Her Father's House

Leah Courtney
Her Father's House

Belva Plain is a popular author that I have seen and heard much about but I had never read.  When I saw a couple of her books at the library book sale. I picked them up. 

Her Father's House is the story of a young man who is swept away by his first love.  Their somewhat stormy marriage produces a daughter before it breaks up.  Over the course of time, he has learned secrets about his young wife that makes him concerned for their daughter's safety.  He makes an effort to stay involved in his daughter's life, but when his wife plans to leave the country and take her, he makes the difficult choice to escape with her and start a new life.
He does start over very successfully with a new life and new love, but the fear of discovery is never far from his mind.  When his daughter is grown and experiencing a love of her own, the truth will come out and must be faced.

I have to admit that this was not one of my favorite reads.  I had hoped for something like a Rosamond Pilcher or Maeve Binchy novel, but that was not what I found.  The book sounded very old.  I'm not sure that is the best way to describe it, but it made me feel as if I were reading a very old novel, when actually it was written in 2002.  The characters were rather dry.  We never did learn much in depth about Lillian, the first wife.  The action was a bit unbelievable, considering the time period that the story was supposed to have taken place.  The actions of the characters and the events seemed to come from a much older time.  Even the dialog seemed out of place for the time period.

I have to give this one a thumbs down and I shall pass on the other Belva Plain novels unread to others who may be fans of her work.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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