Hyacinth has always been a bit of a softie and a dreamer. She's an artist who loves to paint pictures of her family. They coddle her and care for her every need with their ample wealth. One day she meets and falls in love with a poor medical student, Gerald, and marries him despite the reservations of her mother. It isn't long before things begin to deteriorate in their marriage and after a long time of repressing her feelings and pretending nothing's wrong one night Hyacinth makes a mistake which Gerald finds out about and holds over her head for years. He uses it as blackmail to divorce her uncontested and getting custody of their two children. She is left untrusting of men, her self-esteem is in the dumper, and she has to learn to take control of her life, be more assertive, make something of herself, and get back her children.
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In this story, Belva Plain goes to the heart of a marriage between a naive young artist and her handsome physician husband. At first, everything is idyllic. Then one terrible night, Hyacinth commits an act that gives her husband the ultimate weapon; blackmail. The price of his silence is uncontested custody of their two children.
When her own beautiful, angry mother wants to know why she won't fight for custody; Hyacinth can give no answers. For she alone knows or believes she knows, what really happened on the fateful night when her marriage went to pieces.
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