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After the Fire [Mass Market Paperback]

Belva Plain
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Grandma Book! Aug. 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book falls into the category of what I call Grandma or Mothers Day books--probably given as a gift.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars After the Fire--A Must Read Oct. 28 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After the Fire, by Belva Plain, is a very good book because it holds your interest and makes you want to keep reading. The plot begins a little slowly as it describes the meeting, dating, and subsequent marriage of Gerald and Hyacinth. The pace picks up, however, once Gerald becomes a successful doctor and their marriage begins to fall apart.When Hyacinth's jealously places her in Gerald's office building the night it burns down, deceit, divorce, and blackmail quickly follow. The twists and turns of Hyacinth's life after her divorce and loss of custody of her children make this book a real page-turner.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD FAMILY DRAMA April 4 2001
By Nick G
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gerald and Hyacinth are the picture perfect couple. She a beautiful artist, he a brilliant surgeon, and two wonderful children. Their marriage is the envy of all their friends, until...
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.
Nick Gonnella
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry I read this title! June 27 2000
Format:Hardcover
Belva Plain is one of those authors who I still insist upon reading. But now, after finishing After the Fire, I may very well pass on reading her books in the future. Known for her blockbuster hit, Evergreen and the continuation of this family saga, some years ago Plain ventured into more contemporary subjects. I for one sure whish she hadn't especially after reading this book and others like Homecoming and Fortune's Hand among other titles. Concentrating on issues like spousal abuse, blackmail, family issues, adultery and child abuse, I still long to read a book like Evergreen or even one like her more recent Legacy of Secrets which was her last good book.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry I read this title! June 17 2000
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Format:Hardcover
Belva Plain is one of those authors who I still insist uon reading. But now, after finishing After the Fire, I may very well pass on reading her books in the future. Known for her blockbuster hit Evergreen and the continuation of this family saga, some years ago Plain ventured into more contemporary subjects. I for one sure wish she hadn't especially after reading this book and Homecoming and Fortune's Hand among other titles. Concentrating on today's issues liek spousal abuse, black mail, family issues, adultery and child abuse, I still long to read a book like Evergreen or even her more recent Legacy of Secrets which was her last good book.
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Is Belva Plain kidding?
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 more
Published on March 20 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars This soap opera is a squeaky clean page turner!
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 more
Published on March 28 2002 by Nelson Aspen
3.0 out of 5 stars my review
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 more
Published on Aug. 20 2001 by Ana Maria Barrenechea
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
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 more
Published on July 13 2001 by Karen Potts
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind of book
This is the first novel by Belva Plain I have read and I can say without hesitation it will be my last. Read more
Published on July 5 2001 by J. Fercho
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr & Mrs Who?
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 more
Published on June 7 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars After The Fire
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 more
Published on May 21 2001 by Constance B. Knott
5.0 out of 5 stars After the Fire
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 more
Published on May 21 2001 by Roselle Williamson
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
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 more
Published on Dec 7 2000 by "fearlessfosdick"
3.0 out of 5 stars Another entertainer from Belva Plain
I think my first Belva Plain was Evergreen, and I have to admit I haven't found another book as wonderful as that one. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2000 by Meleriel Riley
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