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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (528 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Belva Plain Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781415939468
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No one explores the rich tapestry of the human heart as Belva Plain does. Her more than twenty New York Times bestsellers have captivated readers and garnered legions of devoted fans. Now Plain dazzles us once again with a new novel of rare eloquence and raw emotion…a powerful tale about the consequences of greed—and the acts of love and forgiveness that can heal the heart.
Cassie Wright never saw it coming. As owner of Wright Glassworks, the foremost company in a thriving New England town, Cassie’s life was quiet, focused on her work and home…until a tragic accident turns her carefully ordered world upside down. For there is a surviving child to think about—and Cassie must take in one-year-old Gwen, who has no one else to care for her. As the years pass, Cassie will raise Gwen as her own, and a little girl who lost everything will flourish in a world of privilege and opportunity. 

Enter Jewel Fairbanks. Beautiful and conniving, Jewel will touch the lives of both Cassie and Gwen in powerful ways. From the moment they meet, Jewel envies Gwen, who seems to have everything Jewel wants. The two couldn’t be more different, but their lives will soon become inextricably intertwined. Both will marry—but to profoundly different men. For Gwen, it is honest, hardworking Stan who steals her heart; Jewel will set her sights on Jeff, a shrewd businessman who owns the company where Stan works. 

But when Stan makes a shocking discovery on the job, relationships begin to shift and change...and soon a tangled drama of greed, jealousy, and betrayal will encircle both couples, as a chain reaction of unexpected events changes four lives forever—in ways they never could have foreseen….

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Quotes & Awards

  • An accomplished storyteller. Washington Post
  • Belva Plain writes with authority and integrity. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Belva Plain is in a class by herself. New York Times
  • Trademark Plain, with heroines and villains ... and dashes of intrigue. Rocky Mountain News

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 2/17/2014

    " Some of my materialistic acquaintances should read this to help them understand money and big fancy things shouldn't define you. Yes, I know this book is fiction, but there is still a lesson to be learned. This was a quick read so I liked it. I don't think I'll read any other books by Belva, but who knows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 2/13/2014

    " Typical Belva Plain-nice littl story about a poor, liitle rich girl where she lives happily ever after which can be read in 1 sitting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 1/29/2014

    " This was an interesting story. Not my favorite of the books I've read by this author. I will continue to read books by this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liesl | 1/20/2014

    " Agree with those who called it plain and predictable. Belva Plain is capable of so much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lschneier | 1/16/2014

    " A story of greed and envy that leads to tragic results. The story goes fast and results in a happy ending for the characters that exhibit loyalty and goodness. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Harriet | 1/15/2014

    " Read the first 90 pages, then the last two pages and I knew everything I needed to know about the story. Yuk! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey | 1/11/2014

    " 3 and a half stars again. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/6/2014

    " I've never read a Belva Plain book, so I thought I would try one. This story was a sad commentary on human nature. She paints a vivid picture of the nature and consequences of jealousy, greed, and pride. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 1/1/2014

    " Predictable, you know what will happen in the end. Not too exciting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 12/14/2013

    " very good read....not overly inciteful or intellectual, but a good story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alena | 11/4/2013

    " This book explores the high cost of jealousy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/14/2013

    " This book was okay. It was interesting but didn't have too much of a plot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 10/13/2013

    " Very solid sweet story so far :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DeAnne | 9/21/2013

    " I just started this. I'm pretty sure I've read every book she's written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 7/31/2013

    " A story of jealousy and wealth and poverty and what that does to people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 6/21/2013

    " This novel provided a glimpse into the contrast of marriages that are wealthy or struggling, they all are fragile and need to be carefully taken care of regardless of your circumstances. I like Belva Plain's work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wanda Behrens | 4/24/2013

    " Slow reading, old fashioned book. Really didn't enjoy it too much. Have never been much of a Belva Plain fan, but thought I would give this one a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Dommert | 3/30/2013

    " Two girls, one rich, one blue collar. Jealousey is basic theme. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/19/2013

    " It took me longer than I thought it would. I haven't read her in years. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 7/27/2012

    " Nice gentle story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SueAnn | 6/11/2012

    " Very wholesome characters. I read the Reader's Digest abridged version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Carty Lepri | 5/30/2012

    " A story of jealousy and greed, this is a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/24/2012

    " Story of 2 young women, beautiful and cunning Jewel and quiet and reserved Gwen, and how their lives intertwine. This satisfactory women's story deals with wealth, adoption, bankruptcy, fidelity, women in business, and writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rudi | 12/7/2011

    " Easy reading, but not great. It lacks depth and character development. Overall entertaining enough to read in between 'proper' books, but nothing more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edb | 6/3/2011

    " So-so story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorine | 2/21/2011

    " I enjoy Belva Plain books. They are comfortable reading but not page turners. This was not one of her best, but I liked it okay. It was a Reader's Digest Condensed Book version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisonb | 5/2/2010

    " A very clean, very fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blaine Morrow | 4/18/2010

    " My first Belva Plain book. Family saga, this one about Faustian bargains and jealousy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loraine | 6/21/2009

    " Belva Plain as usual delves into the minds of her characters and creates a tale of real life drama. "

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About the Author
Author Belva Plain

Belva Plain (1915–2010) was the author of more than a dozen bestselling novels with both period and contemporary settings and themes.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.