Heartwood

Heartwood

by Belva Plain
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Heartwood 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Family matriarch Iris Stern feels she has had a happy marriage and a great late career as a college professor. When her husband Theo suffers a massive heart attack, Iris knows she loves her spouse and her adult children, but the needs of her kids are not hers and their decisions are definitely not hers. In California Robby McAllister loses his college teaching job due to cutbacks. He and his wife Laura, Iris' daughter returns to New York to be near her family. As he fails to land a position, she thrives with a fixer upper Victorian and a catering business. An upset Robby flees to his family home and store in Ohio, but Laura remains in New York with their daughter and meets Nick. Iris has her own issues with an ethical question of what is right in accordance with her deep Jewish faith vs. what Theo desires as well as how to handle a secret he concealed from her. The late Belva Plain takes her readers back to where it all began with Evergreen as she provides a profound look at the Stern family. The cast is strong, but remains true to their personalities yet the character driven story line can stand alone. Ms. Plain, who died in October, pays homage to herself with a depth few authors ever achieve. Harriet Klausner
MyFunnyDadHarryAuthor More than 1 year ago
"Heartwood" is Belva Plain's last novel, a sequel to Harvest actually.  Belva Plain is one of my favorite authors and did not disappoint me with this contemporary fiction novel about love, marriage, life's challenges, family relationships, forgiveness, infidelity and secrets.  I enjoyed reading this book very much because it delves into the inner workings of marriage and family.  It continues the saga of a Jewish family that Belva Plain first writes about in Evergreen.  This is about Laura, who tries to be a good wife out of duty but becomes more interested in her catering business than her husband who feels like a failure for being unable to achieve his dream.  I highly recommend Heartwood to women.
booknutDA More than 1 year ago
I just finished Belva Plain's last novel, Heartwood. I loved every page of it and will miss her so. I wrote to her personally some years ago and got a wonderful reply in her own handwriting. I have the letter in one of her books I have.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Engaging first page to last, Belva Plain reminds me, in Heartwood, why she has been my favorite author for almost 40 years! Family secrets woven with love and passion make this book as exciting as it is precious. A real page-turner,!
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Enjoyed tremendously. Found the family convictions deep and moving.
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I love Belva Plain and this was another of her wonderful books.
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Always enjoy Belva Plain novels. I think that i have now read them all.
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I have read almost all of Belva Plain's books. This one is a must read !! If this is your first book by her it will NOT be your last . Keeps you reading till the end. But, like all her books you do not want it to end.
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epsunset More than 1 year ago
I had never read any of Belva Plain's books, but now I will make an effort to read all of them. When I first started the book, I didn't know whether or not I would even finish it. But, I must say she grabs your attention quickly....I could hardly put it down! I am just sorry I didn't know about her books sooner.
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I loved this book! I couldn't put it down! I have read all of Belva Plain's books through the years. This was one of her best. It made me want to read Evergreen again.
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