Wanderlust is the story of Audrey Driscoll. Orphaned young,
Audrey has grown up caring for her eccentric millionaire grandfather
and her demanding younger sister, Annabelle, who assume she will always
be there for them.
Sheltered yet restless, responsible beyond her years
yet hungering for experience, Audrey is hopelessly bound until she
herself makes the daring decision to leave. As the 1930s unfold, alone,
camera in hand, she will shock friends and outrage family as she
plunges headlong into the wider world.
Crossing the Atlantic aboard the luxurious Queen Mary, Audrey
meets James and Violet Hawthorne, who will draw her into a
sophisticated circle of artists and expatriates. And it is they who
will introduce her to Charles Parker-Scott, in who Audrey will come to
recognise a twin soul, a man propelled by relentless curiosity and
driven by conflicting needs for intimacy and independence.
Together they will spend an exquisite summer at Cap d'Antibes, then board the
Orient Express on an adventure that will carry them to a remote outpost
in China. But at the farthest reaches of this journey Aubrey must
choose again. Japan has attacked China. Charles knows he must return to
Europe at once. But Audrey becomes involved with a besieged orphanage
and decides to remain in China without Charles, caring for the
abandoned children until help arrives.
In time Audrey will return to America with a daughter of her own. While
she must come home to San Francisco to confront a world irrevocably
changed by time, she finds she cannot stay. From prewar Germany to
London during the Blitz, from a wrenching reunion with Charles to a war
zone in North Africa, again and again she must choose between the
dictates of her conscience and the yearnings of her heart.
For Audrey Driscoll and the men and women whose lives touch hers, wanderlust is
the inescapable element. Born at a time when women were expected to
stay close to home and fulfill traditional roles, Audrey is compelled
to follow the thread of events that will destroy the complacency of the
past and shape the future. From Europe to China, from San Francisco to
North Africa, she is irresistibly drawn into a man's world of conflict,
discovery, and danger.
In a vivid novel of breathtaking scope, Danielle Steel has once again
surpassed herself in creating an unforgettable tale of men and women
caught in the tides of personal drama and historic event. Wanderlust
is Danielle Steel's finest journey.
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.
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st January 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.3 x 10.9
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1