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Publishers Weekly
The latest from the prolific grand dame of the beach read concerns iconic designer Timmie O'Neill. Despite her looks, talent, and good soul, Timmie has had it hard. From an early age she grew up in an orphanage; as an adult she was left by her husband after their four-year-old son died. Career obsessed, Timmie, nearing 50, laments never finding a worthy romantic partner. Steel's repetitive style hammers home the monotony of Timmie devoting her life to her job and trying to find comfort in the hit-or-miss company of model-actor Zack. While working in Paris, Timmie meets and bonds with a married, silver-fox doctor named Jean-Charles. Though he doesn't seem particularly happy in his marriage, Timmie isn't sure how to read Jean-Charles, and complications prevent him from leaving his wife. In between recurring passages recounting Timmie's life and feelings, Steel tosses a couple of curve balls connected to the designer's past that surprisingly don't feel out-of-place. A denouement that had been hinted at throughout the book gives the closing pages some much-needed suspense. Despite the tedium, Steel deftly stages heartstring tugging moments and heated falling outs, the stuff that guilty pleasures are made of. (July)
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The latest from best-selling author Steel. Timmie O'Neill is a youthful 48-year-old woman who rose from humble beginnings to create and run a successful fashion company for the past 23 years. Her life is all work, almost no play and, since the death of her only child and subsequent divorce 11 years earlier, no real love. Since she travels so often to Paris for the prêt-à-porter shows, a friend gives her the name and number of a physician there just in case she needs one. Her appendix bursts, requiring surgery at the American hospital in Paris, where the good doctor meets her. The ambulance triggers memories of the childhood tragedy that left her an orphan at 5, requiring a hand to hold and a sympathetic ear, which the doctor offers. She tells him the story of the car accident that killed her parents, the years in the orphanage as one prospective family after another returned her until she walked out on her own at 16, started work as a waitress and began making clothing on the side. Decades later, when her fashion company brings in a fortune, she donates $1 million to nuns who open an orphanage that she not only supports financially, but in other ways, visiting the children and often joining them for the holidays that she would otherwise spend alone. The doctor, who is going through his own heartaches trapped in a loveless marriage, is drawn to her. The path to her destiny is filled with convoluted peregrinations, but Timmie keeps on and ultimately achieves what she wants and deserves. A novel about love, in all its heartbreaking and splendid forms.
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“A novel about love, in all its heartbreaking and splendid forms.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Steel is one of the world’s most popular authors, and this poignant romance is sure to thrill her many loyal fans and reach many new readers, too.”Booklist
 
“Steel deftly stages heartstring-tugging moments.”Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385338301
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 99,294
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 600 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, Friends Forever, Betrayal, Hotel Vendôme, Happy Birthday, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death, and the memoir of her work with the homeless, A Gift of Hope.

Biography

When it comes to commanding bestseller lists, no writer can come close to Danielle Steel. Her work has been published in 47 countries, in 28 languages. She has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the author who has spent the most consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. She has not only published novels, but has written non-fiction, a book of poetry, and two series of children's books. Many of her books have been adapted for television movies, one of which (Jewels) was nominated for two Golden Globe awards. She has received the title of Chevalier of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government for her immense body of work. In short, to say that Steel is the single most popular living writer in the world is no overstatement.

Steel published her first novel, Going Home, when she was a mere 26 years old, and the book introduced readers to many of the themes that would dominate her novels for the next 30-odd years. It is an exploration of human relationships told dramatically, a story of the past's thrall on the present. Anyone familiar with Steel's work will recognize these themes as being close to her heart, as are familial issues, which are at the root of her many mega-sellers.

Although Steel has a reputation among critics as being a writer of fluffy, escapist fare, she never shies away from taking on dark subject matter, having addressed illnesses, incest, suicide, divorce, death, the Holocaust, and war in her work. Of course, even when she is handling unsavory topics, she does so entertainingly and with refinement. Her stories may often cross over into the realm of melodrama, but she never fails to spin a compelling yarn told with a skilled ear for dialogue and character, while consistently showing how one can overcome the greatest of tragedies. Ever prolific, she usually produces several books per year, often juggling multiple projects at the same time.

With all of the time and effort Steel puts into her work (she claims to sometimes spend as much as 20 hours a day at her keyboard), it is amazing that she still has time for a personal life. However, as one might assume from her work, family is still incredibly important to her, and she maintains a fairly private personal life. Fortunately for her millions of fans, she continues to devote more than a small piece of that life to them.

