I’ve got a cold, and the boy, who got tooth 3 yesterday and tooth 4 today, with tooth 5 not too far off, isn’t in the greatest of spirits, either. So instead of a long, thoughtful post, you get some cuteness.
This photo was taken a couple weeks ago (and already shared elsewhere, so if you’ve seen it already, sorry for the duplication). He’s wearing a handmade, crocheted sweater. The yarn used is wool, but I’m not sure what the shiny threads that seem to be part of the yarn are (possibly silk?). The stitch pattern is pretty. We’re not sure if the sweater was originally worn by my grandfather or one of my uncles.
I just love seeing him in clothes that have stood the test of years.
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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