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After the Fire [Mass Market Paperback]

Belva Plain
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Is Belva Plain kidding? March 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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?What was a day like at home for the mother(Hyacynth)?What were her children like?What was important to her?These are just a few of the subjects not even touched upon by the author.I couldn`t get past the first 100 pages.I hav not read any of this authors other books since Evergreen,which I loved.This book was a waste of my time and money.I will not ever waste anymore money on this authors books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Grandma Book! Aug. 4 2002
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars This soap opera is a squeaky clean page turner! March 29 2002
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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. If it's a G-rated romance/soap opera novel you're after, this is a good choice. Not racy enough to be a LIFETIME movie, it will at least be good company on that cross-country airline ride!
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5.0 out of 5 stars After the Fire--A Must Read Oct. 28 2001
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars my review Aug. 20 2001
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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 already regrets.
Faced with an incredible emptiness, she is able, with the help of a total stranger, to rebuild her life. what once seemed an impossibility becomes her career and she is good at it.
The story is interesting and the plot keeps you interested till the end. It makes a good summer reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read July 13 2001
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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. Her mother warns her about things she has observed in Gerald, but Hyacinth, undaunted, proceeds with the wedding. As it turns out, Mother really does know best in this case but Hyacinth has to learn this the hard way. Gerald uses an unfortunate incident against Hyacinth and she loses everything that she loves. Eventually she finds her true niche in life through a man who loves her, but her secret past keeps her from marrying him. This is a good page-turner and one in which you do care about the main character.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind of book July 5 2001
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This is the first novel by Belva Plain I have read and I can say without hesitation it will be my last. I found the entire premise to be nothing short of silly (how many mothers would give up their children based on their supposed involvement in an accidental fire?) The plot was laughable and the main character pathetic. Sorry I wasted my time on this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr & Mrs Who? June 7 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. They are Dr & Mrs Gerald Who? Am I missing something or was this intentional on the part of the author?
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