From the fertile hills of a tiny village near Jerusalem to the elegant townhouses of Georgetown, Three Daughters is a historical saga that chronicles the lives, loves, and secrets of three generations of Palestinian Christian women.
Born in rural Palestine, just before the dawn of the 20th century, Miriam adores her father and is certain his love will protect her, but she soon finds that tradition overrides love. Uprooted by war, Miriam enters a world where the old constraints slip away with thrilling and disastrous results. Miriam's rebellious daughter, Nadia, is thrilled with the opportunity for a modern life that her elite education provides. But when she falls in love with an outsider, the clan reins her back with a shocking finality. Nijmeh, Nadia's daughter, is an only child and the path her father, the sheik, sets for her is fraught with difficulties, yet it prepares her for her ultimate journey to America, where she finds her future.
Each woman, in her own time and in her own way, experiences a world in transition through war and social change... and each must stretch the bounds of her loyalty, her courage, and her heart.
©2014 Consuelo Saah Baehr (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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This is the story you are looking for! There is plenty of intrigue, mystery, plot excitement and romance. I truly loved every minute of this amazing story of 3 generations of strong loveable and courageous women.
"the Narrator made this book come to life."
Set in the middle east the author made the country, tradditions, characters and story line come to life. I don't want to give the plot away so I'll just say the book kept me interested from the very beginning all the,way till the last sentence.
if your on the fence take a leap over and enjoy the journey you will be glad you did.
"Could have been Better..."
I loved Karen Peakes as a narrator; emotive, great dialogue and accents. Great performance! As an AUDIO book, it has a lot to recommend it, but as a BOOK, it will likely appeal to women who like a lot of soap opera with their historical fiction.
You couldn't. You would spend 24 hours listening to it. The first part, in particular, is riveting, the second part still held my interest, but the incredibly graphic sex scenes and coincidences in the third part were a bit too much to swallow...
This book started out with SO much promise. I don't regret reading it, particularly the first half or so, but the second half was MUCH less atmospheric and interesting. Karen Peakes elevated this book; a less competent narrator would have made me give up...
This is an excellent book of three very strong women over three generations . I love the book but I will have to say that I didn't like the ending . The author leaves a part of the main hanging . Kind of disappointing but definitely worth the listen or read .
"Wonderfully written! !"
Great storyline crossing generations and periods in history. It's a bit long but keeps you interested. I thought the narration was superb!
"Generational saga set in Palestine and the USA"
The first paragraph of the publisher's summary is an excellent short description of Three Daughters: "From the fertile hills of a tiny village near Jerusalem to the elegant townhouses of Georgetown, Three Daughters is a historical saga that chronicles the lives, loves, and secrets of three generations of Palestinian Christian women." The story is set in the last half of the 19th century. It's a good, but not close to great, contemporary fiction novel. There are multiple gratuitous sex scenes that add nothing to the story. In retrospect the 23 hours spent listening to this book could have been better spent listening to good mysteries and thrillers.
Get ready for a ride of a time in your life. Three Daughters hooked my interest in the most surprising way. I am more inclined to read (or listen) to adventure stories. But the way Karen Peakes read the portion of this book as offered, I realized an invitation was being offered to remember life as the most belittled adventure of all. She offered a most delicious read to a book the was so well written that her appreciation of Saah Baehr's story telling was an honored responsibility. The journey I was taken on I could not pack for. Three Daughters had placed me in three generations of distance and time that rewarded my attention with introductions to amazing women. As I experience my own life I find it full with women of courage, substance, love, forgiveness, understanding and acceptance. To know these women exist in places where my feet may never touch ground is not merely transporting but identifying. There are many things I am thankful for in my lifetime. Reading this book or hearing this book read by this reader, has become one of them.
Fun listen....enjoyed the perspective of the women . A different view of the culture and history of Palestine.
Loved the narrator.
"3 Generation Saga of three women - so captivating"
I thought that the book was very captivating. It introduced me to thinking patterns that are clearly different than mine. The author manages to bring these ladies into your hear in a subtle way and you can identify with them. I would give the book a A+
Nijmeh - see below
Palestine from the 1890s until the mid 1950s.
Three generations of Arab Christian daughters each with their own heartaches and secrets
Miriam is strong, traditional, smart, and enticed by the opportunities that wars (yes, multiple) bring to her as a woman in her country. Although her marriage is arranged, she and her husband form a marriage partnership that works for them. However, Miriam falls in love with another man and begins a relationship that could put her in real danger. This part is a bit frustrating, yet enlightening. Miriam realizes that leaving her husband is not an option, and you will see what she ends up doing.
Nadia, Miriam's daughter, is rebellious. Although rebellious and wanting to be a free spirit, she ends up marrying a man from her tribe. See what happens to her free spirit and how her relationship to Miriam changes. Nijmeh is her daughter.
Nijmeh's story was my favorite. She is innocent and naive, but at the same time tough and smart. In preparation for her role as next in line when the Sheikh, her father dies, she learns to live on her own in the desert. Nijmeh falls in love, but her father disapproves and intervenes. This will not sound right to our western minds, but continue reading. Through a controlled circumstance, Nijmeh ends up marrying a doctor whose family is from her tribe, and then moves to America. Once Nijmeh is in America,we begin to see the real Nijmeh emerge.
The story of each of the daughters is different than the story that their families know. I enjoyed how the author allowed us to see what other characters in the book were thinking. Some of the descriptive paragraphs were a little long for me, but overall I really enjoyed this book.
"HATED THE ENDING!!!"
I loved this book so much until the end...I feel like I'm just left hanging....
Best reader so far!
This story was intriguing. I loved the way it traced the generations in the historical context. I was absolutely entranced by the narrator's skill in bringing the story alive. I will look for other books narrated by her.
wow just wow.. loved every minute and the insights transported me to steep and have more understanding of a different culture. Thanks audio once again for finding perfect voice to enhance this work of truly creative passionate writing.
"Entrancing book with fantastic narration"
A truly engaging story which was brought alive by some fabulous narration (the best I've come across in an audio book).
Wonderful, rich characters and stunningly written backdrop. Only quibble were the sudden changes of personality experienced by some characters, later actions seemed inconsistent.
I did find this book fascinating. The cultural insights make it very topical. The dramatic events were startling. Thank you
Beautiful story of three generations of woman finding their way. The narrator was wonderful and did a good job of the accents.
I loved this Audio Book. Did not want it to end. Can recommend this book.
"I didn't want it to end!"
So beautifully written and narrated.
You don't even realise that you're beginning on the next part.
I really enjoyed this book.
"What a Saga!"
I liked it like a decent, reliable friend that is benign presence in you life. I enjoyed the lengthy and enjoyable journey and felt engaged in the lives, loves and losses.
A good listen that lingers in the memory and is not the last word in great literature.
"What happened to the author half way through the book, lost momentum or inspiration?"
Had the potential to be a really great story but completely lost its way and ended up being simply boring with poorly drawn characters. Kept asking myself what happened to the author about half way through.
It's a brilliant audiobook but I never listen to the same book again as there are so many other books I want to listen to!
It's a good story combined with some historical facts from a part of the world that I know little about.
She was brilliant! I often don't like it when the same reader uses different tones / accents for different characters but she did a very good job.
There were a lot of moving parts.
Would love to listen to more from the same author but her later books do not appeal to me as much as this one did.
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