In the dramatic conclusion to the New York Times best seller Her Mother’s Hope, Francine Rivers delivers a rich and deeply moving story about the silent sorrows that can tear a family apart and the grace and forgiveness that can heal even the deepest wounds.
Growing up isn’t easy for little Carolyn Arundel. With her mother, Hildemara, quarantined to her room with tuberculosis, Carolyn forms a special bond with her oma Marta, who moves in to care for the household. But as tensions between Hildie and Marta escalate, Carolyn believes she is to blame. When Hildie returns to work and Marta leaves, Carolyn and her brother grow up as latchkey kids in a world gripped by the fear of the Cold War.
College offers Carolyn the chance to find herself, but a family tragedy shatters her newfound independence. Rather than return home, she cuts all ties and disappears into the heady counterculture of San Francisco. When she reemerges two years later, more lost than ever, she reluctantly turns to her family to help rebuild a life for her and her own daughter, May Flower Dawn.
Just like Carolyn, May Flower Dawn develops a closer bond with her grandmother, Hildie, than with her mother, causing yet another rift between generations. But as Dawn struggles to avoid the mistakes of those who went before her, she vows that somehow she will be a bridge between the women in her family rather than the wall that separates them forever.
Spanning from the 1950s to present day, Her Daughter’s Dream is the emotional final chapter of an unforgettable family saga about the sacrifices every mother makes for her daughter—and the very nature of unconditional love.
©2010 Francine Rivers (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
I liked the way that the story went from generation to generation and showed how relationships in the past effect the generations of the present and future.
Too long for one sitting, but I listened to it every chance I got. Excellent book to listen to while on a vacation.
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.
I AM LEGALLY BLIND AND ENJOY LISTENING TO STORIES OF FAITH, HISTORICAL CHRISTIAN NOVELS, AND BOOKS WITHOUT SWEARING ESP. USING GODS NAME
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.
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