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Free download ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ç Belva Plain 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. Heartwood The older harder nonliving central wood of trees that is usually darker denser less permeable and durable than the surrounding sapwood Merriam Webster DictionaryUpon closing the novel swells of warmth and melancholia flooded my heart I smiled and thought “What a wonderful way to end the story she started in the 1978 paperback edition of EVERGREEN” But the tear tracking down my right cheek mourned the fact that I’ll never know the story of Anna Friedman’s great grand daughter Katie Belva Plain died in October 2010 Ironically HEARTWOOD begins in 1979 Anna and Joseph Friedman are gone so is Paul Warner But the long held family secret is still alive and Theo Stern will protect Iris Friedman Stern from learning it until the day he dies He made that promise long ago He knows that his lovely wife is too fragile and then there is her great neediness; Neediness of him neediness that her children be happy and lead a successful life neediness to understand her late mother Perhaps if the 58 year old Iris knew the secret many of the heartaches and conflicts she will soon endure could be avoided but that is NOT Iris Friedman Stern On a lovely November day she is happy All of the Sterns will be under the same roof celebrating her favorite holiday Thanksgiving It has been years since they have been together all four adult children her grandchildren and Theo Just as it is supposed to be she reminisces while finding a parking space in the grocery lot Her three sons had given her many sleepless nights but never her Laura Laura is the stable child the “rock” of the family that Iris and her brothers to in times of crisis Besides her daughter is happy and has a wonderful marriage But Laura also reminiscing isn’t so sure While her mother is giving herself a mental pat on back congratulating herself that she is a beloved college professor and has long moved past Theo’s philandering Laura is seeing the cracks within her life dreams and marriage to Robby McAllister But when Theo is struck down by a near fatal heart attack Laura seizes the opportunity to move her family from California back to New York and starts to live HER life not the one she desperately lived as she thought her Grandma Friedman would want her to live HEARTWOOD is extremely well written and the characters are real with multi layers to them While capturing the turbulent 60s and the early 80’s when women started to have both a successful career and a family Belva Plain concentrates on relationships between wives and husbands and between a mother and daughter These relationships are the heartwood of a happy and successful life Just ask Iris Stern

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Download ß Heartwood ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ò 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 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. 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 busy city Those hours on buses in Atlanta were my favorite time to read and relax Evergreen was a book that stayed in my memory for than 30 years And now as a last gift Ms Plain who died recently at age 90 has finished the story of ANNA's children and grandchildren in this lovely heartbreaking tale of Iris Stern Anna's daughter Theo her once philandering husband and THEIR children especially their daughter Laura Laura married the wrong boy when she was 19 They were ftotally different worlds She was the child of wealthy Jewish east coast parents who grew up encouraged to be whatever and to get a good education She gave that up when she married Robby a small town Ohio boy with narrow minded parents and who was raised to go to church THey married had a baby so that robby who was extremely selfish could avoid the Viet Nam draft In the days in which this story begins having a baby was a valid reason for a deferment Laura gave up school lived in a horrible noisy little apartment in Ca and followed Robby wherever he went for school or work both of which he seemed to fail at miserably always with a lame excuse He was denied his PHD and with baby in hand Laura and Robby went back to the East Coast where Laura always creative with cooking and decorating started her own catering business and built an empire much like that of a modern day Martha Stewart She provided well for Robby and their baby Katie bought a magnificent home and held weddings and other events in the ballroom of that home At one event a dashing photographer is hired and there is instant magic when Laura and he Nick meet for the first time The story takes on an aching tone from that point on There are turns secrets deaths affairs family splits and reconciliations and finally for me a bittersweet ending Anyone who loved Belva Plain's early works will want to read this one The last page was predictable and this is not the best AMerican novel ever written thus I gave it 4 stars not 5 but I still totally enjoyed it and did not want it to end

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HeartwoodMic 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. 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 needs and made the marriage better Instead she decides the grass is greener elsewhere but she hasn't changed she has just found someone willing to cater to her and read her mind about what she needs We haven't seen that her communications skills have gotten any better Without that she may be finding green grass with someone else Time must have been short with this book It seemed barely filled out like an outline I realize this took place 30 years ago but the issues seemed so out of date It was hard to see what the big deal was