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
Great series, if you can call 2 books a series. I was sad when it came to an end. Francine Rivers is a talented author. This was the first time I had listened to her work and really enjoyed both. Also, the narrator, Stina Nielsen, was a perfect choice.
The ending of Her Mother's Hope left me with an urgent need to keep going with these characters. The segue was flawless. A few times I was uncomfortable remembering how I must have disappointed my own mother or failed my own daughter, but that simply tells you how powerful the writing is and how true to life. Try not to worry too much, because . . . well, I don't want to give anything away. Just believe me when I say you will not be disappointed. I can't say enough good things about the narrator, Stina Nielsen. She is consummately talented.
I just cannot recommend this audio book and its predecessor highly enough!
This book is fantastic. Very touching story. I loved Stina Nielsen as the narrator. Great fluctuation of the voice, accents, etc. Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors.
I did enjoy this but if I would have been reading I would not have read every word. This one went on a bit more then needed.
Continuing on with these characters was a great idea, I certainly wasn't ready to let them go! Francine Rivers did a great job, I love a book I don't want to lay down, or in this case shut off my iphone!!! I cut grass, washed horses, cleaned house and listened in the car! I couldn't wait to get a few minutes to listen to my book! Just hated for it to end and that makes a great book! I hope she has something else soon!
Yes. Both. For the most part I enjoy Francine Rivers' writing, though I found this book quite unnecessarily preachy and repetetive toward the endd.
Stina Nielsen is a joy to listen to, though I seem to be unable to find any books read by her that are not young adult...
The first part of the book deftly continues the plot threads found in Her Mother's Hope... I found this part the best, because the complex relationship between Hildie and Marta, Carolyn and Hildie, and then May Flower Dawn and Carolyn continues to build and build.
The least interesting part was probably the end. Without spoiling it, I understand how some aspects of the ending were important and necessary to the book, but it seemed as though Christian references were coated on to the second half of the book so that it could be sold as a Christian book (just my observation). Her Mother's Hope was much more subtle in this regard; while I am a devout Christian, I found many of these references just too thick to swallow.
It is hard to pick one... probably Marta or Hildie. Maybe because I got to know their characters from childhood until their elderly days and see them grow in hard-won wisdom.
For the most part, yes. It continues well the plot lines in Her Mother's Hope and shows how the things we do - or don't do - can ripple down through generations and can be felt for years.
Can't hear you....I'm reading!!
I was not impressed by the first book. Boy was I wrong. The ending of this series made me realize that whether boring or exciting, a story has to start somewhere. In other words, it's not how you start but how you finish.
Francine Rivers has done it again. Although not one of my favorite of her books, it still holds its own. This book made me think about the relationships I have and how things that I do (or don't do) can be interpreted differently. Also on how I interpret others actions or words. It made me think about how many people, from children to adults are hurting because of misunderstandings. Parents who try their best to raise their kids, yet still end up hurting them. The bottomline to everything is love, not how we think love is or should be, but how Jesus loves.
Faith, Hope, Love of these three the greatest is LOVE.
I Corinthians 13
I would be less likely to recommend this book than many of the other books I have read by Francine Rivers (who is absolutely one of my favorite authors)
Well obviously 'Her Mother's Hope', which I liked very much. This book is a continuation of that book.
Her Mother's Hope was written with a paint brush...no a paint roller, covering many lives and situations with very broad strokes - it worked well and I was looking forward to continuing the story with Her Daughter's Dream. Much of the second book was written in the same way; however, when the book began to focus on May Flower Dawn, Ms Rivers got out her artist brushes. The details became a little overwhelming, down to the bologna, lettuce, onion, and whole wheat bread sandwich she made for her husband. I did appreciate the strong message of faith that this book portrayed. However, being an open book myself, I had such a hard time relating to the mother and daughter who would not open up to each other. One of my pet peeves is when people guess how others are feeling and act according to those feelings instead of talking things out - and this book....well lets just say it frustrated me haha.
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