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.
I love Francine Rivers as a writer (The Mark of the Lion is to date the best series I have ever read!) I had planned to listen to a different book; however, I somehow started Her Mother's Hope instead. I was hooked after the first paragraph! Stina Nielsen does an excellent job of narrating. I could always tell which character was speaking. I purchased this book during one of the Audible sales and I definitely got my money's worth and more. However, I was quite upset at the abruptness of the ending until I learned that there was a sequel. Very happy now that I have downloaded it and will start listening to ....the rest of the story... this evening.
I was already a longtime fan of Francine Rivers, so I knew I would be completely engrossed in this story, as I did become. I love to get caught up in the character's lives and emotions, feeling what they feel, seeing what they see. Francine has such a gift for that. LOVED the story, was disappointed in the sudden ending. So of course it was not long until I was downloaded the next book Her Daughter's Dream so I was not disappointed. (The problem with listening to a book on tape, you don't see that you are coming down to the last few pages, otherwise I might of been better prepared for the abrupt ending!)
There wasn't anything I loved "best," the entire book was increadible, we couldn't put it down!
My husband and I both listened to it together, and it stayed with us for days after we'd finished. It was a source of many conversations. After a few days, we went back and re-listened to different parts and caught things that we'd missed on the 1st go around.
This is a book that we'll definately revisit!!
There were places in this book that seemed to drag. While I knew I was being dragged to a certain place and circumstance to set the stage for this legacy of disfunction to unwind, The experience was a little tedious at times.
Marta made me angry. It was difficult to identify with her. I found myself just wishing she would explain herself.
First listen to this reader.
I would have to say Yes to that because I have read the sequel and I realize Book 1 was needed for Book 2 to have the impact it did.
Do not Listen to this book if you do not intend on listening to the sequel. You will be frustrated if you do.
Wonderful story of a women who, against all odds, leaves her family and makes it on her own in 3 different countries. It is a story of non-communication between mother and daughter but great love from both. It's a woman's book and I enjoyed it very much.
It was a good story and I liked the historical insights--as well as the Christian values. It was inspiring to see what can made of life in difficult situations. It is not just some fluffy romance piece. I like her writing as she can relate harsh situations without being lude or crude.
The only thing I can compare it to is Ms Rivers other series Mark of the Lion, which I liked better because of the details about life during the Roman Empire.
Marta's husband--he is unbelievably steady in tough situations.
Definitely worth the credit!
This was a fine story - but difficult in that the listener is a front seat 'observer' to an emotionally abusive relationship between mother (Marta) and daughter. This multi-generational story is well written throughout 3/4 of the book. However, the book ends quite suddenly with an attempt to wrap up character story lines in a tidy manner. Marta spends the majority of motherhood shaming her oldest daughter and remaining emotionally distant in attempt to strengthen her daughter's character. Then, in the final chapter, it seems mother has self-actualized enough to somehow fully understand what she has put her daughter through and decides to begin making amends. The end. I wonder if I would have enjoyed the book more if the story continued through the healing process of this relationship?? Regardless, the narrator did a good job of bringing the story to life. I wouldn't say this was a wonderful or terrible book - more middle of the road. The story lines across generations were interesting as was the glimpse into the 'norms' of family relationships in the early 1900's.
This is a wonderful book of trial and heart break that are healed and held together by faith in God. It is well worth the listen more than once.
The reality of the the story. It reflected so many lives of that era.