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There's good news for devoted Danielle Steel fans. After 46 bestselling novels, Steel has penned yet another stirring and passionate romance that is bound to top the charts. Irresistible Forces is a tale of love lost and love found, a touching and sometimes painful look at what can happen when marriage, love, and commitment cross paths with the responsibilities, sensibilities, and the hectic pace of modern-day life.
Nurturing a marriage can be difficult for any dual-income couple, but Steve and Meredith Whitman have it harder than most. As a highly skilled trauma physician, Steve often works long hours at the New York City trauma ward where he is next in line for the director's position. Though he loves his work, it is often physically and emotionally draining. Meredith's career as an investment banker with a prestigious local firm is just as demanding and frequently requires lots of travel time both in and out of the country. Consequently, the few hours Steve and Meredith manage to have together are exceedingly rare and highly precious to them both. Yet despite this strain, they have remained happily married for 14 years, still as much in love now as when they first met.
The only other hitch in their idyllic relationship is the desire to have children. Meredith insists she isn't ready and doubts she ever will be. And at the age of 37, her time to make such a decision is running out. Steve, on the other hand, longs for children. His hope of someday changing Meredith's mind makes him willing to pull up roots when Meredith is offered the job of a lifetime in San Francisco, working for the handsome CEO of the high-tech company she just helped go public. Steve thinks California will be a great place to raise a family and that the job change may make Meredith more amenable to the idea of children.
At first, the decision to move seems serendipitous when Steve is offered a director's position at a trauma center in San Francisco. But it will be several months before he can leave his old job, and Meredith must start her new one right away. They end up trying to balance a bicoastal marriage and neither of them is prepared for the strain this separation places on their relationship. And when Steve's new job offer falls through, things take a definite turn for the worse. Alone in San Francisco, Meredith spends more and more time with her charismatic boss, Cal, both in the office and at his home. Back in New York, Steve relies on the company of a new coworker -- a woman physician and single mother struggling to support her child -- to fill his empty hours. Before long, the irresistible forces of these separate lives begin to tear at the fabric of Steve and Meredith's marriage, creating an irreparable rent that leaves both of them exposed and vulnerable.
Once again, Steel weaves her magic, digging into the weft and warp of changing lives, intertwining the vagaries of the human heart, and exploring the shifting patterns that develop. Irresistible Forces is a novel for our time, a story that delves into the consequences of workplace changes and their affects on our lives. It's also classic Steel at her best, an intimate peek into the lives of people who are caught up in circumstance and swept away by fate as they struggle to stay afloat in the ebb and flow of everyday life.