Her Mother’s Hope
is Francine Rivers’ first full length novel in 7 years. It was well worth the wait. I would rather she wrote one every couple of years, but then again they wouldn’t be this good.
We first meet Marta in her native land of Switzerland and follow her journey throughout Europe and Canada and finally into depression-era California. It is not an easy journey, but it one that she is very determined to survive and make her children stronger for it. She has a father who is down right cruel to her. He spoils his son and Marta’s younger sister, while expecting Marta to work and hold her own in the world. She leaves to go to a school to learn to be a maid for hotels, etc… She excels and grows her dream that someday she will own her own boarding house.
Marta is so confused by her mother telling her to fly and Marta feels pushed out of the nest. Why does she have to leave and the other two get to stay? This is something that she carries with her for her entire life. It is part of what makes her who she is. It makes her stronger, but it also makes her harsher with her children, especially Hildemara.
I really loved this book. I found myself cheering on Marta while in almost the same breath I wanted to yell at her. I did really struggle with her at certain points of the story because of her personality. It wasn’t always the most pleasant. But this book itself was so good. I will warn you that is part one of a two book series. I know some of you prefer to wait for the entire series to be out, well you won’t have long to wait. Book number two is due out in Oct.
If you are still wondering, this is the type of book that you take two or so days to completely immerse yourself in and then when you are finished, rejoin the rest of the world again. Yes it is that kind of book.