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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (779 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Handford Narrator: Tanya Eby Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781455897094
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Feelings of abandonment filled Helen at a too-young age when her mother died and her father walked out. Left in the care of her sister, Claire, she moved on, but never truly healed. Now thirty-five, married, and starting her own family, she must confront her inability to bear children by accepting the idea of adopting.

But just when Helen experiences holding her new baby for the first time, she is blindsided with the worst possible news: Claire has cancer. Helen’s wounds are again torn open as she balances the delight of parenthood with the grief of her ailing sister.

A poignant and probing exploration of life and loss, Daughters for a Time is a tale of unconditional love, the destructive and healing powers of family, and the search for solid ground between pain and joy.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/19/2014

    " I did enjoy this book. It was well written and I liked the story. It was kind of predictable but still good. It was about the relationship between 2 sisters and how they coped with their mom dying when they were young and having their father leave because he could not cope with it. The older daughter ends being responsible for the younger sister at a young age. The twists and turns of their lives are what the book is about. I would recommend the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Hoedt | 2/7/2014

    " Unbelievably sad but touching. Well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsti | 2/5/2014

    " I read this because it was one of the kindle book deals. The story was poignant and beautiful although stilted at times. I could tell that this was Jennifer's first novel, but there are moments of brilliance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christinegrabowski | 2/3/2014

    " I loved it! A very good story with many parts that I could relate to as both a daughter and a mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonna | 2/2/2014

    " nothing special but a nice story about love, loss and sisters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 1/22/2014

    " Jennifer Handford really pulled me into this book with her vivid writing style. I could completely relate to the main character, Helen and felt so close to her while reading this book. The story is just so heart-wrenching. It made me both smile and cry. I would highly recommend this book to any woman, married or single, mother or daughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juana Lambert | 1/16/2014

    " Words cannot express how deeply this book moved me. I felt so many of the things Helen felt when she was unable to have a child and adopted one. This book will touch your heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/13/2014

    " Excellent first book. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 1/7/2014

    " I loved it. The characters were believable and it was well written "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane Donovan | 12/24/2013

    " I hate to say it but this book was soppy and boring. It was a struggle to finish! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 12/7/2013

    " easy read - not bad for a first novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 12/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I really cared about her and couldn't put this book down. Sometimes she really aggravated me but that made her real. That's what I liked about the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Tucci | 12/5/2013

    " Excellent, quick read. Emotional book for anyone who has struggled with infertility. Purchased this book on the kindle daily deal and am happy that I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 11/25/2013

    " Emotional story but enjoyable read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan Arendt | 11/25/2013

    " Depressing story with few bright spots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debi | 11/22/2013

    " Sad, happy and everything in between. And enjoyable. I used many tissues. This book has left quite an impact on me. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 10/29/2013

    " it was good. not bad for first time writing a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Damaris G | 10/21/2013

    " sometimes it got in my nerves seem Helen crying all the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 10/19/2013

    " Nice story, we can all relate to about mother, daughter, sister relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Fail | 8/7/2013

    " I really related to this book. Having gone through infertility and adoption it was an emotional, easy read for me. Very tender stories about this character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindie | 8/3/2013

    " I totally lived this book. The story has inspiration for every woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Patterson | 7/8/2013

    " Story of a woman who desperately wants a child but is unable to have children. She and her husband then decide to adopt a girl from China. After seeing the child it removes all doubts from her mind about adoption. Very touching story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 7/5/2013

    " This book was wonderful. It makes me think of my own daughters, who have grown up to be good friends to each other as they have their own children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Padua | 4/23/2013

    " Quick and emotional read. It would be hard not to feel for the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/27/2012

    " Too much description about food "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yolanda | 11/13/2012

    " I loved it. It made me laugh and cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Bruns | 9/15/2012

    " wow. This book was so touching. I cried several times. A well written book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sulaine Callaway | 8/18/2012

    " I kept waiting for "the other shoe to drop" in this story. I can't explain why, but I never bought into Helen's acceptance of the adoption. I was anticipating the downturn of events, and felt the outcome was a cookie-cutter storyline. All sweetness and butter cream frosting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare | 4/24/2012

    " I didn't really like the main character, and I found the writing jarring at times. "

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About the Author

Jennifer Handford was born in Phoenix, Arizona, where she lived until she moved to Oregon for college and graduate school. After graduation, she moved to Washington, DC, and has lived in the Virginia/Washington, DC, area for fifteen years. She is married and has three daughters. Daughters for a Time was awarded one of three first place prizes in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. It is her first novel.

About the Narrator

Tanya Eby is a narrator and novelist who has narrated more than fifty New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, earning two AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has a BA in English language and literature from Grand Valley State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her children.