Loving

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Bettina Daniels lived a fairytale existence of  glamour, endless parties, and luxury among  America's top celebrities -- simply because she was the  beautiful daughter of famous American author Justin Daniels. Then, in one moment of tragedy, her  father was dead, and Bettina discovered the truth  -- he had spent every dime he'd ever earned and run up  millions in debt. At eighteen, penniless and  alone, she had lost everything except her ...
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Overview

Bettina Daniels lived a fairytale existence of  glamour, endless parties, and luxury among  America's top celebrities -- simply because she was the  beautiful daughter of famous American author Justin Daniels. Then, in one moment of tragedy, her  father was dead, and Bettina discovered the truth  -- he had spent every dime he'd ever earned and run up  millions in debt. At eighteen, penniless and  alone, she had lost everything except her father's  dearest friend, Ivo Stewart. A wealthy, handsome publisher  of sixty-two, he offered Bettina a  way out: marriage. But only for a time. What lay  ahead for Bettina was a life filled with shocks and  surprises -- and eventually a chance to become a  playwright, and a writer like her father. Having  learned her lessons dearly, Bettina blossoms into  her own person at last.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440146575
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1985
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 238,283
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel has become more of a legend than any one of her books, which never fail to make the bestseller lists. Something of Steel's refinement and gentility transfers to her prose as her heroines enjoy enviable triumphs over inevitable tragedies.

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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Chapter One

Bettina Daniels looked around the pink marble bathroom with a sigh and a smile. She had exactly half an hour.  She was making remarkable time.  Usually she had much less Time in which to make the transition from girl, student, and ordinary mortal to bird of paradise and hostess extraordinaire.  But it was a metamorphosis she was thoroughly used to making.  For fifteen years she had been her father's aide-de-camp, going everywhere with him, fielding off reporters, taking telephone messages from his girlfriends, even sitting backstage to lend him support as he did late-night talk shows to promote his latest book.  He scarcely needed to make the effort to do the promotions.  His last seven books had automatically spiraled up The New York Times Bestseller List, but still, promotion was something one did.  Besides which, he loved it.  He loved the preening and parading, the food for his ego, and the women who found him irresistible, confusing him with the heroes in his books.

It was easy to confuse Justin Daniels with the hero in a novel.  In some ways Bettina herself had done it for years.  He was so blatantly beautiful, so unfailingly charming, so witty, so funny, so delightful to be with.  Sometimes it was difficult to remember how selfish, how egotistical, how ruthless he could also be.  But Bettina knew both sides of the man, and she loved him anyway.

He had been her hero, her companion, and her best friend for years.  And she knew him well.  She knew all the flaws and the foibles, all the sins and fears, but she knew too the beauty of the man, the brilliance, the gentleness of his soul, and she loved him with every ounce of her being, and knew that she always would.  He had failed her and hurt her, he had forgotten to be at school for almost every important moment, had never shown up for a race or a play.  He had assured her that young people were boring, and dragged her over the years, mainly in the pursuit of his own shimmering dreams.  It never occurred to him that she had a right to a childhood, and picnics and beaches, birthday parties, and afternoons in the park.  Her picnics were at the Ritz or the Plaza-AthÈnÈ in Paris, her beaches were Southampton and Deauville, her birthday parties were with his friends at 21 in New York or the Bistro in Beverly Hills; and rather than afternoons in the park he would insist she accompany him on the yacht cruses he was constantly being invited to share. Hers was hardly a life to be pitied, and yet Justin's trusted friends often reproached him for how he brought up his child, what he had deprived her of, and how lonely it was to tag along constantly with a bachelor father eternally on the prowl.  It was remarkable that in some ways even at nineteen she was still so youthful, still so innocent, with those enormous emerald eyes; yet there was the wisdom of the ages lurking there too.  Not because of what she had done, but rather because of what she had seen.  At nineteen she was still in some ways a baby, and in other ways she had seen an opulence, a decadence, an existence that few men or women twice her age had ever seen.

Her mother had died of leukemia shortly after Bettina's fourth birthday and was nothing more than a face in a portrait on the dining room wall, a laughing smile with huge blue eyes and blond hair.  There was something of Tatianna Daniels in her daughter, but not much.  Bettina looked like neither Tatianna nor Justin.  She looked mainly like herself.  Her father's striking black hair and green eyes were not wholly unlike his.  However her hair was rich auburn, the color of very old, very fine cognac.  His tall angular frame was in sharp contrast to Bettina's, which was narrow, minute, almost elfin in its delicate proportions.  It served to give her an aura of fragility as she brushed the auburn hair into a halo of soft curls, as she did now, looking at her watch once again.

Bettina made a rapid calculation.  Twenty minutes.  She would be on time.  She sank rapidly into the steaming water in the tub and sat there for a moment, trying to unwind as she watched the snow falling outside.  It was November, and this was the first snow.

It was also their first party of the "season," and for that reason it had to be a success.  And it would be.  She would see to that too.  She mentally checked over the guest list again, wondering if there were some who would fail to arrive because of the snow.  But she though it unlikely.  Her father's parties were too celebrated, the invitations awaited too breathlessly for anyone to want to miss the occasion or risk not being invited again.   Parties were an essential part of the life of Justin Daniels.  when he was between books, he gave them at least once a week.  And they were noteworthy for the people who came ant the costumes they wore, the incidents that happened, the deals that were made.  But above all they were special, and an evening at the Danielses' was like a visit to a faraway, once-dreamed-of land.

