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Eden Burning

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  368 ratings  ·  12 reviews
She was a girl as beautiful and innocent as her family's lush Caribbean plantation—until she discovered the darkness of desire and became a woman. Expelled from paradise, Teresa Francis would be swept into marriage and the opulence of New York only to be drawn back to her island, where secrets can ignite explosions of political upheaval and clandestine love.
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Published May 28th 1984 by Delacorte Pr (first published 1982)
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Feb 11, 2012 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes books about families
Recommended to Mary by: I love Belva Plain as an author.
She was a girl as innocent and beautiful as her family's lush Caribbean plantation - until she learned about dark desire and became a woman. Banished from paradise, Teresa Francis was swept into marriage and motherhood in opulent New York - a world away from her beautiful St. Felice island. But eventually, the secrets that refused to stay buried would draw her back again to paradise. A paradise now in the throws of revolution, which forces Teresa to confront her past and watch her future unfold....more
Grabbed some books of a shelf of 70s paperbacks while visiting my mom last week. Now I've got a head cold and I'm plowing through some of them...

Nice slow writing, with (dare I say it) a 70s style. A little boring, with a real effort at character development, but somehow it still seemed thin even after 500 pages.

Having recently read Americanah, which truly hits home on race relations, this felt quaint.

Really, not a bad pick for spending a week-end on the sofa with a cold in mid-May while a snow...more
Jamie Casey
Once again a great book by Belva. I love that she mixes history in with the story. It makes the reader understand what it was like to live through some of history.

As most of Belva's books, this one is a family tree of the Francois family, later known as Francis. It begins with Tee as a young girl on an island in the Caribbean known as St Felice. Tee isn't like the other kids her age. She doesn't understand the difference that everyone else see of black and whites. She befriends a black boy, and...more
Her writing speaks to me. One part stands out in my mine, a scene in which Kate is playing the piano for the others after dinner: He had not worked, because it was Sunday, and he had no reason to be so tired, yet he felt a need to soothe fatigue, and putting the coffee cup aside, he laid his head against the back of the chair and closed his eyes. The music rippled, telling of simple, country things, of May and streams, of gardens and first love. And the scents of frangipani and wet grass blew in...more
This historical fiction follows the course of a made-up caribbean island as it pursues independence. There are a lot of elements in the book that I liked such as exploration of class, gender, and race however somehow I failed to connect to many of the characters and they never ended up feeling "real" to me. Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable read that didn't manage to make me feel much.
After reading several richly written books, the writing style was so superficial. The many characters were hard to keep straight. The wives were shallow. It did cause me to view tropical paradises in a different light.
Very rich characters. I loved the time line and the manner in which she keeps the story flowing without a lot of fluff.
3.5 for this story of racial tension in the Caribbean.
The characters were vastly unlikeable.
Good romance story.
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