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Iris and Theo Stern seemed to have it all: a secure marriage, four children and a beautiful house. But one outsider, Paul Werner, knew better. He knew the secret that lay buried at the heart of the Stern's seeming security and happiness. The secret that could destroy everything. Iris and Theo Stern seemed to have it all: a secure marriage, four children and a beautiful house. But one outsider, Paul Werner, knew better. He knew the secret that lay buried at the heart of the Stern's seeming security and happiness. The secret that could destroy everything.


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Iris and Theo Stern seemed to have it all: a secure marriage, four children and a beautiful house. But one outsider, Paul Werner, knew better. He knew the secret that lay buried at the heart of the Stern's seeming security and happiness. The secret that could destroy everything. Iris and Theo Stern seemed to have it all: a secure marriage, four children and a beautiful house. But one outsider, Paul Werner, knew better. He knew the secret that lay buried at the heart of the Stern's seeming security and happiness. The secret that could destroy everything.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    RainLady777

    I liked it, but it definitely was'nt my favorite Belva Plain book. It just seemed like it dragged on in a linear fashion instead of having the major ups and downs her other books had. Almost as if she didn't know where to go with it and just keep writing. Also, it seemed like Iris and Theo had a happy ending in the last book and this one made you question the entire relationship again, which was kind of depressing. I dunno. I was not a bad book but it definitely did not have the same magic as he I liked it, but it definitely was'nt my favorite Belva Plain book. It just seemed like it dragged on in a linear fashion instead of having the major ups and downs her other books had. Almost as if she didn't know where to go with it and just keep writing. Also, it seemed like Iris and Theo had a happy ending in the last book and this one made you question the entire relationship again, which was kind of depressing. I dunno. I was not a bad book but it definitely did not have the same magic as her others in this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I like the way each subsequent book is written to overlap the others and is from the viewpoint of a different family member. Enjoyable

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vivien Farrell

    Fabulous continuation of the Jewish American family saga. This book predominantly about Theo and Iris and Paul Werner Interesting times as America enters the Vietnam war. Highly recommend providing the saga is read in sequence.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    The 4th in the family saga, which intertwines the lives of the two families set in the turbulent 1960's. The oldest generation still holds onto their pre-WWII perspective of how one should live their life and the youngest finding their way in the world rebelling against the norms and the Vietnam world or trying to fit in the status quo. In the middle, Iris & Theo still maneuvering their way through life, marriage, career, & parenting. Fairly satisfying family drama, 3.5 stars. Although the 4th in The 4th in the family saga, which intertwines the lives of the two families set in the turbulent 1960's. The oldest generation still holds onto their pre-WWII perspective of how one should live their life and the youngest finding their way in the world rebelling against the norms and the Vietnam world or trying to fit in the status quo. In the middle, Iris & Theo still maneuvering their way through life, marriage, career, & parenting. Fairly satisfying family drama, 3.5 stars. Although the 4th in the saga, it could be read as a stand alone novel. I read the others so long ago, I barely remember the family journey to this point.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie Zaugg

    I did not know this was part of a series. It stands well alone. It includes several branches of the family and how they are interwoven. IT is set in the late 60's and focuses on issues of that time- Cuba, communism, student unrest, violent protest, war in Viet Nam, struggles in Isreal. I would have been the same age as some of the younger charcters at that time which made it intersting to me. I had started to read another of Belva Palin's books, but it seemed really dated with the housewife wanti I did not know this was part of a series. It stands well alone. It includes several branches of the family and how they are interwoven. IT is set in the late 60's and focuses on issues of that time- Cuba, communism, student unrest, violent protest, war in Viet Nam, struggles in Isreal. I would have been the same age as some of the younger charcters at that time which made it intersting to me. I had started to read another of Belva Palin's books, but it seemed really dated with the housewife wanting more of a life in the 60's. I gave up after 3 chapters. Harvest, however, held my attention.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anna Maynard

    Another wonderful book This family saga warmed my heart. The author's words flow like a beautiful river. I will miss dear Paul and beautiful loving Anna. Now the families move one with the knowledge and wisdom given to them by Paul and Anna. How I wished they could be in the final saga book 5. Who knows what's to come. I will begin number 5 tonight. Another wonderful book This family saga warmed my heart. The author's words flow like a beautiful river. I will miss dear Paul and beautiful loving Anna. Now the families move one with the knowledge and wisdom given to them by Paul and Anna. How I wished they could be in the final saga book 5. Who knows what's to come. I will begin number 5 tonight.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Lawrence

    I loved the more modern conflicts and the later generations struggling with some of the same issues as the older people. Even the ends of some of my favorite characters was done completely and in keeping with their ways of life. This series is a delight.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Hm. Why didn't I know that Evergreen had all these sequels? This was enjoyable, but the number of coincidental connections between Paul Warner and the Friedman family did stretch belief a bit. I probably wouldnt recommend, simply because the book is older and the library doesn't have a copy. #2021 Hm. Why didn't I know that Evergreen had all these sequels? This was enjoyable, but the number of coincidental connections between Paul Warner and the Friedman family did stretch belief a bit. I probably wouldnt recommend, simply because the book is older and the library doesn't have a copy. #2021

  9. 4 out of 5

    Casey St.

