From one of the world's most beloved storytellers, a novel of mothers and daughters, of mixed blessings and second chances. CROSSROADS brilliantly explores the fragility of life - and the power of love to heal and transform.
Belva Plain s first novel, EVERGREEN, was published in 1978 and became an international bestseller. She has since entranced a worldwide audience with fourteen more bestsellers. She lives in northern New Jersey.
Plain's tepid latest focuses on two women--privileged but plain Gwen Wright and beautiful but poor Jewel Fairchild. Their lives occasionally intersect, and eventually Jewel marries a wealthy man and discovers that money can't buy happiness. Gwen, meanwhile, marries a poor but honest man--but she still finds herself drawn to Jewel's husband, and the foursome is soon tangled in a web of deceit. Unfortunately, Jewel and Gwen don't evolve throughout the novel; Gwen is a character that some readers might find intolerably perfect--smart, privileged, shy, well-spoken, with simple needs and a tragic past--but any irritation that one might have with her is eliminated by the calculating and shallow Jewel, who is too pathetic to be a legitimate antagonist and too tragic to really be hated. It functions well as a simplistic morality tale. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
For two couples in a little New England town, big corporate greed spells trouble, and one couple eventually crashes and burns. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
As ever Belva envelopes many intriguing characters for a delightful profligacy of non-restrained emotions an addictive page turner. - North Wales Chronicle on SIGHT OF THE STARSA terrific tale of a father's devotion and its sad consequences. - The Bookseller on HER FATHER'S HOUSE This is one book you won t be able to put down . . . be prepared for a thoroughly compelling read. - Woman s Weekly on FORTUNE'S HAND