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Her Mother's Hope (Marta's Legacy #1)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  15,431 ratings  ·  952 reviews
The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this sweeping story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations. Near the turn of the 20th century, fiery Marta leaves Switzerland determined to find life on her own terms. Her journey takes her through Europe and finally lands her with children and husba ...more
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Published March 16th 2010 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published 2010)
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Rachel Crooks
...I have to admit, this book's cover appeared to me a bit fluffish, promising the kind of tame, hopeful message dipped in sugar that some faith-inspired books tend to have. I have noticed with a great many Christian novels this attempt to show that having a relationship with Christ suddenly fixes everything and makes it better. I love that about faith fiction, but I realized at some point that I was reading them for escape in much the same manner that I watch Disney movies... everything ties up ...more
An absolutely fantastic saga covering 40 years in a family. I am so anxious now to read the second book and find out what happens. Literally could not put it down and reminded me why Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors.
Courtney Goodwin
Francine Rivers has long been one of my favorite authors, and though it has been several years since I last read one of her books, I was really looking forward to this one. I ended up feeling disappointed. The writing seemed elementary, and the general feel of the book was depressing and frustrating. It seemed a little unrealistic that the young Marta would transform so completely into the older, meaner Marta. It seemed as if the story of Marta's life was more of an exercise in checking off the ...more
Francine Rivers writes epic novels. Novels that span seas and time and continents. Relationships are uncovered and unearthed and emotions are displayed in the rawest of forms.

I enjoyed this novel, but I didn't love it. Marta is extremely unlikeable and even though I know and understand what has made her this way, her constant rough behavior towards her daughter was so hard to swallow. The middle section of the book was exhasting to read.

However, the end is why I gave the book 4 stars. In the en
Mar 26, 2010 Theresa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens through Adult
If I had to sum up this novel in one word, it would be "WOW"! "Her Mother's Hope" is an emotionally gripping story based on the lives of the author's mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. It was researched and written when the author wanted to understand more about her mother's and grandmother's relationship. This is and absolutely unforgettable story of love and determination, faith, friendship, and most importantly family.

This is my first exposure to anything written by Francine Rivers, a
I've been waiting for years to read a new release by Francine Rivers and this book went beyond my expectations. It left me breathless. The thing I love so much about Francine's storytelling is that her characters are so realistic and three dimensional that you can't help but care about them even when they are stubborn and difficult and make bad decisions.

Her Mother's Hope is a story of joy and heartache, of lessons learned as well as regrets that can't be changed, but most of all it's a novel o

Beginning in 1906 in Switzerland, Marta Schneider is twelve years old with a deep love for learning, she has aspirations of going higher in her education. But a father who is a tailor and a drunk, has different plans, he will hire her out to do any type of work to bring in money to his house. Marta has good employer's and she is a hard worker but she has much more ambition than being a serving girl all her life.

Working her way across Europe, and eventually into Canada she realizes her dreams. F
Deborah Bobo
Abused and put down by her father, Marta Schneider, a young Swiss girl, leaves home to attain her goals. Her mother encourages her to “fly.” Marta sees her mother and sister as weak, not standing up to her father. She is highly intelligent and driven. Marta sets her goals and works hard to learn everything that she can about running a boarding house. She purchases one and turns it into a profitable business, but she meets Niclas and falls deeply in love. Will Marta’s love for Niclas be more impo ...more
Tenille Shade
Nora came down to during the month of June, and she was dead set on buying me a birthday gift. We went to the bookstore to see if we could find a few titles related to a series she was reading, and I noticed Francine Rivers had published a new book. It was pretty thick, but I didn’t mind because I’ve read some of her other books, and I know she is a master story teller. Redeeming Love is my favorite love story ever written, and I was intrigued by the title of her new book. I was also in desperat ...more
 Kendall [Kenny]
Feb 26, 2011 Kendall [Kenny] rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who can stand sadness amidst the happiness
Recommended to Kendall [Kenny] by: My Mother
This book is so complex.

