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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.
Despite rumors of impending war, the majestic ship Normandie makes its transatlantic voyage from Washington D.C., to France. Aboard is beautiful, American-born Liane De Villiers, devoted to her much-older husband, the French ambassador to the United States, and her two daughters. She meets Nick Burnham, an American steel magnate, a kind man trapped in a loveless marriage. Their passion remains unacknowledged. But when the outbreak of World War II forces Liane to flee Paris, she and Nick meet again--and pledge a love that can no longer be denied.From the Paperback edition.
Diana y Andrew, Barbara y Charles, Pilar y Brad: tres parejas que nada tienen en común y ni siquiera se conocen, pero que se casaron por las mismas fechas, con las mismas ilusiones y con la misma pasión. Tiempo después las tres parejas se plantean la cuestión de la maternidad y cada una de ellas tiene que abordarla de manera distinta: problemas físicos o psicológicos interfieren en sus relaciones y ponen a prueba la solidez de su amor.Con la honestidad, la compasión y el estilo que la han hecho famosa en el mundo entero, Danielle Steel ha escrito una novela sensible y tierna, una llamada de esperanza frente a las frustraciones y el temor ligados al anhelo por los hijos.
Los dos se sentían solos. El matrimonio de Bíll había naufragado cuando el éxito le sonreía. El de Adrían iba a la deriva a causa de un embarazo que su marido no deseaba. Entonces se encontraron, e irresistiblemente atraídos por el temor qué les unía y el pasado que les separaba, compartieron el dolor y la nostalgia, y consiguieron romper el muro de su infelicidad.
Oliver Watson's world suddenly dissolves around him when Sarah, his wife of eighteen years, returns to Harvard to get her master's degree. Oliver is left on his own, with three children and a freedom he never wanted and doesn't completely understand. His family's needs and demands suddenly consume his life. When Oliver's mother is diagnosed as having Alzheimer's disease and dies soon thereafter, Oliver's father's life is changed as well. Braver than his son with less of a future before him, George Watson, at seventy-two, quickly embraces new relationships and, eventually, a new life. The sudden changes come as a shock to both father and son. Ben, Oliver's oldest son, rejects his father and reaches outward, under the illusion that he is grown-up and can make it on his own. Melissa, the middle child, blames Oliver for her mother's desertion. And Sam, the "baby," is too shaken to deal with it at all. Now the only parent, Daddy must somehow cope this, his troubled family and explore a world of new responsibilities, new women, and new experiences. Each of the three men must start a new life: Oliver in New York and then in Los Angeles with his children; once he faces the biggest change in his life; his widowed father with the woman next door; and seventeen-year-old Ben with his girlfriend and baby. Nothing is as it was before... nothing is as they once thought it would be. But in the end, different is better... different is more... for each of them--and especially for "Daddy." (From the Paperback edition.)
In book after beloved book, New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel consistently writes captivating stories notable for their unforgettable characters, page-turning plots, and richly imagined settings. Steel's sweeping, emotionally resonant historical novels in particular hold a special place in readers' hearts. Now here's a convenient eBook bundle that features three classic historical novels--Jewels, No Greater Love, and Zoya--stellar fiction from the incomparable Danielle Steel. Includes an excerpt from Danielle Steel's latest historical novel, Legacy, a compelling, centuries-spanning novel that brilliantly interweaves the lives of two women.
