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As she checked into the lush Beverly Hills Hotel, Tanya Harris dreaded being away from her husband, Peter, and three teenaged children. Dressed as pure Marin County mom among supermodels and movie stars, Tanya was here to do a major screenplay after years of writing stories and articles on the side, always putting her family first. And when Tanya steps into her temporary home, she is amazed at what she finds: lilies, orchids and roses. A pink marble tub. Her favorite chocolates, a cashmere robe, and slippers that...
As she checked into the lush Beverly Hills Hotel, Tanya Harris dreaded being away from her husband, Peter, and three teenaged children. Dressed as pure Marin County mom among supermodels and movie stars, Tanya was here to do a major screenplay after years of writing stories and articles on the side, always putting her family first. And when Tanya steps into her temporary home, she is amazed at what she finds: lilies, orchids and roses. A pink marble tub. Her favorite chocolates, a cashmere robe, and slippers that fit perfectly. Things are going to be different in Bungalow 2.
From her first day on the set, Tanya is thrust into an intoxicating new world, where friendships and romances come and go . . . and where she feels reborn, energized by the creativity and genius swirling around her. 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 seems to have his sights set on her. Flying back to Marin County 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 the most amazing of ways, 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.
In Steel's latest, 42-year-old Tanya Harris loves her life as a mother of three, wife of a dashing San Francisco lawyer and moderately successful writer of short stories and soap opera scripts. She has long given up on her dream of writing a screenplay, but then her agent calls with a dream offer: a major director wants her and her alone to write the script for a new high-profile film. Tanya's first reaction is distress (her twin daughters are about to start their senior year, and her son is making the transition to his freshman year at UC Santa Barbara; how can she leave them?), but her detailed deliberations are cut short by her husband, who convinces her that this is her big opportunity. In Hollywood, Tanya's cosseted in every possible way, and she takes to the work immediately. But the weekend flights home aren't enough, and her worst fear is realized when her husband strays. Steel follows Tanya as she copes with domestic upheaval, all the time pushing ahead with her blossoming screenwriting career. Steel's characters spend a lot of time contemplating problems, and Tanya is especially adept at hand-wringing. Steel's many loyal readers will be entertained by this story of a dedicated mother and wife who embarks on a series of life-altering adventures in Hollywood. (June)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
A freelance writer who turns out short stories and soap opera scripts, Tanya Harris is the mother of three children-Jason 18, and Megan and Molly, 17-year-old fraternal twins-and wife of a successful San Francisco lawyer. She adores both her husband and her life as a stay-at-home mom; there have been no upsets in her marriage or with the kids. Then one night her agent calls, informing her that a well-known director wants her to write the script for his new feature film in California. Tanya's first reaction is definitely to say no, but her husband persuades her that this is her big opportunity in Hollywood. She unenthusiastically takes the job, planning to work in Hollywood during the week and return home on weekends. Predictably, her husband begins an affair with her widowed best friend and next-door neighbor, and Tanya herself has a romantic interest in the producer. Her picture-perfect life begins to unravel rapidly, but Tanya finds a new man, things work out with her children, and of course she wins an Academy Award. Recommended for those who love Steel. [This book was initially released in June 2007; the mass market paperback appears in May 2008.-Ed.]
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Posted April 4, 2011
This book was not as captivating as other Danielle Steel novels. Parts of it seemed pretty redundant and I felt bored at times. It seems as though this book was written in a rush. That said, it was relatable to some degree as far as the ups and downs of relationships are concerned. Overall, as a huge fan of this author, I can honestly say that this particular book was disappointing.
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Posted August 23, 2013
Posted July 3, 2013
A great read until the end...which didn't seem to flow to Danielle Steels great hype on all her characters. Seemed the end was a plop of sorts...
It was like she was 'grasping' to find a end to the story within a few chapters...Regardless, I adore all her books as they keep me in suspense, with many ahhh moments and some tears mixed with laughter...nothing better than a romantic novel which Danielle Steel consistently puts out.
