Her Mother's Hope/Her Daughter's Dream
Posted Sun, 03/13/2011 - 7:49am by Amber Woller
Her Mother's Hope and Her Daughter's Dream by Francine Rivers explore the complexity of mother-daughter relationships. In Her Mother's Hope, Rivers begins the story of Marta, a girl with dreams and a mother who tells her to fly. Marta's experiences guide her as she raises her own children, especially her daughter, Hildie, who doesn't understand where her mother is coming from. Her Daughter's Dream continues the story of Hildie's daughter and granddaughter. Each generation silently deals with the consequences of the sacrifices and choices of the previous generation, allowing pain and misunderstanding to grow, until one decides it is time to break the cycle.
As I read this two-part series, I was challenged to think of my own grandmothers, great-grandmothers and my mother. What events and situations influenced their lives and guided them as mothers and daughters? How does my past affect how I raise my daughters? Will my daughters ever understand how much I truly love them?