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.
Great plot, writing and character development.
Helen was honest and real and vulnerable and strong.
A sense of irony and wryness.
I cried out loud.
Telecommuter living outside of San Francisco, CA. I listen to books while walking my dog, quilting, and doing chores around the house.
Sappy story, but Catholic readers might enjoy. Heavy on the religious references. Narration was decent.
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.
"Everyone is a reader...Some just haven't found their favorite book yet."
A beautiful and heart felt story. It is a must read. I highly recommend this story.
A very moving story about the love between parents and children and between sisters.
The way it dealt with serious issues contemporary families face, such as infertility, cancer, and divorce, and didn't have an unrealistic happy ending.
Helen, the protagonist
I love the title; wouldn't want to rename it.
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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