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Daughters for a Time

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  • In Daughters for a Time, a Washington, D.C.-based power couple find themselves exploring infertility, the world of adoption and the nature of the bond between parents and children. Main character Helen Francis's childhood was anything but ideal. Her mother died when she was in high school and her father left, leaving her in the care of her adoring older sister, Claire. Now thirty-five and happily married, Helen is eager to start a family of her own, to make her family what she never had. But after four years of unsuccessful attempts and the difficulty of dealing with infertility, she starts to consider adoption. After over a year of interviews and applications, Helen and her husband are overjoyed to pick-up their new daughter in China. Life is finally coming into place for Helen, until she is blindsided with the worst possible news: her beloved sister Claire has cancer. Helen’s wounds are again torn open as she balances the joy of a new daughter with the grief of a dying sister. Poignant, penetrating, and full of raw emotional power, it's a heart-wrenching tale of a woman who must face the joys and sorrows of life as she struggles to find her place as a mother, sister, daughter, and wife.

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    Publication Date: April 24, 2012
    Publisher: Amazon
    Pages: 302
    Target audience: Adult fiction
    Keywords: infertility, adoption, cancer, loss of parent, estranged parent, marriage
    Format read: ARC from Little Bird Publicity (Thanks!)

  • In Daughters for a Time, Jennifer Handford handles that crushing heartbreak with sensitivity and raw emotion. Though I know the book is a work of fiction, Handford’s own experience with adoption elevated the book to a whole new level of realism. There were moments I was so lost in the story I forgot I wasn’t reading a memoir.

    Though Daughters for a Time focuses on the bond between women as sisters, as mothers and daughters, and as friends, it lacked a bit of male perspective in some areas. For a long time, I wondered if Claire was even married. And Helen’s husband was such a great character too but he felt absent from scenes when I knew he was standing there, sharing the moment… except he was silenced. A little more testosterone would have balanced out many emotions in the story and made it even more relatable. I wanted Handford to dig deeper.

    Title: Daughters for a Time
    Author(s): Jennifer Handford
    ISBN: 1-68324-004-9 / 978-1-68324-004-4 (USA edition)
    Publisher: Center Point Pub
    Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

  • Title: Daughters for a Time
    Author(s): Jennifer Handford
    ISBN: 1-61218-292-5 / 978-1-61218-292-6 (USA edition)
    Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
    Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

    I recently read a book very similar to this. The stories aren’t relatable but the major themes (nontraditional families, searching for one’s biological parents, etc.) and feelings they invoked are very familiar to me. I didn’t think another book like that existed but I’m glad to hear about Daughters for a Time, a book I’d not heard about till now.

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I really loved this review. Definitely got across to me that I need to read it. I don’t think fiction gets any better than real, strong emotions that take over one’s heart and it sounds like Daughters for a Time does that exactly.