In her 57th bestselling novel, Danielle Steel brilliantly chronicles the roller-coaster ride of dating the second time around--and tells a captivating story of the surprises one woman encounters when she's thrust into the terrifying, exhilarating world of the Dating Game. Paris Armstrong never saw it coming. With two grown children and a lovely home in Connecticut, Paris was happy with her marriage, her family, her life. So when her husband of twenty-four years said they needed to talk, Paris couldn' t imagine what he was about to say. "I want a divorce," Peter tells her. Just like that, the husband she adored had dumped her for a younger woman. And just like that, Peter and his thirty-one-year-old lover had made their plans for their future, leaving Paris to pick up the pieces of a shattered life. Within days, Peter was gone. And Paris was left to figure out how she intended to get through the next day, let alone the rest of her life. The task could not have been more painful. First came the tears. Then the excruciating attempts by well-meaning friends to "fix her up" with men who paled in comparison to Peter. Worse yet, she still loved him. Finally, Paris realized she was in a fight for her very survival. Drastic measures were called for. Even her shrink agreed. It was time to move--as far away as possible, just after Peter remarried. Paris had never felt, or been, more alone. Saying good-bye to the world she knew and loved, Paris heads west, to San Francisco, and discovers being single in a world full of men who were too young, too old, too married, or too good to be true. For Paris, the list seemed endless...the charming commitment-phobe...the drunken Neanderthal...the young Frenchman--so adorably sexy she almost forgot about his age, and did, for a while. With her dating track record veering between disappointing and disastrous, and her daughter now engaged to a man Paris's age, Paris finally comes to the conclusion that romance is not in her future. That's when her small circle of offbeat, loving friends becomes more important than ever before. And a decision Paris makes only for herself changes her life once more. The secret, she discovers finally, is in finding the gifts in life's unexpected twists and turns, and turning despair into freedom and loss into joy. In a poignant, wickedly funny novel about getting dumped and getting over it, about tackling life with both courage and laughter, Danielle Steel explores what it means to start over, whether you wanted to or not, and finding something better than you had before.From the Paperback edition.
A los ojos de los demás, Audrey Driscoll es una solterona que parece estar destinada a pasar sus días cuidando de su abuelo y de sumimada hermana. Sin embargo, su espíritu aventurero y comprometido con una realidad desalentadora -son los años de la depresión en Estados Unidos- necesita huir de una sociedad que la oprime.Escindida entre los dictados de su conciencia y los de su corazón Audrey decide ser dueña de su destino y realizar su sueño: emprenderá un viaje por Europa, donde conocerá a un alma gemela, Charles Parker-Scott. Juntos, iniciarán un periplo que les conducirá a la fascinante China, al norte de África y a la Alemania de preguerra.
Against a vivid backdrop of history, Danielle Steel tells a compelling story of love and war, acts of faith and acts of betrayal...and of three generations of women as they journey though years of loss and survival, linked by an indomitable devotion that echoes across time.For the Wittgenstein family, the summer of 1915 was a time of both prosperity and unease, as the guns of war sound in the distance. But for eldest daughter Beata, it was also a summer of awakening. By the glimmering waters of Lake Geneva, the quiet Jewish beauty met a young French officer and fell in love. Knowing that her parents would never accept her marriage to a Catholic, Beata followed her heart anyway. And as the two built a new life together, Beata's past would stay with her in ways she could never have predicted. For as the years pass, and Europe is once again engulfed in war, Beata must watch in horror as Hitler's terror threatens her life and family--even her eighteen-year-old daughter Amadea, who has taken on the vows of a Carmelite nun.For Amadea, the convent is no refuge. As family and friends are swept away without a trace, Amadea is forced into hiding. Thus begins a harrowing journey of survival, as she escapes into the heart of the French Resistance. Here Amadea will find a renewed sense of purpose, taking on the most daring missions behind enemy lines. And it is here, in the darkest moments of fear, that Amadea will feel her mother's loving strength--and that of her mother's mother before her-as the voices of lost loved ones echo powerfully in her heart. And here, amid the fires of war, Amadea will meet an extraordinary man, British secret agent Rupert Montgomery. In Colonel Montgomery, Amadea finds a man who will help her discover her place in an unbreakable chain between generations...and between her lost family and her dreams for the future--a future she is only just beginning to imagine: a future of hope rooted in the rich soil of the past.With the grace of a master storyteller, Danielle Steel breathes life into history, creating a bold, sweeping tale filled with unforgettable characters and breathtaking images--from the elegant rituals of Europe's prewar aristocracy to the brutal desperation of Germany's death camps. Drawing us into a vanished world, Echoes weaves an intricate tapestry of a mother's love, a daughter's courage...and the unwavering faith that sustained them--even in history's darkest hour.From the Hardcover edition.
