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Description - Five Days in Paris by Danielle Steel

Peter Haskell, president of a major pharmaceutical company, has everything: power, position, and a family which mean everything to him. Olivia Thatcher is the wife of a famous senator. She has given to her husband's ambitions and career until her soul is bone-dry. She is trapped in a web of duty and obligation, married to a man she once loved and no longer even knows; when her son died, a piece of Olivia died too. On the night of a bomb threat, Olivia and Peter meet accidentally in Paris. Their lives converge for one magical moment in the Place Vendome, and in a cafe in Montmartre their hearts are laid bare. Peter, once so sure of his marriage and success, is faced with his professional career in jeopardy - Olivia, no longer sure of anything, knows that she cannot go on any more. When Olivia disappears, only Peter suspects that it may not be foul play, and he has to find her again. But where will they go from there? Five days in Paris is all they have. Home again, they must both pursue their lives, despite challenges, compromise and betrayal. Everything they believe is put on the line, until they both realise that they must face life's challenges head-on.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552143783
ISBN-10: 0552143782
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 106mm x 22mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Nov-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Five Days in Paris by Danielle Steel

US Kirkus Review » Steel (Lightning, p. 422, etc.), the Queen of Conjunctions (both human and grammatical) returns, this time with a page-turning, incantatory love story that's hard to beat and harder to put down. Two well-heeled lovers meet at the Ritz in Paris, "and a lifetime forever change[s] in a single moment." Successful and immaculately shirted Peter Haskell, pharmaceutical bigwig, has come to France to expedite the manufacturing of Vicotec, a drug that - if the lab tests are positive - will revolutionize cancer care. Peter, 44, and so well turned out that no one knows he was once a poor Wisconsin farmboy, married Katie, the boss's daughter, and compromised his ideals all the way to the tune of three sons and a large, splendid house on six acres in Greenwich, Connecticut. Now, forced to wait five days for Vicotec's test results, he spies Olivia Thatcher, 34, the big-eyed, waiflike, neglected wife of Senator Anderson Thatcher, and becomes instantly fascinated. The night of a bomb threat, Peter follows tragic Olivia (she's lost a son to cancer) down the Champs-Elysees. Later, after six hours at a Montmartre cafe, the two have bonded for life. When Olivia is too miserable to return to her empty life at the Ritz, Peter follows her again - this time to a quaint fishing village in the south of France, where, after salade nicoise, they become lovers. But each has obstacles keeping them apart. Peter returns to New York to battle with his family over Vicotec, as well as face the FDA; Olivia promises Andy, a presidential wannabe, that she'll stick it out through the election. But will the lovers be able to carry on as usual behind their old facades? In the end, with nothing but each other, and a few other little goodies, they face the future together. A bread-and-butter chanson d'amour that no one could write better - and many have tried. (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 You can also connect with Danielle on Facebook at or on Twitter: @daniellesteel

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