Lone Eagle [NOOK Book]

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Danielle Steel's fifty-first bestselling novel tells the story of an extraordinary man, the woman who loved him, and a bond so powerful it could never be broken. It is about finding the courage to let someone you love fly free….

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Overview

Danielle Steel's fifty-first bestselling novel tells the story of an extraordinary man, the woman who loved him, and a bond so powerful it could never be broken. It is about finding the courage to let someone you love fly free….

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International bestelling author Danielle Steel sets most of her latest saga of star-crossed love during the uneasy time of World War II and the boom years that immediately followed. In Lone Eagle, an extraordinary couple brought together by the whims of fate spend their lives trying to reconcile disparate needs with uncompromising love.

Kate Jamison is a lovely young debutante who is self-assured, confident, and bright. Joe Allbright is a young protégé of Charles Lindbergh, a flying ace whose skill and acumen have already become legendary. When these two meet, they discover a love that is both powerful and painful -- powerful because it cannot be resisted and painful in the high price it so often demands. The first crisis comes with the U.S. involvement in World War II when Joe joins highly secret flying missions overseas. In his absence, Kate suffers loneliness, a miscarriage, and finally, overwhelming grief when Joe's plane is shot down and he's presumed dead.

Two years later, when it's discovered that Joe is alive, Kate breaks off her pending marriage to someone else. They spend a few months basking in the delirium of their love before reality puts a strain on things. Kate wants marriage and children but Joe's fear of commitment and restless drive leave her frustrated and heartbroken. It will take several tragedies, years of heartache, and tons of compromise before they find a happy middle ground that affords them the contentment and togetherness they've always sought.

Lone Eagle possesses the type of raw emotional power and hard-driving passion that have earned Steel legions of devoted fans worldwide. It's a tale of love, life, and humanity -- a powerful exploration of the complex elements that go into a relationship and a lesson on loving something enough to let it go free. (Beth Amos)

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nobody ever said love was easy, but in Steel's latest romance, it's a perpetual uphill battle. From the moment beautiful, enormously poised 17-year-old Bostonian Kate Jamison meets handsome, much older Joe Allbright just before Pearl Harbor at a debutante party, she's desperately in love. Joe is smitten, too, but he is deeply committed to his career as a pilot he's already an ace, associated with Lindbergh. The two try to pretend they can just be friends, but passion flares between them on the eve of war. When Joe returns from Europe, after years in a German prison camp, everyone expects they will marry, but Joe cannot commit and Kate moves on. She goes to New York, marries a college friend and has a son; meanwhile, Joe establishes an airplane-building empire. Still, they can't forget each other, and when they meet up again, even social mores can't keep them apart. Their roller-coaster relationship takes many more dips and turns before Kate finally realizes what she must do to make it work: "let him come and go, and appreciate him." Her surrender may gall some readers, but she and Joe are engaging characters, and Steel's expert plotting keeps the novel moving at a good pace. (Apr.) Forecast: This eagle will sit in its aerie atop the bestseller list. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
It's Christmas 1940, and love blooms between a debutante and a protoge of Charles Lindbergh that endures despite the separate paths they take. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Glamorous debutante rues the day she fell for a dashing aviator—but she can't stop loving him. Kate Jamison is 17 when she first meets 29-year-old Joe Allbright in New York. World War II has engulfed Europe, and the US is on the verge of joining the Allies. Joe, an accomplished pilot, is about to leave for England to advise the RAF, but he's smitten by Kate's innocent beauty and attracted to her independence of spirit, which matches his own. They talk, agree to write, and part. Kate goes off to Radcliffe, Joe goes off to war. When he returns to Washington to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross from President Roosevelt, Joe and Kate consummate their passion in a hotel room before he puts her on a train and returns to Europe. Of course, she's pregnant and intends to keep the baby, even though she knows Joe isn't the marrying kind. He's shot down and missing in action for many months, during which Kate miscarries painfully. Joe's return after surviving torture at the hands of the Germans is not good news for Andy Scott, an upstanding young man in love with Kate. She resumes her affair with Joe, but when he still won't marry her, she weds Andy and bears his child. She takes up with Joe again after the baby is born and, honest to a fault, tells Andy, who won't give her a divorce. Kate gets pregnant again, and Andy lets her go after this one is born. Joe marries her at last, but he's busy with his aviation empire and hardly ever home. She miscarries twins after a car accident; Joe is sorry but, in Kate's view, not sorry enough. Will they divorce? Or reconcile? Will Kate ever come to terms with her life? Perennial bestseller Steel (Journey, 2000, etc.) concentrates on the romance this time around, lending it a kind of quiet intensity that will appeal to her gazillion fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307566614
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/25/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 112,297
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors with over 440 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Journey, The House on Hope Street, The Wedding, Irresistable Forces, Granny Dan, Bittersweet, Mirror Image, The Klone and I, The Long Road Home, The Ghost, 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.

