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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.
A remote cottage on the wild coast of Cornwall sounded to Blythe Barton Stowe like the perfect escape from the pain and humiliation of recent events in her Hollywood life. But soon she seems to be reliving a centuries-old tragedy, and the handsome owner of the shabby manor house on the hill appears vitally entwined in her destiny. As they unearth one shocking family secret after another, Blythe is forced to conclude that her intriguing neighbor is more than just an impecunious British gentleman bent on saving his ancestral home. And the impeccably honorable Lucas Teague begins to see Blythe as a lifeline in an otherwise bleak existence. But is the unbridled attraction they're experiencing a dangerous distraction, or could it be strong enough to transcend the insurmountable complexities of time and place...?
In her delightful new novella, Georgia Bockoven brings readers back to the beloved beach house and the charming cottage next door...What should have been the best day in Diana Wagnor's twenty-nine years easily turns into the worst when her job is downsized, she discovers her fiancé in bed with her best friend, and she watches her cherished grandmother's house burn to the ground.Clearly it's time to start over and get out of Topeka, Kansas, where she's spent her whole life. But what should she do? And how does she ever trust herself in another relationship when her one indisputable skill seems to be picking the wrong man?Diana finds her answers at the cottage next door to the beach house with the help of a tall, sculptured, soft-spoken Californian, and a heart-shaped piece of sea glass.
www.SheilasPlace.comHow to Change Your Life... Can a book change your life? Yes, when it's Simplicity, Muriel Sterling's guide to plain living. In fact, it inspires Jen Heath to leave her stressful, overcommitted life in Seattle and move to Icicle Falls, where she rents a lovely little cottage on Juniper Ridge. And where she can enjoy simple pleasures-like joining the local book club-and complicated ones, like falling in love with her sexy landlord, Garrett Armstrong. Her sister Toni is ready for a change, too. She has a teenage daughter who's constantly texting her friends, a husband who's more involved with his computer than he is with her, and a son who's consumed by video games. Toni wants her family to grow closer-to return to a simpler way of life. Other women in town, like Stacy Thomas, are also inspired to unload their excess stuff and some of the extra responsibilities they've taken on. But as they all discover, sometimes life simply happens. It doesn't always happen simply!
A delicious treat. Don't miss a visit to Apple Valley! --Emily March, New York Times bestselling authorIn Apple Valley, Washington, true friends are never far, neighbors can help heal the loneliest hearts--and longed-for dreams can unexpectedly become real . . . Charlotte Garrison's second chance is falling into place just like she's carefully planned. A few more sales of her heavenly sweets and she'll be able to turn the empty shop on Main Street into her own bakery--a plan much more sensible than ever again risking her heart. But when a rambunctious three-year-old girl lands on town deputy Max Stanford's doorstep, Charlotte finds helping the good-looking deputy care for her is sparking the most impossible dreams . . . Max has never been much for settling down. But while he finds out if little Zuzu is really his daughter, Charlotte's warmth and caring makes him want to prove he's worthy of her trust. And as they struggle to come to terms with their pasts, Max will do whatever it takes to show Charlotte home is where dreams come true--and he and Zuzu are all the love and home she'll ever need. Praise For The House On Main Street A wonderful, warmhearted story. --RT Book Reviews
