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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (615 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Belva Plain Narrator: Karen Whit Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Werner Family Saga Release Date:
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Though Iris Stern considers herself a modern woman, with a successful academic 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 question when confronted with the choices her children have made.

For one of Iris’ 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’ young granddaughter, Iris 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’ 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 heartwood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vintage Plain, as she again affectingly celebrates a family’s resilience and love.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “A fitting last tribute to a beloved writer who touched so many readers. Plain will be dearly missed, but her books will allow her memory to live on forever.”

    Ventura County Star

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill | 2/20/2014

    " Heartwood is a good book, average and typical of Belva Plain, but not quite as endearing as some of her earlier works. For the first 1/3 of the book, I was wondering if I would find a single character to like. Most of the characters were somewhat flat in the beginning, neither to be hated nor loved. The story line, in a nutshell, is one of old-fashioned, traditional values meeting the 20th century. Iris is a matriarch who despairs that her children are reaching tentacles into territory she finds alien, such as divorce, infidelity, and career women. I did enjoy the book and would recommend it, however there are others I wold recommend more highly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paula | 2/20/2014

    " Excellent!! If you like Belva you will LOVE Heartwood! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Renee | 2/19/2014

    " After I got into this book I really liked it! I wouldn't say it wasn't one that I couldn't put down, but I can say I was anxious to find out what was going to happen to the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rebecca Jackson | 2/13/2014

    " Excellent book - excellent author. Haven't read one of her books in quite awhile. This kept my interest all the way through and by the end I didn't want it to end. Compelling family drama and very contemporary. "

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