It is just days before Christmas, 1940. The war is raging in Europe when Kate Jamison makes her debut in New York City.
In a room filled with the scions of East Coast society and the leading political figures of the day, it is Joe Allbright who catches Kate's eye. At twenty-nine, Joe is the brilliant protégé of Charles Lindbergh, and already a legend in flying circles for his record-breaking speed and state-of-the-art airplane designs. All Kate sees is a tall, strikingly handsome man who seems at once awkward and larger-than-life, like a shining star - just out of reach.
Joe, too, is caught off balance by his response to Kate, seeing in this beautiful young woman vitality and youth, the lifelong soulmate he never expected to find.
As the months pass, they will meet again, forging a bond that will set the course of both their lives. Kate will go off to study at Radcliffe. Joe will skyrocket to fame in modern aviation. Joe's planes are his life, his passion. But irresistibly drawn to her, like a moth to a flame, he always comes back to Kate. Even after the long dark years of World War II, when Kate is sure she had finally lost him completely, Joe returns. Never willing to stay, always needing to fly away.
As planes are for him, Joe is the passion in her life. When the war is over, at twenty-four Kate wants marriage and a family. Joe wants the world, his limitless horizons, and the unique aviation empire he is building.
Unwilling to wait any longer, Kate moves on with her life. But when a chance encounter brings them together again, the time has finally come to make a choice, one that will have profound consequences for them both for the rest of their lives.
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.
It is 1940, and 17-year-old Kate Jamison is making her debut in New York society. Kate has it all. She is stunning, vivacious and intelligent. She is adored and trusted by her parents. But there is something hidden beneath that perfect surface. Joe Allbright is the protege of flying ace Charles Lindbergh and well respected by all that know him. However he is afraid to give himself totally to someone. When these two meet they instantly become unlikely soul mates. Their friendship grows until neither of them can deny that it has developed into love. Joe believes that America will soon join in the European war and is prepared for it when it happens. But it is hard for Kate to be separated from him when he goes to fly in England. This long separation is just the beginning of the troubles in their lives together. They are both wounded people and are frightened by the intensity of their feelings. Eventually Kate has to learn that if you love someone you must let them go. This novel is written in hindsight as Kate reflects on their lives, together and painfully apart. It is a moving memoir of a lifelong love, a love that goes through many changes and major upheavals but that can never end. Bestselling author Steel deals sensitively with difficult issues and handles her characters with compassion. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 495
Published: 3rd March 2002
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 10.8 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.248
Edition Number: 1