Until the End of Time

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Two couples, four decades apart. One believes that if lovers die, they find each other again in another life. Or perhaps they wind up as stars side by side in the sky, together forever. Who knows how it really ends? Danielle Steel breaks new ground in her career as a perennial New York Times bestseller with the poignant story of two parallel destinies, and the kind of love we all hope will be everlasting.

UNTIL THE END OF TIME

Bill, a dedicated...

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Overview

Two couples, four decades apart. One believes that if lovers die, they find each other again in another life. Or perhaps they wind up as stars side by side in the sky, together forever. Who knows how it really ends? Danielle Steel breaks new ground in her career as a perennial New York Times bestseller with the poignant story of two parallel destinies, and the kind of love we all hope will be everlasting.

UNTIL THE END OF TIME

Bill, a dedicated young lawyer working at his family's prestigious New York firm, leaves everything he trained for to follow his dream and become a minister in rural Wyoming. Jenny, his wife, is a stylist whose heart and soul are invested in fashion. She leaves the milieu and life she loves to join him. The certainty they share is that their destinies are linked forever.

Fast forward thirty-eight years. Robert is a hardworking independent book publisher in Manhattan who has given up all personal life to build his struggling business. He is looking for one big hit novel to publish. Lillibet is a young Amish woman, living as though in the seventeenth century, caring for her widowed father and three young brothers on their family farm. In secret at night, by candlelight, she has written the novel that burns within her, and gets it into Robert's hands, wrapped in her hand-stitched apron. He falls in love first with the book, and then with the woman he has never met, living in the sequestered world of the Amish—a world without telephones, computers, electricity, modern conveniences, or cars. Although Lillibet faces banishment from her family and community, she embraces the opportunity to publish her novel, and is irresistibly drawn to the man who has heard her voice. Destiny is at work here. Fate draws her from her horse-and-buggy life toward his, and the publication of her novel.

In the hands of master storyteller Danielle Steel, these two remarkable relationships come together in unexpected and surprising ways, as lovers are lost, and find each other again. If it is true that real love lasts forever and lovers cannot lose each other, then Until the End of Time will not only comfort and fascinate us, as destiny does her dance, but it will give us hope as well. Love and fate are powerful, irresistible forces, as Steel proves to us here, in a book about courage, change, risk, and hope...and love that never dies.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“I will love you until the end of time,” aptly named lawyer and minister Bill Sweet repeatedly tells style director and design “muse” Jenny Arden in this tender romance that overcomes even death. When Bill meets Jenny for the first time in 1969, there is a sense that they’ve known each other before. After a chance second meeting they fall deeply, madly in love. Bill talks frequently about his belief that true love endures beyond death, and that reborn lovers find each other again. Bill and Jenny start building their perfect life together, but too soon, their lives are cut short. Then in 2013, Lillibet Petersen, a young Amish woman, daringly sends her manuscript to a New York publishing house, where Robert Bellagio buys it and becomes entranced by its author—whom he feels he’s met in a past life. Connected by the notion of reincarnation but never repetitive, the two distinct romances form one overarching, heart-warming love story that will have readers believing in forever. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
Steel's latest novel uses two love stories to pose and answer questions about the meaning of life and love. The first story, set in 1975, is a romance between the son of wealthy, class-conscious parents and a coal miner's daughter, who has become a successful design consultant for Vogue magazine in New York City. After marrying against his parents' wishes, Bill Sweet leaves the family law firm to study theology and pursue his dream of becoming an Episcopal minister. His wife continues the work she loves as a fashion consultant, but after surviving an ectopic pregnancy, Jenny decides to give up her career in New York so she and Bill can accept an offer from a church in Moose, Wyo. Reading about their warm welcome and the ease with which they blend into the culture of the Western town is heartwarming, and the significant good Jenny does for some of the women of the town is uplifting and inspiring. The second story is set in 2013. A young Amish woman in Lancaster County, Pa., who has always loved to read the classics, writes a book and secretly sends it to a publisher in New York. The publisher falls in love with the voice of the book and when, with much difficulty, they finally meet, they both feel that fate has brought them together. This story of romance through hardship and across decades has a spiritual appeal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345530882
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 73,284
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (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 The Sins of the Mother, Friends Forever, Betrayal, Hotel Vendôme, Happy Birthday, 44 Charles Street, 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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    This is one of the worst books I have ever read. Actually, I wa

