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A magical transformation takes place in Danielle Steel's luminous new novel: Strangers become roommates, roommates become friends, and friends become a family in a turn-of-the-century house in Manhattan's West Village. The plumbing leaked; the furniture was rescued from garage sales. And every inch was being restored to its original splendor--even as a relationship fell apart. Owner of a struggling art gallery and newly separated from her boyfriend, Francesca Thayer does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertisement for boarders, and soon her Greenwich Village house becomes a whole new world. First comes Eileen, a pretty L.A. transplant, now a New York City schoolteacher. Then there's Chris, a young father struggling for custody of his seven-year-old son. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping to heal after the death of her husband. Over the course of one amazing, unforgettable, life-changing year, the house at 44 Charles Street fills with laughter, heartbreak, and, always, hope. In the hands of master storyteller Danielle Steel, it's a place those who visit will never want to leave. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Accident is a powerful and ultimately triumphant novel of lives shattered and changed by one devastating moment. Although frequent business meetings keep her husband, Brad, away from home, Page Clarke feels blessed with her happy family and comfortable marriage. They have a house near San Francisco and she keeps busy looking after their seven-year-old son, Andy, and their teenage daughter, Allyson.Allyson, at fifteen, is trying her wings and one weekend, instead of an evening with her friend Chloe, the girls lie and go out with two older high school boys. But a Saturday night that was supposed to be fun ends in tragedy when their car collides head-on with another.At the hospital, Page finds Chloe's divorced father, Trygve, and, unable to locate Brad, she leans on his strength throughout the the long hours of tormenting questions. Will Allyson live? Will any of them? Were the teenagers drinking? Using drugs? Who was at fault? And where is her husband? Without Brad by her side Page feels her life start to come apart as she is forced to confront the fact that Allyson may not live, and if she does, she may never be the same again. In an inspiring novel that explores how many people are affected by one tragic accident and how they survive it, Danielle Steel brings us close to the characters whose lives are as familiar as our own... and who live, as we all do, in a world where everything can change in a single moment.From the Paperback edition.
Page considers herself as having an idyllic life, but it all changes when her teenage daughter becomes seriously injured in a car accident. During the lonely and anxious nights spent by her child's hospital bedside, she meets a man who finds himself in much the same vulnerable situation.
Marie-Ange Hawkins tenía solo once años cuando un trágico accidente marcó el fin de su idílica vida en un hermoso castillo francés. Huérfana y sola, es enviada a vivir con su tía abuela en una granja de Iowa. Detestada por la vieja mujer, Marie-Ange deberá trabajar incansablemente, mientras sueña con volver a su amado château de Marmouton. En la solitaria existencia de Marie-Ange, solo la amistad de un joven muchacho, Billy Parker, le otorga consuelo. Pero su único deseo es adquirir una educación para poder escaparse. Y es así que, justo tras su vigésimo primer cumpleaños, un visitante inesperado le brinda la oportunidad de recuperar su libertad y volver a Francia. Cuando finalmente llega, Marie-Ange se entera de que el castillo ha sido adquirido por el conde Bernard de Beauchamp, un joven viudo que le abrirá las puertas de su casa y de su corazón. Pero su idílico matrimonio lentamente dará un giro inesperado. Una misteriosa mujer cuenta a Marie-Ange una historia tan terrible que no puede creerla. Y a medida que las sombras de la duda se ciernen sobre ella, Marie-Ange deberá encontrar el coraje y la fe para dar el último paso desesperado para salvar a sus seres amados... Y a ella misma.
Desde la noche que le conoció, en un baile de sociedad en diciembre de 1940, Kate Jamison supo que Joe Allbright había entrado en su vida para no salir de ella nunca más. De inmediato se sintió atraída por aquel hombre mayor que ella, un aviador famoso, en quien adivinó a alguien especial, poco corriente, brillante y lejano a un tiempo, como una estrella. En los meses que siguieron a su primer encuentro un vínculo se fue estrechando entre ambos, tan fuerte que ni el estallido de la guerra, ni las peligrosas misiones de Joe bajo el cielo de Europa, ni la oposición de la familia de Kate podrían romper. Pero, al acabar la guerra, Kate tuvo que aceptar que su deseo de casarse y formar una familia no tenía cabida en la vida y los sueños de Joe, cuya auténtica pasión era volar. Debía tomar una decisión, encontrar su propio camino... sin saber que nadie puede escapar a su destino.
