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In Lightning, bestselling novelist Danielle Steel tells the story of a woman whose life is changed by one swift, unexpected stroke of fate. As a partner in one of New York's most prestigious law firms, Alexandra Parker barely manages to juggle husband, career, and the three-year-old child she gave birth to at forty. Then lightning strikes - a routine medical check-up turns her world upside down when tests reveal shattering news. Her husband Sam, a Wall Street whiz-kid, is as proud of his long-time marriage to Alex as he is of his successful career - until he is caught off guard by Alex's illness. Terrified of losing his wife and family, Sam fails to provide any kind of emotional support. Almost overnight, Sam takes his distance from Alex, and they become strangers. As lightning strikes them yet again, Sam's promising career suddenly explodes into disaster, and his very life and identity are challenged. With his future hanging in the balance, Alex must decide what she feels for Sam, if life will ever be the same for them again, or if she must move on without him.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552137492
ISBN-10: 0552137499
Format: Paperback
(179mm x 107mm x 28mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


US Kirkus Review » A happy family is shattered and scattered when a career woman is diagnosed with breast cancer: Steel's (The Gift, 1994, etc.) very damp - indeed, heavy-weeping - latest. Beautiful Alexandra Parker (her legs are long, her hair is red) - a top-flight Manhattan attorney specializing in labor law and libel - has been been happily married for 17 years to handsome Sam Parker, a top-flight venture capitalist. Alexandra and Sam are the middle-aged parents (she's 42) of adorable four-year-old Annabelle. Then one day Alex has a routine mammogram, and her world shatters: She will have to have surgery to remove a large malignant mass. Even before the radical mastectomy, however, and then afterward at home, what becomes horrifyingly clear to Alex is that her husband can't cope with her terrors and grief. At one point, Sam accuses her of "whining" and demands: "Why can't you suffer quietly?" (It seems that his mother's death from cancer has immobilized compassion). Then, for Alex, there are six months of chemotherapy. While Sam succumbs to the siren call of Daphne the British bombshell, his wife's balding head is being held by assistant partner Brock in marathon regurgitations in the office bathroom. Eventually, Brock and Alex (even before the six months are past) become lovers, Sam begins to have doubts about Daphne, and Annabelle is shuttled back and forth between parents. Then disaster strikes again when Sam and his partners are indicted for fraud and embezzlement. Is it the slammer for Sam? Will Alex solve her dilemma of loving both Brock the Kind and Sam the Pain, still her (now repentent) husband? Steel stretches the suspense until the last few pages. It was inevitable that prolific Steel would tackle a (rightfully) current concern, but - well, suffering along with Alex does not offer typical Steelian recreation. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel is one of the world's most popular and highly acclaimed authors, with over ninety international bestselling novels in print and more than 600 million copies of her novels sold. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; and Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved. To discover more about Danielle Steel and her books visit her website at www.daniellesteel.com You can also connect with Danielle on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DanielleSteelOfficial or on Twitter: @daniellesteel

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