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From the one-room dwellings of a tiny village near Jerusalem to the elegant town houses of Georgetown; from a world steeped in ancient traditions to a world of independent women, comes this multilayered novel of the lives, loves, secrets, and strivings of three generations of Palestinian Christian women.
Hardcover, 552 pages
Published March 1st 1988 by Delacorte Press
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Nickie Joy Koustoubekis I really did enjoy this book especially since I am 1 of three daughters. It had a good flow and kept me very interested right to the end
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Always Pouting
This book was really upsetting because I really really enjoyed the writing and the characters were all interesting as was the plot and the historical context of the book, but the author really made the plot much more convoluted than necessary and towards the end it felt like the book was just being dragged out. It had such a strong beginning but intertwining all the stories together was pointless, she literally could've just had three separate plot lines. Also the end was pretty terrible with ...more
I found this book at random when I signed up for an Amazon Kindle Unlimited trial subscription and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the book. It's the type of book that follows a family of women through three generations and watches as the woman learn to grow into their roles as independent women in a war torn and ever changing middle eastern culture that's close knit. The women are all harboring secrets that build throughout the book and enrich the plot. The book has everything from ...more
There are two things about this book that kept me from reading it despite the super cheap Amazon price. (1) Is this Christian fiction? It's not. The main characters are Christian women, but this book isn't about being a Proverbs 31 woman. (Actually, these flawed women might be Proverbs 31 women. They just aren't snitty about it.) (2) The sex scenes aren't all that numerous, graphic, or grotesque. There were a few scenes that troubled me deeply, but I felt that every sex scene was important to ...more
Linda Brough
Apr 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book a minus star if I could.I learned from this reading torture (I call it a torture because I do not wish to have any of my book friends repeat reading this book) that I cannot read the reviews on Goodreads from general readers or trust them. All the reviews and ratings were high and positive so I read the book. It was supposed to be historical about Jerusalem and it's history. Maybe one or two total paragraphs were plopped in to fill the historical requirement. I should have ...more
What a waste of long weekend! I read Three Daughters on Kindle this past weekend, and even though the synopsis was promising and even the first half of the book was good also, but it went downhill really fast. I though I would learn a lot about Palestine, Syria and new State of Israel and their people's values, customs and culture, but 700 plus pages was basically wasted on sex, cheating and double crossing relatives. UGH....
Naimisha Pasupuleti
When I come across an author, the very first thing I do is check if they have a Wikipedia page. If they do not, my usual reaction is not to bother with them. After all, there are books and books everywhere. That has now changed with all those free books for Kindle and that is how I discovered this book.

Daughters is a 'saga' that traces the lives of three generations of women over the years. Set in the Middle East before it became the Middle East of today, the story weaves through the lives of
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
The book kept me engaged throughout the three generations portrayed. I particularly enjoyed the first part of the book, reading about Miriam and about the developments in Palestina through the Otoman empire and WWI. I was hoping the rest would be like that but, disappointingly the author avoids talking about the changes in Palestina after WWII and how that affected to the culture and lives of the main characters. The last member of the saga moves to America and the story loses the romanticism ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book started off with so much promise. A family saga spanning three generations of Palestinian Christian women over the first half of the 20th century, that turbulent and often brutal time of momentous change and political events with which we are still trying to come to terms. What could be more interesting than an historical novel set against such a background? Well, as it turns out, just about anything could be more interesting than this far-fetched and predictable tale which avoided ...more
Suanne Laqueur
Ugh, you know what, I'm out. It's just too
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Starting from a village in Jerusalem we cross three generations of women and end up in Georgetown, America. We start from a traditional, very conservative woman who is stepping out or rather forced to step out of her environment to take over a business she knows nothing about. No knowledge of the world, no knowledge of accounts, mother and wife and how she transforms not just her life but those of her children holding in trust the business for her husband to return to from a war which destroys ...more
Judy Churchill
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this beautiful story and hated to see it end. The dilemmas of women transcend time. We progress as a society in material ways without essentially changing the mother/daughter bond - and it can be a troubled relationship that creates that bond.

The cultural changes that occurred for the three generations of women were fascinating to read. I could see the fields and vineyards of Jerusalem and the political chaos of the area and feel the pull they had on these woman. I could also see the
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a long book, but definitely worth the read. Some parts were a bit slower than others, though. Since it is a saga that spans 3 generations of Palestinian women, there are a lot of characters to keep track of. The writing is very good and kept my interest. My biggest complaint is that the story ended abruptly, after getting to know the characters so well.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Updated thoughts on August 2nd.... see below

I loved this book. An interesting take on a romance novel with historical cultures taking on the premise for this story. It kept my interest, loved the good and bad characters, with all the secrets they held. An easy summertime read. .....The detailed sex scenes in the later part of the book were unnecessary to show the love of the characters and perhaps the book should have ended a few pages earlier.
Barb Terpstra
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book, covering three generations of mothers and daughters. It covers as well, an expanse of history highlighting the changes and choices that women have encountered over the years.

