Passion's Promise

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Smart, beautiful, and very rich, Kezia Saint Martin leads two lives: one as a glamorous socialite jetting between the poshest               places in Europe and America; the other, under a false name, as a dicated journalist committed to justice and her profession.

But the two worlds are pulling her apart, leaving her conflicted about her identity and the lies she tells to every man she meets. Then she meets ...

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Overview

Smart, beautiful, and very rich, Kezia Saint Martin leads two lives: one as a glamorous socialite jetting between the poshest               places in Europe and America; the other, under a false name, as a dicated journalist committed to justice and her profession.

But the two worlds are pulling her apart, leaving her conflicted about her identity and the lies she tells to every man she meets. Then she meets Lucas Johns, a bold, dynamic crusader for social change -- and an ex-con. Their attraction is immediate, but their love may be just one step from tragedy at any time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440129264
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1985
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 504,458
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.95 (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
    2. Website:

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Chapter One

Edward Hascomb Rawlings sat in his office and smiled at the morning paper on his desk.  Page five showed a large photograph of a smiling young woman coming down the ramp of a plane.  The Honorable Kezia Saint Martin.  Another smaller photograph showed her on the arm of a tall, attractive man, leaving the terminal for the seclusion of a waiting limousine.  The man, as Edward knew, was Whitney Hayworth III, the youngest partner of the legal firm of Benton, Thatcher, Powers, and Frye.  Edward had known Whit since the boy got out of law school. And that had been ten years ago.  But he wasn't interested in Whit. He was interested in the diminutive woman on his arm.  Edward knew her almost jet black hair, deep blue eyes, and creamy English complexion so well.

And she looked well now, even in newsprint.  She was smiling.  She seemed tanned.  And she was finally back.  Her absences always seemed interminable to Edward.  The paper said that she had just come from Marbella, where she had been seen over the weekend, staying at the Spanish summer home of her aunt, the Contessa di San Ricamini, n*e Hilary Saint Martin.  Before that Kezia had summered in the South of France, in "almost total seclusion."  Edward laughed at the thought.  He had seen her column regularly all summer, with reports from London, Paris, Barcelona, Nice, and Rome.  She had had a busy summer, in "seclusion."

A paragraph further down the same page mentioned three others who had arrived on the same flight as Kezia.  the so suddenly powerful daughter of the Greek shipping magnate, who had left her, his only heir, the bulk of his fortune. And there was mention as well of the Belgian princess, fresh from the Paris collections for a little junket to New York.  Kezia had been in good company on the flight, and Edward wondered how much money she had taken from them at backgammon.   Kezia was a most effective player.  It struck him too that it was once again Kezia who got most of the press coverage.  It was that way for her. Always the center of attention, the sparkle as she walked into restaurants and out of theaters.  It had been at its cruelest peak when she was in her teens; the photographers and reporters were always hungry, curious, prying, then.  For years it had seemed that she was followed everywhere by a fleet of piranhas, but that was when she had first inherited her father's fortune.  Now they were used to  her, and their attention seemed kinder.

At first Edward had tried hard to shield her from the press. That first year. That first, godawful, intolerable, excruciating year, when she was nine.   But the scavengers had only been waiting. And they hadn't waited long.  It came as a shock to Kezia when she was thirteen, to be followed by a red-hot young woman reporter into Elizabeth Arden's.  Kezia hadn't understood.  But the reporter had.   She had understood plenty.  Edward's face grew hard at the memory. Bitch.  How could she do that to a child? She had asked her about Liane, right there in front of everyone.  "How did you feel when your mother..." The reporter was four years late with her story.  And out of a job by noon the next day.  Edward was disappointed: he had hoped to have her job by the same night. And that was Kezia's first taste of it.  Notoriety.  Power.  A fortune.  A name.  Parents with histories.  And grandparents with histories and power and money.  Nine generations of it on her mother's side.  Only three worth mentioning on her father's.  History.  Power.  Money.  Things you can't conjure up, or lie about, or steal.  You have to be born with them running thick in your veins.  All three.  And beauty.  And style.  And then with some other magical ingredient dancing in you at lightning speed, then...and only then, are you Kezia Saint Martin.  And there was only one.