"A delicious treat. Don't miss a visit to Apple Valley!" --Emily March, New York Times bestselling authorIn Apple Valley, Washington, true friends are never far, neighbors can help heal the loneliest hearts--and longed-for dreams can unexpectedly become real . . . Charlotte Garrison's second chance is falling into place just like she's carefully planned. A few more sales of her heavenly sweets and she'll be able to turn the empty shop on Main Street into her own bakery--a plan much more sensible than ever again risking her heart. But when a rambunctious three-year-old girl lands on town deputy Max Stanford's doorstep, Charlotte finds helping the good-looking deputy care for her is sparking the most impossible dreams . . . Max has never been much for settling down. But while he finds out if little Zuzu is really his daughter, Charlotte's warmth and caring makes him want to prove he's worthy of her trust. And as they struggle to come to terms with their pasts, Max will do whatever it takes to show Charlotte home is where dreams come true--and he and Zuzu are all the love and home she'll ever need. Praise For The House On Main Street"A wonderful, warmhearted story." --RT Book Reviews
THE ROAD AWAY FROM HOME ALWAYS SEEMS TO LEAD BACK TO OUR MOTHERSI am not, nor will I ever be, the kind of woman who wears pearls with her apron while cooking meat loaf for her husband. But when I was a kid, my mother, Babs, prepared me to be the next June Cleaver-teaching me lessons that belonged to another era. Another world, practically. My mother's world. I couldn't wait to leave home and get away from her. But now, well-let's just say life hasn't turned out quite as I'd planned. And heaven help me, I'm going home.Laney Hoffman-Cotton Queen, 1975It's funny-all I ever wanted was to teach my daughter, Laney, how to be a lady so she could find a good husband and take her rightful place in our community. But Laney has always remained convinced that my life and my ideas are, well, pathetic. She has no idea-no idea!-what it is to lose a husband, to watch your dreams wither while keepingsn't kept her out of trouble. Thank heavens I'm here to help pick up the pieces.Babs Hoffman-Cotton Queen First Runner-Up, 1956
HOME ON THE RANCH He's in her bad books. Someone's been skimming profits from Clay Alderson's ranching operation, and now the government has sent an auditor to check the books. The very attractive Ms. J. C. McKenna is all business. She's prepared to stay at his ranch for as long as the job takes, although it's becoming increasingly difficult to ignore her attraction to him--an attraction he seems to feel, too. But she's determined to keep their relationship professional. Unfortunately, her professional opinion of Clay is that he's the prime suspect.
P.J.'s life is simple. Wake up at 2 p.m. In someone else's place, on someone else's couch. Shower. Clothes. Club. P.J.'s a punter-someone who fills in if a DJ isn't able to make a gig. San Francisco is a hotbed of glam bands and alternative rock, and P.J.'s into all of it-she's been living the urban Bedouin lifestyle for almost a year, saving money for the off-the-hook demo of the music she loves, the music for which she abandoned "normal."Ever wondered what it would be like to pack it all in and live the carefree life-no 9 to 5, no routine, no one to check in with? P.J. knows how. The most important element? Lots of friends, with couches. One night it's Cecil's high-end settee, the next it's Sticky's lumpy sofa. P.J.'s even got smarmy Samantha to make sure there's a hideaway bed from hell in the wings. But when a reporter infiltrates her life, then acts as if she wants to make it her own, P.J. senses trouble. Could this spell the end of couch world?
THE COWBOY: After their disastrous parting, Margaret Lark thought she was through with Rafe Cassidy. So when he shows up on her doorstep a year later with a shocking proposal, Margaret has no choice but put her heart on the line again, if it means winning back the cowboy who stole it in the first place. THE COUGAR: Jim Cunningham's Arizona ranching family has been feuding with Rachel Donovan's for over a century -- but forbidden fruit always tastes the sweetest to this handsome cowboy. Jim wants desperately to mend the rift between the families -- and find out if Rachel is the woman he always wanted. ODD MAN OUT: J. D. Garrison broke Denver McCallahan's heart when he skipped town years ago to become a country music star. Suddenly, J. D. Is back. . . sweeping her off her feet and wanting her not to trust his best friend, Pete. One stood by her. . the other left. Will Denver choose the right man? B. J. Daniels.
