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Like the rest of her novels, Steel's 46th testifies to the insatiable appetite for unrequited love and the success of TV's Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Meet India Taylor, the coulda-woulda-shoulda been a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist if it wasn't for her meddling husband. Although they met in the Peace Corps 20 years prior, Doug insisted she put down the camera, pick up a broom, and raise four kids in the comfy Connecticut burbs. However, after 17 years of carpooling, Little League, and Doug's revelation that he's happy with a platonic marriage, India moves on to greener pastures. She finds her cash cow in the form of Paul Ward, a.k.a. "Lion of Wall Street," who has a yacht called the Sea Star and likes to coo such things as "I think I'm a little crazy, but I love you." Although he may be senile and she is still married, the duo seem destined for each other as Paul slowly helps India reclaim her past and follow her passion. What's not to love about Danielle Steel? She starts so many sentences with the word and that you start to do it yourself. And there's a run-on quality to the narrator's consciousness. But she drips glamour, drops famous names better than Robin Leach, and makes those pages fly so fast they cool your face on the hottest beach. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Many a stay-at-home mom's worst nightmare is realized in Steel's latest novel when India Taylor's husband, Doug, threatens to end their 17-year marriage if she dares to pursue her long-abandoned photojournalism career. Doug repetitively intones that marriage is by necessity an unromantic contract in which the wife's sole purpose is to care for the home, kids and husband, and if she reneges on her end of the deal with a pipe dream of independence, that is the ultimate "deal breaker." But in tried-and-true Steel (Mirror Image, etc.) fashion, India has a handsome Wall Street billionaire, Paul Ward, in the wings. His glamorous wifeAan internationally bestselling authorAdies in a plane crash several months after he and India have struck up a close friendship. But then Paul turns guilty and skittish about the budding romance, leaving India alone to face the harsh realities of being a single mom of four. Predictably, India's desolation is brief, punctuated by travel, adventure, a thrilling new career and a near-tragedy to put everything into perspective. As usual, Steel takes a theme of interest or concern to manyAin this case, a woman striking out on her ownAand turns it into a compulsively readable tale. With its swiftly moving story line and tidy love-conquers-all ending, Steel's latest should gratify her millions of fans. Major ad/promo.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (February 29, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440224845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440224846
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was an entertaining story, but I am surprised at all of the 5 star reviews. In general I like Danielle Steele, but this book was one of her weaker ones. The author repeats information over and over, as if the reader can't remember. Or as if by emphasizing the character's certainty about specific ideas or feelings, we are supposed to be surprised when it all changes. For example, the beginning of the book repeats how much India knows Doug loves and appreciates her several times. Then we find out he doesn't. When I read it, I correctly guessed the outcome just because of the seemingly unneccesary attention the author gave to India's sentiments. It was the same with her feelings for Paul. How many times can the author tell us that India is sure she feels only friendship for this man before we are to guess that it is more? It was all very superficial. I did not find the plot changes surprising, since the author gave multiple obvious leading hints just prior to almost every twist of the plot. Also, I did not get as emotionally involved in the characters as I normally would.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle White on May 2, 2004
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"Bittersweet" is about a woman named India Taylor, who was a wonderful mother, who juggled Little League, car pools, piano lessons, and Cape Code summer vacations. Getting bored with her life, India decides that she would like to go back to work as a photojournalist. One summer day, India meets a man named Paul Ward, who changes her life forever. Paul, whose wife recently passed away in a plane crash, begins chatting with India everyday. Both talk about their hopes and dreams and he tells her not to give up her dreams of going back to her work. Finally convinced, India decides to tell her husband of her plan, hoping he would understand. Doug tells her that he thinks of her only as a person to take car of the house, children and someone to cook him dinner when he comes home from work. Furious, India and Doug finally get a divorce because she is in love with Paul. A romance begins to bloom, but too soon for Paul. In the end, the two finally decide they need to be together.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought that the ending was by far the best part because it was so happy and sad all at once. I was happy to see them both finally find romance and happiness for once in their life. The book shows that in life bad things will happen but fate won't let anything else bad happen to you. I liked how throughout the entire novel Paul gave her advice and made her feel worthy and important. She really needed someone to understand her. I can see exactly where she is coming from. Driving car pools and cooking dinner does not look like the life any woman would want everyday. People need more to their life than that. People need to feel that they are good at something and everyone needs a hobby. Nobody needs anyone to tell him or her that they cannot do anything. I think India was strong when she told her husband that she was going back to work. It took a lot of guts. I thought this book was well written, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2000
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This book was really bad. I only finished it because I hate the feeling of leaving something unfinished. The writing was sophomoric, written as if the reader had absolutely no memory of what transpired on the previous page. The author kept repeating and repeating - obviously just to fill up some pages. I found the plot very predictable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By smartnurse123 on October 23, 2004
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A story of a woman named India Taylor, who after a number of years of marriage, discovered that she missed her career as a photographer. She was very talented and well respected in her field before she married. She missed the recognition that a career could give, although she still loved her husband and 4 children. Her husband, was narrow and difficult and could not see her personal struggle. In fact, he was totally against her starting up the career again. As the book progressed, India began to stand up to him because she did not want to lose who she was a person. In the end, she chose to pursue her dreams despite the obstacles. This was a moving and inspirational story with a romantic and happy ending!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2001
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Probably her worst book yet, but then again all of her recent works have been extremely bad. India's husband Doug is not a very believable character. His total opposition to her work seems unrealistic. Paul is too good to be true and then again too wishy-washy... This book tested my patience..I was tempted to sail it through the window quite a few times. Longwinded, boring, lack of substance, no plot...horrible horrible book!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Bittersweet was really quite a story. Hard to imagine men like that. To put it simply,Doug=jerk. I enjoyed this story very much and it was an easy read. I would highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
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This was by far one of the "VERY BEST" books that I have read in a long time. ! I had a hard time putting it down to do something else..all I wanted to do was get back to it.. I read it in 3-days..given only a little time in the morning and evening ""GREAT BOOK"" !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Zeilman on March 3, 2005
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After reading many Danielle Steel books, I'm pretty much conditioned to her writing style. Its sort of a guilty pleasure. I have a love/hate relationship with her writing. That being said, I was ready to dive into this, knowing it would be saturated with sappy love searchers.

The book for the most part is an easy read and flows nicely. You want to go from chapter to chapter just to see how each situation is going to resolve itself. However, Danielle Steel is Queen of the "Happy Endings" books and you just know that no matter how horrible the storyline may go, it will always have a happy ending. What she COULD cut down on is the use of "...and you know it". Count how many times you see that. Every character uses it. "That's not true, and you know it", "Its what you want, and you know it." UUGHH I thought I would have screamed if I saw it again.

****SPOILER COMING UP - IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS, STOP READING*** This time a woman (India Taylor) decides that being a stay at home mom is not enough and she wants to trek to faraway lands to take pictures of third world countries. Her husband is not happy about that and sees her as "someone he can rely on to take care of the kids"...(you'll see that sentence about a zillion times throughout the book)...she decides to tell him to kiss off and goes ahead with her plan. He divorces her, she falls in love with a multimillionaire vacationing down the road from her at Cape Cod. BUT, the millionaire is very married (to an award winning author by the way)...so they can't be together right? WRONG!!!! As luck (oops) would have it, she DIES in a plane crash...so they CAN be together after all!!! YAYYYYY!!! Happy ending....
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