Do you guys remember back when I read Her Mother's Hope? This was a Francine Rivers book that I thought would make an excellent mother-daughter reading experience. Her Daughter's Dream rounds out Marta and Hildie's relationships problems and brings two more generations along the line.
About one-third of the way into this book, I have to admit that I got a little frustrated. There were three generations of women involved at this point and their relationships were completely messed up...and all in one simple way...their communication structure. None of them tell their mothers how they truly feel, therefore, encouraging the system of miscommunication.
Another problem with this miscommunication is that, each daughter has an excellent relationship with their grandmother; Marta has an excellent relationship with Carolyn (Hildie's daughter) and in turn Hildie has an excellent relationship with Dawn (Carolyn's daughter). It almost appears sometimes that the grandmothers do not want to share their granddaughter with their own daughter...very weird.
This level of disfunctionality continues all the way down the line to Dawn...until Dawn gets a canful of it. She recognizes what this is doing to her family and wants to put a stop to it. I really, really liked Dawn's character...in case you can't tell.
Overall, I liked this book, but I will admit that I didn't like it was much as Her Mother's Hope. Rivers is usually very good about writing a Christian novel without getting too preachy. She doesn't fully succeed in that this go-around...I felt a little preached at about halfway through. However, I like the way this story develops and eventually completes itself...even if the ending did not come about in the way I would have chosen. I would highly recommend this set of books, especially for a mother and daughter to read and discuss with each other!