En el verano de 1915, durante la Primera Guerra Mundial, los Wittgenstein, patriarcas de una rica familia judía alemana, consiguen reunir a todos sus miembros para disfrutar juntos en Suiza de unos días lejos de la tragedia cotidiana de la guerra. Ninguno sospecha que aquel verano iba a ser el último de una vida feliz, acomodada y sin problemas graves.Poco después, Beata, la hija mayor, cae irremediablemente en las redes del amor. Pero se trata de un amor prohibido con un oficial francés católico. Esta relación, que los dos amantes defienden frente a todos, terminará dividiendo a la familia. Dos décadas más tarde, Beata deberá enfrentarse con la aterradora amenaza que significa Hitler para sus seres queridos y sobre todo para su hija Amadea.Historia de tres generaciones de mujeres marcadas por sus pasiones y sentimientos, entre la sociedad europea más elegante y la horrenda desesperación de la guerra, Ecos invita al lector a compartir una experiencia cálida, emocionante e inolvidable.«Una historia conmovedora sobre el amor y la pérdida.»Booklist
Fiona Monaghan, a sus 42 años, es la editora jefa de una revista de moda neoyorquina, un trabajo que le encanta y que le permite viajar por todo el mundo, mantener sus armarios a rebosar de ropa fabulosa y acudir a fiestas llenas de glamour. El matrimonio, desde luego, no es algo que pase por su cabeza: el viejo bulldog Sir Winston es su único compañero de cama. Hasta que un sofocante día de junio John Anderson entra en su oficina. Ejecutivo de publicidad, viudo y con dos hijas, no puede ser más opuesto a Fiona. Tras un romántico viaje a París, Fiona ya le ha hecho sitio en sus armarios, dispuesta a casarse. Pero el odio a primera vista que sienten las hijas de John por Fiona, unido a que este no es capaz de soportar el frenético mundo en el que ella se mueve, les llevará, tan solo un año después de su boda, a plantearse el divorcio. Y es en este momento cuando Fiona tomará una decisión que, lejos de alejarla de su marido, conseguirá, mediante un viaje al interior de sí misma lleno de dolor y sorprendentes descubrimientos, concederles una segunda oportunidad.Danielle Steel nos introduce en las vidas de dos personajes inolvidables mientras aman y lloran, luchan y sobreviven... Y se lanzan a reconstruirlo todo.«Los fans de Steel se divertirán con sus detalladas descripciones de un estilo de vida privilegiado, y con el final feliz.»Booklist
Una vibrante historia de amor entre una reportera de televisión y un cirujano. Melanie parece tenerlo todo: éxito profesional, dos hijas gemelas y un estilo de vida rutilante, pero su corazón está vacío. Peter es una eminencia mundial, pero acaba de enviudar y sus hijos sufren la pérdida de su madre. Ambos afrontan un terrible reto: ser capaces de amarse sin eclipsar sus personalidades ni enturbiar las difíciles relaciones con sus hijos.
