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Love, tragedy and hope conspire in Paris, when a kiss between two strangers changes everything. Isabelle Forrester is the wife of a Parisian banker who has long since shut her out of his heart. She has one secret pleasure: a long-distance friendship with a man who, like Isabelle, is trapped in a loveless marriage. To Bill Robinson, Isabelle is a kindred spirit. Agreeing to meet for a few precious, innocent days in London, they find their friendship changing, and they exchange their first, searching kiss. Time stands still - and tragedy strikes. A long journey begins - towards healing, hope and dreams of a seemingly impossible future. Isabelle and Bill cling to life. Together they must find the strength not only to embrace the future but to face what they have left behind.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552148528
ISBN-10: 0552148520
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 106mm x 26mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » This emotionally charged novel is classic Steel. The central character, Isabelle Forrester, is a beautiful, sensitive woman trapped in an unhappy marriage to Gordon, an apparently charming, but actually cruel and calculating, Parisian banker. All Isabelle's emotions become focused on her son, the sickly Teddy. She willingly dedicates her life to ensuring that Teddy is cocooned against his father's contempt. Her daughter Sophie, although loved, feels neglected because of her mother's devotion to her brother's needs and sympathizes with her distant father. When Isabelle establishes a long-distance friendship with the charming and sensitive Bill Robinson, she finds an outlet for her hopes and dreams. Bill is everything her husband is not and they develop a close bond that provides them with the mutual support that both their marriages lack. Each discovers in the other a soul mate, an intellectual partner and the possibility of real love at last. When they meet in London, Isabelle and Bill are forced to recognise the depth of feeling between them and acknowledge their passion with a kiss. But soon after, both are severely injured in a near-fatal car crash and their lives will never be the same. The effects of the accident rebound on all the characters, changing the nature and structure of all their lives. The author is a master of emotional observation and skilfully draws the reader into a world of hidden feelings and simmering resentments. This is not just a tender romance, it's a story of love's many dimensions and a tale of hope, courage and sacrifice. Danielle Steel fans will not be disappointed - but keep the tissues handy! (Kirkus UK)

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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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