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Belva Plain
Adult Fiction PLAIN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Plain's tepid latest focuses on two women--privileged but plain Gwen Wright and beautiful but poor Jewel Fairchild. Their lives occasionally intersect, and eventually Jewel marries a wealthy man and discovers that money can't buy happiness. Gwen, meanwhile, marries a poor but honest man--but she still finds herself drawn to Jewel's husband, and the foursome is soon tangled in a web of deceit. Unfortunately, Jewel and Gwen don't evolve throughout the novel; Gwen is a character that some readers might find intolerably perfect--smart, privileged, shy, well-spoken, with simple needs and a tragic past--but any irritation that one might have with her is eliminated by the calculating and shallow Jewel, who is too pathetic to be a legitimate antagonist and too tragic to really be hated. It functions well as a simplistic morality tale. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Jean Wright lovingly raises the daughter of a deceased friend, but they become estranged in adulthoodAuntil the young woman has a child of her own. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Cassie Wight
Owns Cassie Glassworks; took in Gwen when she was a child after a tragic accident left her alone.

Raised by Cassie; in love with Jewel's husband.

Jewel Fairbanks
Discovered money can't buy happiness; envies Gwen; in love with Gwen's husband.

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