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.
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