An intoxicating cat is stalking the city... Jasmine Sallie is beautiful, confident and has a sweet tooth for sex and younger men. At forty-three, Jasmine is a successful chemist, and director of a pharmaceutical research team that has been given the task of creating a female sexual enhancement drug. When Travis Adams, a brilliant and handsome chemist, joins the research team, Jasmine's penchant for younger men ignites a sizzling affair that is a hair trigger away from dangerous consequences. The two manufacture an addictive and unstable designer drug which gets shelved because of its fatal side effects. Impatient and ambitious, Travis secretly keeps experimenting until he creates a new and improved formula that hits the black market with a lethal impact. A senator dies, a criminal investigation is launched, and when Travis disappears suddenly, Jasmine's world is tossed into a chaotic spin. With incriminating evidence pointing toward her, Jasmine finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the ultimate double-cross, unforgivable betrayal and the wicked world of sex and drugs.
Gwynn Macka hasn't seen Brett Sorrellson in over a year, not since their relationship had ended so abruptly. Not since the brilliant, sexy man she fell for learned her secret and she'd been forced to flee.Now Brett is back with an offer to join a covert military unit of shapeshifters, and the spark of their attraction is instantly reignited. Neither can resist sharing one last night of passion, but as a cougar shifter, Gwynn had been taught only to trust her own kind. Can she truly trust Brett with her secret...and with her heart?
Laura has never liked young Dr. Marsh, though he cares deeply for her. When he first came to the Yorkshire moors, her father's medical practice suffered. After her father died, loyalty and pride stood between them like a wall. However, the rising tide of Philip Marsh's love begins to weaken her defences, until, one night, she surrenders her heart. Then her jealous sister schemes to steal Philip's heart away. Could Laura ever forget the betrayal that tears her world apart?
This Valentine's Day, Roxy Squires is waiting for the phone to ring.Roxy is famous. At least, she used to be. She's a good-time TV presenter and, OK, so things haven't been going so well recently, but she knows her big break is just around the corner. What she's really looking for is someone to propel her back to the big time.Enter Woody, one-time pop star and Roxy's ultimate dream date, now working as her window cleaner. He's the answer to her prayers--but for some reason, he doesn't want to be famous any more.And it turns out that they're not the only celebs in the village. Roxy's living amongst a motley crew of former stars and fame survivors, who meet weekly to discuss their new lives. Is this the reality check Roxy needs? Or maybe it's a chance to do the unthinkable and fall in love?
Grandpa Garnier used to say, "Love is like a bucking bronco. It takes guts and determination to hang on, but it's worth the ride. " If only Grandpa was around now to help Tyson Garnier out of this mess. The famous pro football player is suddenly saddled with a very public scandal-- and an illegitimate child. Tyson needs a good nanny "now" if he's going to salvage his career. And plain, no-nonsense Dakota Brown is the ideal candidate. Dakota doesn't care for football-- or for a man who doesn't seem to want his own son. But she needs this job, and that precious little baby needs "her. " Dakota isn't Tyson's kind of woman. But the more he sees of her-- and the more he sees of his son-- the harder he wants to hang on.
After thirteen years, roving rancher Eli Coulter had finally returned home to the Triple C. He was glad to be back with his brothers; less so to revisit the dark memories that had driven them all away. Intrepid reporter Amanda Blake insisted she meant no harm. Her persistent prying into Eli's past made him edgy, though. Or was it just her closeness that had him unnerved? After working with Eli for several weeks, Amanda had to admit it: she was falling for her research subject. She knew it was foolish to pin any hopes on the gruff bachelor. But as the holidays approached, the sensitive writer couldn't help but dream of her own happy ending with the sexy cowboy....
NAVAJO LEGEND TOLD OF A WARRIOR WHO MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN TRADITION AND BURNING DESIRE. . . ; Hunter Blue-eyes was sent to retrieve a stolen ceremonial dagger. Unbeknownst to him, security expert Lisa Garza was after it, too, to prove her father's innocence. But Lisa's savvy was no match for the brute force of those who wanted the priceless artifact. . . ;and would gladly kill for it. She needed the mysterious Hunter as an ally. His network of high-tech safe houses was puzzling. . . ;especially in desolate northwestern New Mexico. Old stories spoke about the clandestine Brotherhood of Warriors. Was Hunter one of their modern-day warriors, bound by honor and tradition to protect the tribe at all costs? The blazing chemistry between Hunter and Lisa was irresistible, but would their separate loyalties find a common purpose?
