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The Sight of the Stars
Belva Plain
0440241243
November 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Plain's 21st novel, the son of a Jewish shopkeeper and an Irish farm girl seeks, and finds, his fortune in Texas. The saga begins in 1900, when 13-year-old Adam Arnring learns his parents had never married. His father and stepmother are good people, but he never really wanted to work in the family shop, so at 19 he hops a westbound train from New Jersey with $150 in his pocket. In the small but prosperous and growing town of Chattahoochee, Tex., he parlays his family grocery store experience and a moment of serendipity into a start-up job in a local clothing store. Thanks to years of hard work and a bit of luck, Adam takes over the business and becomes a wealthy and successful man; he even marries Emma Rothirsch, the formidable founder's beautiful and musical niece. Plains speeds forward as Adam and...


The Carousel
Belva Plain
0440216842
Apr 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Plain's latest mystery concerns business machinations, child molestation and murder within a powerful family. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
This new novel concerns a seemingly forthright family's dark secrets.Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Evergreen
Belva Plain
0440132789
June 1980
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
"A magnificent story...this beautifully written  book will be treasured and reread for many years to  come." -- Library Journal.  

"A grand, sweeping panorama...richly written,  finely detailed...vivid and memorable." --  Daily News.

Review
"A magnificent story...this beautifully written  book will be treasured and reread for many years to  come." -- Library Journal.  

"A grand, sweeping panorama...richly written,  finely detailed...vivid and memorable." --  Daily News.

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Looking Back
Belva Plain
0440235774
April 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
In her novel Looking Back, New York Times bestselling author Belva Plain poses the question, Can friendships forged during the idyllic years of college stand the test of time--and betrayal? Recent college graduates and former roommates, classy Cecile, brainy Norma, and ambitious Amanda find their lives intimately entwined when Amanda marries Norma's older brother, Larry, to escape the unrelenting poverty of her family and the total lack of opportunities in the small southern town where she grew up. But their lives will never be the same once Amanda begins a passionate affair with her father-in-law, the cold and commanding L.B. No one escapes unscathed after Amanda confesses all, including the identity of her son's father, at a party, and Norma attempts to boost her heartbroken brother's career at the expense of...


Belva Plain Omnibus: Blessings/Whispers/Homecoming
Belva Plain
0517222477
August 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
"Belva Plain is in a class by herself." -The New York Times
New York Times bestselling author Belva Plain has penned twenty internationally acclaimed novels. Her tales of family, heritage, and history will resonate with anyone who knows what it is to love and what it is to be a part of a family, which is why her stories captivate readers by the millions. Following up on the first omnibus edition of her work, here are three more rich, moving novels in one volume: Blessings, Whispers, and Homecoming.
Blessings is the deeply moving story of the beautiful and gutsy Jennie Rakowsky, whose hidden secret of her youth is about to ruin her brilliantly successful career and brand-new engagement.
In Whispers, Lynn and Robert Ferguson seem to have the perfect marriage. But behind closed...


Her Father's House
Belva Plain
0440235804
December 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Usually a crowd-pleaser, Plain (Looking Back, etc.) sleepwalks through her latest novel, in which old-fashioned style clashes uncomfortably with contemporary content. Donald Wolfe, a 25-year-old North Dakota native, comes to New York City in 1968 to practice law; five years later, he meets and falls for the captivating Lillian Morris. Marrying in haste, he repents big time when Lillian reveals herself to be disturbingly erratic. After she becomes pregnant, the two divorce, but when Donald judges his daughter, Bettina, to be neglected, he kidnaps her. Taking to the road, he invents a new past for himself and adopts the name Jim, renaming his daughter Laura. Many years later, the truth is revealed and Jim stands trial for kidnapping. Will Laura, now a young woman, be able to forgive her father his deception, which...


Whispers
Belva Plain
0440216745
Mar 1994
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Plain's accomplished portrayal of a seemingly perfect Connecticut homemaker and her abusive husband was a PW bestseller. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews
The plight of the battered wife is the subject of Plain's latest (Treasures, 1992; Harvest, 1990, etc.)--in which an Iowa- bred suburban Connecticut housewife and mother suffers the sporadic rages of a successful career husband. ``To live with Robert was to dwell in sunlight for months and months; then suddenly a flashing storm would turn everything into darkness....'' Although Robert at first blamed Lynn for the drowning death of their toddler, he had been cautioned in his judgment by wiser heads, and now, in 1988, Robert and Lynn live--to the public at least--in harmony in a...


Legacy of Silence
Belva Plain
0440226406
April 1999
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Take sibling rivalry, Nazi Germany, and a basement full of familial secrets, and you've got the makings for Legacy of Silence, the saga of two sisters' lives. It's Berlin in 1939, and lovely Caroline Hartzinger and Lore, her unattractive adopted sister, are forced to escape to Switzerland. To make matters more heinous, their parents don't survive, Caroline's pregnant, and her lover mysteriously disappears. Eventually, the two women immigrate to the United States and try to begin new lives, but their painful past continues to haunt them and becomes unavoidable when a love interest comes between them.

