if you've listened to the superb narration of Diana Gabaldon's Jamie Fraser series, you'll cringe at the voice of a Scottish character in this one. Fortunately, said character has only a walk-on part.) If the narrator wasn't up to it, then a Swiss actress ought to have been used. There is even an aspect of the story in which Marta having a Swiss accent is critical to the plot.
While listening, I often thought that this would make an excellent movie. The action is visual, the characters strong and talkative, the plot moves along, and there's a broad reach of geograph and time.
Absolutely! This book realistically depicts the complex relationships between mothers and daughters. I really like how we can see both Hildie and Marta's thoughts of their relationship, and how they simply could not communicate their feelings well. It brought me to ask questions of my relationship with my own mother.
I enjoyed most parts of this book, even the hard parts, because they were well-done. Marta's journeys through Switzerland, England, Canada and America, including their hardships were well-drawn. Her letters to her friend Rosie added a nice touch to the story.
Yes. I almost did! It made a 6-hour plane trip fly by!
I read this book and Her Daughter's Dream back to back. Her Mother's Hope is not complete without Her Daughter's Dream, but this book - the first - is the better of the two. Stina Nielsen is an incredible narrator for Marta, Hildie, and the other characters, injecting emotion skilfully.
While Francine Rivers is a Christian writer, this book is not heavy-handed with religious references (though there are passive references to pastors and churches); Her Daughter's Dream is MUCH more heavy-handed in this regard.