I loved it and didn't at the same time, because the characters were just so REAL. I could like them, despise them, get angry at them, be happy for them, sad and even worried about them. I came to adore so many of them.... Marta, however, is still my favourite.
I love Trip and Niclas, Boots and Jones. Even Cloe has a bit of my love. Bernie is seriously a pretty awesome brother and husband to Hildemara and Elizabeth. I don't know if I like Elizabeth, but I did when she was
This was my first Francine Rivers book, and the enthusiasm expressed by many reviewers was deserved. It was a compelling read because the characters were so well developed and believable, and their lives so interesting and dramatic, that the plot raced along. It begins the two-book saga of several generations of women, starting with Marta, who escaped an abusive father after her loving mother's death and made her way to the states in the early 1900s through sheer grit and determination. In spite ...more
Leah Beecher
A great saga about mothers and daughters. It also touches on how our experiences with those in our family as a child effect all or our relationships later in life. It takes a very realistic look at husbands and wives as well. I liked this book so very much because it was the first Christian Lit. book that showed the good and bad, ugly and sinful, along with the redemptive and righteous in believable characters. Rivers (the author) shows how Christians, and non-Christian alike, are imperfect peop ...more
I listened to this story as an audiobook, and it was an excellent production. It was easy to get into the story, although frustrating to read about Marta’s constant troubles with her father. (I think I’ve been reading too many books about women being oppressed!) Marta proves to be a strong and driven woman who doesn’t stop until she achieves her dream… until she meets Niclas.

After Marta marries Niclas, the story begins to go downhill. Marta is no longer the independent woman she had been, but is
(Marta's Legacy,#1) Wow, for some reason, this book took me forever to read! This is a great book about the ups and downs of mother-daughter relationships. The main character, Marta, is stubborn, determined, and full of past pains. She projects her own personal issues on her daughter, Hildie, who is more delicate and self-sacrificing. Being both a mother and a daughter, I somewhat related to both characters. I am anxious to read the sequel.
Angela Bycroft
Wow - I picked this book up on it's release a few years ago but for some unknown reason never did get around to finishing it. So this time, made a concerted effort to read both titles in this two book series. And was I rewarded!!

This is what I call an epic tale in the lives of two generations. We meet Marta, as a young girl at the turn of the 20th century. Finding her wings and living out her Mother's hope is the theme which flows naturally through into Marta as the other to Hildermara. Both wom
Susan Poling
"The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this sweeping story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations. Near the turn of the 20th century, fiery Marta leaves Switzerland determined to find life on her own terms. Her journey takes her through Europe and finally lands her with children and husband in tow in the central valley of California. Marta’s experiences convince her that only the strong survive. Hildie, Marta’ ...more
I loved this book. This book inspired me in a lot of ways. I felt connected with this book while I was reading it because of the detail and significance Francine Rivers put into it. I couldn't seem to put the book down. This story was about a girl named Marta who was raised in an environment where her father was abusive to her. Her mother was the opposite. Her mother wanted her to fly, to accomplish her own dreams, to leave their home and to never come back... so she did. While out on her own sh ...more
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book depicting life from Steffisburg, Switzerland in 1901 to California 1951-ish. What a tale about overcoming tremendous obstacles (life) and pulling up your pants to turn those obstacles into positive experiences; then pay it forward.

