Hi I'm MissBev and I love to read great books. When I don't have time to read I love to listen to great books. I am a 4th grade Language Arts teacher.
This is the first audio book that I have listen to.
When Carolyn returned home after being gone for two years with no contact with her family, they welcomed her back with open arms. They showed her that they loved her unconditionally. Also when Carolyn was reacquainted with an old high school friend and they fell in love and got married.
I would like to dinner with Mae Flower Dawn. I would encourage her to keep her innocence as long as possible.
This book was chosen by book club members. It would not have been a choice of mine but I was ultimately surprised. I loved this book and will read others by Francine Rivers. This was a great story about family sacrifices and unconditional love.
Tells the story with all the good and the bad of real life.
I could really tell what character was "talking"! Each one had its own personality.
Highly recommend it!
Having read the first book, I was hoping this book would start off with a reconciliation but instead the next daughter born in this line of women was abused physically and emotionally, by friends, parents and clergy. If it was a physical book I would have thrown in against a wall after reading the first 1/3. Things get slighter better until a confrontation near the end when everything is tied up in a neat, tidy bow. I felt the extremes were unrealistic. I'm trying not to give away the end here, but I was just as irritated at the end as I was the begining. This doesn't begin to compare with Francine River's better works, 2 of which are my all time favorite novels.
GREAT STORY LINE, BUT TOO INVOLVED. YOU FELT LIKE SAYING, "COME ON, GET ON WITH THE STORY ALREADY:, BUT MS RIVERS IS STILL THE BET STORY TELLER I KNOW.
As a mother and daughter myself, I thought this was a vivid portrayal of how you can truly love someone and still completely misunderstand them. This book (along with the Her Mother's Hope) really helped me through a painful and prolonged disagreement with my 24 yr old daughter. As my only daughter, she holds a special place in my heart, but she can frustrate and infuriate me like no one else. As the first grandchild, she also has a special relationship with my mother that I don't have with either of them. If you have a daughter, mother or grandmother you'll appreciate the insight this book offers. It opened my eyes to perspectives I had never really considered before.
This book was so disappointing. Ms. Rivers falls in to the same habits of most Christian writers: stilted piety and safe stereotypes. Instead of characters that truly live in the world with faith, these characters fall back on all the narrow assumptions of most Christians, with the exception of the Oma character, who was willing to truly live and live her faith.
What began as a fairly well written first half that developed inter familiar relationships and misunderstandings, dissolved into the second half that was overwhelmingly cloying and annoying with sophomoric writing and events, laced with exhortations of following God, God's rules and punishments for not following his rules, Jesus knows the way, and the like. It became a tome meant for Christian convert readers who wanted to be inundated with religious dogma and hypocrisies. Boring, misleading as a book for general public enjoyment, offensive in it's preachiness. Give this book to your local convert chapter of evangelicals who want to brainwash their children into being "good Christians". Come to think of it, it sounded a lot like Sarah Palin.