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
    2. Website:

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Kate Jamison saw Joe for the first time at a debutante ball in December of 1940, three days before Christmas. She and her parents had come to New York for the week from Boston, to do some Christmas shopping, visit friends, and attend the ball. Kate was actually a friend of the debutante's younger sister. At seventeen it was unusual for girls to be included, but Kate had dazzled everyone for so long, and was so mature for her age, that their hosts had found it an easy decision to include her.

Kate's friend had been jubilant, as had she. It was the most beautiful party she'd ever been to, and the room, when she walked in on her father's arm, had been filled with extraordinary people. Heads of state were there, important political figures, dowagers and matrons, and enough handsome young men to flesh out an army. Every important name in New York society was in attendance, and several from Philadelphia and Boston. There were seven hundred people chatting in the elegant reception rooms and an exquisite mirrored ballroom, and the gardens had been tented. There were hundreds of liveried waiters serving them, a band in both the ballroom and the tent outside. There were beautiful women and handsome men, extraordinary jewels and gowns, and the gentlemen were wearing white tie. The guest of honor was a pretty girl, she was small and blond and she was wearing a dress made for her by Schiaparelli. This was the moment she had looked forward to for her entire lifetime; she was being officially presented to society for the first time. She looked like a porcelain doll as she stood on the reception line with her parents, and a crier announced each guest's name as they entered in their evening gowns and tails.

As the Jamisons came through the line, Kate kissed her friend and thanked her for inviting her. It was the first ball of its kind she had been to, and for an instant the two young women looked like a Degas portrait of two ballerinas, as they stood in subtle contrast to each other. The debutante was small and fair, with gently rounded curves, while Kate's looks were more striking. She was tall and slim, with dark reddish auburn hair that hung smoothly to her shoulders. She had creamy skin, enormous dark blue eyes, and a perfect figure. And while the debutante was restrained and serene, greeting each guest, there was an electricity and energy that seemed to emanate from Kate. As she was introduced to the guests by her parents, she met their eyes squarely, and dazzled them with her smile. There was something about the way she looked, and even the shape of her mouth that suggested she was about to say something funny, something important, something that you would want to hear, and remember. Everything about Kate promised excitement, as though her own youth was so exuberant that she had to share it with you.

There was something mesmerizing about Kate, always had been, as though she came from a different place and was destined for greatness. There was nothing ordinary about Kate, she stood out in every crowd, not only for her looks, but for her wit and charm. At home, she had always been full of mischief and wild plans, and as an only child she had kept her parents amused and entertained. She had been born to them late in life, after twenty years of marriage, and when she was a baby, her father liked to say that she had been well worth waiting for, and her mother readily agreed. They adored her. In her earliest years, she had been the center of their world.