When Tara is paraded under Count Lucien Maxime's nose, he's taken with her sweetness. . . and her wonderfully voluptuous figure. Naked and nervous, Tara finds herself in the count's bed. She realizes too late that everything is paid for. . . including her. Stripped of her innocence and her heart, Tara vows never to make the same mistake again. Then tragedy throws her into the count's path once more. She has something he wants. And she won't be leaving until he gets it. . . .
Edmond Dantes thinks life is grand until he is arrested and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Upon his ill-gotten freedom, armed with the map to find a vast and endless treasure, Edmond embarks on an adventure to redeem his honor and seek vengeance for the long years he suffered locked away in prison.<P><P> French men and sensuality go hand in hand, and although Edmond has been out of the game of love for sometime, he learns how to get exactly what he wants, and who. Betrayal, lust, rage, and hope all run along the same emotional vein and Edmond learns how to twist people's emotions toward exactly what he needs to gain his redemption.
It took guts for Annie Raye to come home to Vegas. With a cardsharp for a father and a convicted embezzler for an ex, she's already got two strikes against her. The last thing the struggling single mother needs is some private investigator deep-sixing her chance to go straight!Annie, a former gambling protégé, isn't going to pull the wool over this ex-soldier's eyes--even if Sam Knight is finding the woman and her daughter impossible to resist. She certainly has an uncanny knack for counting cards, but Sam can read people. And everything about Annie tells him she wants the same things he only wishes he could have: a family and a love you can rely on. . .
He'd betrayed her trustOne year ago, Dr. Kurt Lansing made the biggest mistake of his life. Now he has to deal with the fallout. Unfortunately, he has to do it in the small town of Bayview, New York, where he's committed to opening a clinic for teenagers and where he can't avoid running into Zoe Caufield, the woman he'd betrayed...but never stopped loving.Zoe's moved on with her life. But her friends and family aren't ready to welcome him back. And her students are out for revenge-a situation that almost leads to tragedy.But in the end Kurt's courage prevents disaster. And Zoe knows what she's always suspected: Kurt Lansing is a man she can count on.
Kidnapped and held for ransomThings like this just don't happen to Maddie Lang! She grew up in a sleepy little English village, so never expected a research trip to Italy would end in her being held captive by the infamous Count Valieri.His price? Her innocence!Holding her under lock and key in his luxurious casa, the count is ready to strike a deal-one with an unconventional method of payment! As much as Maddie wills her traitorous body not to respond, his practiced touch sparks the first flickers of what could become dangerously addictive flames....
Previously titled Color Me Bad, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala dishes up Count Your Blessings, a contemporary romance piled high with love, laughter, and plenty of heart in Blessings, Georgia!As the respectable wife of the town preacher, Patty June Clymer never thought she'd have to worry about a cheating husband. But when things come to a head, Patty decides to take charge of her life by kicking her no-good husband out her house, and getting a total makeover at the popular local salon. With a new spiky black haircut and a new outlook on life, Patty goes from mousy and meek to living large and in charge, and fairly starts a revolution in the small town of Blessings, Georgia. "Southern fiction at its absolute best! I, for one, can't wait to visit Blessings, Georgia again!" -Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews
Hard-as-nails Sergeant Joe Donnally was tough by habit and training-and fought to stay that way. A tragic loss had closed his heart, yet captivating new partner Annie Yellow Horse stirred dormant emotions Joe had long ago denied. Annie's promise of love meant an end to his loneliness and pain...but when peril threw them into the line of fire, could Joe take the ultimate chance and offer his love to her?