Con humor y ternura, Una entrega especial, retrata los desafios y las situaciones absurdas que entra±a la historia de dos personas adultas que descubren el amor donde y cuando menos lo esperan. Jack Watson, de 59 a±os posee una de las boutiques mßs clamorosas de Beverly Hills, tiene dos hijos mayores, a quienes quiere con locura, y la posibilidad de relacionarse con las mujeres mßs bellas de Hollywood. Tras un matrimonio fracasado y una breve y trßgica aventura a±os mßs tarde, Jack se ha convertido en el soltero perfecto. Y le encanta su papel. Sin embargo, para Amanda Robbins, Jack no es mßs que el suegro de su hija y un mujeriego incorregible. Lo *nico que les une es el matrimonio de sus respectivos hijos, y para Amanda es mßs que suficiente. Pero cuando enviuda repentinamente, 26 a±os despuÚs de haber abandonado su carrera de estrella cinematogrßfica para convertirse en esposa y madre pisa un terreno desconocido y ve con asombro c3/4mo empieza a hacerse amiga de Jack y a sentirse atraÝda por Úl. Y, a*n peor, le gusta; es un hombre con muchos mßs valores de los que ella imaginaba en principio. La mutua atracci3/4n de Jack y Amanda no s3/4lo es motivo de escßndalo para ella misma, sino tambiÚn para sus hijas. De pronto, una noticia extraodinaria deja pasmadas a las dos familias y Amanda se enfrenta a un ofrenda tan especial como inesperada y que los pone ante un terrible dilema. En el momento de la vida en que menos se lo esperan, no s3/4lo vuelven a sentirse j3/4venes, sino tambiÚn completamente felices a pesar de la confusi3/4n, la oposici3/4n y los obstßculos que los rodean. Esta maravillosa novela trata acerca de dos personas a quienes la vida les ofrece todo lo que desean, pero veinte a±os mßs tarde de lo esperado. Danielle Steel, en su bestseller número 40, nos hace llorar y reÝr, mientras nos conmueve profundamente con su descripci3/4n de los sentimientos mßs íntimos.
En dieciocho años de matrimonio Liz y Jack Sutherland han formado una familia, un bufete de abogados que goza de bastante éxito y un hogar feliz cerca de San Francisco. Pero la mañana del día de Navidad, la tragedia llega a sus vidas: Jack es asesinado por el marido despechado de una clienta en proceso de divorcio. Empieza un período difícil para Liz, pues no solo ha de sobreponerse al dolor causado por la pérdida del gran amor de su vida para ayudar a sus hijos a comprender la muerte violenta de Jack, sino que ha de sacar adelante el bufete ella sola. Los meses pasan pero, cuando Liz parece haber encarrilado su vida y la de los suyos, uno de sus hijos sufre un accidente y ha de ser hospitalizado urgentemente. Mas lo que ha comenzado como un nuevo dolor, acaba abriendo el camino a la esperanza, ya que el doctor Bill Webster no solo curará las heridas del hijo, también reparará el corazón roto de Liz."Steel es una de las mejores."Los Angeles Times
Through forty years--from Hollywood's golden days in World War II to the present--Faye Price would create first a career as a legendary actress, then a family, and finally she would realize her dream of becoming one of Hollywood's first woman directors. But nothing was more precious to Faye than her five children. In a changing world, a milieu where family values are constantly challenged from without and within, the Thayers would face the greatest challenges and harshest test a family can endure, to emerge stronger, bound forever by loyalty and love. It is only when Faye is gone that they can each assess how far they have come, and how important their family album is.From the Paperback edition.
Annie Ferguson was a bright young Manhattan architect. Talented, beautiful, just starting out with her first job, new apartment and boyfriend, she had the world in the palm of her hand-until a single phone call altered the course of her life forever. Overnight, she became the mother to her sister#x19;s three orphaned children, keeping a promise she never regretted making, even if it meant putting her own life indefinitely on hold. Now, at forty-two, as independent as ever, with a satisfying career and a family that means everything to her, Annie is comfortable being single and staying that way. She appears to have no time for anything else. With her nephew and nieces now young adults and confronting major challenges of their own, Annie is navigating a parent#x19;s difficult passage between lending them a hand and letting go, and suddenly facing an empty nest. The eldest, twenty-eight-year-old Liz, an overworked, struggling editor in a high-powered job at Vogue, has never allowed any man to come close enough to hurt her. Ted, at twenty-four a serious and hardworking law student, is captivated by a much older, much more experienced woman with children, who is leading him much further than he wants to go. And the youngest, twenty-one-year-old Katie-impulsive, artistic, rebellious-is an art student about to make a choice that will lead her to an entirely different world she is in no way prepared for but determined to embrace. Then, just when least expected, a chance encounter changes Annie#x19;s life yet again in the most unexpected direction of all. From Manhattan to Paris and all the way to Tehran,Family Tiesis a novel that reminds us how challenging and unpredictable life can be, and that the powerful bonds of family are the strongest of all. From the Hardcover edition.
