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Impossible [Kindle Edition]

Danielle Steel
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When a high-powered gallery owner collides with a wildly offbeat artist, it’s the perfect recipe for disaster. But in her 63rd bestselling novel, Danielle Steel proves that when two hopelessly mismatched people share a love for art, a passion for each other, and a city like Paris, nothing is truly impossible…or is it?

Everything Sasha does is within the boundaries of tradition. Liam is sockless in December. Sasha is widowed, a woman who knows she was lucky enough to be married to the most wonderful man in the world and thankful for every moment they had. Liam is half in and half out of a marriage that only a “wacky” artist could manage, and that his own impossibly impulsive behavior has helped tear apart. But while Sasha has been methodically building her father’s Parisian art gallery into an intercontinental success story, Liam has been growing into one of the most original and striking young painters of his time. So while the two are utterly unalike–and a nine-year age difference stares them squarely in the face–the miracle of art brings them crashing together. Now the question is, can Sasha guard her reputation while juggling a secret, somewhat scandalous relationship? And how can Liam, who lives for the moment, put up with a woman who insists on having things her own way, in her own style, and at her own time?

For Sasha, it’s a matter of keeping Liam hidden from her grown children and well-heeled clientele as she commutes between New York and Paris and two thriving galleries. For Liam, it’s about creating chaos out of order, bringing out the wild streak that Sasha barely knows she has, of choosing pizza over foie gras, and making love when others are busy making money. That is, until a family tragedy suddenly alters Liam’s life–and forces a choice and a sacrifice that neither one of them could have expected. But from the snow falling on the Tuileries to the joy of eating ice cream by candlelight, the artist and the art dealer have tasted perfection. And giving up now might just be the most impossible thing of all.

With unerring insight into the hearts of men and women– and into the soul of the artist –Danielle Steel takes us into a world of glamour and genius, priceless art and dazzling creativity. From the luxurious galleries of Europe to the endless beaches of the Hamptons, ImPossible weaves an extraordinary tale of love and compromise, of taking chances and counting blessings. With brilliant color and breathtaking emotion, Danielle Steel has written her most compelling novel to date.


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Sasha de Suvery Boardman, the 48-year-old heroine of Steel's latest romance, knew she had it all - perfect marriage, two terrific grown kids, prestigious art galleries in Paris and New York, three luxury homes - until her husband's fatal heart attack. Now brokenhearted, but still beautiful and chic, she buries herself in her gallery work, until son Xavier introduces her to bad-boy painter Liam Allison, a gorgeous, "wacky" 39-year-old who instantly "[brings] out the mother in her." So she offers him a gallery contract, thus igniting a "torrid affair" punctuated by endless arguments about their nine-year age difference, his severe allergy to all forms of authority and their incompatible "lifestyles and appearances" (including his strong aversion to wearing socks). Despite Steel's repeated assurances that Liam is actually "innocent and likable," his petulance and impulsiveness are seriously off-putting, and the tortured romance has an icky, near-incestuous quality that may make some readers cringe. Others may just be bored by the sketchy, meandering plot, the skimpy characterizations and the hyperbolic, often stunningly repetitious style ("He was just a young man who liked to have fun and still acted like a boy at times, full of mischief and fun"). Even hardcore Steel addicts may not make it all the way through this one, her 63rd. (Mar. 1)
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From Booklist

Steel's usual formula is at play here in a new love story about the difficulties of a relationship between two wildly different persons. Sasha is a high-powered gallery owner, and Liam is a feckless artist. Recently widowed, Sasha, who is nine years older than Liam, is staid, conservative, and bound by tradition. Liam is married (unhappily), manic, and a pronounced nonconformist. While Sasha has been busy building her father's Parisian art gallery into an international success, Liam has become the darling of the art world. The two meet and gradually begin an affair, but soon their strong personalities get in the way of their blossoming relationship. As well-heeled Sasha tries to keep the affair hidden from her grown children and her snooty clientele, Liam is working hard to draw Sasha out of that world and into his. Eventually, the differences become too much for them to handle, and the lovers clash, break up, and (surprise!) come together again in a dramatic, suspenseful finale. No surprises here, but Steel knows what her fans want, and this solid, meaty tale will not disappoint them; expect demand. Kathleen Hughes
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440242010
  • Publisher: Dell (February 20, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001TLZF8G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Danielle Steel is becoming boring March 26, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Every time I read a DS book---and I have read them all--I tell myself "this is the last one". But then I'm always willing to give her one more try. As I've written before, her books are slipping--as someone else has said. I'm beginning to think that she's not doing the writing anymore. It's not a fraction of the caliber of "Message from Nam" or "Thurston House". She now repeats herself over and over again, uses poorly constructed sentences and runs thoughts together as a child would do. Her grammar is terrible. And the stories are becoming so fluff and too similar that it's not fun to read them anymore. So perhaps she has finally lost me as a loyal reader.

