Monday, March 8, 2010

CROSSROADS by Belva Plain

Publisher Dell
Date published January 2010
ISBN 978-0440241256
Contemporary romance
Mass Market Paperback
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by Valerie

Cassie Wright, owner of the prosperous Wright Glassworks, is forced to raise her late husband’s love child as her own. Cassie knows she is able to provide a privilege life for Gwen. As one of the wealthiest family in Wrightstown, Gwen grows up to be introverted and smart, and can’t help but compare herself to Jewel, the gorgeous, gossip-loving receptionist at the Glassworks who wants to marry money. A few years later, Gwen falls deeply in love and marries hardworking electrician Stan; Jewel is the wife of the shrewd CEO of the electric company where Stan is eventually employed. Jewel is envious of Gwen and even though she now has money and everything she ever wanted, she is still not happy. Gwen is having problems adjusting to a simple life, but she loves her husband. Cassie has to learn that her daughter is now a grown woman and Stan is a man worthy of her. Greed and envy abound and bring the four together.

I found this an interesting and entertaining novel. I liked all the characters and I liked the way Belva Plain portrayed them. She cleverly gets inside her characters and brings them alive. Also I found this novel a bit predictable, nevertheless I enjoyed reading it. In this novel, Belva Plain doesn’t really give her readers an antagonist that you want to hate, but rather feel sorry for. Some may think the characters don’t develop enough, but I found the story well rounded and quite true to life. This is more of a safe, entertaining read with not too much action or badness happening. It’s about love, life and some of the negative things that can affect us. How would we react? What would we do? I think many readers of contemporary stories will enjoy this one. Belva Plain has a way of writing that draws you into the story and holds you captive. I would certainly like to read more from this author.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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