Una novela que recorre cuarenta años de la historia de amor entre una estrella de Hollywood y un rico heredero. La famosa actriz Faye Price y el rico heredero Ward Thayer se conocieron cuando él prestaba servicio en el ejército americano durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial en el Sur del Pacífico, lugar al que ella acudió para animar a las tropas. Pero solo años más tarde, en su segundo encuentro en Hollywood, saltaría la chispa que se transformaría en amor y en matrimonio. Esta es la historia de este matrimonio y de la familia que crearán juntos. Y de cómo Faye, a medida que su familia va superando dificultades y desavenencias, irá descubriendo que los finales felices no son un regalo del cielo.
On a warm May night in San Francisco, the Ritz-Carlton ballroom shimmers with crystal and silver as a glittering, celebrity-studded crowd gathers for a charity dinner dance. The evening is perfect-until, just minutes before midnight, the room begins to sway. Glass shatters. And as the lights go out, people begin to scream....In the earthquake's aftermath, the lives of four strangers will converge.... Sarah Sloane, the beautiful wife of a financial whiz, watches her perfect world fall to pieces.... Grammy-winning singer Melanie Free, the event's headliner, comes to a turning point in her life and career.... Photographer Everett Carson, a former war correspondent whose personal demons have demoted him to covering society parties, finds new purpose amid the carnage...and Sister Maggie Kent, a nun who normally works in jeans and high-tops with the homeless, searches through the rubble-and knows instantly that there is much work to be done....As the city staggers back to life, a chain reaction of extraordinary events will touch each of the survivors.... For Sarah, it begins with the discovery of a crime and a betrayal, then a strength she never knew she had. For Melanie, volunteering at a refugee camp will open new worlds of possibility. And Everett will be shaken by the unlikely relationship he forges with Maggie, who helps him rebuild his shattered life-and upends her own in the process. But as a year passes, and the anniversary of the earthquake approaches, more surprises are in store-as each discovers the unexpected gifts in a tragedy's wake...and the amazing grace of new beginnings.Throughout these enthralling pages, Danielle Steel creates a stunning array of contrasts-from the dazzle of a society benefit to the chaos of a makeshift hospital, from the pampered lives of rock stars to the quiet heroism of emergency volunteers. It is her most powerful and life-affirming novel to date.From the Hardcover edition.
Danielle Steel's 56th bestselling novel is about family and friendship, about one woman's struggle to break free from the past--and the man who helps her triumph. And most of all, it is about daring to believe in...Answered Prayers. On the outside, Faith Madison is the very picture of a sophisticated New Yorker. Slim, blond, stylish, Faith has a life many would envy. Overcoming a childhood marked by tragedy, married to a successful investment banker and having raised two grown daughters, Faith has enjoyed her role as mother and wife, and the good life that emanates from their bustling Manhattan town house. But every step of the way, Faith has carried within her a secret she could divulge to no one. And with it, she has kept an even more painful secret from herself. For Faith, it is the sudden death of her stepfather--a man who, like her husband, Alex, always remained just beyond her reach--that will touch off a journey of change and revelation. At the funeral, painful memories flood back--and an old friend reenters Faith's life. Faith is greeting mourners, when she hears a voice behind her and a single word that brings a quick smile to her face: "Fred." Only one person aside from her older brother, Jack, called her that. Brad Patterson was Jack's best friend, a long, lanky boy who teased, tormented, and protected Faith when they fancied themselves "The Three Musketeers" as kids. When Jack died years later, Faith and Brad came together again in their common, inconsolable grief, then lost touch once more amid the demands of families and busy lives a continent apart. Now a lawyer in California, Brad has reentered Faith's life just as she is making a decision that plunges her marriage into crisis. Determined to fulfill a long-held desire for a career of her own, Faith applies to law school against her husband's wishes, igniting a barrage of anger and recrimination. Faith's only solace is the correspondence she has begun with Brad, a man trapped in an empty marriage of his own, a friend she once lost and has found again. Soon e-mails are flying between them, bridging three thousand miles, sharing much-needed friendship, support, laughter. And as these two childhood friends rediscover each other, something extraordinary is beginning to happen. In the safety of their friendship, Brad will find the courage to make a decision he should have made years before. And Faith, too, is changing, beginning to believe in herself--and in her right to grab hold of her dreams. Gathering a strength she never knew she had, Faith is finally ready to face the most painful step of all: of sharing the secret that has long been haunting her, and truly opening up her heart for the first time in her life. With unerring insight into the hearts of husbands and wives, lovers and families, Danielle Steel tells a wise and moving story of the secrets that wound and the choices that heal--and of the second chances that come only once in a lifetime.From the Hardcover edition.
