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Destiny: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Sally Beauman
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sally Beauman’s international bestseller sweeps across decades and continents to tell a spellbinding story of star-crossed love

Edouard’s story begins in London in 1940. At fourteen, he’s the son of a baron and second in line to a dazzling jewelry dynasty.

Hélène’s story begins in Alabama in 1950. An only child, she lives with her mother in a trailer park and dreams of escaping her hardscrabble life.

Their paths cross in France, and a brief, passionate affair follows. They are separated by fate, and that seems to be the end. But Edouard cannot devote his life to business . . . not before finding Hélène again.

is Sally Beauman’s masterpiece about a man and a woman and their once-in-a-lifetime love.  

Editorial Reviews


“For as long as it took me to read Destiny, it became the most important thing in my life. I was riveted.” —Dominick Dunne

“Sweeping, sexy.” —Booklist

Destiny sparkles.” —New Woman

“Sprawling . . .  romantic.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A sexy novel that pants: ‘bestseller.’ ” —USA Today

From the Inside Flap

Edward and Helene.  When they met it was more than coincidence. When  they fell in love it was more than passion. When  they thought they'd lost it all, they should have  known they were wrong--they should have known it  was Destiny.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1515 KB
  • Print Length: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Romance (September 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EZEX900
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Sweeping Love Story August 19, 2001
Edouard and Helene are an unforgettable couple.
Edouard de Chavigny comes from a dynastic family of French jewelers. Helene Craig comes from the wrong side of the tracks in rural Alabama. They see each other on the streets of Paris and they have that prescient recognition, "love at first sight"-- and their story begins. Edouard and Helene, seemingly worlds apart, come together with a sense of inevitability.
This book is not a romance, though a love story is one of the novel's central features. The plot takes place in Europe and America with events transpiring from 1959 to 1975. The plot lags when Edouard and Helene are separated and there is a certain "ick" factor to the plot-- which is there for I don't know what reason. But the love story is like no other.
Ms. Beauman is often compared to Sidney Sheldon, with her glittering world of jetsetting characters, rightly so. But Destiny has a better love story than ones you find in Sheldon's novels.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate read! December 22, 2000
By Carrie
The story of Eduard and Helene was so emotionally charged and passionate! I accidentally managed to miss a crucial passage in the book telling Helene's real backround which made the revelation Eduard has at the end all the more heart wrenching. Very emotional book, keeps you there and is so hard to put down. You really live in the hearts of the characters and really feel their emotions. A grand passionate love story with riches, intrigue, lots of steamy moments, and filled with real life feelings. An absolute MUST read book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless love story! July 4, 2014
By Moira
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My favorite book of all time for fiction! Although a very long novel, its twists and turns and masterful weaving of a story through many decades is simply the best love story I've ever read. If anyone thinks that "Titanic" is the love story of all love stories, they haven't even begun to know what is in store when they encounter Edouard and Helene's love for each only disappointment is that it had to end the way it did, but that's what makes the story so poignant. Set amid France, England, and America, it is full of surprises along the way and also the story of a two people who never forgot each other despite many setbacks and trials. If only I could know a man like Edouard.................
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still love this book after many years November 14, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Read this book over 25 years ago and loved it. I loaned it to a co-worker and never got it back. Now, many years later and hundreds of books later, I found it again on Amazon. I am reading it again for the first time since I was in my 20's. Now in my 40's, and stil LOVE this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down July 29, 2005
From the first page you are drawn into the story and I couldn't wait to find out how the story would end. It was the first book I have read for a long time where I just couldn't put it down. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a good read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Wow. Yes, this book reminded me of Sidney Sheldon's "Masters of the Game" because, like that book, it contains many characters, whose lives are interwoven by chance. It's a huge book with so many many many characters, you'll need to stop and reassess them all, but it's a delight to read. A love story between a French baron, Eduord, and an English misfit, Helene. How they are joined together is a mystery I will leave you to find out for yourself. The book details the lives of Eduord and Helene, together and apart, and a love that is amazing. How they came together was just a matter of destiny. Pure pleasure, this book was, and I just loved every bit of it.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A 2 1/2 STAR REVIEW April 18, 2005
Supposedly, with DESTINY Sally Beauman became famous for receiving the biggest advance for a first novel. One has to wonder why. Not that the novel is a goner. Beauman clearly knows how to write. Her prose is as eloquent as her setting and characterization. A lot had been invested in this novel, and kudos for that since the woman definitely has all the makings of a best-selling author. But despite DESTINY's many powerful moments told with warmth and flair (like the outcome of the heroine's childhood friend, for instance), the novel lacks strength. Predictability wins over substance. Beauman's destined to be together characters H'l'ne and Edouard are a likeable duo, and karma sure does wonders for both of them, yet without much of originality to boost up its sagging plot, Sally Beauman's first major outer since penning a few Harlequins (as Vanessa James) leaves much to be desired.-----Martin Boucher
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping family drama September 13, 2013
By Roso
The rags to riches story of Helen Craig, a girl from diminished circumstances, who meets wealthy Parisian Edouard de Chavigny on the streets of Paris. Love knows no class boundaries, and when their eyes meets it is love at first sight. Spanning the years between 1959 and 1975, this is a classic love story, with juicy characters, dastardly plots and evil machinations. A book that allows a reader true escape from the hum drum of everyday life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it is a sweeping saga and an amazing love story
First of all it is a long book. When I first started it I had a hard time getting into it. I did not care for the characters and gave it up. Read more
Published 25 days ago by painterlady
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Too many filler words and descriptions. In this case, less would be more. The premise is interesting, if complex.
Published 3 months ago by RobOch
3.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Belief!
A good read if you can stop being distracted by the lack of plausibility of the plot line. While I enjoy fiction, I want to be engaged by the characters and story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by FIONA
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Can read this over and over.
Published 4 months ago by Amanda flores
2.0 out of 5 stars A paradox of a novel
I do not understand how this book has gotten such glowing reviews. It is the most bizarre novel I have ever read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amber Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It's was exciting,it was riveting, it was romantic. Outstanding!!!!!!
Published 5 months ago by Lana
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book, it was engrossing and I never put it down. The ending was a disappointment but aside from that, it was wonderful.
Published 5 months ago by J. Schinkel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best in MainStream Fiction!
This is by far one of the best books I've ever read. It is also the novel that inspired me to become an author. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Just not good...
I wanted to like this book, as others have given it good ratings. I found it difficult to follow with very vulgar language-almost pornographic. Not for me.
Published 6 months ago by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars DESTINY IS A "MUST READ"
An. Excellent book! Could not put it down!
Published 6 months ago by Lynnette M.
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