Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Be Still My Heart

I was over at Amazon today looking for a book - when this popped up:

I nearly died.

This is the first book Francine Rivers has written since 2003. TWO THOUSAND AND THREE!!!

That's a long time without a Francine Rivers book to read.

She is my all-time favorite author in the whole wide world and you can imagine my joy when I read that this book will have a sequel.

So not one, but TWO new Francine River's books to look forward too. The first one will be released March 16.

Here is what is being said about them:

From Publishers Weekly
Romance Hall of Famer Rivers (Redeeming Love) returns with her first full-length novel since 2003 with this two-generation saga of a mother and daughter, the first of two parts. Ambitious, strong-willed Marta Schneider leaves her home in rural Switzerland at the beginning of the 20th century. She's determined to flee her abusive father, loving but weak mother, and the constraints placed on women. Meeting interesting characters all along her journey, she works her way to Canada. There she buys a boardinghouse and meets her match in Niclas Waltert, a German engineer with a farmer's heart. Through Marta's sharp elbows and the sweat of Niclas's brow, the family eventually arrives at an increasingly comfortable life in California's Central Valley. The second half of the story, told from the point of view of constitutionally timid daughter Hildemara Rose, is less deeply imagined. So many events happen as history rapidly unrolls in the background that the narrative feels too much like an outline for a Lifetime TV offering about a couple buffeted by the winds of WWII. Writers like Rivers are why people buy Christian fiction: it's dramatic, engaging, and acknowledges the bedroom without going inside. This well-told tale will have readers eagerly awaiting the story's resolution. (Mar.)
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Product Description
The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this sweeping story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations. Near the turn of the 20th century, fiery Marta leaves Switzerland determined to find life on her own terms. Her journey takes her through Europe and finally lands her with children and husband in tow in the central valley of California. Marta’s experiences convince her that only the strong survive. Hildie, Marta’s oldest daughter, has a heart to serve others, and her calling as a nurse gives her independence, if not the respect of her mother. Amid the drama of WWII, Hildie marries and begins a family of her own. She wants her daughter never to doubt her love—but the challenges of life conspire against her vow. Each woman is forced to confront her faulty but well-meaning desire to help her daughter find her God-given place in the world.

Sounds good. I can't wait.

One month and one week to go.

Let the countdown begin.


Bev said...

I'm a big fan too - thanks so much for the heads up. I have a bday coming and know what to ask for now!

Glenda said...

I, too, am so excited to hear this! She's my favorite author, as well. I guess Redeeming Love is my all-time favorite book . . . but, I like Leota's Garden just about as much! Thanks for the info!

Bev said...

Robin, I wanted to let you know the book, Tea with Hezbollah, arrived yesterday safe and sound. My hubby looked at it and thought it looked good too. Fascinating to read a book whose authors sat down with bin Laden's sons! Thank you again - much appreciated!

Nancy said...

WOO HOO!!! I LOVE Francine Rivers...and how I've missed her! I think my favorites by her were all of the books in the Mark of the Lion series. Thanks for letting us know...I'll be eagerly waiting for this one!!