This book surprised me in the experiences that each of the women faced. In my limited experiences with women from the Arab Palestinian culture I pictured the women as being more submissive, more restricted . . . more, cautious I guess. This is not the case with the three women in this story.
Jennifer Pebbles
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book from the Kindle Unlimited lineup, and was so glad I did.

Three Daughters is a book is about three generations of women in Palestine, who happen to be Christian, but their religion doesn't have much to do with the story. (If anything, maybe it served as a historic and cultural difference for how these women lived, at that time, compared to their Muslim and Jewish neighbors, but that is just my personal speculation.)

After reading some of the negative reviews, I'm sure the
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew this would be an epic tale, with the prologue painting the picture of Jerusalem in the 1800s. The story encompassed almost a century, and focused on the lives of three women: Miriam, her daughter Nadia, and Nadia’s daughter Nijmeh (Star). Much as it related their struggles as women in the Middle Eastern culture, it also highlighted their strength and power as women even in a restrictive society. Miriam and Nadia, related by blood, were the rebellious ones. Nijmeh, ironically the one ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I have a love/hate relationship with historical fiction. I don't mind the embellishment of a fictional story to introduce you to a culture and time, but I HATE SAPPY. I had to put this down at my Kindle 20%. If it had been 300 pages, I would have plowed through. I enjoyed the story and maybe I could get past the sappy parts, but I can't do it for 800 pages. If you love lifetime movies....and you love Phillipa Gregory....this is the book for you. It gets high ratings. I'm sure I'm in the ...more
Amy Johnson
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good historical novel through three generations. Rich characters. Glad it was a lengthy book and I still didn't want it to end. Recommend.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-pause
This was a pretty hard book to read...and I tried. The three stars are because I sympathize with the author for writing so much. I am sure her fingers must hurt.

The storyline is pretty are following a generation of women as they navigate their world through the expectations of society, culture (often times defying it) and their personal experience, to include that of their parents. There is deception, there is lust and there is family- however one wants to put it together.

Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While there are some good and interesting parts of this book, I was generally underwhelmed. I like the occasional steamy romance as much as the next person, but I found the three romances to be pretty formulaic and felt like the frequent sex scenes were distracting from (what I found to be) the more interesting character development and historical context. The minimal discussion of the post WWII political situation in Israel/Palestine also made the story seem unfinished to me- especially after ...more
April Martinez
Three Daughters: A Novel by Consuelo Saah Baehr

I loved this book, especially the long time period covering different generations. I've always been interested in the Bedouins and their traditions. Learning about this time in Palestine and Beirut was eye opening without the religious argument. This is a hard read, but worth every page, it is like a romance but not the soapy kind, although it is quite sexual toward the end. One thing I didn't like was the ending, almost felt like this could've been
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tradition vs. independent desire

The story follows 3 generations of mothers & daughters in Palestine. They each struggle with family traditions vs. their own desires. The history of the country was very interesting as was each women's life story.
Jasmine Young
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

An emotional rollercoaster which lead me to read the book in 2 days. Amazing, heart wrenching, infuriating, beautiful and poignant. One of the best books I have read.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, novel
Palestine from the 1890s until the mid 1950s.
Three generations of Arab Christian daughters each with their own heartaches and secrets.

Some sex and abusive language
very limited violence
Winter Sophia Rose
Brilliant, Thought Provoking & Memorable!
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel a lot more than I thought I would. Three Daughters is a family saga the spans from 1882 to 1958. Most of the story takes place in or around Jerusalem though there were some parts that take place in Europe and America. The story follows the lives of three women, Miriam, Nadia and Nijmeh, over the course of these years.

The political unrest in Palestine during this time period is definitely acknowledged but it isn’t the focus of this novel. The story mainly focuses on family
To be honest, I couldn't finish it. It started out great, the lives of 3 daughters in succession. It was historical fiction - took place in Turkey and at first I thought maybe it would be about the Armenian genocide in Turkey. The first two women's lives were very interesting indeed and I wish the book had continued in that vein. Instead it descended into deception, scheming characters, and far more description of sexual activity than I care to read. So...sadly 2 stars. It was 4 until the third ...more
Reed Nelson
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The story spans three generations or more of history. Both world wars and the fastly changing world that followed are a compelling backdrop to a presentation of a family’s generational struggles in the West Bank area and in the world beyond.
Paige Cuthbertson
Dec 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
SO disappointed! This looked like it was going to be so good!
Didn’t even finish. The main character is too feministic for her era. And there’s a graphic extra-marital affair. Eew.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-my-20s
Epic, heartwrenching, but ridiculously long. I recommend listening to the audio book.
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