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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.
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