It's the story about Liam and Sasha---with a 9 year age difference who break up and get back together over and over. DS is constantly reminding the reader of their ages and their past history------it's boring and mundane. It's a waste of time to read these books unless you're looking for a quick read without any substance.

Danielle, please write better and go back to meaty story ideas like in the "good old days" and wow us with your research and ways to capture us with the story. I miss the old style and will not read another book until I hear they have improved.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 400 plus pages that could have been written in 100 pages September 17, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Just because Danielle Steel writes it, does that make it worthy of being published? This book is a mess. There are only two reasons that I finished the book; 1) I paid for it, 2) The characters were likable. Otherwise... it was a complete waste of time. How many times can you say the same exact thing over & over again and still have it called literature. Anyway... if you are a fan of the "real" Danielle Steel's writing... DO NOT buy this book... waste of money & time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I have read in a long time! June 9, 2006
By Jcat SF
Format:Hardcover
I have never read a Danielle Steel novel, but my friend bought it when we were inter-railing through Europe last week so I picked it up out of sheer boredom.

The grammar is atrocious, and the repetitiveness highly irritating. How many times do Sasha and what's his name need to break up and get back together? How often does Sasha need to cry about this artsy guy?

This book was so annoying that I had to literally put it down and stop reading it.

I will never pick up another Danielle Steel book, and I am still appalled that the publishing world even let this one be published!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Impossibly Terrible June 21, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I am joining the majority of reviewers when I say that this book is her WORST yet, and they have been pretty bad for a few years. I also miss her classics and may just have to read them over, rather than read another one of her new books. This story is ridiculously predictable and completely unrealistic. The "wacky" artist Liam is just an obnoxious, disrespectful, immature guy who cheated on his wife with her sister - there is absolutely no way that Sasha would be attracted to him, completely unbelievable. He is a completely unlikable character, and she is just irritating. I have never heard D.S. be so repetitive - I agree that she has gone downhill and it is unclear as to whether she actually wrote this book or employs an editor. The most infuriating scene in the book was the way Liam disrespected her while she was doing her job as an art dealer but then it was chalked off that he is just a "wacky" artist - absurd. Over the years, I have stopped buying her books because they are declining in quality and I did not want to waste my money but still checked them out from the library - well based on this latest book, I may just have to give her up all together, I cannot go through any more torture.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars doesn't she have an editor?? November 27, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Why do I continue to read her books??? B/c I love the stories (most of them) but I give up. I can no longer stand the repitition. why does she repeat herself over and over again?? does she think her reading audience is stupid?? and why doesn't an editor take out all of the extra stuff?? this book could've been about a hundred pages.

I didn't like Liam. of course, heros can not be perfect but I found him completely unlikeable. He was a mooch, a slug, a leech on his wife. How could I admire this guy?? He sucked the life out of his wife, cheated on her w/her sister, and ignored his kids for many years and thought it was ok b/c he was "creative"

I give up. Some of her books have excellent plots (not this one) but even those make me want to pull my hair out b/c they repeat info over and over again
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Someone stole my line -- Impossible to read June 22, 2006
By J. Cole
Format:Hardcover
This is quite possibly the most poorly written book I have ever seen. Like others on this site I will never again read a DS book. Talk about repetitive -- it got so bad that I began to underline everytime the main love interest was referred to as a "wacky artist". Between Chapters 5 and 7 the term was used 15 times, three times on one page. To make it worse, the "wacky artist" is also characterized as extremely immature and childlike, making him very unappealing to me, anyway. In the space of 3 pages the following phrases appear -- "looked like a big kid", "she felt like his mother", "his childlike style" "he was very needy sometimes, and self-centered, as children are", "he acted like a bored schoolboy", "pouting", "acted out, more often than not, like a child". What a bore. Both the book and the people in it.
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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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