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

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Listening Length: 14 hours and 54 minutes
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The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this New York Times best-selling story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations. Near the turn of the twentieth century, fiery Marta Schneider leaves Switzerland for a better life, determined to fulfill he
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Published March 11th 2010 by Recorded Books Inc. (first published 2010)
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Rachel M
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...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
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually a fast reader, but it took me a whopping five days to finish this book!

However, I stuck with it because the story gripped me.

The two protagonists, Marta and Hildemara, seemed very real to me; flawed, but with their hearts in the right place.

As for the story, it really took me back in time, and made me realize that "the good old days" may not be as wonderful as they now seem.

I've read others by this author, but this is the best one I've read in a while; I now feel a serious sense of a
Marnie  Krüger
And if it (life) were easier, would i have given my heart so fully to God? Put your hope in Him, and you won't be disappointed by what life offers
Almond orchard

First Sentence: Marta usually loved Sundays.

What a beautiful tale of dreams, love and the hardship of life.
This book is partly base on a true story; making it more real than and heart wrenching.

I'm in the very fortunate potions of not having to wait for the next book. So on I will read now...
Whoa ... my emotions are everywhere! Francine Rivers's novels usually do that to me, now that I think about it. Haha. Anyway, Her Mother's Hope is the first book of a two-book series called MARTA'S LEGACY. It follows the lives of a mother and daughter and their relationship during the eras of World War I and II.

How to describe my feelings? I really, really loved this book ... sort of. The story, the writing, the emotion - superb. Francine Rivers's books are so epic! The characters are so real. T
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 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Leah Beecher
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie  Durnell
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great saga of Marta beginning in Switzerland and taking her through many countries before settling down in California. Her journey was amazing although I had difficulty with her brash headstrong ways. Her struggles are real and heartfelt; I can comprehend what is behind her harsh words and behavior but at times I just wanted to shake her and then hug her! It will be interesting to see how the stormy mother/daughter relationship between Marta and Hildemara progresses in the second book ...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
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Quick review for a progressive read. If there's something I'm learning from reading Francine Rivers's books, her books always take me into the heart of another time and firmly through the mental, physical, and emotional journey's of her characters. This was a mammoth of a book to get through, not so much for length as it was for the dramatic rollercoaster it takes you on.

This is the family focused story of a woman named Marta and her daughter Hildy. The first part of the story is told through Ma
Nermeen Fathy
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
_ النسربيطير لوحده ، المستحيل هتحاول تعمله عشان حلم بتحلمه ...
_ احيانا كتير فى محبه بتأذى ، فى حد يقولك انا بقسى عليك عشان بحبك ، بقسى عليك عشان اخلى منك حد قوى ، ممكن هبقى فعلا اقوى بس اكتر حاجه هتبقى واضحه ليا القسوه .
_ مهما بنحاول نسامح ، القسوه بتبنى جوانا حاجز ، سور عالى بنحاول نخطيه عشان الوصيه بتقول كده او عشان المحبه دى بالنسبالى ذى الهوا كده من غيرها نموت .. لكن هيفضل برده جوانا نتيجه للقسوه ..

_ بيبقوا تؤام و مختلفين عن بعض يمكن فى كل حاجه ... بنعرف نقبل و نحب بعض على اختلافنا و لا لا ؟
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Growing up in Switzerland, Marta’s father is not only strict, he is also unfair and even abusive to Marta. Her beautiful sister Elise receives much better treatment as her health is fragile. Marta, the not-as-lovely elder sister is made to work and work hard. Although at the top of her class, Marta is taken out of school to work in a bakery and a hotel. Her mother encourages her to ‘follow her dream’ and escape her home life and the story takes Marta from housekeeping school to working in restau
Apr 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Mary Thompson
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
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
Nermine Hosni
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لقد وجدت ماما بركات في كل مكان لأنها بحثت عنها بإجتهاد

لعل الله وضع الحلم في رأسك .. كي يعلمك الصبر

ان الله سيسود انه يستخدم كل شئ لأجل قصده الصالح إن احببته ووثقت به

انه يعيش بخيبه مره وهو لم يتعلم فقط أن يعد بركاته فإن شئت ان ترتفعي فوق احوالك يجب ان تتعلمي ذلك

اتمني لو كانت حياتك اسهل ، ان امكن ، .... لو كانت اسهل هل كنت اعطيت الله قلبي بالتمام والكمال ؟

اعلم ما اريده في الحياة وسأسعي وراءه . لن ادع الامور تحدث لي ، سأجعل الامور تحدث

اننا لا نعرف بتاتاً ما يعانيه شخص اخر في هذه الحياة

قال بابا ا
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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.
Mariam Malak
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"يعلمنا الرب يسوع ان نحب بعضنا بعضا، ولكن المحبة احيانا لا تأتي مرزومة بالطريقة التي نريدها. واحيانا ينبغي ان يزاح الخوف جانبا لكي يؤدي أحدنا الى الاخر بالجروح التي شكلت حياتنا، حتى نسكن في الحرية بعضنا مع بعض. واحيانا لا نميز المحبة متى قُدمت." فرنسين ريفرز
حلم جديد اضاف للستة احلامي ان اقابل فرنسين ريفرز شخصيا :) ... رواية اكثر من رائعة و في انتظار ترجمة الجزء الثاني :)
Sara Ashraf
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, this book just keeps on going and going. Its quite a Journey actually. There are so many lessons to learn within these pages. The story was altogether moving. Another excellent one by Rivers
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