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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (July 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440168724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440168720
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raphaella de Mornay-Malle grew up in the sheltered world of the Mediterranean aristocracy under the careful tutelage of her stern father and her dutiful duennas. Married at age 18 to a much older American, John Henry Phillips, Raphaella fills her life with his wishes and desires. But when John is incapacitated by a series of strokes, she finds her world shrinking to the size of a sickbed.

Though Raphaella has an uncommonly strong sense of her duty in marriage, she can not ignore her attraction for Alexander Hale, a handsome acquaintance. As John's condition worsens and Alex grows insistent that she acknowledge what lies between them, Raphaella faces a classic duty-versus-love dilemma.

Though readers may see the plot twist coming a mile away, Danielle Steel's got her grasp on the pulse of romance fiction, and she's not going to let go without a fight. Groan and giggle, ignore the laundry and make excuses, but make no mistake--you'll enjoy getting swept away by this one.--Nancy R.E. O'Brien

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'Ms Steel is undeniably an expert NEW YORK TIMES It's safe to say Ms Steel's fans won't be disappointed NEW YORK TIMES Make a pot of tea, curl up under a favourite quilt - and keep a box of tissues close at hand NEW YORK TIMES --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Another exciting book by Danielle Steel.
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Love this book it reminds one that no matter what love always endures and that it's never to late to find that special someone.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on December 10, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Book Review
Title: A Perfect Stranger
Author: Danielle Steel
Pages: 400
Available in paperback
Publisher: Dell 1985
Book Description:
Her rich father had always sheltered Raphaella de Mornay- Malle. Coming from Spain she had always had duennas to look after her. At the age of 18 she becomes married to a business partner of her fathers by the name of John Henry Phillips. John is much older then Raphaella and although the marriage is not arranged the father allows it because John Henry is one of this business partners and a great man. John Henry Phillips is her life, he treats her wonderfully and she in turn loves him unconditionally.
Her love for John Henry does not die when he becomes incapacitated. She keeps her bounds to marriage very well until meeting a complete stranger. Alexander Hale becomes infatuated with Raphaella. Alex wants nothing more then to make Raphaella happy. As she tries to hold on to her husband she finds herself drifting into the arms of the perfect stranger.
While John gets worse Alex becomes more persistent in pursuing Raphaella. She eventually gives in, not forgetting her love for her husband but needing love from another who can interact with her to keep going on. She is struggling for what's right and wrong, to define the line between living and dying.
Personal Book Review:
This book gets 4 stars from me. It's one of Danielle Steels better books. It's not as pearly as some of her work, but it's not as devastating as others she's written. At the same time it's the same as her classics. It's the perfect balance, something that could really happen.
She describes the love a woman for a man that is so strong it can't be broken. The thing's Raphaella denies herself because she is married is amazing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette on March 9, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the greatest book I ever read. I believe that this is the best book that Danille Steel has ever wrote. I couldn't put the book down. I got like 5 infractons for not putting it down. When my friends called me I wasn't even listening to them. Once I got done I read it about 5 more times. The movie they made for this book wasn't even as good as the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1999
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It is an easy read, I read this within a night, but couldn't put it down once I started. It is an innoucuous love at first, and it takes you through the sides of torn and what is right and moral. By the end I felt the rollercoaster ride of emotions and wished there was more...It would make a great movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2000
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This was a typical D.S. book. I have read a few of Ms. Steele's books and they always leave me satisfied but I'm never passionate about her books. This time was no different. If you want a nice, laid back read - this is a good book for you. If you want passion, excitement and fireworks - skip it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 1999
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This book was sooo good. i couldn't put it down. i have to say this is the best d.s. book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn J. Church on August 2, 2013
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Danielle Steel is one of the worlds best authors! I, as a lot of people. Have read every book she has written and never been disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa W on December 30, 2003
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This is a book that really sweeps you away. Danielle Steel is such a talented writer, this book displays that talent at it's best. If you're looking for a love story, a story about marriage, a story about struggles & survival...this book has all of that. This is a classic Steel book, go pick it up & read it!!
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By NoMonkeyBusiness on March 12, 2010
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The book did keep me somewhat focused and entertained in the beginning, however, I found myself skipping parts here and there closer to the middle of it. And more so as the story kept going. The story itself isn't new.. beautiful young woman married to a much older man finds herself tied to him indefinitely as the old man is an no hurry to die after a series of strokes. Then a woman's slooowly developing affair with a young and handsome lawyer and a moral battle between a loyalty to a gravely ill husband and newly found love. I mean, come on! Everything about this book is predictable and boring. The setup itself - woman's rare beauty (are they ever ugly??), rich and noble family, lawyer's career-oriented wife that left him for her career when he wanted babies etc, etc. And to add insult to an injury, the main heroine just can't get a backbone and tell her father to go to hell when he forces her to leave US and come back to her family which means the end of her oh-so-important new love (is it really?). Bleh!!! Don't waste your time like I did, do something meaningful instead or read another book instead.. read reviews first :)
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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, 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.

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