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Mic 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. I am a big fan of Belva Plain This is the fifth and last book of the Werner Family saga The story centers on Laura who is the granddaughter of Anna a central figure throughout even after her death With her red hair and beauty Laura resembles Anna in ways than one which we come to understand by the story s end I thought the series would have been better ended at Book Four This fifth book was not up to the caliber of the rest and especially disappointing after Book Four which had so many historical details woven throughout Compared to it this book seemed rather trivial for the most part However the story does pick up near the end and is worthy of Belva Plain s style as she dives deep into the themes of love loss and forgiveness

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Heartwood

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. Three and a half stars It is years since I have read a Belva Plain book but this was probably just what I needed after the last book Through the Cracks which was oddly compelling but hard to read This book is the opposite It is like snuggling into a warm bed on a cold night It just sort of wraps around you The people and the themes are familiar That s not to say that I didn t get angry with the way Iris and Laura at times dealt with the issues that arose but this was an average sort of family dealing with everyday issues and sometimes all I want to read is something comfortable It s the story of Iris and Theo their sons and daughter Laura Laura is the one they feel they never have to worry about because she does everything well However the way she and Robbie decided to handle the Vietnam Draft is immature and stupid beyond belief Yet for those who remember those days of conscription and the Vietnam War their decision is perhaps understandable in a misguided way Therein is the catalyst which is at the heart of all Laura and Robbie s problems along with Laura s inability to always wanted to please everyone and not rock the boat Robbie is a weak character who cannot cope without someone propping him up and building his ego But Laura and Robbie cannot talk about issues and resolve them Just so Iris and Theo have issues in their past that have not been satisfactorily dealt with And then there is a secret But it doesn t come out until a long way into the book While I enjoyed this novel despite not agreeing with some of the decisions made or the way they were handled I also thought the ending with Robbie was just too convenient and predictable

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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. Heartwood is the conclusion of the Evergreen series Joseph and Anna Friedman and Paul Werner have all died Now Iris the Friedman s daughter is seeing herself as a modern woman She has a successful academic career and a happy marriage to Theo Stern an oncologist Unbeknownst to Iris she is the daughter of Anna Friedman and Paul Werner after an afternoon of lovemaking Neither of them have ever told Iris or the family of this Joseph raised Iris as his own loving child Theo is struck down after a serious heart attack and can no longer work His death was a tragedy to the whole familyNow Laura has a chance at a fresh start in New York City and maybe a last chance to try to save her marriage to Robbie McAllister Robbie always had his heart on becoming an archeologist but just never made the grade They are blessed with a child Katie who is so smart for her age and can figure out what is going on Laura however became successful with her catering company and household tips to share in books and on tv Robbie felt he could never compete with her and she was being the higher paid of the two of them He could stand thatLaura meets Nick the photographer for her catering and household hints segments and falls for him Foolishly they meet and become lovers as well as friends Laura is going to tell Robbie she wants a divorce never a divorce in either side of the families and start anew The most awful tragedy occurs Robbie dies in a plane crash on his way home to talk with Laura about their future Laura is so upset by this that she calls it off with NickNow that I have brought you up to steam you will have to read for yourself the outcomeAs an aside it is sad that Belva Plain is no longer with us as she was a very great storyteller She was in a class by herself Thank you BelvaHer mother Iris talks to Nick and tells him that she does love him and not to give up


10 thoughts on “Heartwood

  1. says:

    Three and a half stars It is years since I have read a Belva Plain book but this was probably just what I needed after the last book Through the Cracks which was oddly compelling but hard to read This book is the opposite It is like

  2. says:

    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 edi

  3. says:

    Although I am not uite done with this book I am enjoying it much than I thought I would I have been a fan of Belva Plain for over 30

  4. says:

    Iris Stern considers herself to be a thoroughly modern woman although she still holds steadfast to her old fashioned sensibilities S

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    I am a big fan of Belva Plain This is the fifth and last book of the Werner Family saga The story centers on Laura who is the granddaughter of Anna a central figure throughout even after her death With her red hair and beauty Laura resembles Anna in ways than one which we come to understand by the story's end I thought the series would hav

  7. says:

    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 heartb

  8. says:

    Heartwood is the conclusion of the Evergreen series Joseph and Anna Friedman and Paul Werner have all died Now Iris the Friedman's daughter is seeing herself as a modern woman She has a successful academic career

  9. says:

    This book captivated me from the first page In its telling the story unfolds beautifully piece by small piece section by section The flow and the sentences are structured with such precision it is truly a delight to turn to each new page The author’s astute understanding of human relationships and of the bonds between family members radiates throughout Caught up in the lives of characters I cared for I had little thought for the passage

  10. says:

    Heartwood is Belva Plain’s last novel a seuel to Harvest actually Belva Plain is one of my favorite authors and did not disappoint me with this contemporary fiction novel about love marriage life’s challenge

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