Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers
(Marta's Legacy)

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While not liking the cliffhangers in Francine River’s books, I will never turn down the opportunity to read one of her works!
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The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this New York Times best-selling story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations.
Near the turn of the twentieth century, fiery Marta Schneider leaves Switzerland for a better life, determined to fulfill her mother’s hope. Her formative journey takes her through Europe and eventually to Canada, where she meets handsome Niclas Waltert. But nothing has prepared her for the sacrifices she must make for marriage and motherhood as she travels to the Canadian wilderness and then to the dusty Central Valley of California to raise her family.
Marta’s hope is to give her children a better life, but experience has taught her that only the strong survive. Her tough love is often misunderstood, especially by her oldest daughter, Hildemara Rose, who craves her mother’s acceptance. Amid the drama of World War II, Hildie falls in love and begins a family of her own. But unexpected and tragic events force mother and daughter to face their own shortcomings and the ever-widening chasm that threatens to separate them forever.

About Francine Rivers

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Francine Rivers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market and her books won numerous awards. In 1986, she became a born-again Christian and started writing Christian fiction. Her book, Redeeming Love, is a retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea set during the time of the California Gold Rush. Her Christian novels have won numerous awards including four Rita Awards, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, she was inducted into the Romance Writers' of America Hall of Fame. She is the author of Lineage of Grace series, Mark of the Lion series, and Sons of Encouragement series.
Published March 6, 2010 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 505 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Reviewed by Micki Peluso on Apr 01 2014

This is not a book of fast-paced action and intrigue, but rather one to savor like a fine brandy as one turns each page, delving further into the lives of a family fraught with illness, abuse, and a relentless poverty that threatens to overcome everyone and everything.

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Reviewed by Melanie Smith on Nov 13 2011

excellent history at work here that provides great interest, along with top-notch writing and storytelling. This makes HER MOTHER'S HOPE quite the saga and an exceptional work of historical fiction.

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Reviewed by Sandra Dallas on May 09 2010

"Her Mother's Hope" isn't really in either romance genre. It's a solid novel of family relationships, a page-turner that appeals far beyond both the romance and the Christian categories.

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Reviewed by Amanda S. on Jun 14 2010

While not liking the cliffhangers in Francine River’s books, I will never turn down the opportunity to read one of her works!

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Reviewed by Debbie Roome on May 26 2010

Francine Rivers has a gift of drawing the reader into her books and Her Mother’s Hope is no exception. Snippets of the story are based on her own family history and her ancestors were also from Steffisburg, Switzerland. This revelation only adds to the appeal of the book...

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Reviewed by Caitlin on Aug 08 2011

It was disheartening to find such an interesting and captivating story with strong female characters with unique family bonds told in such a blasé manner. I wish Rivers had spent more time developing the characters rather than be in such a hurry to get the story written.

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Reviewed by Nora St.Laurent on Apr 18 2010

I enjoyed the use of personal letters written between the characters. It was very effective in getting to know the heart of each character; it also made the story very personal.

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