Danielle Steel Bittersweet (Danielle Steel)

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Bittersweet (Danielle Steel)

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In BITTERSWEET, Danielle Steel has written a novel for our times, a story of choices and new beginnings.  India Taylor lived in a world of manicured lawns and neatly maintained calendars: a merry-go-round of Little League, piano lessons, and Cape Cod summer vacations.  With four wonderful children India believed in Doug, the man she married seventeen years before.  For India, this was the promise she made, the life she had chosen-not the award-winning career as a photojournalist she once had.  It was a choice she had never truly regretted.  Until she begins to regret it with all her heart.

India couldn't pinpoint the exact moment.  Perhaps it was the last time her agent called, begging her to take an assignment Doug insisted she turn down.  Or perhaps it was when Doug told her he thought of her as a companion and someone to take care of their kids, and not much more. At that moment, the price of the sacrifices she'd made began to seem high.  And then, she met Paul Ward.  A Wall Street tycoon married to a bestselling author, Paul lived life on his own terms, traveling the world on his own yacht.  India hadn't planned to become Paul's friend.  Anything more was unthinkable.   Yet talking to Paul was so easy.  India could share her dreams with him, and offer comfort when Paul suffers a heartbreak of his own.  And while Paul urges India to reclaim her career, Doug is adamantly against it, determined to keep her tied to the home.  But with Paul's encouragement, India slowly, painfully, begins to break free, and find herself again.  

Rediscovering her creativity and her courage, India uses Paul like a beacon on the horizon, sharing intimate phone conversations with a man half a world away, a man who never stops reminding her of all that is possible for her.  India is changing, and nothing in her life will ever be the same again.  Not her marriage.  Not her friendship with Paul.  And when India is presented with an irresistible opportunity, she makes a heart-wrenching decision, leaving a safe, familiar place-and the people she loves there-to move into the terror of the unknown.

BITTERSWEET is her story, a story of freedom, of having dreams and making choices to find them.  With unerring insight, Danielle Steel has created a moving portrait of a woman who dares to embark on a new adventure and the man who helps her get there.  Her painful, exhilarating journey inspires us all.

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Like the rest of her novels, Steel's 46th testifies to the insatiable appetite for unrequited love and the success of TV's Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Meet India Taylor, the coulda-woulda-shoulda been a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist if it wasn't for her meddling husband. Although they met in the Peace Corps 20 years prior, Doug insisted she put down the camera, pick up a broom, and raise four kids in the comfy Connecticut burbs. However, after 17 years of carpooling, Little League, and Doug's revelation that he's happy with a platonic marriage, India moves on to greener pastures. She finds her cash cow in the form of Paul Ward, a.k.a. "Lion of Wall Street," who has a yacht called the Sea Star and likes to coo such things as "I think I'm a little crazy, but I love you." Although he may be senile and she is still married, the duo seem destined for each other as Paul slowly helps India reclaim her past and follow her passion. What's not to love about Danielle Steel? She starts so many sentences with the word and that you start to do it yourself. And there's a run-on quality to the narrator's consciousness. But she drips glamour, drops famous names better than Robin Leach, and makes those pages fly so fast they cool your face on the hottest beach.

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A moving portrait of a woman who dares to risk it all and embark on a new adventure. India Taylor lives in a world of manicured lawns, piano lessons and Cape Cod summer vacations. With four wonderful children, India believes in commitment and sacrifice, just as she believes in Doug, the man she married seventeen years before. She chose this life over her award-winning career as a photojournalist, and it was a choice she has never regretted – until now. India can’t pinpoint when the price of the sacrifices she’d made began to seem high. But when she meets Paul Ward, a Wall Street tycoon, India begins to share her dreams with him. She hadn’t planned to become Paul’s friend, and anything more is unthinkable. When Paul urges India to reclaim her career, Doug is adamantly against it. But with Paul’s encouragement India slowly begins a painful but exhilarating journey of self-discovery and bittersweet changes.

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