Few authors have understood the tender intricacies of relationships better than the incomparable Belva Plain. For three decades her deeply moving epics have captivated the hearts and imaginations of readers everywhere. Now, in her final novel, she comes full circle with the themes she took up in her very first work, Evergreen, bringing us this unforgettable story of family and friendship, love and marriage, the challenges of life and the true secret of happiness.
"Predictable and antiquated."
Beginning in 1920 and paralleling Hitler’s rise to power, this compelling story revolves around wealthy Paul Werner and interweaves a myriad of other characters as he quests for ultimate happiness and contentment. You will meet an unforgettable American family as they struggle with birth, death, murder, illicit passion, and great tragedy – and one man who must fight his own war against evil. Belva Plain pulls together the many life-threads entwined with Werner's to form a magnificent tapestry.
Margaret and Adam Crane seem to have a near-perfect life - she's a teacher, he's a computer executive, and together they are lovingly raising their own children and Margaret's orphaned niece. Then one day the phone rings - and suddenly everything changes forever as a woman from Adam's university days reappears in his life, and an old affair reignites. At the same time, there are problems in Adam's workplace - a possible takeover and downsizing. The reverberations from these two circumstances will touch many lives and bring with them changes that no one could have predicted.
Across a teeming canvas of history, through world wars and the close of a century, The Sight of the Stars tells a deeply affecting story of family and forgiveness, guilt and redemption. Brimming with the emotional depth and moral complexity we have come to expect from this incomparable storyteller, The Sight of the Stars is about what happens when we dare to dream, and the moments that can change families forever.
Margaret and Adam Crane are happy with their professional careers, their three young children, and their home. But when a woman from Adam's past suddenly appears, she ignites desires that threaten to consume the very fabric of his marriage. In the resulting emotional and financial chaos, Margaret and the children must resist ending up as the casualties of Adam’s adultery.
The novel centers around Iris, the daughter of the beautiful, passionate Anna from a secret love affair with Paul Werner. During the turbulent 1960s, Iris and Theo's fragile marriage begins to falter, while their son, Steve, a student at a midwestern university, comes under the sway of the charismatic and radical son of Paul Werner's niece, Meg.
Cassie Wright never saw it coming. As owner of Wright Glassworks, the foremost company in a thriving New England town, Cassie's life was quiet, focused on her work and home until a tragic accident turns her carefully ordered world upside down. For there is a surviving child to think about, and Cassie must take in one-year-old Gwen, who has no one else to care for her. As the years pass, Cassie will raise Gwen as her own, and a little girl who lost everything will flourish in a world of privilege and opportunity.
Looking Back follows the intertwined lives of three bright young women. Cecile is a beautiful child of privilege; Amanda is ambitious but poor; Norma is the academic star, yet the least self-assured. They are inseparable at college. And when the three classmates graduate and move into careers and marriage, they remain close. But, secretly, one of them will begin a relationship that undermines their trust and alters the course of each life it touches.
At 36, Jennie Rakowsky's dreams were coming true. She was about to marry a wonderful man, her career as a lawyer was skyrocketing, and she had never been more beautiful. And then the secret she had hidden for 19 years threatened to shatter it all.
Her Father's House is Belva Plain's most powerful and unforgettable novel yet. Donald Wolfe, a young lawyer, arrives in New York City. Idealistic and ambitious, he marries Lillian out of infatuation and little else. Their marriage is shaky, but they have a child, Tina, and for her, Donald would give up everything. When his flawed marriage begins to fail, he must consider a step that would force him into flight and a life of hiding.
It began almost like a fairy tale. Plain Jane and Prince Charming met in college, fell in love, and were married soon after graduation. She shelved her dreams of a career as a painter to help him through medical school and to be the perfect doctor's wife. He became a successful plastic surgeon and they had two beautiful children. But real life is no fairy tale.
In this remarkable new novel, Belva Plain creates a brilliant portrayal of a man's descent from idealistic beginnings into a world of dishonesty and greed - and of the two women who love him.
Here is the story of Cecile, Norma, and Amanda, who met at school and have been inseparable ever since. Now, three women, leading their busy adult lives, yet first and always they are friends. Until something unexpected happens that forever alters their long, complicated friendship. A shattering act of betrayal shifts the balance of power.
Cassie Wright never saw it coming. As owner of Wright Glassworks, the foremost company in a thriving New England town, Cassie's life was quiet, focused on her work and home until a tragic accident turns her carefully ordered world upside down. For there is a surviving child to think about and Cassie must take in one-year-old Gwen, who has no one else to care for her. As the years pass, Cassie will raise Gwen as her own, and a little girl who lost everything will flourish in a world of privilege and opportunity.