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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 happinessThough Iris Stern considers herself a modern woman with a successful acade. Although I am not uite done with this book I am enjoying it much than I thought I would I have been a fan of Belva Plain for over 30 years starting with her first book Evergreen there are not too many Jewish family sagas written these days unlike years ago when She along with Gloria Goldreich and Maisie Mosco wrote several novels in this genre Although not all of Belva s books were family sagas I enjoyed these the most Knowing that Belva Plain was uite elderly and after hearing that she had died last year I did not expect another novel to be released Not only does Heartwood remind us of her old style of demonstrating passion family loyalty and conflict and undying love and devotion it concludes the story of the descendants of the characters in Evergreen a fact that I wasn t aware of until I started the book Although it is much shorter in scope and seuence it is still engrossing and emotionally charged and it hooked me in right from the beginning and made me realize how much I miss reading the family sagas of which I couldn t get enough in the 1970s and 1980s I am not sure whether Belva Plain wrote the entire book by herself or if she had help but it is only fitting that her final work brings to a conclusion the story of the beloved family from Evergreen It is not as good and as riveting as Evergreen but it is still a decent and interesting bookWell I finished the book in only a few days but I am not uite sure why the review never appeared on my profile or my facebook page It was an excellent uick read which did not disappoint expecially since Belva Plain had to have been in her 90s when she wrote it I miss the family sagas of years ago so this book left me nostalgic and wanting of this genre I definitely would pass this book on to my friends

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Heartwood

Herself must come to grips with the discovery of a long held family secret But it’s an emotional parting of another kind that looms most prominently on Iris’s horizon as neither her beloved husband nor the solidity of her own marriage is immune to the ravages of time Through separations and reunions the changes we cannot avoid and the love that sustains Iris will weather whatever lies ahead with a faith that cannot be shaken Like the inmost rings of a tree that abide through the generations she will be as strong as heartwo. This book captivated me from the first page In its telling the story unfolds beautifully piece by small piece section by section The flow and the sentences are structured with such precision it is truly a delight to turn to each new page The author s astute understanding of human relationships and of the bonds between family members radiates throughout Caught up in the lives of characters I cared for I had little thought for the passage of time and read late late into the night There is no preachiness in the tone just a deep discerning clear delivery that shines with uncanny perceptiveness What a terrible loss that this author is no longer among us Like the title of this book Ms Plain s stories are like heartwood strong and enduring and will no doubt be treasured through many future generationsLaurieReviewer for Coffee Time Romance MoreFull Review

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Mic career and a happy marriage she still holds steadfast to her old fashioned sensibilities But as the mother of three adult children each with their own lives and burdens to bear she often finds those sensibilities called into uestion when confronted with the choices her children have made For one of Iris’s daughters it’s the choice of a fresh start in New York City and a last chance to save her troubled marriage While Laura and Robbie cope with an impending separation and its effect on Iris’s young granddaughter Iris. I am a big fan of Belva Plain This is the fifth and last book of the Werner Family saga The story centers on Laura who is the granddaughter of Anna a central figure throughout even after her death With her red hair and beauty Laura resembles Anna in ways than one which we come to understand by the story s end I thought the series would have been better ended at Book Four This fifth book was not up to the caliber of the rest and especially disappointing after Book Four which had so many historical details woven throughout Compared to it this book seemed rather trivial for the most part However the story does pick up near the end and is worthy of Belva Plain s style as she dives deep into the themes of love loss and forgiveness


10 thoughts on “Heartwood

  1. says:

    Three and a half stars It is years since I have read a Belva Plain book but this was probably just what I needed after the last book

  2. says:

    Heartwood The older harder nonliving central wood of trees that is usually darker denser less permeable and dur

  3. says:

    Although I am not uite done with this book I am enjoying it much than I thought I would I have been a fan of Belva Plain for over 30 years starting with her first book Evergreen; there are not too many Jewish family sagas written these days unlike years ago when She along with Gloria Goldreich and Maisie Mosco wrote several novels in this genre Although not all of Belva's books were family sagas I enjoyed these

  4. says:

    Iris Stern considers herself to be a thoroughly modern woman although she still holds steadfast to her old fashioned sensibilities She has a successful career in academia and a happy marriage But as the mother of four adult children each with their own lives to live and burdens to bear Iris often finds her sensibilities

  5. says:

    Robbie sure got the short end of the stick The author took the easy way out with the solution to Laura's problem It would have been much better to make Laura deal with the issue directly so that she would mature in the process I'd have rather seen a divorce between the two and a hea for Robbie He wasn't any worse the Laura Laura was immature as well She really should have acted like a grown up wife and talked to him about her need

  6. says:

    I am a big fan of Belva Plain This is the fifth and last book of the Werner Family saga The story centers on Laura who is the granddaughter of Anna a central figure throughout even after her death With her red hair and beauty Laura resembles A

  7. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this final and posthumous novel written by my beloved Belva Plain I read Evergreen as a young woman commuting to work in a

  8. says:

    Heartwood is the conclusion of the Evergreen series Joseph and Anna Friedman and Paul Werner have all died Now Iris the Friedman's daughter is seeing herself as a modern woman She has a successful academic career and a happy marriage to Theo Stern an oncologist Unbeknownst to Iris she is the daughter of Anna Friedman and Paul Werner after an afternoon of lovemaking Neither of them have ever told Iris or the family of t

  9. says:

    This book captivated me from the first page In its telling the story unfolds beautifully piece by small piece section by section The flow and the sentences are structured with such precision it is truly a delight to turn to each new page The author’s astute understanding of human relationships and of the bonds between family members radiates throughout Caught up in the lives of characters I cared for I had little thou

  10. says:

    Heartwood is Belva Plain’s last novel a seuel 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

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