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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 to sustain suspense throughout the story, leaving listeners wondering about "the secret" until the end. Kate Harper reads with skill and emotion, rendering both male and female voices effectively. The tape quality is excellent. Recommended for popular fiction collections. Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
"Belva Plain doesn't know how not to write a bestseller."—Newsday
"Belva Plain is in a class by herself!" —The New York Times --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Hyacinth,a quiet,gentle and totally non-sophisticated girl is swept off her feet by a handsome,go-getting young doctor who is quick to seize any opportunities to advance his career.Against the advice of her mother,she marries him and sublimates her budding artistic career to him and their subsequent children.Unfortunately, Hyacinth is too much of an innocent to realise that this monster is "Gaslighting" her into a state of subjugation to the point where he forces her into a divorce and the signing away of her children.He convinces her that she's guilty of a criminal offence which,if brought to light would ruin the lives of her family.I am normally a fairly mild mannered person but I could cheerfully have punched this excuse for a man till he was a pulp! After many lonely years,she meets a new love who sets her on the path to newly realised talents and who helps her to rediscover her self confidence and future happiness with him and her reclaimed children.
Belva Plain does an excellent job of describing her characters and making the reader feel their pain. As Hyacinth mopes around the house after Gerald and the kids move to Florida, you want to cry right along with her. When she finally pulls herself together, goes to school, and becomes a successful fashion designer, you want to cheer for her. On the other hand, you want to despise Gerald for being so cruel and keeping the children away from their mother. The reader's heart also aches for the children who are caught in the middle and cannot be told the truth about what is keeping their mother from them. I would definitely recommend this book to all those who enjoy reading suspense and romance novels.
One night a mysterious phone call prompts Hy to look deeply into her marriage. After confronting her husband about his infidelity, Hy goes into a downward-spiral leaving her acccused of commiting an unthinkable act. An act that will ultimitely leave her husband-less, and child-less.
For fear of what Gerald will do with what he knows, Hy must never speak about what happened, not even to her mother Francine, who always hated Gerald anyway. But as time goes by she realizes she must face what happened on the night in question if she is to get her children back.
"After The Fire" is a page-turning family saga as only Belva Plain could write. The characters well-developed, the plot realistic and thoroughly entertaining.
Belva Plain has written another bestseller about a family in crisis that will fly up the bestseller list's.
The theme of After the Fire is once again rich girl marries poor doctor man and whle their lives shoulde picture perfect, they're not. And in one moment the husband is in a postion not only to divorce his wife but also to sue for custody of their children. The remaninder of the book is predictable but all the while I wondered why the woman didn't pursue his allegations and clear her name.
I'm sorry I can't wholeheartedly recommend this book even as a beach read and am still longing for another great read from Belva.
The theme of After the Fire is once again rich girl marries poor doctor man and while their lives should be picture perfect, they're not. And in one moment the husband is in a position not only to divorce hsi wife but also sue her for custody of their children. The remainder of the book is predictable but all the whiel I wondered why the woman didn't pursue his allegations.
I'm sorry I can't recommend this book, even as a beach read and am still longing for another great read from Belva.
Most recent customer reviews
This book isn`t worth the paper it is written on!!It contained nothing of substance.Where did this couple live?What were their last names? Read morePublished on March 20 2004
I assume that this work is indicative of other titles by the author. Never dull, it is remarkably wholesome in spite of "sordid" subject matter. Read morePublished on March 28 2002 by Nelson Aspen
In this story, Hyacinth is a woman who is faced with one of the most horrible moments in a mother's life: she is forced to give up her two children for a moment of craziness she... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2001 by Ana Maria Barrenechea
Hyacinth has met the love of her life, Gerald, a medical student who wants to marry her. She is sure that theirs will be a "happily-ever-after" marriage. Read morePublished on July 13 2001 by Karen Potts
This is the first novel by Belva Plain I have read and I can say without hesitation it will be my last. Read morePublished on July 5 2001 by J. Fercho
I am well into the book and am enjoying it as I am a fan of Belva Plain. However, no where so far do I find the last name of Hyacinth's family or Gerald's family. Read morePublished on June 7 2001
I was hooked from the first page to this novel. It wasn't until the last 30 pages that I had an idea of how this might end. I really enjoyed the read. Read morePublished on May 21 2001 by Constance B. Knott
I could hardly put "After the Fire" aside once I began reading it! I feel each emotion which Hyancinth feels - love, joy, anger, hurt, sadness, pain, shame, pride - as... Read morePublished on May 21 2001 by Roselle Williamson
Gerald and Hyacinth appeared to have a perfect marriage, blessed with two beautiful children. However, when cracks appeared (or were the cracks there all along? Read morePublished on Dec 7 2000