Daybreak

Daybreak The doctor s office is cool white sterile But the doctor s words are searing blood tests prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Margaret and Arthur Crawfield s beloved dying son is not their child N

  • Title: Daybreak
  • Author: Belva Plain
  • ISBN: 9780440216810
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • The doctor s office is cool, white, sterile But the doctor s words are searing blood tests prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Margaret and Arthur Crawfield s beloved, dying son is not their child Now they must face Peter s death and the shock of having a son they have never met Grieving, yet compelled, they begin a search that will tear two families apart.Laura andThe doctor s office is cool, white, sterile But the doctor s words are searing blood tests prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Margaret and Arthur Crawfield s beloved, dying son is not their child Now they must face Peter s death and the shock of having a son they have never met Grieving, yet compelled, they begin a search that will tear two families apart.Laura and Bud Rice share an elegant home and two children, brilliant, handsome Tom, and cherished, chronically ill eleven year old Timmy But after nineteen years of marriage, Laura s respectable husband is a stranger and the reason for Tom s escalating involvement with a group of campus bigots Suddenly the Crawfields enter their lives and shatter their fragile world As the Rices quiet Southern town explodes with hate and violence, the two familes must embrace or be destroyed by the shattering truth.

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    About "Belva Plain"

    1. Belva Plain

      Belva Plain was a best selling American author of mainstream women s fiction Her first novel, Evergreen 1978 topped the New York Times bestseller list for 41 weeks and was made into a TV miniseries At her death, there were over 30 million copies of her twenty plus novels in print in 22 languages.

    347 thoughts on “Daybreak”

    1. Almost tossed this one, not sure what compelled me to pick it up, but I'm glad I did. What I found was a well crafted small-town family drama about racism, prejudices, and identity. It does often take a turn toward the melodramatic, but I wouldn't expect anything less from a Belva Plain. This is definitely one of her better books,



    2. I have read almost all of the books that Belva Plain has written. I love the way she writes and this book is amongst her best. The story is timeless and gut wrenching. Good writing is if there is a character who is so disgustingly awful that you feel like killing them or so pitiful that it brings you to tears. That's what Belva Plain does. She makes her characters so real that they incite genuine feelings in the reader. I loved this book!


    3. This is a book which, had it not been a book club book, I would not have picked up.Skipping and skimming skills were valuable.What an unexpected story. Another book on my summer 2011 list covered the web of connections, this book covered how families don't know each other. I didn't like Laura at the beginning of the book.Young love - soul mates; bigotry; KKK; familyWhat would you do if you found out your baby was swapped at birth? Nuture vs Nature. I think the Crawfield tried too hard. Bud would [...]


    4. I really enjoyed this book. It is the story of a young man of 19 who, along with 2 sets of parents, finds out he was switched at birth. Lots of interesting dynamics as one set of parents is Jewish and the other set has ties to the KKK. The author kinds of wraps everything up too neatly but it was a great story.


    5. Not the kind of book I usually read but it was the only book sitting around where I was at the time. It turned out to be very different from what I expected. The story was so captivating that I finished the book in a day. Good read indeed.


    6. It was very good. Interesting how one young man had to deal with a significant change in his history which brought about a significant change in what he believed about himself and others.





    7. An interesting book. A 19 y.o. and his parents, two sets of parents as it turns out, learn he was switched at birth. It's rare but it happens. A Jewish baby goes home with a Methodist family whose father is secretly a member of the Klan. The young man has already begun aligning himself with right wing causes. The mother is more to the left, a woman who loves and accepts everyone for who they are, no regard to race or religion. A younger son, age 11, has cystic fibrosis and is in and out of the h [...]


    8. I very much enjoyed the story told of the two families affected by their sons being switched at birth. There were a lot of twists and turns but I thought some of them were predictable. In the end, I feel like Belva Plain's "Daybreak" was too cheesy for today's reader (and I tend to gravitate toward cheesy!). I also don't feel like she accurately described the "youth of the 1980's". The college aged students who were significant characters spoke and thought in the lingo of the 1940's or '50's mak [...]


    9. First half was astonishingly enthralling. You get tightly wound the setting parallels modern politics interestingly, and the slow tension is admirably built.Unfortunately the resolution leaves something to be desired. Having wound the families and story lines into what looks an impossible knot, you anticipate an equally painstaking unravelling. Instead ocams razor is applied in a swift and unsatisfyingly simple slice bringing the end within fifty pages of the pivotal unveiling of one characters [...]


    10. People and prejudice I happened to read this book when things in the news were almost like a mirror to the story in the book. People can be so prejudiced and act out at the expense of other people that are different. We are not born this way - we learn from the people close to us.