Kate's early years were easy and free. Born into wealth, as a small child she had known nothing but comfort and ease. Her father, John Barrett, had been the scion of an illustrious Boston family, and he had married Elizabeth Palmer, whose fortune was even larger than his own. Their families had been immensely pleased with the match. Kate's father had been well known in banking circles, for his good judgment and wise investments. And then the crash came in '29, and swept away Kate's father and thousands like him on a tidal wave of destruction, despair, and loss. Fortunately, Elizabeth's family had felt it unwise to let the pair commingle their fortunes. There had been no children between them for a long time, and Elizabeth's own family continued to handle most of her financial affairs. Miraculously, she was relatively untouched by the crash.

John Barrett lost his entire fortune, and only a very small part of hers. Elizabeth had done everything she could to reassure him, and to help him get on his feet again. But the disgrace he felt ate away at his very foundations. Three of his most important clients and best friends shot themselves within months of losing their fortunes, and it took another two years for John to give way to despair himself. Kate scarcely saw him during those two years. He had closeted himself in an upstairs bedroom, seldom saw anyone, and rarely went out. The bank his family had established, and which he had run for nearly twenty years, closed within two months of the crash. He became inaccessible, removed, reclusive, and the only thing that ever cheered him was the sight of Kate, who was only six then, wandering into his rooms, bringing him a piece of candy or a drawing she had made for him. As though sensing the maze he was lost in, she instinctively tried to lure him out again, to no avail. Eventually, even she found his door locked to her, and in time her mother forbade her to go upstairs. Elizabeth didn't want her to see her father, drunk, disheveled, unshaven, often sleeping the days away. It was a sight that would have terrified her, and broke her mother's heart.

John Barrett took his life almost two years after the crash, in September 1931. He was the only surviving member of his family at the time, and left behind him only his widow and one child. Elizabeth's fortune was still intact then, she was one of the few lucky ones in her world whose life had been relatively unaffected by the crash, until she lost John.

Kate still remembered the exact moment when her mother had told her. She had been sitting in the nursery drinking a cup of hot chocolate, holding her favorite doll, and when she saw her mother walk into the room, she knew something terrible had happened. All she could see were her mother's eyes, and all she could hear was the suddenly-too-loud ticking of the nursery clock. Her mother didn't cry when she told her, she told her quietly and simply that Kate's father had gone to Heaven to live with God. She said that he had been very sad in the past two years, and he would be happy now with God. As her mother said the words, Kate felt as though her entire world had collapsed on top of her. She could barely breathe, as the cocoa spilled from her hands, and she dropped her doll. She knew that from that moment on, her life would never be the same again.

From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I had a hard time putting the book down. It is really that good. Danielle Steel at her very best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Good But not her Best

    I enjoyed this Danielle book. It is a worthy read but not as exciting as her later books. If you enjoy planes and flying it will be worth a read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    To Talonfeather

    Lightclan is at REPTILE. We assemble there at 7:30 pm eastern, 6:30 pm central, 5:30 pm mountain, 4:30 pm pacific, 3:30 pm alaska, and 1:30 pm hawaii. The attack comes half an hour after we all get there. So we have time to organize and prepare.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Lone Eagle by Danielle Steel Kate Jamison falls in love in 1940.

    Lone Eagle by Danielle Steel
    Kate Jamison falls in love in 1940. Her love goes off to war but she doesn't wait and marries another.
    He does return....Story also follow Joe Albright and is he gonna be able to set her free-he loves her.
    She loves everything about him, his passion of flying and his design work.
    While he's overseas flying, they get the letter that he died, she talks to her best friend, Andy who can't go into the service. She treated him like a brother and now he wants her to be his wife.
    Amazement as they learn he did not die at all and now she has choices and decisions to make, which will she select for her husband?
    I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Nadie

