Adam Arnring leaves his family in l907 and sets out with stars in his eyes with great hopes for a bright future. His two goals are to get Emma,whose doors are firmly closed to him, and the bright business career. He achieves great success, but succumbs to a moment of weakness that culminates in an unforgivable act of betrayal. The book is well-written and fast moving.
Explores the bonds that sustain families.
I enjoyed this book, but something on the back cover had me looking for "past begins to unravel, revealing a shattering secret that reached back nearly a century." I kept waiting for some deep secret twist.
Don't get hung up on that, because there are secrets, and the plot thickens, but I never found this sentence to be true. I wasted a lot of thought looking for something that never came.
I really enjoyed reading this book, very fast reading, hard to put down,
Belva Plain at her ultimate best...
A wonderful story that chronicles four generations of one family...as they journey through years of love,loss and unimaginable betrayal....
I loved this. Just the insight to the early 20th century is great. It is very warm and loving.
Interesting book by one of my favorite authors.
From Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Plain's 21st novel, the son of a Jewish shopkeeper and an Irish farm girl seeks, and finds, his fortune in Texas. The saga begins in 1900, when 13-year-old Adam Arnring learns his parents had never married. His father and stepmother are good people, but he never really wanted to work in the family shop, so at 19 he hops a westbound train from New Jersey with $150 in his pocket. In the small but prosperous and growing town of Chattahoochee, Tex., he parlays his family grocery store experience and a moment of serendipity into a start-up job in a local clothing store. Thanks to years of hard work and a bit of luck, Adam takes over the business and becomes a wealthy and successful man; he even marries Emma Rothirsch, the formidable founder's beautiful and musical niece. Plains speeds forward as Adam and his family in Texas and back in New Jersey suffer the tragedies of World War I, the Great Depression and World War II. She shows Adam turn from a bachelor to a father of five, then to a grandfather and a great-grandfather. Her characters are pleasant and her plot is well paced, with dashes of intrigue, family feuds and secrets to spice things up. However, a side plot involving one of Adam's half-brothers, the hapless misfit Leo, who buries himself in mysterious books and comes to a fortune through blackmail, completely misses the mark. There's nothing revelatory here, just a lot of characters living their lives, and as such, it's an entertaining enough tale.