La historia inolvidable de un amor peligrosamente obsesivo. Tras un divorcio demoledor, Hope Dunne ha logrado encontrar la fuerza necesaria para sobrevivir centrándose en su profesión, la fotografía. Desde el refugio de su loft neoyorquino, Hope se ha acostumbrado a la soledad y a sentir emociones solo a través de su cámara. Pero todo su aparente equilibrio fluctuará cuando acepte un encargo inesperado y viaje a Londres para retratar a un famoso escritor, Finn O'Neill. Hope quedará cautivada por la amabilidad del atractivo autor, que no dudará en cortejarla desde el primer momento y la convencerá para que vaya a vivir con él a su mansión en Irlanda. En cuestión de días Hope se enamorará perdidamente de este hombre de carisma e inteligencia arrolladores, y se verá volcada en una relación que avanza a un ritmo vertiginoso.
La bailarina1902: una niña de siete años ingresa en la escuela de ballet de San Petersburgo y se convierte en la bailarina preferida de la familia imperial. Pero una serie de acontecimientos cambian el curso de su vida. Y cuando estalla la revolución, Danina Petroskova se ve obligada a tomar una desgarradora decisión, mientras el mundo que la rodea cambia para siempre.El clonStephanie se ha separado de su marido y, superada la fase de lágrimas, se suceden la angustia y el horror de volver a relacionarse con hombres. Después de algunas citas desastrosas, queda prendada de Pete. Pero todo se enreda cuando se establece un triángulo amoroso entre Stephanie, Pete... y el clon de este. Una historia, narrada con perversa comicidad, sobre cómo encontrar al hombre perfecto en un mundo imperfecto.
Isabelle Forrester y Bill Robinson regresan juntos en una limusina al hotel. Es su última noche en Londres. Mañana tendrán que vol-ver a sus respectivos países, a sus obligaciones, a sus familias. Durante cuatro años han sido los mejores amigos. Isabelle comparte con Bill su amor por el arte y los libros, la amargura del fracaso de su matrimonio, la agonía por la enfermedad incurable de su hijo pequeño. Bill considera esta amistad un regalo en su vida de trabajo continuo, lo único que le ayuda a superar el distanciamiento con su propia esposa, a la que jamás podría traicionar. Ahora, sin embargo, han comprendido que lo que entendían como la amistad perfecta puede ser algo más... Y se besan. Un primer beso, durante el cual el tiempo parece detenerse, que tendrá consecuencias inimaginables en sus vidas.Una novela maravillosa sobre la fuerza que tiene el amor para curar, liberar y transformar a las personas.
In Danielle Steel's thrilling new novel, a successful woman's seemingly perfect world is shattered when she faces embezzlement by the last person she would ever suspect. BETRAYAL At thirty-nine, Tallie Jones is a Hollywood legend. Her work as a film director is her passion and the center of her life; one after another, her award-winning productions achieve the rare combination of critical and commercial success. With no interest in the perks of her profession or the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, Tallie maintains close and loving relationships with her college-age daughter and her aging father, and has a happy collaboration with Hunter Lloyd, her respected producing partner, confidant, and live-in lover. Rounding out the circle and making it all work is Brigitte Parker, Tallie's devoted personal assistant. Friends since film school, they are a study in contrasts, with Brigitte's polished glamour balancing Tallie's artless natural beauty, and her hard-driving, highly organized style a protective shield for Tallie's casual, down-to-earth approach. As Tallie is in the midst of directing the most ambitious film she has yet undertaken, small disturbances begin to ripple through her well-ordered world. An outside audit reveals troubling discrepancies in the financial records maintained by Victor Carson, Tallie's longtime, trusted accountant. Mysterious receipts hint at activities of which she has no knowledge. Soon it becomes clear that someone close to Tallie has been steadily funneling away enormous amounts of her money. In the wake of an escalating series of shattering revelations, Tallie will find herself playing the most dangerous game of all--to trap a predator stalking her in plain sight. In this riveting novel, Danielle Steel reveals the dark side of fame and fortune. At the same time, she brilliantly captures a woman's will to navigate a minefield of hurt and loss--toward a new beginning.From the Hardcover edition.
