1-5 I give it a 5. I have a different cover they don't have listed.
Wonderfult romance. Clean.
This is one of Belva Plain's best books.
This was a good book. Very sad, but ended wonderful.
They were a beautiful, brilliant accomplished-a distinguished family that had been the New England town's chief benefactors, until a brutal crime ripped them apart and nearly destroyed with shame.A passionate, riveting book about a family that was torn by secrecy...
Excellent story that keeps you interested. Narrator Cherry Jones does an excellent job. Highly recommend!
Now I know why Belva Plain is such a celebrated novelist. A fine romance/mystery with many plot twistings and turnings.
From back cover: First came the sin.--- Then the lies.
He was handsome, charming, irresistable, and an eighteen-year-old lady-killer, her uncle Cliff's stepson, Ted. But in one terrible night he would shatter the life of fourteen-year-old Charlotte Dawes and nearly destroy her family.
Years afterward, Charlotte would remember that night with fear and loathing, with pain that could be banished only by her work as a gifted architect, building a new world for others as she conceals her own.
For Charlotte's family, prime employers in New England mill town, what happened to Charlotte was the beginning of the end. Her father is left shattered by his daughter's pain. Her troubled mother is unable to cope. And her distinguished family has fallen from grace, plunged into debt.
The only rock that sustains them in their darkest hours is a woman whose own guilty secret has given her the power to ruin--or resurrect--the family to whom she owes her life.
A very readable iteraction between characters and events.
A family is nearly destroyed by a series of cover-ups meant to shield the innocents.
Just as good as all the rest of Belva Plain's novels.
the story of a young rape victim struggling to overcome obstacles to intimacy and true love. There's also a clammy subplot having to do with a missing person and the infiltration by the mob of an industrial site belonging to an old New England family. Charlotte Dawes is raped at 14 by her cousin-by-marriage, the randy Ted, son of her uncle Cliff's new wife, Claudia, whose first husband was shot in--where else?--Chicago. When Charlotte becomes pregnant, then, her father and her romantic adventuress mother are wild with rage. Both are beside their daughter's bedside as she recovers from an operation for a ruptured tubal pregnancy. In the meantime, Ted continues to assault women and is finally arrested and indicted for rape and kidnapping. Home on bail, he escapes in the night. (Reports from abroad of Ted-sightings occur now and then.) Skip to Manhattan eight years later, where adult Charlotte works for an architectural firm. She loves her work but despairs of forming a firm relationship with a man, sex-shy as she is. She designs for her own pleasure a ``public square'' fit for the Dawes's now shuttered mill. Unfortunately, her family has inadvertently leased the mill to a polluting waste-disposal firm, to the anger of the town and the despair of the Daweses. Then Charlotte meets the dashing Roger Heywood, whose family deals in commercial real estate. Roger is not only able to come up with the ready cash to finance Charlotte's project, but (of course) coaxes her out of her trauma-related fear of sex. Finally, Claudia, trading on her late husband's mob connections, talks a boss out of retaining the mill. Looks like smooth sailing for the lovers, but disaster threatens again in the form of a flood and a potential terrible discovery.
"Belva Plain's searing novel cuts to the heart of a family ravaged by secracy. But it is ultimetly a story of redemtion, the kind that grows when one person dares to tell the truth".
Another great Plain read.
I really enjoyed page this book it was a page turner and I never would have guessed the secret.
One of Belva Plain's best stories.
For Charlotte's family, prime employers in a New England mill town, what happened to Charlotte was the beginning of the cover-up, the beginning of the end. Her father is left shattered by his daughter's pain. Her troubled mother is unable to cope. And her distinguished family has fallen from grace, plunged into debt. The only rock that sustains them in their darkest hours is a woman whose own guilty secret has given her the power to ruin - or resurrect - the famiy to whom she owes her life.
He was handsome, charming, irresistible, and an 18 year old lady-killer. But in one terrible afternoon he would shatter the life of 14 yearold Charlotte and nearly destroy her family.
Handsome, charming, irresistable, 18 year old Ted is her uncle's stepson. But in one terrible afternoon, he would shatter the life of 14 year old Charlotte Dawes and nearly destroy her family.
from the back: He was handsome, charming, irresistible, and an eighteen year old lady killer, her uncle Cliff's stepson, Ted. But in one terrible afternoon he would shatter he life of fourteen year old Charlotte Dawes and nearly destroy her family. Years afterward, Charlotte would remember that day with fear and loathing, with pain that could be banished only by her work as a gifted architect, bulding a new world for others as she conceals her own.
I have not yet read this book. It is currently on my TBR list. If you are interested in this book, please let me know and I will put it aside and read it. That is a good way pick what I want to read next.