Edward stirred the coffee in the white-and-gold Limoges cup on his desk, and settled back to look at the view.  The East River, dotted with small boats and barges, was a narrow gray ribbon far below on his right.  He faced north from where he sat, and gazed peacefully over the congestion of midtown Manhattan, past its skyscrapers, to look down on the sturdy residential fortresses of Park Avenue and Fifth, huddled near the clump of browning green that was Central Park, and in the distance, a blur that was Harlem.   It was merely a part of his view, and not a part that interested him a great deal.  Edward was a busy man.

He sipped the coffee, and turned to "Martin Hallam's" column to see who among his acquaintances was allegedly in love with whom, who was giving a dinner party where, who would attend, and who would presumably not show up because of the latest social feud.  He knew only too well that there would be an item or two from Marbella.  He knew Kezia's style well enough to knew that she would mention herself.  She was thorough and prudent.  And he was right.  "On the list of returning refugees after a summer abroad: Scooter Hollingsworth, Bibi Adams-Jones, Melissa Sentry, Jean-Claude Reims, Kezia Saint Martin, and Julian Bodley.  Hail, hail, the gang's all here! Everyone is coming home!"

Excerpted from Passion's Promise by Danielle Steel.  Copyright (c) 1976 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 October 14, 2005

    Read the whole book

    It's good to know I wasn't the only one who wanted to stop reading after the first couple of chapters, but after reading her other novels, I hoped it was going to get better. I wasn't sure of the direction at first but it all comes together and reels you in. I like Steel's style of writing because she makes the places and characters and events come to life, yet she also keeps it realistic in a way that makes you wonder about other people who may have gone through the same situation.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Wonderful

    I truly love all Danielle Steel's books. This is one I could not put down. it was just wonderful and I enjoyed every minute reading it. Thank you Barnes and Noble and Danielle Steel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    This was a great book. I think I felt every emotion possible while reading it. It was a total inspiration. The ending could have been a little better but in all it was a great story.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Passions Promise

    I love Danielle steel but I just was not feeling this book. I was actually lost. I will try a different book. Danielle steel is still awesome and she writes very well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2006

    SHOWS WHAT TRUE LOVE IS

    I didn't find this book depresing but rather inspiring. The power of true love and courage can only be inspiring! Just as in life, events don't always turn out the way we may want but there is always a reason.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2003

    Passion's Promise

    The book is not bad, but I had to pour myself a drink when I finished reading it, because it made me feel so depressed. I wish Ms. Steel rewrote this book giving it a happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    Worth reading!!!!

    After spending a full day of reading... Since I couldn't put the book down... I have to say that is GREAT. I have laughed, cried and felt human passion as I made my way thru this book. It is very realistic as Kezia tries to find who she really is and at the end not have the only person who gave light to her lonely life. Loved and enjoyed the book very much... I hope you do too!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2003

    PASSION'S PROMISE

    THIS BOOK WAS ONE THAT AT FIRST, I COULDN'T GET INTO. I ACTUALLY BELIEVED THAT I WAS JUST GOING TO STOP READING IT. BUT BY THE MIDPOINT OF THE STORY, I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. THIS BOOK WAS VERY WELL WRITTEN AND I REALLY ENJOYED THE STORY. THE NOVEL EXPLAINS TO US THAT WE ALL LIVE DOUBLE LIVES SOMETIMES, BUT WHEN YOU FIND SOMEONE THAT YOU WANT TO SPEND YOUR LIFE WITH, YOU CAN BE YOURSELF AROUND THEM AND KNOW THAT THEY WILL RESPECT YOU FOR WHO YOU REALLY ARE. THIS IS THE FIRST DANIELLE STEEL NOVEL I HAVE READ AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MORE OF HER WORK IN THE FUTURE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2001

    Real Page Turner

    Excellent book about a young woman trying to find out who she truly is. You want to follow Kezia's activities to see how things will turn out for her. She is someone to envy and feel sorry for. An excellent book to read. One that you will want to keep reading to see what will happen to Kezia next. Makes me realize why I am such a Danielle Steel fan.

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