In this heartfelt and incisive new novel, Danielle Steel celebrates the virtues of unconventional beauty while exploring deeply resonant issues of weight, self-image, sisterhood, and family. A chubby little girl with blond hair, blue eyes, and ordinary looks, Victoria Dawson has always felt out of place in her family, especially in body-conscious L. A. Her father, Jim, is tall and slender, and her mother, Christina, is a fine-boned, dark-haired beauty. Both are self-centered, outspoken, and disappointed by their daughter's looks. When Victoria is six, she sees a photograph of Queen Victoria, and her father has always said she looks just like her. After the birth of Victoria's perfect younger sister, Gracie, her father liked to refer to his firstborn as "our tester cake. " With Gracie, everyone agreed that Jim and Christina got it right. While her parents and sister can eat anything and not gain an ounce, Victoria must watch everything she eats, as well as endure her father's belittling comments about her body and see her academic achievements go unacknowledged. Ice cream and oversized helpings of all the wrong foods give her comfort, but only briefly. The one thing she knows is that she has to get away from home, and after college in Chicago, she moves to New York City. Landing her dream job as a high school teacher, Victoria loves working with her students and wages war on her weight at the gym. Despite tension with her parents, Victoria remains close to her sister. And though they couldn't be more different in looks, they love each other unconditionally. But regardless of her accomplishments, Victoria's parents know just what to say to bring her down. She will always be her father's "big girl," and her mother's constant disapproval is equally unkind. When Grace announces her engagement to a man who is an exact replica of their narcissistic father, Victoria worries about her sister's future happiness, and with no man of her own, she feels like a failure once again. As the wedding draws near, a chance encounter, an act of stunning betrayal, and a family confrontation lead to a turning point. Behind Victoria is a lifetime of hurt and neglect she has tried to forget, and even ice cream can no longer dull the pain. Ahead is a challenge and a risk: to accept herself as she is, celebrate it, and claim the victories she has fought so hard for and deserves. Big girl or not, she is terrific and discovers that herself.
India Taylor lived in a world of manicured lawns and neatly maintained calendars: a merry-go-round of Little League, piano lessons, and Cape Cod summer vacations. With four wonderful children, India believed in commitment and sacrifice, just as she believed in Doug, the man she married 17 years before. For India, this was the promise she made, the life she had chosen--not the award-winning career as a photojournalist she once had. It was a choice she had never truly regretted. Until she begins to regret it with all her heart. India couldn't pinpoint the exact moment. Perhaps it was the last time her agent called, begging her to take an assignment Doug insisted she turn down. Or perhaps it was when Doug told her he thought of her as a companion and someone to take care of their kids, and not much more. At that moment, the price of the sacrifices she'd made began to seem high. And then, she met Paul Ward. A Wall Street tycoon married to a bestselling author, Paul lived life on his own terms, traveling the world on his own yacht. India hadn't planned to become Paul's friend. Anything more was unthinkable. Yet talking to Paul was so easy. India could share her dreams with him, and offer comfort when Paul suffers a heartbreak of his own. And while Paul urges India to reclaim her career, Doug is adamantly against it, determined to keep her tied to the home. But with Paul's encouragement, India slowly, painfully, begins to break free, and find herself again. Rediscovering her creativity and her courage, India uses Paul like a beacon on the horizon, sharing intimate phone conversations with a man half a world away, a man who never stops reminding her of all that is possible for her. India is changing, and nothing in her life will ever be the same again. Not her marriage. Not her friendship with Paul. And when India is presented with an irresistible opportunity, she makes a heart-wrenching decision, leaving a safe, familiar place-and the people she loves there-to move into the terror of the unknown. Bittersweet is her story, a story of freedom, of having dreams and making choices to find them. With unerring insight, Danielle Steel has created a moving portrait of a woman who dares to embark on a new adventure and the man who helps her get there. Her painful, exhilarating journey inspires us all. (From the Paperback edition.)
