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Daughters For a Time by Jennifer Handford

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Feelings of abandonment fill Helen Francis at a too-young age when her mother dies and her father walks out. Left in the care of her older sister, Claire, she moves on but never truly heals. Now thirty-five and married, Helen is desperate to start a family of her own. After four unsuccessful years of trying to become pregnant, Helen accepts the idea of adoption.
When her baby is finally in her arms, Helen experiences true exaltation. But she is quickly blindsided with the worst possible news: Claire has cancer. Helen's wounds are again torn open as she balances the bliss of a new daughter with the grief of a dying sister.

Goodreads Summary


Helen has been wanting a child for the longest time, but seems unable to conceive.  She knows she will not be truly happy unless she can be a mother, but she seems unwilling at first to adopt.  When she finally takes a look at the adoption process, she discovers a whole new side to mothering that she wants to try.  The plot complicates, however, as she learns that her beloved sister, Claire, who acted as a mother to her has cancer.  Helen struggles to be both a supportive sister and a loving mother.

Helen's character is perfect for motherhood.  She is extremely caring and considerate, the reader will be rooting for her throughout the novel.  Claire is surprisingly accepting and supportive of Helen.  The reader will be hard pressed to not connect to these characters.  The other family members and characters are mostly likable...the reader will likely enjoy getting to know them as well.  The plot itself is fast-paced, the writing smooth.  The adoption process is not heavily detailed, but factors heavily in this novel.  This book is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars
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