Donald Wolfe, a 25-year-old North Dakota native, comes to New York City in 1968 to practice law; five years later, he meets and falls for the captivating Lillian Morris. Marrying in haste, he repents big time when Lillian reveals herself to be disturbingly erratic. After she becomes pregnant, the two divorce, but when Donald judges his daughter, Bettina, to be neglected, he kidnaps her. Taking to the road, he invents a new past for himself and adopts the name Jim, renaming his daughter Laura. Many years later, the truth is revealed and Jim stands trial for kidnapping. Will Laura, now a young woman, be able to forgive her father his deception, which he claims was for her own good?
Wow! What a story!! I first read Belva Plain's "After the Fire" and was driven to read another book of hers! So, this was my second read and I was not disappointed! She is a wonderful storyteller.
She writes in such a way that I felt I personally knew the characters and was actually witnessing the events directly with them.
I loved the ending! You read the book pretty much knowing the end would come as it would, but she paints such a beautiful ending in her stories I am hooked! Who DOESN'T love a great ending?!
belva plain at her best, i loved it
Another good Belva Plain story. If you haven't read any of her books you are in for a treat.