Although frequent business meetings keep her husband, Brad, away from home, Page Clarke feels blessed with her happy family and comfortable marriage. They have a house near San Francisco and she keeps busy looking after their seven-year-old son, Andy, and their teenage daughter, Allyson.
Allyson, at fifteen, is trying her wings and one weekend, instead of an evening with her friend Chloe, the girls lie and go out with two older high school boys. But a Saturday night that was supposed to be fun ends in tragedy when their car collides head-on with another.
At the hospital, Page finds Chloe's divorced father, Trygve, and, unable to locate Brad, she leans on his strength throughout the the long hours of tormenting questions. Will Allyson live? Will any of them? Were the teenagers drinking? Using drugs? Who was at fault? And where is her husband? Without Brad by her side Page feels her life start to come apart as she is forced to confront the fact that Allyson may not live, and if she does, she may never be the same again.
In an inspiring novel that explores how many people are affected by one tragic accident and how they survive it, Danielle Steel brings us close to the characters whose lives are as familiar as our own ... and who live, as we all do, in a world where everything can change in a single moment.
About The Author
Danielle Steel is one of the world's most popular authors, with over 560 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Bungalow 2, Sisters, H.R.H., Coming Out, The House, Toxic Bachelors, 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.
Lately, Steel's romantic domestic dramas have contained less froth and more hard-working detergent, dealing as they have with such sobersides stuff as kidnapping (Vanished, 1993) or infertility (Mired Blessings, 1992) - and now the tragedy of highway deaths and the maiming of young teens. Here, a mother of two copes with a months-long hospital vigil, a looming divorce, and crazy relatives who shared her loathsome childhood. And of course the ideal man will shimmer into being. Page Clarke is happy with her seven-year-old son Andy, lovely teenager Allyson, and handsome husband Brad, who so often (alas) is away on business trips. Then one fateful night, Allyson and friend Chloe plot to drive out to dinner with two nice guys...and Page gets that terrible call in the small hours. At the hospital, Page and Chloe's divorced father, Trygve Thorensen, receive the news: Chloe, her ballet days over, will survive; one boy is dead and another unhurt; but Allyson has a severe brain injury. During the months of Allyson's operations and her coma, Brad-who's been having a serious affair with a much younger woman-angrily confesses all; Page's spacey mother and bulimic sister arrive for a visit, kindling memories of childhood incest; and poor Andy, crushed by hostilities at home, breaks his arm. But standing by is Trygve, offering strength all along on Page's rugged road, and at the last the culprit in the accident will be run to ground. With Steel's smoothie, TV-matinee dialogue, which flows like an interstate, and with the ever-popular medical/hospital setting: another Steel sure-thing. (Kirkus Reviews)
Number Of Pages: 414
Published: 10th August 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 10.8 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.21