Blessings Author:Belva Plain Rarely does a work of fiction involve the reader so intensely in a woman's life as does this deeply moving story of the beautiful and gutsy lawyer Jennie Rakowsky. On the brink of marrying the man of her dreams, the handsome and successful corporate lawyer Jay Wolfe, and of trying the most important case of her career, she finds that a shatterin... more »g secret, rooted deep in her past and in her heritage, threatens to destroy her world.
Nineteen years earlier, Jennie-a scholarship student at an eastern college and the only child of poor Eastern European Jews who survived the Holocaust-met a wonderful young man. Peter Mendes was like no other boy-cetainly no other Jewish boy-she had ever known. Madly in love, Jennie never thought about the differenes between her Orthodox immigrant home and Peter's, until he took her to his parents' white-columned Atlanta mansion, where she discovered America's Jewish aristocracy, a cold, disapproving southern family, and a place where she could never belong. Jennie's blind passion for Peter resulted in unbearable heartbreak-and a secret she kept from her parents, her friends, and most of all from open, honest, loving Jay, whom she was now about to marry.
As her marriage approaches, one shocking phone call brings Jennie face-to-face with all her deceits and fears. Torn between her past and her future, she discovers that the needs of her heart cannot be hidden forever.
"Blessings" is a story that evokes the rich diversity of America's Jewish experience and creates characters so real, so authentically human, that their tears-and their triumphs-become our own. Once again Belva Plain weaves her storytelling magic in this spellbinding tale of family and love.« less