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Heartwood by Belva Plain
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Jun 18, 2011

it was amazing
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This book captivated me from the first page. In its telling, the story unfolds beautifully, piece by small piece, section by section. The flow and the sentences are structured with such precision it is truly a delight to turn to each new page. The author’s astute understanding of human relationships and of the bonds between family members radiates throughout. Caught up in the lives of characters I cared for, I had little thought for the passage of time and read late, late into the night. There is no preachiness in the tone, just a deep, discerning, clear delivery that shines with uncanny perceptiveness. What a terrible loss that this author is no longer among us. Like the title of this book, Ms. Plain’s stories are like heartwood – strong and enduring – and will, no doubt, be treasured through many future generations.

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