    This is one of the worst books I have ever read. Actually, I was angry when I finished reading it and I haven't had that reaction to a book in a long time. I am a librarian and heard patrons talking that this story was completely different from any of Steele's previous works. I don't agree with them. The writing is still sappy (that's the only word that I can think to call it). I have many issues with this book but will limit my complaints to a few. Mostly, I have a tremendous problem with Steele fictionalizing the real life tragedy of the NIchols Mine school shooting, even creating a sixth victim. Smack of expoitation to me. Also, it is apparent that no one associated with this book even researched the Amish community because almost all her writing about them is incorrect. I live in a community with a large Mennonite population and live only 20 miles away from a very large Amish community, so I speak from experience. Even Old Order Amish use telephones, even cell phones. They ride in buggies, not carriages. And Amish women are not as controlled and sequestered as Steele would have the reader believe. I'll stop my complaining here. I wouldn't even give this book one star.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I loved this book. Worth the time to read. Makes you believe in

    I loved this book. Worth the time to read. Makes you believe in true love. Love that lasts a liftime and beyond.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    I LOVED THE BOOK ALSO WAS VERY GOOD & HAD ME SITTING FOR HOU

    I LOVED THE BOOK ALSO WAS VERY GOOD & HAD ME SITTING FOR HOURS & HOURS BECAUSE I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.   READ IT IN ONE DAY BECAUSE THERE WAS NO WAY I COULD NOT GO TO BED & NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED .  

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    !

    I have been very disappointed by her books lately. Its as if they all have the same idea, just different characters. She has lost her hutzpah. I think she needs to retire and stop writing. The magic has ended.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    This book was by FAR the worst Danielle Steel book I have ever r

    This book was by FAR the worst Danielle Steel book I have ever read. I didn't know she was capable of writing such an awful book. It was one of the worst books by any author I have ever read. It was almost written in a juvenile and I wonder if she really wrote the book at all!! Not even worth 1 star!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    resubmit

    can you resubmit to my account?

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Check out Danielle Steel's book, different from all her others!!!

    First half was definately better than the second half. A different style than Danielle Steel's usual books.
    I didn't want to put the book down while reading the first half. It's a nice idea that she's trying to get across, although I'm not sold on the fact that they were previously connected!!!
    I'd give it a three star.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    AWFUL! Save your money.

    The idea was good but , that is all. I am sure that there are some new writers out there that deserve to be published before this author. I know she is popular but, I don't see why. The worst book I have read in years. Did the publisher even read it before sending it to print?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    This is the worst book by Danielle  Steel I have ever read  the

    This is the worst book by Danielle  Steel I have ever read  the first part was pretty good until the end of the first story the second one was terrible from start to finish
    I expect better from the author.  terrible book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Wrong review!

    However If you buy this book you will enjoy the story. Look ii up online and read the review!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Don't bother

    Worst Danielle Steel book ever!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Awful

    The first half was ok. I would much rather have seen that story be developed. When I got to the second part I was like "what the heck just happened?". Truly one of the worst.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Pleasant

    This was a nice light weight read. Pleasant, but not what I would classify as a "can't put down" book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Just okay....

    I look forward to every new Danielle Steel book but this one disappoints !!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    totally disappointed ..... not worth reading

    totally disappointed ..... not worth reading

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    I didn't care for this book at all.

    I didn't care for this book at all.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    CAN YOU PUT THIS BOOK DOWN?

    THIS WAS A BEAUTIFUL STORY AND BEGINS CLOSE TO WHERE I LIVE. I THOUGHT I WOULD READ A CHAPTER BUT I KEPT TURNING PAGE AFTER PAGE AND I FINISHED THE BOOK IN A DAY AND A HALF WITH TIME OUT FOR SLEEP AND MEALS. AFTER I WOULD FINISH ONE CHAPTER I HAD TO START THE NEXT AS I WANTED TO SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN NEXT. WHEN I FINISHED THE BOOK I WAS SAD AS I WANTED TO READ MORE. I HAVE BECOME A BIG FAN OF DANIELLE STEEL AND CAN'T WAIT FOR HER NEXT BOOK TO BE WRITTEN. I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE WHO LOVES TO READ RATHER THAN WATCH THE JUNK ON TV THESE DAYS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

    A Favorite Author and Favorite Topic Come Together

    The Possibility of Reincarnation is a topic I always enjoy reading about. In this novel Danielle Steel explores this through her marvelously human characters. The story begins in New York where a top fashion designer falls in love with a floundering attorney who is passionate about becoming a minister. Fate and destiny carry them to the west but tragedy interrupts their new life together. Fast forward to the present and a young Amish girl who craves self-expression through writing miraculously connects with a non-Amish publisher and is carried from her current life to also touch her past one. It's another amazing and romantic story where the characters come to life in ways only Danielle Steel creates them. She gives you hope and gets you involved! Love her work!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Highly recommend

    A different twist she has never written about. Kind of confusing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Great Love Story!

    Really enjoyed reading this book. It is a very thought provoking love story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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