Seasons of the Heart Author:Cynthia Freeman Great joy, great sorrow, great passion-her magnificent new novel of the pain of life...and triumph of the human spirit. — Only Cynthia Freeman could have written this incandescent tale of love and struggle stretching over a lifetime. Only Mrs. Freeman could have created Ann Pollock Coulter-a herione of strength and beauty, with the imdomitable w... more »ill to prevail in both the good times and the bad. Only the author of Illusions of Love could have chronicled a woman's feelings with such enormously effecting realism, drawing the reader into the thrill of youthful infatuation, the profound sadness of intimate disappointment,and the radiant peace of mature romance.
When young San Francisco shopgirl Ann Pollock met the dashing, aristocratic
lawyer Phillop Coulter, she fell instantly in love with him. That he returned her love seemed too good to be true, a real-life fairy tale guaranteed to have a happy ending. And when they married---against the objections of both their families--they knew that nothing, be it poverty, separation, or catastrophe, could shake their adoration for each other. But that was 1941, and all too soon events far greater than the two of them would tragically prove them wrong.
Philip went to war a bold and eager man, glowing with vitality, but he returned another person, defeated by hardship and broken by suffering. Suddenly the husband Ann knew better than she knew herself had become a stranger. Suddenly they were no longer carefree lovers with a future full of promise. Suddenly their youth was gone.
The years that followed were hard ones, when only Ann's courage and talent kept them together. A dedicated wife and mother, as well as a blilliantly successful businesswoman of the world, she alone knew the true extent of her secret anguish. And then, out of the blue, at an age when such things weren't supposed to happen, Ann found what she had never even dared to dream of: the second great love of her life. Peopled with a cast of unforgettably vibrant characters, Seasons of the Heart is vintage Cynthia Freeman. For its remarkable humanity, its enthralling narrative power and, above all, for its unmatchable warmth, it will be long remembered.« less