La vida de Charles, un prestigioso arquitecto, se desmorona por completo cuando su esposa, de la que está perdidamente enamorado, le abandona por otro hombre. Desesperado, abandona Londres y vuelve a Nueva York. Pero tampoco allí le van bien las cosas y decide pasar una temporada en un pequeño pueblo de Vermont para recuperarse. Sin embargo, no imagina que una ejemplarizante historia de amor, ocurrida muchos años atrás en una peculiar mansión, le permitirá reorganizar su vida dándole un sentido que ya creía perdido para siempre...
Valerie Wyatt es la reina de la elegancia y el buen gusto. Desde que se divorció, hace ya algún tiempo, ha trabajado duro para convertirse en una célebre decoradora. Ahora tiene su propio programa de televisión y parece que las cosas no podrían irle mejor. No obstante, ni la fama ni el dinero ni su físico de infarto son suficientes para contrarrestar una verdad aterradora: pronto tendrá sesenta años.El destino quiso que ella y su hija compartieran fecha de cumpleaños. A punto de cumplir los treinta, April ha llegado a la cima profesional. Es propietaria y chef de uno de los mejores restaurantes de la ciudad, situado en el fabuloso Downtown. Pero está tan centrada en el trabajo que no tiene tiempo para nada más.Madre e hija no tardarán en aprender que el éxito no es la clave de la felicidad y que los mejores regalos que brinda la vida siempre llegan por sorpresa...«Me ha recordado porqué he sidofan de Danielle Steel durante décadas. Personajes adorables y fascinantes que no tienen miedo de sus imperfecciones, escenarios de primera categoría e hist orias que sencillamente me han emocionado.»Bookreporter«Steel escribe sobre las emociones humanas con un gran poder de convicción.»Publishers Weekly«¡Steel es una de las mejores!»Los Angeles Times
Carole Barber ha viajado a París en busca de inspiración para escribir una novela. Actriz consagrada gracias a una prestigiosa carrera ante las cámaras, Carole también pretende encontrarse a sí misma en esta ciudad que tantos recuerdos le trae de una historia de amor que vivió años atrás y que acabó de forma trágica.Sin embargo, Carole resulta herida en un ataque terrorista y pierde la memoria. Sus hijos se reunirán con ella para ayudarle a recordar, a reconstruir su vida pedazo a pedazo, detalle a detalle. Desde su infancia en Mississippi hasta los inicios de su premiada carrera como intérprete, este viaje interior ofrecerá a Carole la oportunidad de reconquistar a aquellos que perdió en el camino y de enmendar los errores de un pasado que no fue tan feliz como todos imaginaban. Además, Carole recibirá la visita de un misterioso desconocido en el hospital#Honor Thyself es el retrato inolvidable de una celebridad atormentada por los mismos temores que cualquier persona anónima. Una historia repleta de pequeños milagros y grandes sorpresas.«Sus fieles lectores se sentirán catapultados por el ritmo incesante y la prosa sincera de Danielle Steel.»Booklist
Smart, likable, Bernie Fine was the wonder boy of Wolff's, New York's most glamorous department store. A senior VP moving up, he arrives in San Fransisco to open a West Coast store. His career is skyrocketing, but his life is lacking a center. When he looks into the wide, innocent eyes of five-year-old Jane O'Reilly, and then into the equally enchanting eyes of her mother, Liz, Bernie knows he has found what he has been looking for. Bernie thought he had found love to last a lifetime, but when Liz is stricken with cancer shortly after the birth of their first child, time becomes painfully short. Alone with two children, Bernie must face the loss and learn how to move on. New people, new experiences, a new life alone with two kids. He meets it with courage and humor, and learns some of life's hard but precious lessons as he does. (From the Paperback edition.)
