I have always enjoyed Belva Plain's books, so "Fortune's Hand" was a big disappointment. I labored through this book, hoping it would get better, but believe me, it doesn't. The setting felt artificial. I never grew to like ANY of the characters. The dialogue was stilted (No one has talked like this in at least 50 years!) and why are so many "words" and "phrases" placed in "quotation marks"? The sub-plot about the shame of having a retarded son was offensive and very dated. This book is supposed to take place in the 1970s-1990s, but the plot and the characters never felt true to the times. I'm sorry I wasted my time with this forgettable book.