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Okay book.......but not as good as all her others!,
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This review is from: Heartwood: A Novel (Hardcover)
This is an okay story, but nowhere near as well written as all her other books. Some of the other reviewers questioned if she actually wrote this herself, or had someone else use her treatment to write it instead. I feel as if the latter is perhaps the truth. What Belva does really well is layering in depth the emotion of her characters, as if you're experiencing it live, with them as they move through their trials and tribulations, and this book just falls flat in that respect.
For the most part it's Laura's story, that unfolds in a predictable way. You pretty much see what's coming next. Iris is secondary (rather a boring character) in this story, and flat. She was portrayed the same in all the other novels, but in this one, there's no depth to her constant despair as she worries about, oh well, just about everything.
It's a very fast read. For the most part they took many parts of Martha Stewart's real life story and applied it to Laura. If it was as easy to launch a business like hers in this book, there would be a ton more Stewart success stars out there than there actually are. Somewhat far fetched in my opinion.
Belva was at the end of her life (95 years old) I believe when she (or whomever) wrote this and they should have left well enough alone and let our own personal thoughts conjure up "how did it all end up".