    11. Belva Plain of my favorite authorse never disappoints. Another great story from this largely forgotten author. Highly recommend this one (which I've read twice,) or for that matter any of her books. Treat yourself!



    12. Surprised I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I never expected the story to go in the direction it went.good read.


    13. Although it was written in 1994, this is a book that everyone should read because Belva Plain saw the seeds of what we have happening in our country today. The motif of two sons who were switched at birth serves the important themes very well and helps to create a strong sense of ironya must-read.


    14. This is not a book that I would normally read but it was loaned to me with high praise and I thought I'd give it a shot. I am so glad I read it because wow was that a story. It dealt with so many strong issues and really opens your eyes and makes you feel for the characters. This is a book that has stayed with me several years after reading it and I have continue to recommend it. Quick read. 3 Stars.


    15. This was a whopper of a tale about two babies who went home with the wrong family. It was interesting to see how the two boys turned out in two different cultures and how the families worked together after they found out the truth.


    16. I enjoyed this story, so sad for the families involved, but it shows that you can come to terms with what life throws at you.


    17. Shortly before Peter Crawfield's death, his parents learn that the 18 year old is not their son - the victim of a hospital mistake that switched the infants in the nursery. Peter had been sick his entire life with cystic fibrosis and it was because his parents were trying desperately to seek any medical help they could that the truth came out. A few hours away, in another part of the state, lives the Rice family, whose lives will be turned upside down when the Crawfields attempt to make contact [...]


    18. The back cover of this book sounded interesting enough to make me want to read it: the story of two boys switched at birth, but I think the author took on a little too much in her plot line. The premise: two boys switched at birth, one Jewish and one born to a bigot. The one born to the bigot dies at the beginning of the story, leaving the Jewish one who was raised by the bigot to be told the awful truth. This would've been enough of a story right there, but noe author includes all kinds of back [...]


    19. This book is about politics and racism/KKK with a few romances and a baby switching thrown in. was an easy read with some 'over the top' emotional seens by a 19 year old kid and his racist fatherSome of the things they talked about really angered me and I would get riled up because of their stupidity and nastinessen I would take a deep breath and realize that it was just a book and that I live in a place and with people that choose to accept people for who they aret what they areI felt the endin [...]


    20. This was better than I expected it to be, and I got caught up in the story and ramifications of babies switched at birth. This is a book that a reader friend gave me, and since it looked like the sort of book I don't usually read, I asked her what kind of a book it was. Her answer--it's just a Belva Plain. Not much of an answer if you don't have a frame of reference, but now that I've read it I can see that it serves. It's just a Belva Plain. There's drama, but not an absurd amount (though somet [...]


    21. I know this is a random choice first published in 1994, but I had an old copy from a garage sale to read at the pool during my kid's swim lessons so I wouldn't ruin any library books.That being said.a lot of the political stuff in this book mirrors the current landscape with talk of white supremacy and wanting to get rid of other "less worthy" races. I had to keep reading just to see what happens. However, that wasn't the main focus of the book blurb which drew me in with it's case of infants sw [...]


    22. I haven't read a Belva Plain book in probably 4 decades but I picked up a used copy of Daybreak really cheap. I have been reading a lot of nonfiction and picked this up to read something different. This story gripped me right from the beginning and I finished it in a day and a half. Wow, did it have some twists that I never expected. The story line (babies switched at birth) has been done before but this one had some real punch. Read it. You'll see what I mean.


    23. Seriously, is there a better author out there than Belva Plain? The last book I read of hers, titled Evergreen, became the best I've ever read in my life. This bookother great one. I just loved that every book of hers has the best story line you could possibly imagine. And there's always a good ending somewhere. This story was fantastic and so great.I can't possibly give it enough praise. Now I'm excited to read another one of many titles that I have on my shelvesI'm sure its going to be great a [...]


    24. Very interesting book. Babies switched at birth. What a mess! Tom was raised by Laura and Bud. Bud is very anti-Jew. Toms younger brother Timmy has cystic fibrosis. Peter was raised by Margaret and Aruthr, Jewish merchants. Peter died at age 19 of cystic fibrosis. Peter has a sister, Holly. The two families are both wealthy. There was a lot to think about with this book. I was disgusted with Bud and his opinions, so different from his wife. Also, I was outraged when Tom's college girlfriend betr [...]


    25. This is my first Belva Plain book, and I'll definitely be reading more. I like family-oriented stories, just like Jodi Picoult's, though I'm finding lately that Picoult's novels are very formulaic. I believe that writers really has some formula used in their stories, and that's fine so long that I am still excited to find out what's gonna happen in the end, rather than guessing it mid-story. Well as I've said, I'm gonna be reading more Belva Plain'sI'll see if her formula works. :)


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