Posted February 26, 2013
having a family and a career that you enjoy comes with heartache and pain only Tanya Harris prove it to be wrong. loved itWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2011
Posted October 7, 2010
I've read the book and it made me feel mad, upset and frustrated with what happend with the character's marriage. It was a good story and it tells us that not all good marriage that we thought good are perfect, though we trust our partners, we should also think that everyone has a skeleton in their closets. This book is brilliant.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 5, 2010
I have read alot of Dannielle Steel books and I always enjoy her writing style. Once again she doesnt disappoint. I enjoy the main character in this book she is a strong character. She is a everyday women just a housewife that does writing on the side who get a once in a life time chance to write a movie script. But by taking the job it upsets her life. It is a very good storyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I really enjoyed Secrets, so when I saw this one I thought it'd be similar. It's hard to root for the main character Tanya because she let's a selfish husband who just wants a housekeeper and someone to make him feel like a man 24/7 rule her world. Not to mention her bratty spoiled kids. I just want to punch them all while reading the book. For someone who is supposedly, so smart, she just annoys me. It's one of those books that you do not enjoy, but out of curiosity want to see how the thing ends. It takes getting half way through to book for anything to happen. Other readers mentioned how Danielle just repeats herself...it is true. We got it the first time. I don't need to read 50 pages of how Tanya chooses her ungrateful family over herself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2009
Posted March 16, 2009
I loved this book and the way it was written. I'm all about going after your dreams and doing the things you've always loved doing. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the main character would not have done it if her husband hadn't talked her into it. I'm so glad Danielle wrote this book, and I don't take this as a mean comment. But her photo on the back of the book looks like she went through hell writing this book and it shows in her piture. It took more than a few months to recover from this book, and that's good! I love the story and I'm going to add it to my DS collection. GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I haven't read Danielle Steel in years until this one. It just sounded like something that would interest me--fame, fortune, etc. I was draw into the world of the character and couldn't put it down. Two thumbs definitely up!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 28, 2009
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I adore Danielle Steel's writing and this book did not disappoint me in the least. It did start off a tad bit slow but when it picked up, I couldn't put it down. And the ending was so totally unexpected!!! Phenomenal writing!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 10, 2008
The perfect wife, the perfect husband, three perfect children, a perfect house, a perfect life. So starts Bungalow 2, one of a myriad of novels authored by Danielle Steel, the queen of romance. Tanya Harris, our heroine, is a freelance writer, producing articles for numerous magazines as well as scripts for the occasional soap opera. Her husband Peter, a successful attorney, is handsome and devoted to her. Tanya has everything she¿s always wanted, both materially and emotionally, with the exception of working on a screenplay for a movie. One day her agent calls with great news ¿ she¿s been offered a screenplay. To top it off, it¿s not just any movie, but one produced by Douglas Wayne, a top Hollywood producer whose work is practically guaranteed an Academy Award. The only glitch? Tanya would have to leave her suburban home to live in Los Angeles while the movie is being filmed. Will she take the job? If she does, how will her family survive without her for nine months? Will she return to her perfect life or will the glitter of Hollywood lure her away? The premise of Bungalow 2 is an interesting one and could easily entice readers bored with their own suburban lives. What would it be like to work with a famous Hollywood producer? To interact daily with A-list actors? Be treated like royalty by staff and live in a gorgeous apartment at the Beverly Hills Hotel? While these are all fun daydreams, the problem with this novel quickly becomes apparent within the first few pages. The first 20 pages of the book describe Tanya¿s perfect life, over, and over, and over again. The whole book reads like a first draft with so much text that has yet to be re-worked or deleted. Not just ideas, but whole phrases, are repeatedly used within the span of a few pages. For example, when talking about Megan, Tanya¿s spoiled daughter who hates her mom for leaving, Peter explains how Megan will forgive Tanya ¿¿when you come home¿ (pg. 145). Then, on the next page, ¿When you come home¿¿ followed on the next page by ¿I think it will get better when you come home.¿ Of course, Peter is also going on and on for several pages about the same thing ¿ when Tanya comes home, all will be well. It could have been said in one page. There are probably 50 pages of text that are redundant and should have been removed. Where was the editor when this book was being produced? Many of the characters in Bungalow 2 were rather one-dimensional and it was hard to understand how anybody could like them, particularly Tanya Harris, a woman of deep moral convictions. Of course, few people read Steel¿s books for their complex character development. The Hollywood life is an interesting backdrop and for that, it can be a fun read. Quill says: If you can skip over all the repetitive text, Bungalow 2 is an entertaining, fluffy, beach read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2008
Posted February 12, 2008
Not a good book at all. Think a combination of 'Once in a Lifetime' and 'Secrets.' There is absolutely nothing new here. Ms. Steel seems to go back into her previous books for plots. Maybe it's time for her to retire.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 31, 2007
Posted October 18, 2007
I have to agree with the other reviews. I only read the first 20 pages and then quit. I have been a long time fan of Danielle Steel, but I too have noticed how much she repeats herself over and over. It becomes so annoying! Does she really think her readers can't get the feel of her characters the first time? Just reading the book was making my stomach turn and there are so many other great books out there to read! I say don't waste your time!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 7, 2007
Posted June 29, 2007