On a warm summer evening, a red double-decker bus speeds down a London street. A few blocks away, a man and a woman climb into a limousine, revelling in a magical evening of dancing and champagne. The couple shares a first searching kiss and time stands still until, in a flash of metal and glass, their car is struck at full speed by the bus's tremendous weight.
Isabelle Forrester is the exquisite wife of a Parisian banker who has long since shut her out of his heart. Isabelle has lived a life of isolation, pouring her passions into her two children. Isabelle allows herself one secret pleasure a long distance friendship by telephone with a Washington power broker who, like Isabelle, is trapped in a loveless marriage.
To Bill Robinson, Isabelle is a godsend, a woman of extraordinary beauty and intellectual curiosity. A kindred spirit who touches him across the miles with her warmth and gentle empathy. Agreeing to meet for a few precious, innocent days in London, they find their friendship changing - until, with the sudden crash of steel against steel, they are thrust onto a new path fraught with pain and possibility.
Now, inside the cool sterile wards of a London hospital, Isabelle and Bill cling to life, their bodies shattered almost beyond repair. Together they must find the strength not only to embrace life again but to face what they have left behind. A tangle of changing relationships and the tragedy of another loss conspire to separate them once again and this time they could lose each other forever.
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.
This emotionally charged novel is classic Steel. The central character, Isabelle Forrester, is a beautiful, sensitive woman trapped in an unhappy marriage to Gordon, an apparently charming, but actually cruel and calculating, Parisian banker. All Isabelle's emotions become focused on her son, the sickly Teddy. She willingly dedicates her life to ensuring that Teddy is cocooned against his father's contempt. Her daughter Sophie, although loved, feels neglected because of her mother's devotion to her brother's needs and sympathizes with her distant father. When Isabelle establishes a long-distance friendship with the charming and sensitive Bill Robinson, she finds an outlet for her hopes and dreams. Bill is everything her husband is not and they develop a close bond that provides them with the mutual support that both their marriages lack. Each discovers in the other a soul mate, an intellectual partner and the possibility of real love at last. When they meet in London, Isabelle and Bill are forced to recognise the depth of feeling between them and acknowledge their passion with a kiss. But soon after, both are severely injured in a near-fatal car crash and their lives will never be the same. The effects of the accident rebound on all the characters, changing the nature and structure of all their lives. The author is a master of emotional observation and skilfully draws the reader into a world of hidden feelings and simmering resentments. This is not just a tender romance, it's a story of love's many dimensions and a tale of hope, courage and sacrifice. Danielle Steel fans will not be disappointed - but keep the tissues handy! (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 445
Published: 27th November 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 10.7 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.218