Book Review:Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers

This was my second Christian Fiction Book. The first one was Halos by Kristen Heitzmann. There is so much to say about Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers. I took quite some time (a month) reading the whole book. It’s quite big but also very interesting.

Her Mother’s Hope traces the life of Marta from her childhood all the way to her adulthood where she now has grandchildren. It tells the story of strength and determination despite obstacles. Marta struggled from childhood to have a good life. She was described as being intelligent but then again being a girl; she didn’t get much support to pursue her education. She was also described as being unattractive and this also impacted on her life and on how other people related with her. The first section of the book is narrated abour Marta and it details her life from childhood to her marriage.

The second section of the book is narrated by Hildemara, Marta’s daughter. The relationship dynamics between mother and daughter become more evident in this section. However, there is an obvious conflict between Marta’s hopes for her daughter and the interpretation of her actions by Hildemara. This conflict is heartbreaking and confusing. Like Hildemara, I found myself confused by Marta’s actions most of the time.giphy

The third section is narrated by Marta and it sort of explains the second section. Marta’s actions become clearer. It was more heartbreaking reading this section especially keeping in mind Hidemara’s thoughts in section 2. My heart ached for the two just thinking about the misunderstanding and how it had shaped their thoughts about each other.

hhI cried buckets while reading this book. Each time I thought the storm had passed, another one came and so did the tears. It was an emotional but beautiful book. The aspect of Christianity and faith was the background of the whole story. Prayers, Bible and belief all featured in one way or the other although this was all in the background. Apart from religion, the book is also set against a historical background covering the two world wars. There is also an aspect of immigrants to America and how they were perceived due to the various roles that their countries played in the war.


IMG_20160228_161942I have the second book in the series, Her Daughter’s Dreams and I can’t wait to read it. I am already bracing myself for the emotional roller coaster which I know will definitely come. Francine Rivers is an amazing writer. At the end of Her Mother’s Hope she explains that the book was inspired by some events that took place in her own life.

I recommend this book to everyone interested in reading about love, family, hopes and dreams. It is an amazing book and although I hardly rate books, this I gladly give 5 stars.




Its Wednesday again so its time for WWW Wednesday. This meme is currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words

To take part all you need to do is answer the following questions:
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
So here’s my 3 W’s for the week.

Currently reading

I am currently reading Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers. I am still in the first 100 pages but enjoying it so far.Its a beautiful story. Quite a big book but I am reading it slowly, savoring each page,getting lost in Marta’s dreams.




Merely Alive by Lalae Mozie
merely alive

I found this book last Saturday while shopping around Nairobi. The street vendor was selling it at only 50 shillings, that’s half a dollar. Whats interesting is that the copy i found was actually autographed by the author with the words, ‘ To Olivia, Love, Lalae‘. I don’t know who Olivia is but wherever she is, I hope she will one day know that her book made it all the way to Africa!This book is more of young adult fiction although the theme is quite serious. Its about Nazis and Auschwitz. The main character is a young Jewish girl who finds herself at the concentration camp. I have read up to the part where she is trying to escape from the camp.

Recently finished


I recently finished reading Halos by Kristen Heitzmann. It was a beautiful Christian fiction on love, friendship and the power of prayers. I will be sharing my review of the book sometime this month.







The Tumor by John Grisham. This was a nonfiction legal thriller that the author was giving out for free. John Grisham said that this is the most important story that he has ever written. Click on the title of the book to learn more about it and get your free copy.





Reading next
I know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

indexI have already borrowed this book from the library and I am supposed to return it on March 23rd. I hope to read it immediately I complete the Francine Rivers books.

Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers


This is the second book on the Francine Rivers series. I already have the copy sitting on my shelf, just waiting to be read.






I got the next two books simply based on the numerous recommendations from other bloggers. Yesterday was Top Ten Tuesday and I found so many lists with Jojo Moyes book. Luckily, I went out and found myself a copy of the book by the end of the day.

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer and  Me Before you by Jojo Moyes


So that’s my WWW.I would love to hear yours too, please share your lists and links.