Allegra, una atractiva abogada de veintinueve años, ha pasado toda su vida en Hollywood. Sus padres se dedican al mundo del cine y de la televisión y sus clientes son actores y celebridades que reclaman su atención veinticuatro horas al día. Cuando rompe dolorosamente con su novio de siempre, no tarda en conocer a Jeff y descubrir que es el hombre de su vida. Perdidamente enamorados, deciden casarse... Y empiezan los problemas: Jeff no acepta las exigencias de los clientes de Allegra y, por otra parte, ambas familias no juzgan con igual rasero su decisión de casarse. Este conflicto hará que aflore lo peor de aquellos que rodean a la pareja y a ellos mismos les hará dudar de su amor y determinación. ¿Puede la boda amenazar la idílica relación que ambos comparten? ¿Encontrarán, finalmente, la manera de superar las dificultades y de comprender el verdadero significado de su enlace?«Las cuestiones que Steel plantea sobre los conflictos de culpa y responsabilidad, independencia y seguridad, libertad sexual y el tejido de relaciones que forman la sociedad y la familia son cualquier cosa menos simples.»Booklist
Desde las lujosas salas de baile de Manhattan hasta las batallas de la Primera Guerra Mundial, Danielle Steel nos transporta al mundo fascinante de una mujer de espíritu indómita que saca fuerzas de sus pérdidas y renace en medio de la adversidad.Annabelle Wirthington, de diecinueve años, nació rodeada de los privilegios y el glamour de la alta sociedad neoyorquina en una gran casa de la Quinta Avenida. Sin embargo, un día grisáceo de abril de 1912 todo cambió: El Titanic se hundió y su mundo también...Para olvidarse de sus tristezas, Annabelle se entrega a obras caritativas y a cuidar a los pobres y aquí se despierta su pasión por la medicina.Cuando su primer amor y lo que promete ser un matrimonio idílico también se convierten en cenizas, Annabelle se ve obligada a huir a Francia, un país en guerra donde tal vez podrá por fin dedicarse a su verdadera vocación: estudiar medicina, ayudar a los heridos y salvar vidas en la primera línea de batalla.Cuando termina la guerra, Annabelle comienza una nueva vida en París. Ahora es doctora y madre y su pasado en Nueva York queda lejos y casi olvidado hasta que un día un encuentro casual la enfrenta con todo lo que dejó atrás.
Desde las lujosas salas de baile de Manhattan hasta las batallas de la Primera Guerra Mundial, Danielle Steel nos transporta al mundo fascinante de una mujer de espíritu indómita que saca fuerzas de sus pérdidas y renace en medio de la adversidad. Annabelle Wirthington, de diecinueve años, nació rodeada de los privilegios y el glamour de la alta sociedad neoyorquina en una gran casa de la Quinta Avenida. Sin embargo, un día grisáceo de abril de 1912 todo cambió: el Titanic se hundió y su mundo también. Para olvidarse de sus tristezas, Annabelle se entrega a obras caritativas y a cuidar a los pobres y aquí se despierta su pasión por la medicina. Cuando su primer amor y lo que promete ser un matrimonio idílico también se convierten en cenizas, Annabelle se ve obligada a huir a Francia, un país en guerra donde tal vez podrá por no dedicarse a su verdadera vocación: estudiar medicina, ayudar a los heridos y salvar vidas en la primera línea de batalla. Cuando termina la guerra, Annabelle comienza una nueva vida en París. Ahora es doctora y madre y su pasado en Nueva York queda lejos y casi olvidado hasta que un día un encuentro casual la enfrenta con todo lo que dejó atrás.
Danielle Steel takes us beyond the dazzle of Hollywood in her compelling new novel--the story of one woman's journey from suburban mom to award-winning screenwriter...and all the joy, heartbreak, and challenges along the way. Bungalow 2 The phone call came on a hot July day--a day like any other for Marin County mom and freelance writer Tanya Harris. But this call--from Tanya's agent--was anything but ordinary, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to write a major Hollywood screenplay, a dream she had put aside long ago to devote her energies to her family. This time, Tanya knows she cannot refuse, even though she's torn about leaving her husband and their daughters. From the moment she steps into her lush bungalow at the fabled Beverly Hills Hotel, Tanya is thrust into an intoxicating new world where she feels reborn--energized by the creativity swirling around her--yet the pull of her family at home is strong. Suddenly she's working alongside A-list actors and a Hollywood legend: Oscar-winning producer Douglas Wayne, a man who always gets what he wants-and who seems to have his sights set on her. Flying home between shoots, struggling to reconnect with a family that seems to need her less and less, Tanya watches helplessly as her old life is pulled out from under her in the most crushing of ways. As her two lives collide, as one award-winning film leads to another, Tanya begins to wonder if she can be a wife, a mother, and a writer at the same time. And just as she confronts the toughest choice she has faced, she is offered another dazzling opportunity--one that could recast her story in an amazing new direction, complete with an ending she never could have written herself. In Bungalow 2, Danielle Steel takes us into a world few ever see--a world of fame and fortune, celebrity and genius-daring to show us the real lives, real dreams, and real struggles hidden beneath the flash and glitter of Hollywood.From the Hardcover edition.
