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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (February 3, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552135259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552135252
  • ASIN: 0440211891
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Bill Thigpen, writer producer of the No.1 daytime TV drama was so busy watching his career soar that he never noticed his marriage collapse. Now, nine years later, living alone in Hollywood, even without his wife and kids, his life and success are still reasonably sweet. Top-of-the-chart ratings, good-natured casual affairs, and special vacations with his two young sons. His life is in perfect balance, he thinks.

Adrian Townshed thought she had everything: a job she liked as a TV production assistant and a handsome husband who was a rising star in his own field. In as enviable life they'd worked hard for -- the American Dream. Until she got pregnant. Suddenly all she had was chaos. And Steven's ultimatum. Him or the baby. The question was: did he mean it? He did.

Bill Thigpen and Adrian Townshed collided in a supermarket. And the very sight of her suddenly makes him want more in his life.... a woman he really loves, a real family again. But does he need the heartache of another man's baby, another wife? Neither does. But they couldn't help it.

Danielle Steel touches the Heartbeat of two wonderful people as their friendship deepens into love, as they meet the obstacles that life presents with humor, humanity, and courage.

From the Inside Flap

Bill Thigpen, writer producer of the No.1  daytime TV drama was so busy watching his career soar  that he never noticed his marriage collapse. Now,  nine years later, living alone in Hollywood, even without his wife  and kids, his life and success are still reasonably sweet. Top-of-the-chart  ratings, good-natured casual affairs, and special  vacations with his two young sons. His life is in  perfect balance, he thinks.

Adrian Townshed thought she had  everything: a job she liked as a TV production  assistant and a handsome husband who was a rising star  in his own field. In as enviable life they'd  worked hard for -- the American Dream. Until she got  pregnant. Suddenly all she had was chaos. And  Steven's ultimatum. Him or the baby. The question  was: did he mean it? He did.

Bill Thigpen and Adrian  Townshed collided in a supermarket. And the very sight  of her suddenly makes him want more in his  life.... a woman he really loves, a real family again.  But does he need the heartache of another man's  baby, another wife? Neither does. But  they couldn't help it.

Danielle Steel touches the  Heartbeat of two wonderful people as their  friendship deepens into love, as they meet the obstacles  that life presents with humor, humanity, and  courage.

Customer Reviews

All of DS books are such "easy" reads.
Theresa W
The author does a lot of 'telling' and not a lot of 'showing' as far as Bill's relationship with and feelings about his children and his divorce.
E. Haynes
Her books are typical love story novels that keep your interest.
HMP

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Autumn LeBeau on April 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book when I was 15-16 years old. I loved it then and I love it now. I have worn out copy after copy, and still re-read it (as I do many DS novels) at least once a year. A GREAT read.... believeable characters, interesting storylines and twists that jerk your emotions around... pick it up, if you haven't yer. If you have, read it again :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Overall I guess this was a good book, but compared to the other Danielle Steel books I have read, Lightning and Mixed Blessings, it doesnt measure up. I liked those far more. For the first 200 pages I didnt think anything really happened and I had to fight to keep reading. I also kept expecting Adrian to get back together with Steven since the character in Lightning reunited as did Diana in Mixed Blessings. I would have liked to hear more about Bill and Adrians life after the birth of the baby as opposed to all of the tedious events that led to them meeting. As mentioned before, I did like it and 2 stars is deceiving. It was a great book, but not near as great as what Steel is capable of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am a great fan of Danielle Steel and 'Heartbeat' didn't dissapoint me. I liked the twist and the drama of the middle chapters, the accident scene, aswell as the cliffhanger in the end... I think the author has drawn a very objective picture when describing Adrian Townsend, a person who has been mistreated and confused...and the feelings she has for this wondeful and ordinary man, Bill Thigpen, who has just entered her life at the right time... It's a 'real' situation that can happen in real life and, as in many of her books, Danielle gives us an insight on how an ordinary person would approach this.
Danielle Steel is by far, my favorite fiction author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ashley aten on August 6, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I couldnt stop reading it, and i found myself staying up way later than i should have just trying ot get through the next couple of pages...
Bill Thigpen was married to his work and didnt realize that his marrige was falling apart until it was too late, his then wife, Leslie, left him, taking their two young boys, Adam and Tommy, while Bill moved to California to persue his career.
Meanwhile, Adrian Townsend is married to this creep named Steven, and Steven had a horrible upbringing, and he never wanted to have kids. So when adrian finds out that she is pregnant, he tells her to have an Abortion, or he will leave her. She finds that she cannot abort this baby, and Steven says that she betrayed him by getting pregnant. (it was his fault too..i hated him!)
So Adrian is left on her own with this unborn baby, when she meets Bill. They kept running into eachother, and started a friendship.
This book was so very good, and it goes through all the triles and tribulations. I loved it and I think you will too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was really happy to see this woman's devotion to a baby. She got the best of both worlds, a child, and a man that loved her for who she was and had the same aspirations as she. I am pro-life and believe that nothing should come before a baby's life, and I was happy to see that she kept it. This book is definately one to pass on!!!
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By E. Haynes on September 19, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A coworker left this in our breakroom "library" so I picked it up to pass the time. I got almost to page 200 before just giving up in disgust. First strike: this book needs editing. Far too many sentences are started with the words "And" or "But"...any first year English major could tell you that beginning sentences in this way is extremely bad writing. The author mentions Bill's children's ages several times within the space of a few pages. The author does a lot of 'telling' and not a lot of 'showing' as far as Bill's relationship with and feelings about his children and his divorce. The author gives the same treatment to the other main character, Adrian, and her husband, basically walking the reader through a summary of their relationship, to reach a certain situation, and then BAM, the writing slows down into the most dreary day-to-day minutia of Adrian and Bill's existence. It's really awful. Adrian is a doormat. She's weak and pathetic. The reader never gets a sense of what she actually does for work, or why she's supposedly so good at it. She's cardboard, and boring cardboard at that. I've met a few production assistants, and they have to be very quick, very smart, and very organized in order to get things done. Adrian just never seems that competent, even before she starts zoning out to baby land. The page or two in which she's contacted by her husband's divorce attorney and then served with papers just infuriated me. Doormat! Idiot! I cannot think of a single woman I've ever known or met who would realistically respond to a man's demand that she vacate the marital home and allow him to repudiate parental rights (and financial responsibilities) wiith "OK" and a meek signing of the papers. "You want out of the kid's life, that's great, but you're going to have to give me the condo"....Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "wildwoodldy" on March 30, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book started out good and had a wonderful ending. But,everything in between was dull.
I don't understand how Bill neglected his first wife and his children by not spending enough time with them and then, be such a caring and devoted supporter for Adrian. Why wasn't he as committed to his orginial family as he was his second family?
Next, Adrian nearly drove me crazy by being so secretive to keep from having confrontations with different characters in the story. She was going to have to tell Bill she was pregnant sooner or later so why let their relationship grow knowing it may end? It did not make sense for her not to tell her mother about the baby sooner. She should have told those whom she worked with that Steven had left her. As it was, her co-workers thought she was having an affair. Did she not tell the co-workers she was pregnant because she thought they would never know? She took the "road of least resistance" too many times to suit me. There are many other questions I had while reading the book but you can read it for yourself. Many have loved the book.
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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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