The parties were all spectacular.  The luxurious surroundings sparkled in seventeenth-century splendor, as butlers hovered and musicians played. Bettina, as hostess, floating magically between groups, always seemed to be everywhere that she was wanted or needed.  She was a truly haunting creature; elusive, beautiful, and very, very rare.  The only one who did not fully realize how remarkable she was, was her father, who thought every young woman was naturally as gracious as Bettina.  His casual acceptance of her was something that had long since irritated his closest friend.  Ivo Stewart adored Justin Daniels, but it had irked him for years that Justin never saw what was happening to Bettina, never understood how much his attention and praise meant to her.  Justin would only laugh when Ivo made comments, which he did frequently, shaking his head and waving a well-manicured hand at his friend.

"Don't be ridiculous.  she loves what she does for me.  She enjoys it.  Running the parties, going to shows with me, seeing interesting people.  She'd be embarrassed if I made a point of telling her how I appreciate what she does. She knows I do.  Who wouldn't?  She does a marvelous job."

"Then you should tell her that.  Good God, man, she's your secretary, your housekeeper, your publicity girl--she does everything a wife should do and more."

"And better!"  Justin pointed out as he laughed.

"I'm serious."  Ivo looked stern.

"I know you are.  Too much so.  You worry too much about the girl."  Ivo hadn't dared to tell Justin that if he didn't worry about her, he wasn't sure if Justin would himself.

Justin had an easy, cavalier way about him, in sharp contrast to Ivo's more serious view of the world.  But that was also the nature of Ivo's business, as publisher of one of the world's largest newspapers, the New York Mail. He was also older than Justin, and not a young man.  He had lost one wife, divorced another, and purposely never had children.  He felt it was unfair to bring children into such a difficult world.  And at sixty-two he did not regret the decision. . . except when he saw Bettina.  Then something seemed always to melt his heart.  Sometimes seeing Bettina, he wondered if remaining childless had been a mistake.  But it didn't matter now.  I was too late to think about children, and he was happy.  In his own way he was as free as Justin Daniels.

Excerpted from Loving by Danielle Steel.  Copyright © 1980 by Danielle Steel.  Reprinted by permission of Dell, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.  No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or republished without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2001

    A Superb Story !!!!!

    Bettina Daniels is a wonderful character. She faces many hardships in her life, but also has many happy moments. She is a truly wonderful character. This book will grab your interest from the very first page and keep you going till the end. I was so involved in Bettina's life, I just had to see what would happen next. This is a book that you would truly want to read. Bettina captures your heart and keeps it till the end of the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Dragonkit

    I am so sorry. He said.

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    BraveKit

    BraveKit ran through the forest as she cried. She went to a random clan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Midnight

    "Go save your sister... your brave.. I love you both..." were her last words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    hmm

    hello is anyone here mews the tom as he pads i n.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Crystal

    Crystal looks at the tom she didnt know "why you here?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Bp

    Hey ill call u soon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    ELLA TO ALL

    Moving to happy kitty all res

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Hunter

    What the HELL?! EVERYTHING BAD I DID WAS THE IMPOSTERS! ACTUALLY KNOW THE FACTS BEFORE INSULTING SOMEONE"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    Tyipical Steel.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Not good

    I have always enjoyed Danielle Steels' books and this was no exception. However, the misspelled words and misused words in this book is a travesty to publishing. It seems that no on takes pride in correctness today. I challenge whichever Company is responsible for the text in the Nookbook to review it and see the many, many incorrect words and spellings. You should be ashamed.

    Camille36

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    TYPOS

    What is with the famous authors and their mistakes. Where is their editing?

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I love Danille Steele I have read everybook she has written
    Loving is a book that will make you laugh and cry it is a beautiful written book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    typos galore

    edit for typos!!! lost count of how many there were! VERY DISTRACTING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    Really good Daniellek Steele novel

    Very romantic and touching. The main character is very likable.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Loving is good book, its one of those books girls read for fun.

    Bettina Daniels lived a fairytale existence of glamour, endless parties, and luxury among America's top celebrities. But it all chances when her so loved daddy dies! Living her with nothing, he was broke. Something she would of never imagined because they were always throwing parties, going out, and spending money. But all the money came from credit cards and mortgages. Her dad's best friend takes care of Bettina after everyone leaves her alone since she got no money. They soon fall in love not caring about the difference in ages, and soon make love. Then he starts getting old and Bettina senses something is wrong. She goes around from city to city until she settles in California, into a "perfect" life she wasn't happy with. Then she decides to go on with her life, and do what she always dreamed of, become a famous writer like her dad.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    Great book

    Ivo should not have married her if he felt she was too young. he already knew how old she was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2003

    ITS TRULY AMAZING!

    Bettina Daniels is such an interesting character. She goes through many things in her lifetime. She has great successes, tragic losses, and heartbreak. It is a truly amazing story that will grab your heart.

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