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Daughters for a Time | [Jennifer Handford]

Daughters for a Time

Feelings of abandonment filled Helen at a too-young age when her mother died and her father walked out. Left in the care of her sister, Claire, she moved on, but never truly healed. Now thirty-five, married, and starting her own family, she must confront her inability to bear children by accepting the idea of adopting. But just when Helen experiences holding her new baby for the first time, she is blindsided with the worst possible news: Claire has cancer. Helen’s wounds are again torn open as she balances the delight of parenthood with the grief of her ailing sister.A poignant and probing exploration of life and loss, Daughters for a Time is a tale of unconditional love, the destructive and healing powers of family, and the search for solid ground between pain and joy.
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Publisher's Summary

Feelings of abandonment filled Helen at a too-young age when her mother died and her father walked out. Left in the care of her sister, Claire, she moved on, but never truly healed. Now thirty-five, married, and starting her own family, she must confront her inability to bear children by accepting the idea of adopting. But just when Helen experiences holding her new baby for the first time, she is blindsided with the worst possible news: Claire has cancer. Helen’s wounds are again torn open as she balances the delight of parenthood with the grief of her ailing sister.

A poignant and probing exploration of life and loss, Daughters for a Time is a tale of unconditional love, the destructive and healing powers of family, and the search for solid ground between pain and joy.

©2012 Jennifer Handford (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Debbie Kerwin 05-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration could be better."
    What would have made Daughters for a Time better?

    Better narration


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration was so rushed sometimes and exhausting to listen to. The sing-song manner did not help as well.


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    Frances Rouse Summerville, Sc 05-17-14
    Frances Rouse Summerville, Sc 05-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Emotional and Personal Story of Adoption"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    As an adoptive mother, I was very interested in this story. It is well narrated, The story tells of the emotion and pain of infertility. It tells of emotional growth and the joy of adoption and motherhood. it is worth reading if you are considering adoption.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Handford again?

    Yes she is a very fine story teller. I enjoyed her narration.


    Could you see Daughters for a Time being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    not a movie story.


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    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 03-28-14
    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Very Real Story"

    This story took me a bit to get into because it was sad. Mom died, can't get pregnant, depressed lady. But it was very real and since my mom had died when I was a teen, and I struggled early on with infertility, I related well and became caught up. I do recommend!!!

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    Theresa Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States 02-23-14
    Theresa Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great plot, writing and character development.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Helen was honest and real and vulnerable and strong.


    What does Tanya Eby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A sense of irony and wryness.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I cried out loud.

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    Donna H. Barnes BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 02-19-14
    Donna H. Barnes BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2012

    Telecommuter living outside of San Francisco, CA. I listen to books while walking my dog, quilting, and doing chores around the house.

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    "I can't believe I listened to the end"

    Sappy story, but Catholic readers might enjoy. Heavy on the religious references. Narration was decent.

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    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 02-01-14
    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Potential squandered"

    This is a good story and Handford is a good storyteller. The narrator did an excellent job. My problem was that, after about the the first couple of hours, I'd had about all I could stand of the unrelenting self-absorption, self-centeredness and self-pitying of Helen, the central character of this book. She really spoiled the story for me only because she was so endlessly whiny and self-pitying. I do understand that the author had beset this poor woman with many woes in her childhood and young adulthood, but her life wasn't exactly horrible. I just got so sick of her endless self-pity. Even when she did things "right," she still seemed terribly self-absorbed and constantly ready for life to deal her another blow.

    And, of course, it did. And in the end, she grew up and grew a backbone, so I suppose that was the point. But she was very annoying.

    I very much enjoyed the part of the book that dealt with the adoption of her first child from China. That was very interesting.

    It's not that I don't think you should buy the book, but I was mildly distracted by Helen.

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    Rena TRACY, CA, United States 01-25-14
    Rena TRACY, CA, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2012

    "Everyone is a reader...Some just haven't found their favorite book yet."

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    "Tear jerker!"
    What made the experience of listening to Daughters for a Time the most enjoyable?

    A beautiful and heart felt story. It is a must read. I highly recommend this story.


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    Debra New York, NY, United States 07-12-13
    Debra New York, NY, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Very moving tearjerker"
    What did you love best about Daughters for a Time?

    A very moving story about the love between parents and children and between sisters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it dealt with serious issues contemporary families face, such as infertility, cancer, and divorce, and didn't have an unrealistic happy ending.


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

    Helen, the protagonist


    If you could rename Daughters for a Time, what would you call it?

    I love the title; wouldn't want to rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep tissues handy, especially if you've had a close family member who has or has had cancer. If you like tearjerkers, you'll like this book.

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