Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers

Her Mother’s Hope (Marta’s Legacy) by Francine Rivers (Tyndale, March 16, 2010), 512 pages

In her father’s eyes, Marta is the unfavored daughter. She’s too tall, her hair is dark, and her intelligence just makes her older brother look bad. Her determination to flee the bad situation, spurred on by her ambition and her mother’s blessing, starts her on a lifelong journey from her homeland of Switzerland to Canada and later to Central Valley of California, encompassing two world wars.

Although I’ve greatly enjoyed every Francine Rivers book I’ve ever read and I was greatly looking forward to digging into this one, I was also a bit hesitant because it’s based in part on Rivers’ family history. I’ve read other books like that (by authors I’d previously enjoyed) and been hugely disappointed.

I shouldn’t have worried. This is not (merely) a tribute to Rivers’ ancestors; this is a compelling family saga that crosses borders and decades. And I’m so glad! It feels like it’s been ages since Rivers released a full-length novel.

The characters aren’t always portrayed in the best light, but they’re very real in their flaws and still somehow (mostly) sympathetically drawn. Certainly not everything that happens is happy; I was tearing up within the first 30 pages.

I can’t wait for the sequel, Her Daughter’s Dream (Marta’s Legacy), which is set for release September 14, 2010.

About the author
Francine Rivers is the author of many stupendous books; she’s probably best known for Redeeming Love and her Mark of the Lion series.

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4 responses to “Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers

  1. I’ve really liked several of Francine Rivers’ books. I’m waiting on this one until the sequel is publsihed. I know I’m going to want to read them back to back. LOL Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. This sounds like a very emotional book. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  3. That is always a risky bet for authors to take–blending in their own stories. Glad Rivers didn’t disappoint!

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