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Internationally best-selling author Francine Rivers—winner of a Christy Award and the ECPA Gold Medallion—crafts a riveting tale of mother/daughter bonds stretching across decades. Strong-willed Marta leaves Switzerland early in the 20th century and settles in California. Though Marta loves her eldest daughter Hildie, they often clash as they attempt to find their places in the world.

©2010 Francine Rivers (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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"This well-told tale will have readers eagerly awaiting the story’s resolution.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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Another Awesome Read From Francine

I'm a die-hard Francine Rivers fan. Every book that I've read has been amazing, and this one was no exception. I was again pulled into the story from chapter one. I couldn't put it down. I've said this over and over again but Francine's ability to make the reader feel every emotion of every character in her books is amazing to me. I say if you are a Francine Rivers' fan, give this book a go! You won't be disappointed. I would also like to add that the narator did an awesome job.Fantastic read!

37 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Loved this book!

Great story & terrific narration. I didn't want the book to end. Hope there will be a sequel!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Grinnell, IA, United States
  • 12-14-10

An Adventurous Spirit in an Independent Woman

It was a great story, moving over many years in the life of a girl, growing up to be an independent woman. Many short stories among the novel, each place she moved to or new job had its own little story going on within the plot of the novel. I liked the strong, independent woman who was the main character. She had much courage. I liked the detail, it was a good amount to get into the characters without getting lost in too many subplots. Then, after giving us all of that detail, the story ended abruptly. I felt like it could have gone on a bit longer to tie up the lose ends. Narration was good.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Very engaging characters

Not sure I'd have chosen this, except it was a book club selection. Francine Rivers is always a good read, because her character development is superb. You feel like you KNOW the people in the book, and continue thinking about them when you're finished with the story. That's my definition of a good book. Another test of a good book? You don't want it to end! I'm glad this one ha a sequel!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I've read all her books and as always the bottom line in her books is a spiritual truth. I feel
the story showed how forgiveness to the ones we love the most can change the path of ones life and
last for generations. Book was great but I would have liked a better ending. I wanted to know how
Marta's life ended and if Hilda survived. But I can happily imagine a good ending for all. Ms Rivers please continue to write your historical
fiction christian books.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Book of Love & Faith

Compelling, inspiring. Loved that the characters did not have to swear every breath and while there was sex, it was not a "how to" book. The Faith in time of trials was inspiring.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Lillie
  • pell cityVirgin Islands, U.S.
  • 07-01-10

Francine is Awesome!

Oh this story!! I love the characters and the story line is great. I can't wait until part 2 comes out. I was a big fan of Francine Rivers and Now I love her even more!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Francine Rivers is wonderful

this book was great! love it! narrator awesome as well!! you have got to read it. and as always it have such a great lesson in it.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • Cascade, CO, United States
  • 10-22-10

Her Mothers Hope

A look at the relationships, trials and tribulations of mothers and daughters, This book was insightful and uplifting, leaving you wanting to continue into the next book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Easley, SC, United States
  • 05-11-17

Part one of the book

Essentially this is a very long book split in the middle with two titles. You can't really listen to the first book and not listen to the second book as it ends abruptly with unanswered questions. Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors. This book is entertaining and well written but somewhat depressing. Failure to communicate is the key theme through both books. Four generations of women who have issues relating to their daughters. If you are feeling a bit down, this is not the book to pick you up and make you laugh.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful