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Authors: Francine Rivers

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Marta's Legacy Collection

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Praise for the Marta’s Legacy series

“Writers like Rivers are why people buy Christian fiction: it’s dramatic, engaging . . . [and] this well-told tale will have readers eagerly awaiting the story’s resolution.”

Publishers Weekly

“An emotionally rich exploration . . . Rivers’s novel will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction and sweeping family sagas with exotic settings. As her compelling characters seek to do what they feel their faith demands, Rivers sets their resonant struggles against dusty streets, windswept Canadian plains, and California vineyards in vivid scenes readers will not soon forget.”


Starred Review

Her Mother’s Hope
has all the meaty elements of a blockbuster. . . . It’s a solid novel of family relationships, a page-turner that appeals far beyond both the romance and the Christian categories.”

Denver Post

“This long-awaited novel is every bit as engrossing and stunning as Rivers’s previous books. The prose is elegant and life changing, and the characters are memorable. This sweeping family saga will touch both the heart and soul.”

Romantic Times

Top Pick

“Best-selling author Rivers delivers another captivating novel in
Her Mother’s Hope
. . . . Rivers proves once more than she can keep readers transfixed and wanting more.”

Christian Retailing

Top Pick

“Top-notch writing and storytelling . . . make
Her Mother’s Hope
quite the saga and an exceptional work of historical fiction.”

“The conclusion to Rivers’s two-book saga featuring mothers and daughters is both engrossing and emotionally satisfying. . . . The sweeping time period from the 1950s through the present day allows the reader to engage personally in the amazing narrative.”

Romantic Times

4½ Star Review

“Rivers has written another page-turner. . . . This heartfelt and sweeping saga is as ambitious as its central matriarch.”

Publishers Weekly

Her Daughter’s Dream
. . . is a not-to-be-missed novel for anyone who enjoys good writing. Spanning the 1950s to the present, Rivers stays true to each generation.”

Christian Retailing

“Hauntingly beautiful,
Her Daughter’s Dream
explores the bonds of love between four generations of mothers and daughters. Francine Rivers holds nothing back in often fragile, always emotional, and sometimes explosive relationships. . . . Like an exquisite melody,
Her Daughter’s Dream
will stay with you long after you turn the last page.”

Novel Journey

“Stunning. . . . Few books these days really change your life as you’re reading.
Her Daughter’s Dream
accomplishes this and more.”

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Her Mother’s Hope
copyright © 2010 by Francine Rivers. All rights reserved. Originally published under ISBN 978-1-4143-1863-9 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Her Daughter’s Dream
copyright © 2010 by Francine Rivers. All rights reserved. Originally published under ISBN 978-1-4143-3409-7 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Published in association with Browne and Miller Literary Associates, LLC, 410 Michigan Avenue, Suite 460, Chicago, IL 60605

Cover illustrations copyright © 2010 by Robert Papp. All rights reserved.

Her Daughter’s Dream
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Her Daughter’s Dream
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Interior images copyright © by Duncan Walker and iStockphoto. All rights reserved.

Interior photos of author’s family used by permission from the Rivers family collection.

Designed by Beth Sparkman

Edited by Kathryn S. Olson

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible,
copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Scripture quotations in chapter 41 of
Her Daughter’s Dream
are taken from the
Holy Bible
, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

This novel is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, organizations, or persons living or dead is entirely coincidental and beyond the intent of either the author or the publisher.

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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Her Mother’s Hope
    1. Dedication
    2. Part One: Marta
      1. Chapter 1
      2. Chapter 2
      3. Chapter 3
      4. Chapter 4
      5. Chapter 5
      6. Chapter 6
      7. Chapter 7
      8. Chapter 8
      9. Chapter 9
      10. Chapter 10
      11. Chapter 11
      12. Chapter 12
      13. Chapter 13
      14. Chapter 14
    3. Part Two: Hildemara Rose
      1. Chapter 15
      2. Chapter 16
      3. Chapter 17
      4. Chapter 18
      5. Chapter 19
      6. Chapter 20
      7. Chapter 21
      8. Chapter 22
      9. Chapter 23
      10. Chapter 24
      11. Chapter 25
      12. Chapter 26
      13. Chapter 27
      14. Chapter 28
      15. Chapter 29
      16. Chapter 30
      17. Chapter 31
      18. Chapter 32
      19. Chapter 33
      20. Chapter 34
      21. Chapter 35
      22. Chapter 36
      23. Chapter 37
      24. Chapter 38
      25. Chapter 39
      26. Chapter 40
      27. Chapter 41
      28. Chapter 42
      29. Chapter 43
    4. Part Three: Marta
      1. Chapter 44
    5. A Note from the Author
    6. Discussion Guide
  3. Her Daughter’s Dream
    1. Dedication
    2. Prologue
    3. Part One: Hildemara Rose
      1. Chapter 1
    4. Part Two: Carolyn
      1. Chapter 2
      2. Chapter 3
      3. Chapter 4
      4. Chapter 5
      5. Chapter 6
      6. Chapter 7
      7. Chapter 8
      8. Chapter 9
      9. Chapter 10
      10. Chapter 11
      11. Chapter 12
      12. Chapter 13
      13. Chapter 14
      14. Chapter 15
      15. Chapter 16
      16. Chapter 17
      17. Chapter 18
      18. Chapter 19
      19. Chapter 20
      20. Chapter 21
      21. Chapter 22
    5. Part Three: May Flower Dawn
      1. Chapter 23
      2. Chapter 24
      3. Chapter 25
      4. Chapter 26
      5. Chapter 27
      6. Chapter 28
      7. Chapter 29
      8. Chapter 30
      9. Chapter 31
      10. Chapter 32
      11. Chapter 33
      12. Chapter 34
      13. Chapter 35
      14. Chapter 36
      15. Chapter 37
      16. Chapter 38
      17. Chapter 39
      18. Chapter 40
      19. Chapter 41
      20. Chapter 42
      21. Chapter 43
      22. Chapter 44
      23. Chapter 45
      24. Chapter 46
      25. Chapter 47
      26. Chapter 48
      27. Chapter 49
      28. Chapter 50
      29. Chapter 51
    6. Part Four: Jenner by the Sea
      1. Chapter 52
      2. Chapter 53
      3. Chapter 54
      4. Chapter 55
      5. Chapter 56
      6. Chapter 57
      7. Chapter 58
    7. Epilogue
    8. A Note from the Author
    9. Discussion Guide
    10. About the Author


Most of the novel you are about to read is purely fictional, though there are bits and pieces of personal family history woven throughout. The manuscript has taken various forms over the last two years, and in the end morphed into a saga. Many people have helped me in the process of writing the stories of Marta and Hildemara in the first volume and Carolyn and May Flower Dawn in the second. I want to thank each and every one of them.

First of all my husband, Rick, has ridden the storm through this one, listening to every variation of the stories as the characters took form in my imagination and acting as my first editor.

Every family needs a historian, and my brother, Everett, has played that role to perfection. He sent me hundreds of family pictures that helped flesh out the story. I also received invaluable help from my cousin Maureen Rosiere, who described in detail our grandparents’ almond and wine-grape ranch, a pattern I used in this novel. Both my husband and my brother shared their Vietnam experiences with me.

Kitty Briggs, Shannon Coibion (our daughter), and Holly Harder shared their experiences as military wives. Holly has been a constant help to me. I know of no other person on the planet who can find information on the Internet faster! Whenever I ran into a wall, Holly tore it down. Thanks, Holly!

Holly’s son, U.S. Army Lieutenant Daniel Harder, gave me information on the engineering and ROTC programs at Cal Poly. He is now on active duty. Our prayers are with him.

Ila Vorderbrueggen, a nurse and personal friend of my mother’s, helped me fill in information about long-term patient care in the Arroyo del Valle Sanatorium. I’ve enjoyed our correspondence.

Kurt Thiel and Robert Schwinn answered questions about InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Keep up the good work, gentlemen!

Globus tour guide Joppy Wissink rerouted a bus so that Rick and I had the opportunity to walk around my grandmother’s hometown of Steffisburg, Switzerland.

All along the course of this project, I have had brainstorming partners when I needed them. Colleen Phillips raised questions and encouraged me from the beginning. Robin Lee Hatcher and Sunni Jeffers jumped in with ideas and questions when I didn’t know which way to go. My agent, Danielle Egan-Miller, and her associate, Joanna MacKenzie, helped me see how to restructure the novel to show the story I wanted to tell.

I would also like to thank Karen Watson of Tyndale House Publishers for her insights and encouraging support. She helped me see my characters more clearly. And, of course, every writer needs a good editor. I am blessed with one of the best, Kathy Olson. She makes revision work exciting and challenging rather than painful.

Finally, I thank the Lord for my mother and grandmother. Their lives and Mom’s journals first inspired the idea of writing about mother-daughter relationships. They were both hardworking women of faith. They both passed on some years ago, but I cling to the promise that they are still very much alive and undoubtedly enjoying one another’s company. One day I will see them again.

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