First Sight

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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. ...

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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?

Praise for First Sight
 
“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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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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Praise for First Sight
 
“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: 9781423320500
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 419,860
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 5.58 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Danielle Steel

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. :(

    8 out of 9 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.

    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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  • 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

    3 out of 3 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 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.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Fame

    Hissed, guarding her territory

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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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Darkmoon

    Good night, Love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    i adore danielle steel's novels.

    i adore danielle steel's novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Gift

    Haven't read but order was prompt in coming

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    J

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

    So Disappointed

    I have been a fan of Danielle Steel's writing ever since she started writing. In years past I couldn't wait for her next book to come out. I have read hard copies, listened to audio versions and am now struggling to get through "First Sight" on my Nook. For years now I have begun to see the growing repetition in her text, which for me is annoying. Let me read something once, maybe twice if new info is added to the text but never more than that. In fact I have drawn away from reading her books. But when I saw this one at the Nook Store I decided to try again, hoping that there had been a change in her style. Other friends and family members had talked about this repetition and were as turned away as I was. In fact several will not read her books anymore. And I am going to join them.

    "First Sight" has a good story line, but page after page has the same event/theme/concern/idea repeated 2-3-4-5-6-7 times in almost the same words on the same page. I have gotten to the point where I read the first time something appears and then skim through the pages until I notice a new event/theme/concern/idea and read that then skim again. It has taken the joy of reading away and I am only working to finish it because I had a rule that "you must finish what you started to read".

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