I usually love getting lost in a Belva Plain book. I read and re-read the Tapestry series several times (one of my favorites). This was her last book. She passed away this past October at the age of 95. This one was published in 2004. The amazing thing with Belva Plain's writing is that she wrote every novel in longhand. She didn't own a computer. This book wasn't her best, but it was still enjoyable. It follows 2 women from the same town in New England who are at 2 very different social levels. Gwen is the very plain adopted daughter of the woman who owns THE company (the Glassworks) of the company town (I apologise for the terrible sentence there). Jewel is a poor, but incredibly beautiful woman who works as a secretary of the Glassworks. Their lives keep crossing over. Both bear jealousies of the other. Gwen longs for the beauty and confidence that Jewel bears. Jewel wishes for the wealth and status of Gwen. It was a nice read for a rainy day.
*Edit update - there has since been a Belva Plain novel published posthumously, Heartwood. You can read my blog post on it here.