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Her Father's House (Random House Large Print) Hardcover – Large Print, Jul 2002

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing; Lrg edition (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375431683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375431685
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,239,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The queen of family saga writers...Belva Plain is in a class of her own (New York Times)

This is one book you won't be able to put prepared for a thoroughly compelling read (Women's Weekly on Fortune's Hand)

...this is sure to delight her readers. (The Shields Gazette) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Donald and Lillian were never a match made in heaven, but they have a child, Tina, and she is the love of Donald's heart. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sissel M. Østdahl on 13 Nov. 2008
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An excellent family saga, but far from a fairytale story about happy family life.

Donald Wolfe, a successful young New York lawyer, marries beautiful Lillian and together they get a little girl, Tina. The marriage soon falls apart as Lillian reveals ever new sides of herself and her endless cravings for wealth and a questionable kind of lifestyle.

Divorce is unavoidable and Lillian marries her former boss, a rich older man who adores her, while Donald sees his little girl every Sunday when she comes to Central Park with her nanny.

However, Lillian's obvious lack of responsibility towards her daughter, together with her hedonistic lifestyle, keeps worrying Donald, who wants a healthier life for his little girl. He, finally, decides to leave his life in New York behind and run with Tina to what he hopes will be a safe place for them both.

In short, Donald meets another woman whom he marries. He becomes a farmer and the family enjoys several years of happiness together, although somewhat overshadowed by Donald's secret.

Tina is an extremely bright girl who heads for medical school. And choosing a New York university, things start to happen which will turn Tina's world upside down.

The problem focused on in this book is a serious one. Not the least in a time where divorce is more frequent and accepted than ever and custody fights are daily occurences.

In spite of this, Belva Plain manages to balance reality and entertainment, bringing all sides of a many-faceted story together in a breathtaking pageturner. Perhaps creating more questions than it answers.

This is Belva Plain at her best. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leeds lass on 27 April 2008
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I really enjoyed this one. Slow getting off the ground and you have no idea where it can possibly be going, but then it really starts to move, and by the time i got to the last few chapters i was quickly turning pages, thinking NO NO NO, DON`T LET THAT HAPPEN !!
I like this author - well done belva - again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful Story 26 Oct. 2002
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Format: Hardcover
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Plain. I will surely be reading more of her books if they are anything like this one. I'm very glad I did not read the reviews before I read the book. The reviews were actually a summary of the book. I don't like to know each turn of event and how the book ends before I have a chance to read it. The actions of Jim never crossed my mind before they happened. I never dreamed he would risk his life's work to do what he did to save his daughter.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Good Read 7 Sept. 2002
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Format: Hardcover
How far a mother would go to protect her child is never a question, but how far a father would go is something to write about. I loved that "Jim" sacrificed everything he worked for to keep his daughter from being corrupted and neglected. And his reward was finding true love. This book, though not the most exciting book I've ever read, is definately worth the time it took to read.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A good storyteller 21 Jan. 2003
By Karen Potts - Published on
Format: Hardcover
You can count on a Belva Plain novel to tell a good story, and this book is no exception. The main character is Donald Wolfe, a young man who lives prudently and plans his life carefully. His world is turned upside-down when he meets the enchanting Lillian. They marry, and Donald finds out that Lillian is not all she appeared to be when they were dating. Donald begins to wonder if he has made a terrible mistake in his marriage, when Lillian announces that she is pregnant. Their child, Bettina, is enchanting, and Donald feels more and more drawn to her despite the fact that his marriage to her mother has fallen apart. Events occur which cause Donald to make a decision which will effect the rest of his, Lillian's and Bettina's lives. He becomes a fugitive, afraid that someday, somewhere, he will be confronted with his crime. Plain develops characters which the reader can really care about, and writes an interesting story of redemption and forgiveness.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A successful gift 10 Jan. 2008
By cheryl - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this as a stocking stuffer for my Mom. She loved the book and read it in a few days. I had previously listened to it on audio disc and I loved it. Belva Plain develops her characters so well, you can really relate to their emotions. I love that they are complex and you see them from all sides.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very Good Quick Read 8 Oct. 2007
By Karen Zemek - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is about a lawyer who married badly, got divorced in two years while the wife was pregnant. The mother was never home and often had adulterous affairs. The husband kidnapped the daughter when she was two and took on a new identity, moved to Georgia and lived with a woman on her farm he had met on a plane once that invited him to come by if he was ever in town. His daughter eventually found out about her old identity. I liked this book and would recommend it.
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