This is the first in a two book series. They are long books, over 500 pages, but good reads. The book is about a daughter whose father belittles her and a mother who encourages her to fly. It is about the relationship of mothers and daughters. Marta, the daughter, grows up and longs for a better life. She strives for a better life for her children. But she has found that only the strong survive and so her tough love is often misunderstood. Marta's daughter, Hildie, feels the rebuff the most. When she has a family of her own she vows to do it differently. Tragedy strikes and mother daughter relationships are pushed to the breaking point. We all have moms who loved us, who did their best. And as moms we vow to do one better. We are fallen people and so our relationships mirror that. "We grieve for those we've lost, but it's the living that cause us the most pain." Relationships are hard and they can hurt. But what is life without them? Life not worth living. God created us to live in community. "Sometimes all you need is one true friend, just one you can depend upon to love you no matter what." That one friend, who loves you through it all, is priceless. If you have a friend like that hold on for dear life. If you don't, find one, your life will be better for it. "You are not going to let that man turn you into a prisoner to your fears." Let go of the past, those who have hurt you. Forgive so that you can be set free, don't let them have any more say in your life. "Brian belongs to You, Lord, not me. I give him into Your mighty, healing hands. Your will, not mine, be done..." A good prayer to remember to pray for those we love. They are just on loan to us, they belong to the Lord and He is the one watching over them. "They're afraid. Fear makes people mean. Fear makes people act stupid." This was a good book, a book that made me think about my relationship with my two daughters. It made me think about why I do things and how often we misunderstand each other.