Sunday, December 5, 2010
Her Daughter's Dream by Francine Rivers
Her Daughter's Dream is another masterpiece from the pen of Francine Rivers. I was impressed and moved by Her Mother's Hope, but I was even more touched and inspired by the gripping sequel. The dust jacket of Her Daughter's Dream appropriately describes the epic saga of four generations of mother-daughter relationships as a "rich and deeply moving story about the silent sorrows that can tear a family apart and the grace and forgiveness that can heal even the deepest wounds."
The novel focuses on Hildemara Rose, her daugher, Carolyn, and her granddaughter, May Flower Dawn. Each woman has secrets and regrets which create tenuous relationships with her mother. Rivers offers a comprehensive glimpse into the lives of each woman, thus allowing the reader to fully understand the factors that drive mother and daughter apart and ultimately bring them together.
I was immediately engrossed in Her Daughter's Dream, and remained so until the last page. There are extremely sad moments and very joyous moments in this novel. I mourned for each woman's loss, empathized with her struggles, and cheered for her triumphs. Although the novel spans several decades, it is clear, easy to follow, and moves at a steady pace. I imagine that such a feat is difficult to achieve, but Francine Rivers has once again produced an incomparable novel. Like Rivers's other works, Her Daughter's Dream is concrete evidence of her
unique ability to create plots and characters that will leave a long-lasting impression on readers. I have learned lessons from each of Francine Rivers's novels, and her latest novel is no exception. Needless to say, I highly and whole-heartedly recommend this novel!