Un terrible suceso trunca la vida de las tres hermanas Walker, separadas en la infancia y entregadas en adopción a distintas familias. Pero Hilary, la mayor y menos afortunada de las tres, preservará en su memoria su vida en común y alentará durante años la esperanza de, finalmente, volver a reunirse con ellas.
Sarah Anderson es una abogada de éxito. Con sólo treinta y ocho años ha conseguido prestigio profesional y convertirse en socia de un reconocido bufete de San Francisco. No obstante, en su vida personal no ha disfrutado de la misma suerte, ya que la obsesión por su carrera la ha llevado a descuidar todo aquello que le reportaría la verdadera felicidad. Su relación con Phil, no le causa más que continuas frustraciones. Él huye de los compromisos y tan sólo se ven los fines de semana, lo que no le permite entablar una relación más sólida y gratificante.Por eso Sarah pasa los días sola en su pequeño e incómodo apartamento... hasta que su cliente favorito, un anciano millonario, le legua una cuantiosa suma de dinero al fallecer y, con ella, la posibilidad de adquirir la inmensa mansión en la que él residía.En esa casa le esperan muchas sorpresas a Sarah: una emotiva historia familiar, la felicidad que provoca ver cumplido un sueño... y ese amor con el que siempre había soñado.
Top TV anchorwoman Melanie Adams had given up on love after a failed marriage and an unhappy affair. With her two teenage children and her television news career, she had no room in her life for a man. Then she met famous heart surgeon Peter Hallam, a widower with three children of his own. Suddenly Melanie was experiencing feelings she thought were gone forever. But two families (one in New York and one in Los Angeles), two exciting careers, and two strong-willed people were too much to handle. And Melanie faced a painful choice between her glamorous life in the public eye, her private life, the needs of her family, and the new family she took on. Changes lead each of them to new places, new problems, new people, and the new life they begin. (From the Paperback edition.)
Un hombre y una mujer coinciden fortuitamente en París para descubrir que sus respectivos matrimonios están condenados al fracaso, pero también que la felicidad no es inalcanzable. De orígenes humildes, Peter Haskell ha alcanzado un alto cargo en una empresa farmacéutica, en parte gracias a haber contraído matrimonio con la hija del propietario. No obstante, su matrimonio con Kate se desliza por la ciénaga del tedio y la incomprensión. Olivia, por su parte, es la esposa de Andy, un inescrupuloso senador que aspira a ocupar la Casa Blanca. Ella sería la mujer perfecta para encarnar el papel de primera dama, pero no está dispuesta a convertirse en una marioneta de su ambicioso marido. Peter y Olivia coinciden casualmente en París. Este encuentro propiciará una arrebatadora historia de amor que les hará darse cuenta de que, a pesar de sus éxitos materiales, sus vidas conyugales se encaminan hacia el desengañoy el fracaso... pero también de que el amor verdadero siempre se encuentra en el lugar más insospechado.
Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family with grace, humor, and boundless energy. With twin daughters finishing high school, a son at Dartmouth, and a kindergartner from her second marriage, there seems to be no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny day in May, when she opens an invitation for her daughters to attend the most exclusive coming-out ball in New York-and chaos erupts all around her. One twin's excitement is balanced by the other's outrage; her previous husband's profound snobbism is in sharp contrast to her current husband's flat refusal to attend. For Olympia's husband, Harry, whose parents survived the Holocaust, the idea of a blue-blood debutante ball is abhorrent. Her daughter Veronica, a natural-born rebel, agrees- while Veronica's identical twin, Virginia, is already shopping for the perfect dress. Then there's Olympia's ex, an insufferable snob, who sees the ball as the perfect opportunity for a family feud. And amid all the hubbub, Olympia's college-age son, Charlie, is facing a turning point in his life-and may need his mother more than ever. But despite it all, Olympia is determined to steer her family through the event until, just days before the cotillion, things begin to unravel with alarming speed. From a son's crisis to a daughter's heartbreak, from a case of the chicken pox to a political debate raging in her household, Olympia is on the verge of surrender. And that is when, in a series of startling choices and changes of heart, family, friends, and even a blue-haired teenager all find a way to turn a night of calamity into an evening of magic. As old wounds are healed, barriers are shattered and new traditions are born, and a debutante ball becomes a catalyst for change, revelation, acceptance, and love. In a novel that is by turns profound, poignant, moving, and warmly funny, Danielle Steel tells the story of an extraordinary family-finding new ways of letting go, stepping up, and coming out...in the ways that matter most.From the Hardcover edition.
