As editor-in-chief of New York’s leading fashion magazine, Fiona
Monaghan was utterly content with her life, jetting back and forth
between Manhattan and Europe–until the sweltering day John Anderson
strolled into her office. A widower with two daughters, John was as
conservative as Fiona was freewheeling, both amused and appalled by her
world of high-strung designers, anorexic models, Fendi-stuffed closets,
and Sir Winston, her snoring bulldog. But after Fiona impulsively
invited John to the Paris couture shows, somewhere between the magic of
the runway and the stroll along the Seine, she let him into her heart.
And within weeks of their return to New York, John was making friends
with Sir Winston–and Fiona was making room in her closets.
It didn’ t take long for the dominoes to start falling. First, John introduced Fiona to his hostile daughters and their bloodthirsty Pekingese and snarling housekeeper. Then, after a disastrous dinner party with John’s biggest client, Fiona and John’s relationship began to unravel with alarming speed. What happens next will set Fiona on a journey filled with pain, revelation, and awakening. When she risks everything and returns to Paris alone, an extraordinary series of events begins to unfold. And as the snow falls on the city of light, the curtain will rise on a second act Fiona never saw coming.
In a dazzling tale of modern misadventures and career-crossed relationships, Danielle Steel captures the heady magic of instant attraction, the challenges of change–and the hope that comes when we dare to do it all over again.
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.
Fiona Monaghan, 42, lives the high life. With six years under her belt as editor-in-chief of Chic Magazine, a high fashion rag, Fiona is wined and dined around the world, has closets full of fabulous clothes and throws spirited dinner parties. Marriage has never been an option for the self-possessed Fiona; her ancient English bulldog, Sir Winston, is her main companion. Then she meets staid advertising exec John Anderson, head of the new agency handling Chic's account. Anderson, a handsome widower with two daughters, is utterly charmed by the phenomenal Fiona and dazzled by her lifestyle. Sparks fly and, after much inner turmoil, Fiona agrees to marry Anderson. The beginning of their relationship is rocky: Anderson's college-aged girls and housekeeper hate Fiona at first sight, and even the family dog attacks. But it's Anderson who can't handle Fiona's frenetic, glamorous life, and less than a year after their marriage he files for divorce. Devastated, Fiona quits her job and moves to Paris to write a book, finally allowing herself to be wooed again by her chastened ex-husband. Some readers will bridle at the idea that Fiona must give up her career to find happiness, but others will enjoy the usual Steel frills: plenty of gorgeous outfits, fine dining and exquisite real estate. Agent, Mort Janklow. (June 24) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
-- Publishers Weekly
Can the high-flying editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine find happiness with a conservative Madison Avenue type? Is this a Danielle Steel novel? Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
-- Library Journal
Fashion magazine editor turns 40, falls in love. Not that Fiona Monaghan ever thought she'd actually want to get married or anything like that, being so supersuccessful and all. Anyway, who needs a man when you've got an old bulldog that snores? Not to mention legions of lackeys, and front-row seats to the Paris shows, and glossy red hair down to there, and beautiful legs up to here, and too many fabulous clothes and cutting-edge accessories to list. And stuff like that. Also, because she lives in New York, which is interesting, she doesn't need anybody to love. Until John Anderson, advertising genius and man-about-Madison Avenue (he's described as conservative for the purposes of this incoherent plot) strolls into her office and steals her heart. They have lunch. They have sex. They have doubts. Will his selfish daughters get in the way of their sad dad's happiness? You bet. Will his dead wife's poodle take a vicious nip at Fiona's slender ankle? Twice! There's pathos: Fiona's dear old bulldog dies. There's hope: John buys her a new pet. There's shameless advertising: designer product plugs abound. There's a happy ending. Derivative and trivial, even for Steel (Ransom, p. 107, etc., etc.). Agent: Mort Janklow/Janklow & Nesbit
-- Kirkus Reviews
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 31st May 2005
Publisher: DELL PUB
Dimensions (cm): 18.44 x 11.278 x 2.261
Weight (kg): 0.154