Oliver Watson's world suddenly dissolves around him when Sarah, his wife of eighteen years, returns to Harvard to get her master's degree. Oliver is left on his own, with three children and a freedom he never wanted and doesn't completely understand. His family's needs and demands suddenly consume his life.
When Oliver's mother is diagnosed as having Alzheimer's disease and dies soon thereafter, Oliver's father's life is changed as well. Braver than his son with less of a future before him, George Watson, at seventy-two, quickly embraces new relationships and eventually, a new life. The sudden changes come as a shock to both father and son.
Ben, Oliver's oldest son, rejects his father and reaches outward. Under the illusion that he is grown-up and can make it on his own. Melissa, the middle child, blames Oliver for her mother's desertion. And Sam, the "baby," is too shaken to deal with it at all. Now the only parent, "Daddy" must somehow cope with his troubled family and explore a world of new responsibilities, new women, and new experiences.
Each of the three men must start a new life. Oliver in New York and then in Los Angeles with his children, once he faces the biggest change in his life. His widowed father with the woman next door and seventeen year old Ben with his girlfriend and baby. Nothing is as it was before ... nothing is as they once thought it would be. But in the end, different is better ... different is more ... for each of them.
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 best sellers 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.
Steel's captivating 25th novel will send her rocketing past the 125-million mark for books in print and satisfy avid fans with its splashy sentiment, loudly plucked heartstrings and boldly drawn, if superficially developed, cast. Oliver Watson is a successful, rather stolid, advertising executive with a beautiful wife, Sarah, three children, Ben, Melissa and Sam, and a house in suburban New York. But his paradise is teetering over an abyss: Sarah, who never wanted a conventional life, coldly abandons husband and kids to ``find herself'' by pursuing a master's degree at Harvard. Then Oliver's mother dies of Alzheimer's disease, leaving his 72-year-old father bereft, and 17-year-old Ben fathers a child and drops out of school. Oliver blames the unremittingly icy Sarah for every sorrow, yet initially refuses to get on with his life, even when his father points the way by finding a new love. Steel ( Star ; Zola ) is at the top of her bestselling form as she steers Oliver through a fearsome new world of single parenthood, modern women and radically changed sexual mores before winding up with a paean to family life and romance. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club dual main selection. (Nov.)
-- Publishers Weekly
Steel's latest plump Twinkle is about a nice, nice dad of three, and is filled with juicy, domestic head-bangers. Sarah and Oliver Watson (advertising dynamo) have been married 18 years, producing two teen-agers and a nine-year-old reared in a "storybook" town in suburban New York. But now Sarah, who'd chucked a writing career for all this, wants out. Oliver has it all. "When do I get mine?" demands Sarah, who then splits for Cambridge and a Harvard M.A. Poor Oliver. Daddy-ing-to-the-optimum and career don't mix, and troubles swarm in: his mother is dying of Alzheimer's, and, worse, 17-year-old Benjamin, a glory boy headed for the best colleges, drops out to care for featherweight Sandra, who's expecting his child. Oliver moves to Manhattan with the diminished family, while Benjamin honorably attempts to support Sandra on minimum wages. In the meantime, Oliver's good friend Daphne soothes Oliver's wildly grinding gears (nonsexually), and he has a frenzied affair with young Megan. Never a dull moment: Oliver's now-widower father begins courting; Benjamin's baby Alex arrives, and Sandra's out to cause crises. Then there's a move to L.A., along with a gloriously happy fade-out with another woman who chooses between career and coziness. Steel continues to do what she does very, very well. Stock by the yard. (Kirkus Reviews)
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st October 1989
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 10.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.198