In her fifty-fourth bestselling novel, Danielle Steel weaves a compelling story of fame and friendship, charmed lives and private struggles...and of three very different men whose lives converge and collide at The Cottage.On a sunny day in Hollywood, a gleaming Rolls-Royce convertible pulls through the gates of the magnificent estate known as The Cottage. Modeled after the "cottages" of Newport, Rhode Island, the spacious, elegant property, sitting on fourteen acres of lush Bel Air, fits its owner to a T. For the man behind the wheel of the Rolls is Hollywood's ageless wonder, Cooper Winslow. A star of the silver screen for decades, a man whose allure to women is the stuff of legend, Coop exudes grace, charm, and old-fashioned style. But today Coop Winslow is in for a major surprise. He's broke. And with no major roles coming his way, Coop is faced with the heartbreaking prospect of selling his beloved home of forty years, or at least renting out the gatehouse and part of the main house. A huge blow to Coop, whose debonair attitude allows him to escape reality much of the time. His new tenants, Mark Friedman and Jimmy O'Connor, are busy coping with problems of their own. Mark's wife of sixteen years just walked out, and Jimmy recently lost his own wife to a devastating illness. But everything changes when Mark's teenage son and daughter move in. Suddenly, The Cottage is transformed, with music blasting from every corner, teenagers on skateboards crashing into vintage cars, and a never-ending parade of young starlets streaming in and out to visit Coop. But amid all the noise and the chaos, something unexpected is happening. Three men who never would have met are becoming friends...and each man finds himself changing in surprising ways, Coop most of all. Because beneath the dazzle and flash, the impeccably tailored suits and the sheer bravado, is a man trying to keep control of his carefully ordered world-a world that is becoming more and more unpredictable with each passing day. First, a tabloid scandal erupts, threatening Coop's budding romance with a wealthy debutante. . .A stranger approaches Coop with stunning news....A devastating accident almost claims the life of one of the housemates....And in the midst of it all, The Cottage welcomes a new houseguest with a secret of her own, who will change Coop's life in unexpected ways. Because among the people who share his cottage and his life, Coop Winslow-loner, bachelor, movie star-may find the rarest of all opportunities: a chance to build a happiness he could never have dreamed of on his own, and to become the kind of human being he has never been. Against a glittering backdrop of celebrity and glamour, Danielle Steel digs deeper to tell a story of friendship and love, tragedy and second chances...of the choices and unexpected turns of fate that can shape characters and lives.From the Hardcover edition.
In this rich, involving novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel, a woman's life catapults from the old to the new, as she learns to seize the moment. COUNTRY Stephanie Adams is a devoted stay-at-home mother, married to a successful lawyer in northern California, in a dead marriage she's stayed in for years for the sake of her children. Then, on a ski trip in Squaw Valley, her fifty-two-year-old husband dies suddenly and all bets are off. Despite her children's grief, and her own conflicting emotions and loneliness, Stephanie tries to move on, but struggles to find herself as an independent individual after years of giving up her life for everyone else. A spur-of-the-moment road trip and fork in the road lead her to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and a chance meeting--and her whole life changes forever. She meets country music megastar Chase Taylor, who opens his whole world to her. Stephanie is no longer the same woman, and can't be anymore. A new man. A new life. The excitement of Nashville. She discovers not only Chase, but herself. The music is bittersweet and the lyrics true in his dazzling, exotic, and honest world. As it deftly explores the complex ties between spouses, children, lovers, and friends, and dances between the past and the future, Danielle Steel's moving novel brilliantly captures the shock of sudden loss, and the freedom it can bring. Here America's most beloved novelist shares the enduring power of seizing the day. Carpe diem.From the Hardcover edition.
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