    Name- Nadie. Age- 15. Hair- black with blue and red strecks. Long down. Eyes- violet. Clothes- black t and jeans with holes and star shapes. Shoes- neon adidus. Acessories- silver head phones, a zooyork hat and a necklace with a wolf on it. Personality- is a TRICKSTER, and love tricks. Loves- MUD, DIRT, DIRTBIKING, MUD BORDING, THE MUD SHOW (renisonts fair), TRICKS, PRANKS, GYM, SPORTS AND BOOKS. Dislikes-CLEANESS, PEOPLE WHO JUST MEET SOMEONE AND SAY THAT THEY LOVE 'RM AND TAYLOR SWIFT AND ARIANA GRONDAE.<br>
    Partner in crime- her wolf Trickster and no human who helps her with crime. Crush, BF- no no no theme song- Let her go by the passenger for her sweet side and Funky town for her jockster side.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Skylar's Bio

    • Full Name ~ Skylar Alexandria WoodRuff
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    • Age ~ 17
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    • Gender ~ Female
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    • Hair Color ~ Autumn Ashe
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    • Eye Color ~ A Light Brown
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    • Looks ~ Olive Skin, Deep Dimples, A Small Nose, An Athletic Build
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    • Peircings/Tattoos ~ Hip Peircings, A Belly Button Ring, Snakebites, A Tattoo Of A Rose And A Chain On Her Lower Back [The chain is the stem part.], A Leaping Tiger On The Back Of Her Left Thigh, And An Infinity Sign On Her Right Wrist.
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    • BirthDay ~ September 28th
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    • Crush ~ Nada
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    • BoyFriend/GirlFriend ~ Nada
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    • Sex<_>uality ~ Bi<_>sexual
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    • Transportation ~ A 2013 Black Camry And A Black And Purple Sports MorotCycle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Goku

    Shapeshifter. Personality is nice. Crush: none. Status: single. Rest is at half res 6

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Yuri lowell

    Age: 16/ gender: male/ height: 5'6"/ weight: 120 pounds/ appearance: shoulder length black hair, jade green eyes, wears a simple purple and black kimono with plain sandals, has a regular build that hides strength./

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Frost

    Just ask what i look like and stuff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Cynthia

    Name. Cynthia Parker. Age. 17.. height. 5'6. Appearance. Brown eyes. Auburn hair. High tops. Jeans. Cropped tees. eyeliner. Hoop earrings. Sometimes wears a flatbill medium skin. Original culture, Egyptian, hispanic. Anthing else just ask!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Brittany Bio

    Name-Brittany goes by Britt. Age-16. Looks- The appearance has changed I now have shoulder length brown hair with pink highlights I have Hazel contacts with gold rimming. I am 4'9 and have a tan skin. Likes- School, YouTube, PATD, Netflix, Sports, Coffee, StarBucks all the way. Dislikes- HomeWork, Sl<_>uts, People who meet a person for the first time and say "I love you." Big dogs, Classic things. The color yellow. Theme Songs- "Miss. Jackson for her wild side. "Gone Gone Gone fr her more relaxed side.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Kalla's Bio

    Name: Kalla
    Age: 18
    Description: jet black hair with baby blue highlights, silver eyes, snake bites, skinny, 5'4, very tan, dimples
    Personality: shy, slightly quiet around people she doesn't really know, nice, caring
    Crush: guess not.
    Single
    Other: She's from France

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Lil

    5'8 honey brown eyes plays volleyball hates drama broke up with mr. Amazing comes off flirty but isnt and winds up the center of attention. Dislikes being friends with girls too much cuz she hates drama. Sings all the time and is verrrry outgoing. Question? Ask im actually quite nice despite common belief of aome people.:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Soulpaw

    A hawk swoops down and carried him back home

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Eagle

    It wailed in lonlyness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Leaves

    Rustle for a milisecond and then fall silent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Rosethorn

    An equally evil she cat walks in. She has dark red fur and green eyes but her teeth and claws are sharper then thorns which how she got her name. "I will join." She hisses. Her bright green eyes gleam in the dark of the cave as she looks around and nods,deciding to lie what she sees. "I will be deputy if this clan is truly evil."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    I liked it

    Good book

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    love it felt in tune with the characters and the storyline itsel

    love it felt in tune with the characters and the storyline itself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Great read

    Great book love all of her books Thank You

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