Paris, L.A., and the world of ready to wear fashion provide rich backdrops for Danielle Steel's deeply involving story of a gifted designer whose talent and drive have brought her everything--except the ability to erase her past and trust relationships. FIRST SIGHT New York. London. Milan. Paris. Fashion Week in all four cities. A month of endless interviews, parties, and unflagging work and attention to detail at the semiannual ready to wear fashion shows--the famous prêt-à-porter. At the center of the storm and avalanche of work is American Timmie O'Neill, whose renowned line, Timmie O, is the embodiment of casual chic, in fashion and for the home. She has created a business that inspires, fills, and consumes her life. With an unerring instinct for what the next trend will be, an innate genius for business, tireless labor, and sheer fearlessness, starting from nothing, over two decades Timmie has built an international empire that has brought her enormous satisfaction and success. In a world where humility and compassion are all too rare, her humor, kindness, integrity, and creativity are inspirational. Yet as blessed as she feels by her success, Timmie harbors the private wounds of a devastating childhood and past tragedy. She is too smart, too experienced, and too hurt to want much in her personal life beyond a succession of convenient, very limited relationships. Always willing to take risks in business, she never risks her heart. But despite her well-ordered and highly controlled world, it turns out that Timmie O'Neill is not immune to magic when it strikes. And it strikes in Paris during Paris Fashion Week, when an intriguing Frenchman comes into her life when she gets sick. At first, Timmie and Jean-Charles Vernier are only patient and physician. They become confidants and friends, corresponding at a safe distance between Paris and Los Angeles once she goes home. There is every reason why they must remain apart. But neither can deny their growing friendship and the electricity that sparks whenever they meet. First Sight is as complex and compelling as modern life itself. Careers, families, histories, losses, duty, obligation, and fear of losing control and getting hurt. It is a tale of daring to take risks, and losing control just enough to have a life, when the opportunity presents itself. When two very different worlds and strong-willed people collide, everything changes in an instant, as they confront the age-old question of whether to lay oneself bare and risk intimacy--or not. Are they brave enough to face what comes next? And will they do it together or apart?
In Danielle Steel's beloved #1 New York Times bestselling novel, two strangers meet unexpectedly and fall in love in the City of Light. As president of a major pharmaceutical empire, Peter Haskell has everything: power, position, and a family that means everything to him. Compromise has been key in Peter Haskell's life, and integrity is the base on which he lives. Olivia Thatcher is the wife of a famous senator. She has given to her husband's ambition and career until her soul is bone-dry. She is trapped in a web of duty and obligation, married to a man she once loved and no longer even knows.Accidentally, they meet in Paris. Their totally different lives converge for one magical moment in the Place Vendôme, as Olivia carefully, silently, steps out of her life and walks away. Peter follows her, and in a café in Montmartre, their hearts are laid bare. Peter, once so certain of his path, is suddenly faced with a professional future in jeopardy. Olivia is no longer sure of anything except that she can't go on anymore.Five days in Paris is all they have. They go back to their separate lives, but nothing is the same. Everything they believe is put on the line, until they each realize they must stand fast against compromise and face life's challenges head-on.Danielle Steel's classic novel is about honor and commitment, love and integrity--and the strength to find hope again. Five Days in Paris will change your life forever.BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Danielle Steel's Hotel Vendome.
Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life's adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey--full of tests and trials--as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime. FRIENDS FOREVER Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean--each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them. As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love. In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life--sometimes, if we're lucky, with a friend forever by our side.
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