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Though Iris Stern considers herself a modern woman, with a successful academic career and a happy marriage, she still holds steadfast to her old-fashioned sensibilities. But as the mother of three adult children, each with their own lives and burdens to bear, she often finds those sensibilities called into question when confronted with the choices her children have made.
For one of Iris's daughters, it's the choice of a fresh start in New York City - and a last chance to save her troubled marriage. While Laura and Robbie cope with an impending separation and its effect on Iris's young granddaughter, Iris herself must come to grips with the discovery of a long-held family secret. But it's an emotional parting of another kind that looms most prominently on Iris's horizon as neither her beloved husband, nor the solidity of her own marriage, is immune to the ravages of time.
Through separations and reunions, the changes we cannot avoid and the love that sustains, Iris will weather whatever lies ahead with a faith that cannot be shaken. Like the inmost rings of a tree that abide through the generations, she will be as strong as heartwood.
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By Brenda Miller on 02-20-11
Predictable and antiquated.
I used to be an avid fan of Belva Plain. I cannot believe I've grown so old as to wonder why. It seems that I've grown up and she has not kept up. Though the heritage and time line she writes about are completely familiar to me, I wonder what she thinks she's adding to our information or entertainment data base or any part of the literary scene with this cliched book. I cannot believe I listened to the very end hoping I'd be wrong.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Laura Fairbrother on 10-21-13
OK story, not a fan of the characters
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes - easy to start and stop.
Would you recommend Heartwood to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes - nice story about family but characters seem a bit shallow.
What didn’t you like about Karen White’s performance?
Too monitone, reading seemed choppy.
Was Heartwood worth the listening time?
Yes but only if you get it for free/credit.
Any additional comments?
This is my first Belva Plain book so maybe she has others that build the characters more and where they don't seem so superficial.