From Library Journal
Dana Ivey reads clearly and convincingly this sprawling novel tracing the long lives of two stepsisters who escape from Germany during the Nazi era. They settle in a...


Golden Cup
Belva Plain
0440130913
September 1987
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in turn-of-the-century New York, Plain's latest is a stirring novel that focuses on irrepressible Hennie De Riveraaunt of Evergreen's Paul Wernerand her family. Hennie's stagnant existence ends when she begins dating Dan Roth, an impoverished science teacher and social reformer who despises the materialistic excesses of the rich. She weds Dan despite her middle-class family's objections and her knowledge of his earlier womanizing. The marriage is tested when Dan's activism alienates Hennie's wealthy brother-in-law, Walter Werner, whose father owns tenements, and when Hennie agrees to raise Leah, daughter of a dying factory worker. The girl matures into a shrewd, forceful woman who gravitates toward the Roths' exceptionally mild-mannered son, Freddy. While their relationship intensifies, Walter's son, Paul,...


Random Winds
Belva Plain
0440175623
September 1987
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
"Wonderful... a  convincing, sweeping novel... a real page-turner."  -- The Philadephia Enquirer.

"Bigger than evergreen." -- John  Barkham Reviews.

Review
"Wonderful... a  convincing, sweeping novel... a real page-turner."  -- The Philadephia Enquirer.

"Bigger than evergreen." -- John  Barkham Reviews.

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Fortune's Hand
Belva Plain
0440226414
Apr 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Prolific author Belva Plain turns her discerning attention once more to the complexity of the human condition in Fortune . High-powered lawyer Robb McDaniel learns too late that dreams are more easily lost than won, and that life sometimes takes on a complexion all of its own, when he pursues and achieves "success," as measured by standards not his own or his family's. Along the way, Robb indelibly touches other lives: Lily, his high-school sweetheart and former fiancée; Ellen, his estranged wife who is in love with another man; and Julie, his daughter who has grown up before Robb realized what was happening. For Belva Plain fans, the sometimes-unlikely dialogue fails to detract from the message of a life gone astray. In truth, Plain's painfully literal plot reminds us all to remain vigilant, to continually monitor...


After the Fire
Belva Plain
0375409769
Apr 2000
Large Print Hardcover
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From Library Journal
When young artist Hyacinth falls in love with and marries Gerald, a medical student, she thinks she has found heaven. But like many marriages, this one founders. Then one night in desperation Hyacinth commits an act for which she will pay dearly, giving Gerald the reason he needs to gain uncontested custody of their two young children. However, despite the anguish over her children and her broken marriage, Hyacinth takes a fashion design course and quickly rises to the top of her profession. Although known and admired for her portrayals of families in all their complexity, Plain's (Legacy of Silence) characters in this book fail to be convincing. The combination of Hyacinth's na?vet? and meteoric assent in the fashion business strains believability. The author's strength, however, lies in her ability...


Tapestry
Belva Plain
044020271X
March 1989
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Readers who have not previously met the Werners and Roths in The Golden Cup and Evergreen will sense something missing when they begin this continuing saga about these tightly knit, aristocratic German-Jewish families. This book contains multiple allusions to past events, yet the first-time reader can still become immediately involved in the narrative, thanks to Plain's adroit blending of complex personalities with a panoramic view of world events. The novel covers the early '20s until the end of World War II. Paterfamilias is Paul Werner, a high-minded banker, a dedicated philanthropist and a reluctant adulterer. His genteel wife Marion, unable to bear children, coolly retreats to her private circle of charitable events and card parties. Although Paul still broods over his first love, Anna, he turns to his...


Her Father's House
Belva Plain
0375431683
July 2002
Large Print Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Usually a crowd-pleaser, Plain (Looking Back, etc.) sleepwalks through her latest novel, in which old-fashioned style clashes uncomfortably with contemporary content. Donald Wolfe, a 25-year-old North Dakota native, comes to New York City in 1968 to practice law; five years later, he meets and falls for the captivating Lillian Morris. Marrying in haste, he repents big time when Lillian reveals herself to be disturbingly erratic. After she becomes pregnant, the two divorce, but when Donald judges his daughter, Bettina, to be neglected, he kidnaps her. Taking to the road, he invents a new past for himself and adopts the name Jim, renaming his daughter Laura. Many years later, the truth is revealed and Jim stands trial for kidnapping. Will Laura, now a young woman, be able to forgive her father his deception, which...


After the Fire
Belva Plain
044023574X
April 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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From Library Journal
When young artist Hyacinth falls in love with and marries Gerald, a medical student, she thinks she has found heaven. But like many marriages, this one founders. Then one night in desperation Hyacinth commits an act for which she will pay dearly, giving Gerald the reason he needs to gain uncontested custody of their two young children. However, despite the anguish over her children and her broken marriage, Hyacinth takes a fashion design course and quickly rises to the top of her profession. Although known and admired for her portrayals of families in all their complexity, Plain's (Legacy of Silence) characters in this book fail to be convincing. The combination of Hyacinth's na?vet? and meteoric assent in the fashion business strains believability. The author's strength, however, lies in her ability...

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