The book begins in 1901, Switzerland, Marta is 12 and loved school. Her cruel father pulled her out of school and hired her out as a work hand to various people. She adjusted. Her father then sent her to "server" school mainly beca
Mary Thompson
I read this book in 6 dys, considering the length, it obviously kept my curiosity quite well. Marta, a strong determined young woman, abused by her father, makes off into the world alone in the early 1900's. Losing her mama and hearing of her younger sisters death changes her in ways she will not realize until later in her life. Deciding never to return home to Switzerland, she makes her way to England, and Canada. There she lives out her dream of owning her own Inn, until meeting her husband Ni ...more
I read this book purely on a 5 star recommendation of a friend here on Goodreads. I don’t usually pick up faith-inspired books, but in saying that I do like to read them. I found I really, really enjoyed this book. In fact, this would be one of the best faith-fiction I have read. This book is an excellent portrayal of the relationship between a mother and daughter and also husbands and wives too. The characters were very believable and realistic. Her Mother’s Hope begins in 1901 in Switzerland, ...more
I was so taken by the first descriptive passages in the introductory chapters,that I just had to pick up a fine pen and do some sketching.
Mountains, Swiss children running, log seats and lifetime friendships...This story had it all and more. I'm so glad I read it on my computer/e-reader "Nook" as it is only the first half (and a rather hefty book size!) of a history of Grandmothers, Mothers and Daughters.

As the child of 2nd generation immigrants, I resonated strongly with the issues of represse
Liana Pace
As much as Marta annoyed me with her attitude toward her family, I did enjoy reading this book. I look forward to reading the conclusion to this saga to see if the relationships are mended. This book offers a wealth of insights into the mother daughter relationship.
Vonelle Riley
This book is an excellent portrayal of mother/daughter relationships. It demonstrates how misunderstandings can shape a relationship. This first book begins in Switzerland as the main characters migrate around Europe, Canada and the United States. Marta begins the book with a close relationship with her mother and a difficult relationship with her father. As she grows up and finds her way in the world, she begins to understand her mother as she begins her own family. As the book progresses, Mart ...more
Mother and daughter relationships can be complicated, and Marta and her daughter Hildemara's stories show it well. Marta is a tough woman who clawed her way up into a good living. When she has a daughter that she perceives as being weak, she tries to toughen her up too. Even though love is the motivator, Marta only succeeds in driving her daughter away. The first half of the book is dedicated to Marta, whose story launches in the the first decade of the 20th century. The story switches to Hildem ...more
Another beautiful novel by Francine rivers. I found the characters a lot more believable than in her other book redeeming love. Probably because they are riddled with flaws and at times, highly annoying. One of those stories where a little bit of communication can help solve the problems, and it's the only thing they dont do.
I loved how everyone's journey included their relationship with God as being totally natural and organic and not as forced as some other Christian authors make it.
The nove
Kelly Derse
Not a huge fan of this one her other books are so amazing.. but at the same time this book really makes you think how your own traumas come out in your parenting and can really affect your children if your not careful..
This book has a different feel than most of Francine Rivers' others. She tells the story more than she shows it and it almost feels like I am getting the back-story before the real, current one unfolds.

But, hey this is Francine Rivers here. She can't write a bad book. So, although she seems to be 'telling' the story, it's a great story and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Being a daughter and a mother to a daughter, this book touched my heart and reminded me to be careful of what I do and say because my
Oh how I loved this book! It was such a well written book. I read some reviews that complained about the authors inability to expand on major events in history and instead goes into details about the characters lives. I have to say I like the approach. I can read millions of books written on WWI or WWII. I can read all about the hardships the Japanese Americans experienced in other books. I liked how the author didn't get distracted and stayed focus on the main characters' lives and hardships.

Though the cover didn't appeal to me, this book was so beautifully well written I literally didn't want it to end. This book really spoke to me and pulled at my heart. It really made sense as to why family dynamics are the way they are, and how people are shaped based on our childhood upbringing. This felt very real, as though it was a true story and not fiction. This would make an amazing movie in my opinion!! Maybe it's because I am a mom but this book made me understand my own mom, and how I ...more
I had really been looking forward to reading this book, and appreciated the Swiss scenery, especially since I had spent some time in Thun. But perhaps some parts of the book struck too close to home for comfort, the majority of the mother/daughter relationship was so challenging.. similar to a lot of movies that focus these days on the "reality" of life. I experience enough of that in my own life, so when I read a book a lot of times I am looking for something a little more uplifting :)
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New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter ...more
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Marta's Legacy (2 books)
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