    I love Belva Plain but this fell short. Too depressing, just kind of slogged on. And Theo and Iris had their issues resolved and were happy in the last book and now all of a sudden they're both a mess again. I dunno. Too draggy. Too down. I love Belva Plain but this fell short. Too depressing, just kind of slogged on. And Theo and Iris had their issues resolved and were happy in the last book and now all of a sudden they're both a mess again. I dunno. Too draggy. Too down.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I just could not get into reading this book, if a book does not grab me from the beginning then I usually don't enjoy it. I just could not get into reading this book, if a book does not grab me from the beginning then I usually don't enjoy it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Judy Palmore

    It over Enjoyed reading this book Paul was a good person and I always seemed to be rooting for him and any projects he was attempting.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Iacob

    Again, such lovely writing. This was probably my least favorite of the series so far, actually. There was more politics than normal. Once you get through the first third of the book, it’s great.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Wonderful book. Belva Plain is an amazing writer.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Another great book in the Werner Family Saga. Ms. Plain has left an awesome legacy with this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Another waste of time....

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne M Myers

    Much like the first of the series

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As the years pass this series introduces a new generation in every book while still keeping the original main characters in the center of the two families. In this book we focus more on Iris and Theo, their trials and the trials of their family. Paul and Theo become close and Paul helps Theo find his son, Steve, who joined a revolutionary movement against the Viet Nam war. We see the connection of the two families, as Paul's nephew, Tim, enlists one of his students, Steve, Anna's grandson into th As the years pass this series introduces a new generation in every book while still keeping the original main characters in the center of the two families. In this book we focus more on Iris and Theo, their trials and the trials of their family. Paul and Theo become close and Paul helps Theo find his son, Steve, who joined a revolutionary movement against the Viet Nam war. We see the connection of the two families, as Paul's nephew, Tim, enlists one of his students, Steve, Anna's grandson into the anti war movement. Following the times of the 60s we see more "hippie" types in Agnes, Meg's daughter as she goes to New Mexico to pursue her art. In this book too Paul finally accepts Anna's refusal and comes to an understanding of why she chose to stay with her family as he sees the bond they all have because of her nurturing. He finds peace and falls in love with Ilse, a dedicated Doctor who at first refuses his proposal of marriage to pursue her life's dream of being a Doctor in Israel. Paul will never divulge to Iris the truth of her parentage but he does come to spend time with her and her family thus getting to know the only descendants he has, even if for only a short period of time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    A pleasant read. Ended wistfully.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Trudy Roy

    Good escapist fiction. Never really get to know the main characters but worth reading more of her books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Now, I read this book before I had read Evergreen, the 1st novel in this series. Harvest continues where Evergreen left off, with the story of the Friedman's and the Werner's. Anna and Joseph's children, Maury and Iris, are growing up and going their separate ways. Joseph, wishing that Maury would follow in his business, becomes disappointed when Maury marries Aggie, a Catholic girl. As you see, the Friedman's are Jewish and wants only the children to marry into their own. Iris marries Theo Stern Now, I read this book before I had read Evergreen, the 1st novel in this series. Harvest continues where Evergreen left off, with the story of the Friedman's and the Werner's. Anna and Joseph's children, Maury and Iris, are growing up and going their separate ways. Joseph, wishing that Maury would follow in his business, becomes disappointed when Maury marries Aggie, a Catholic girl. As you see, the Friedman's are Jewish and wants only the children to marry into their own. Iris marries Theo Stern, whose former wife was "killed" in the holocaust. Iris and Theo have so many problems of their own that they must over come. Another spellbinding book by Ms. Plain. Read and enjoy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    As always, it was interesting to read more about the Werner and Friedman/Stern families. While the previous volumes each seemed to center more on one or the other, the two families were much more intertwined in this book. By the end, both Anna and Paul have passed away, but their legacies will continue.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    The fourth book of an interesting family saga set in the turbulent 60s. One decision by a young college age man changes the dynamics of the whole families and others connected with the family. This is a great book for summer vacation.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Iris and Theo Stern seem to have it all: a secure marriage, four lovely children and a beautiful house. But one outsider, Paul Werner, knew the secret that lay buried in the heart of the Sterns' happiness - a secret that could destroy everything. I enjoyed this book and give it an A+! Iris and Theo Stern seem to have it all: a secure marriage, four lovely children and a beautiful house. But one outsider, Paul Werner, knew the secret that lay buried in the heart of the Sterns' happiness - a secret that could destroy everything. I enjoyed this book and give it an A+!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Tyrrell

    A pretty decent book. I like family sagas, and this definitely was a classic one. However, I felt the end of the book just left me hanging. I didn't feel a sense of closure at the conclusion of the story. A pretty decent book. I like family sagas, and this definitely was a classic one. However, I felt the end of the book just left me hanging. I didn't feel a sense of closure at the conclusion of the story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan Thompson

    The 4th in the Werner family saga, taking place in the turbulent 60's. I did not like it as much as Tapestry but after some slow moving parts it got better and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading the 5th and final one, Heartwood published in 2011. The 4th in the Werner family saga, taking place in the turbulent 60's. I did not like it as much as Tapestry but after some slow moving parts it got better and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading the 5th and final one, Heartwood published in 2011.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jane De vries

    The most Jewish of all the seven Belva novels i've read so far but that's OK. Their rebel of a son brought back a lot of memories for me of the late 1960's. With Belva, you feel like you're really there. The most Jewish of all the seven Belva novels i've read so far but that's OK. Their rebel of a son brought back a lot of memories for me of the late 1960's. With Belva, you feel like you're really there.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Excellent story, lots of ends tied up, from the families, Werner, and Stern, Miss Plain wrote stories that you feel part of, even her idea of years after the story line are so true of today. I loved it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is the fourth book of what I thought was a trilogy. It continues into the 60s with the Werner family.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cws

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    I read it a lot of time ago and I don't remember it I read it a lot of time ago and I don't remember it

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