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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (598 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Belva Plain Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2002 ISBN: 9780736697842
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Beloved storyteller Belva Plain understands the rich tapestry of the human heart like no other. Her many dazzling New York Times bestsellers probe the shifting bonds of marriage and family with insight, compassion, and uncommon grace. And her new novel is no exception. A tale of fathers and daughters, lovers and families, acts of love and acts of betrayal, Her Father’s House is Belva Plain’s most powerful and unforgettable novel yet.

It is the spring of 1968 when Donald Wolfe, a young graduate of a Midwestern law school, arrives in New York. Filled with ambition and idealism, he is dazzled not only by the big city but by the vivacious, restless Lillian, whom he marries in the heat of infatuation. Surely theirs is no marriage made in heaven, but they have a child, Tina, and she is the love of Donald’s heart. For her he would give up everything—his home, his distinguished career, and his freedom. When his flawed marriage begins to fail, a choice must be made. Shall he consider a step that would force him into flight and a life of hiding?

From her earliest years, Tina is exceptional, a brilliant student and a joyous, loving spirit. At the university she falls in love with Gilbert, who graduates from law school just as she is about to enter medical school. Together they go to New York, where she learns the truth about her family’s past, a truth that must change her regard for the father who has protected and cherished her. When a terrible lie has been told out of love, can it be forgiven?

With courage and compassion, Belva Plain paints a moving portrait of the choices that shape the course of our lives, the secrets that haunt us, and the love that helps us heal and move on. It is a work of riveting storytelling and rare emotional power by one of the most gifted novelists of our time.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 2/17/2014

    " Intense, with beautifully crafted characters. Heartbreaking, and hard to put down. I lost count of how many nights I stayed up past midnight just trying to get to the next chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/12/2014

    " took about 130 pages before i was into this book but after that, i really enjoyed the story. after a short time with his daughter's wife, he discovers that she is an unfit mother and decides to kidnap his 2 year old daughter. probably more like 3.5 stars than 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 1/28/2014

    " This book was a very quick read for me. I didn't want to put it down. It's about a very successful guy that gets married to the wrong women, and then gives up everything to "save" his daughter. I already gave away too much, so I'm not saying anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 1/16/2014

    " I wasn't too sure about this book; it started of slow and I felt like it was not going to live up to the epic Evergreen. But I was won over, and it was a good fluffy read. Ms. Plain does a great job making characters that are good people and that is always refreshing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 12/24/2013

    " It has been years since I have read a book by Belva Plain. A friend of mine loaned me the book and I am so glad that she did. I must make sure to read more of Belva Plains books in the near future. This story is about a young, successful man that falls madly in love with a beautiful but very deceptive woman. They marry and he soon learns that she is nothing but a fake, trying only to climb the ladder to wealth. As time passes she becomes pregnant and during the pregnancy he feels less and less like he knows this woman he married. Prior to the baby's birth they divorce and a beautiful baby is born. He is allowed visitation and does so. In time he learns through a wonderful nanny that the child is not being taken care of. He learns that his ex wife who is now remarried, is having affairs and is never home. Over time he comes up with a plan to take his daughter away from this uncaring woman. He had met a woman on a train in NYC shortly before he makes his plan and decides that they will go there. It is a small out of the way town and no one should find them. As the story unfolds, we learn more and more what a terrible person this woman is. He has to create a life for himself and his daughter and he makes a great one for them. This story makes you want to read more and more. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/17/2013

    " An enjoyable, light, summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Heist | 12/8/2013

    " it was a great book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dina | 12/1/2013

    " I have enjoyed every Belva Plain novel I have read. All are easy-to-read with likable characters in hideous situations, although outcomes are slightly predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/27/2013

    " Touching story of a fathers love for his child and what he will go through to protect her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingrid | 11/26/2013

    " Good book about a father kidnapping his daughter for her well-being. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 11/17/2013

    " I really liked this. Fun read that I had a hard time putting down. Not too thought provoking but still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 11/6/2013

    " This is an old Belva Plain-but it was good. A girl raised by her father who had kidnapped her from an "unfit" mother when she was an infant-interesting story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianadearden | 10/28/2013

    " I have read most of Belva Plain's books also. I am just lazy and didn't mark them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danthony74 | 10/19/2013

    " Good. It is just that it takes Belva Plain 400 pages to say what could have been said in 200 pages "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frieda | 12/16/2012

    " So far I'm enjoying it. This books allows the reader to understand what lengths a dad will go to protect his child. Laura initially ungrateful is able to understand her dad's actions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 4/23/2012

    " Belva Plain never fails. It is so easy for me to "become" the character. i hate to have her books end. I could go on and on and on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewestover | 1/14/2012

    " This is the first book I've read by Belva Plain---and I'm going back for more! I appreciated her sensitive handling of a hard topic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlaina | 11/10/2011

    " I kind of scan through it. Dime store woman book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 5/25/2011

    " I really liked this book, it was about a child kidnapping but from the point of view of the Kidnapper. The kidnapper being the father and he saw that his ex was an unfit parent. This kidnapper changed his whole life, career, and being to shelter his daughter for over 20 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Odom | 5/23/2010

    " I found this book at someone's house and was desperate for something to read. It turned out to be a really good book. It would make a good Lifetime movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/23/2010

    " This got better as I got into the book more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Humkeb | 11/7/2008

    " I've read a lot of Belva Plain books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriet | 9/2/2008

    " This is the second book I've read recently about a daughter being taken by her father and the trials and tribulations both families experienced. Both had "happy" endings, so to speak! If you like Belva Plain, I recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandyce Barber | 6/9/2006

    " Father "steals" his daughter to protect her from her mothers lifestyle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 7/9/2005

    " A little tedious, no surprises "

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