Good To Know

Along with her famed adult novels, Steel has also written two series of books for kids with the purpose of helping them through difficult situations, such as dealing with a new stepfather and coping with the death of a grandparent.

When Steel isn't working on her latest bestseller or spending time with her beloved family, she is devoting her time to one of several philanthropic projects to benefit the mentally ill, the homeless, and abused children.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Francisco, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 14, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    I love Danielle Steel's writing but I am very disappointed with

    I love Danielle Steel's writing but I am very disappointed with this book. It is so repetitious, that I actually began to feel insulted that

    Ms Steel would think I didn't get "it" the first five times she wrote it.
    Having been a devoted reader and fan of hers for yesars, I will continue to read Danielle Steel. Everyone deserves to have a break but I may not buy another book with blind faith as I have in the past. :(

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    First 60 pages were terrible and redundant - then the Dr. appear

    First 60 pages were terrible and redundant - then the Dr. appears OK - Then you move on past the gigolo and the orphanage and then back to Paris and more redundancy. What part of of telling us once how wonderful she is we don't get. I have read most of Danielle Steel's books and and really enjoyed 75% of them. This one is not to my liking.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    I have always been a Danielle Steele fan but now have lost inter

    I have always been a Danielle Steele fan but now have lost interest. This book, as well as the last few were not up to par. Her books have always have very strong women and that seemed to be a theme in her writing. This time everything was just redundant, like we didn't get it the first time, so it was repeated again and again and again. I DO NOT Feel that Ms Steele is writing these books anymore and really she needs to get a much better ghost writer or whatever you call them

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    I kept thinking I had read this book before. Everything I thoug

    I kept thinking I had read this book before. Everything I thought was going to happen did in later chapters. It was boring, I did not even care for the characters, she repeated herself to the point of being annoying. I still keep hoping for the old DS but have decided to stop wasting my money and get her books from the library. Disappointed again with this one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    good read

    good read

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

    Wonderful book!!!!  Recommend Very Highly!!!

    Wonderful book!!!!  Recommend Very Highly!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Boring

    Much too predictable,disappointing

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Excellent!

    Excellent!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Struggled to finish this book

    Lots of redundancy, boring, definitely doesn't sound like DS wrote this book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    BORING

    I am a fan of Daniel Steeles older novels. However this book I find very boring. She keeps repeating the same thing over and over. I am struggling to read this. Not worth the money...

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2013

    I DON'T UNDERSTAND ALL THE BAD REVIEWS!!!!!  I ENJOYED THIS BOOK

    I DON'T UNDERSTAND ALL THE BAD REVIEWS!!!!!  I ENJOYED THIS BOOK SO VERY MUCH THAT I FINISHED IT IN TWO DAYS.  I HAVE NEVER READ A BOOK BY MS STEEL THAT I DID NOT LOVE & I DID LOVE THIS BOOK FROM BEGINNING TO THE VERY END.  I THINK U SHOULD TRY IT YOUR SELF & SEE WHAT U THINK.  HAPPY READING.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

    This could have been a very good story if told properly. I kept

    This could have been a very good story if told properly. I kept reading hoping the writer would come to the point eventually. Hard to believe that Danielle Steel  wrote such a boring book. i will never again buy one of her books without looking into the story more thoroughly. Certainly not up to her standards.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    She does it again!!!

    Just like all her books, I read this at one sitting!!! Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2014

    Not A Good Read This book was depressing. Here Timmie is rich an

    Not A Good Read
    This book was depressing. Here Timmie is rich and successful and yet supports and buys male models so she isn't lonely. They use her and she keeps doing it. Read Robynn Carr books, they actually have romance and great characters and plots. Waste of my time and money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Really god Really good read

    Fast and lots of romance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Not recommended

    I have read most of the Danielle Steel books and I found this book boring and I even fell asleep two times reading it at night. Very predictable and descriptions seem to be used again and again. Worst book I have read from Danielle Steel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Okay

    I have read everyone one of danielle xteels books but the last six or so start off kind of weird now. Like many other reviews the beginning is very repetitive and it seems like she spends way to much time with the main characters backstory. I used to read her books cover to cover in two days and now i find when i am reading them i drift away from the story easily. Like another reviewer sais it is like she is using a ghost writer now. Oh well i will continue to read them but they just arent my favs anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Fame

    Hissed, guarding her territory

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Ambertree

    Thank you so much or waiting for me your the best mate ever i love you but have to go this night has been the best one of my life goodnight bbt 9-10 ish eastern

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Darkmoon

    Good night, Love

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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