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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (April 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044023574X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440235743
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When young artist Hyacinth falls in love with and marries Gerald, a medical student, she thinks she has found heaven. But like many marriages, this one founders. Then one night in desperation Hyacinth commits an act for which she will pay dearly, giving Gerald the reason he needs to gain uncontested custody of their two young children. However, despite the anguish over her children and her broken marriage, Hyacinth takes a fashion design course and quickly rises to the top of her profession. Although known and admired for her portrayals of families in all their complexity, Plain's (Legacy of Silence) characters in this book fail to be convincing. The combination of Hyacinth's na?vet? and meteoric assent in the fashion business strains believability. The author's strength, however, lies in her ability to sustain suspense throughout the story, leaving listeners wondering about "the secret" until the end. Kate Harper reads with skill and emotion, rendering both male and female voices effectively. The tape quality is excellent. Recommended for popular fiction collections. Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Belva Plain doesn't know how not to write a bestseller."—Newsday

"Belva Plain is in a class by herself!" —The New York Times

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The plot was laughable and the main character pathetic.
J. Fercho
Expecting a decent read, I was severely disappointed as I have read other Belva Plain books.
Bonnie Jo Lawson
This is the story of the marriage of Hyacinth and Gerald.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on June 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Belva Plain is one of those authors who I still insist upon reading. But now, after finishing After the Fire, I may very well pass on reading her books in the future. Known for her blockbuster hit, Evergreen and the continuation of this family saga, some years ago Plain ventured into more contemporary subjects. I for one sure whish she hadn't especially after reading this book and others like Homecoming and Fortune's Hand among other titles. Concentrating on issues like spousal abuse, blackmail, family issues, adultery and child abuse, I still long to read a book like Evergreen or even one like her more recent Legacy of Secrets which was her last good book.
The theme of After the Fire is once again rich girl marries poor doctor man and whle their lives shoulde picture perfect, they're not. And in one moment the husband is in a postion not only to divorce his wife but also to sue for custody of their children. The remaninder of the book is predictable but all the while I wondered why the woman didn't pursue his allegations and clear her name.
I'm sorry I can't wholeheartedly recommend this book even as a beach read and am still longing for another great read from Belva.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Laura B. Norvel on May 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If I hadn't read other books by Belva Plain, I would give this book 5 stars. It was a good book, but she has done so much better in books like Evergreen and Legacy of Silence. This was a fast read (I did it in 3 days, along with working 8 hours each day and studying) and I was wrapt until the middle of the book, when I realized exactly what was going to happen. I finished the book, with hopes that I was incorrect. I was disappointed with the transparent climax, but overall this is worthwhile, especially if you haven't read any of Plain's greater works or can forget that you have.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When Hyacinth meets her future husband (soon to be a successful doctor) Gerald, her mother doesn't trust him. As time goes by he charms everyone. A fire leads to blackmail, divorce, and the issue of custody. Arnie, the partner to Gerald in their medical practice tries to make everyone happy. But does he have a motive for this. This was an excellent book I could not put down. I loved it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on August 4, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book falls into the category of what I call Grandma or Mothers Day books--probably given as a gift.
Hyacinth,a quiet,gentle and totally non-sophisticated girl is swept off her feet by a handsome,go-getting young doctor who is quick to seize any opportunities to advance his career.Against the advice of her mother,she marries him and sublimates her budding artistic career to him and their subsequent children.Unfortunately, Hyacinth is too much of an innocent to realise that this monster is "Gaslighting" her into a state of subjugation to the point where he forces her into a divorce and the signing away of her children.He convinces her that she's guilty of a criminal offence which,if brought to light would ruin the lives of her family.I am normally a fairly mild mannered person but I could cheerfully have punched this excuse for a man till he was a pulp! After many lonely years,she meets a new love who sets her on the path to newly realised talents and who helps her to rediscover her self confidence and future happiness with him and her reclaimed children.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on May 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the story of the marriage of Hyacinth and Gerald. Hyacinth is a romantic, naïve, young artist who believes in true love and in the integrity of Gerald; her new husband fresh out of medical school. Gerald has big plans for the future and a need for the society that Hyacinth's family can provide. Hyacinth's needs are those of any wide-eyed young girl who has lived in the shadow of a beautiful mother. She needs only the true love that she doesn't believe she truly deserves.
The reader enters Hyacinth's world, feels her trust in the man she loves, and lives her heartbreak as the marriage slowly dissolves, taking her children with it in an ugly divorce based on blackmail. We follow Hyacinth as she finds the courage to make her way alone, while grieving for her children and for the comfort and warmth of the home she had made with them. Her intense love for Gerald turns to hate and to a fierce determination to get her children back. In After the Fire, Belva Plain skillfully weaves the tendrils of suspense in a story filled with joy, betrayal, sadness, and ultimate victory!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Belva Plain has written a compelling family storythat was hard to put down. I have read all of her novels and enjoyed"After the Fire" immensely. The characters are interesting and believable; and the story combines both tragedy and happiness. A must read for her fans. You won't be disappointed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nick G on April 4, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gerald and Hyacinth are the picture perfect couple. She a beautiful artist, he a brilliant surgeon, and two wonderful children. Their marriage is the envy of all their friends, until...
One night a mysterious phone call prompts Hy to look deeply into her marriage. After confronting her husband about his infidelity, Hy goes into a downward-spiral leaving her acccused of commiting an unthinkable act. An act that will ultimitely leave her husband-less, and child-less.
For fear of what Gerald will do with what he knows, Hy must never speak about what happened, not even to her mother Francine, who always hated Gerald anyway. But as time goes by she realizes she must face what happened on the night in question if she is to get her children back.
"After The Fire" is a page-turning family saga as only Belva Plain could write. The characters well-developed, the plot realistic and thoroughly entertaining.
Belva Plain has written another bestseller about a family in crisis that will fly up the bestseller list's.
Nick Gonnella
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