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Kaleidoscope Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (July 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440201926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440201922
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The World War II love affair between lovely Frenchwoman Solange Bertrand and American GI-turned-actor Sam Walker burned too brightly and ended in tragedy, leaving their three young daughters orphaned. Megan, the youngest, adopted by a loving family, grows up to be a doctor in Appalachia. Alexandra, adopted by a wealthy family, marries a powerful man with an impeccable pedigree. Hilary, the oldest (and the only one who remembers her sisters), enters the sordid world of foster care before going out on her own to work her way up to being a New York news producer. In the pursuit of success and stability, Hilary foregoes building a personal life, especially when her efforts to locate her sisters hit a dead end. But when high-priced private investigator John Chapman is hired to reunite the three sisters, the secrets and lies that kept the women apart--and bound them together--are revealed and the love only sisters can share blossoms again. A heartwarming tale by master storyteller Danielle Steel. --Alison Trinkle

From Publishers Weekly

The pages of Steel's newest novel are packed with an assortment of one-dimensional characters, each one more broadly sketched than the last. Sam Walker and Arthur Patterson, American soldiers in war-torn Paris, fall in love with Solange, a proud young Frenchwoman. Having won her, Sam brings his beautiful war bride to New York, where he instantly sets Broadway agog at his acting talent, mercurial temper and restless love affairs. Tragedy strikes when he kills Solange during an argument, and later himself, orphaning their three pampered daughters. Arthur cravenly arranges adoptions for the youngest two, but nine-year-old Hilary is dealt a life of utter misery. Determined to reunite her little family, she grimly survives only to find that the man responsible for her torment has lost all traces of her sisters. Years later, John Chapman is hired by a dying, penitent Arthur to find the sisters and bring them together. As he follows their trails, Chapman becomes obsessed by his quarryone the wife of a French baron, one a doctor in Appalachia and the third a cold, ambitious network executiveand his search for a happy ending that will wipe away the awful past. The book gets off to a slow, overly sweet start, but by the midway mark Steel has given these tired characters a fresh look and a vibrant momentum all their own. Major ad/promo.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

Customer Reviews

I read it in a week.
J. Ketterer
It had a very touching ending and was happy to know all had turned out well.
Nancy McMahon
I read this in celebration of Danielle Steel's 50th book.
Andrea Egger, author of Grave Accusations

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Egger, author of Grave Accusations on November 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this in celebration of Danielle Steel's 50th book. What an anniversary for her! This book, originally printed in 1987, is timely today just as it was then, detailing the heart-wrenching story of three sisters, torn from each other at a young age. Each sister went to a different family and had a different upbringing, with the oldest having been beaten and raped in her experiences in foster homes. Finally making it on their own, they are brought out of their lives in their thirties and are brought together by the very man who separated them, after he hires a private investigator to find them.
Little does the man know a big surprise is in store for him at the reunion.
The sisters reunite and swear never to stray far again.
A TV movie was made of the book, with Jacklyn Smith playing the oldest daughter. A very compelling movie, taken very carefully from the book and shown in a sequence of flashbacks.
An excellent book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when it first came out (1987) so I don't remember all the details, but I know that the book was very dramatic, emotional, and heartwrenching. I still remember the characters all very well, and some of the things they went through. I liked the 3 sisters a lot, even though I wished they all weren't perfectly beautiful. The violence in the home, and the scene were the girls were split up were well portrayed and felt very real. I also like their reunion--it wasn't all sweet and wonderful like they always show it on TV. I'm glad Ms. Steel put in a character who had some major flaws and yet was a lovable and sympathetic person despite it. Probably one of her best books (the original had the nicest cover I've ever seen too.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L Murphy on September 16, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this a few years ago for the first time. Its a great book, its got a lot of twists and the story begins in war torn Europe where sam walker first appears as a brave and very likeable charactor. He meets cowardly Arthur and they become best friends. They go on to fall in love with the same women whom Sam eventually wed's. I dont want to give too much away but there's a great twist at the end which I for one never saw coming. Read it, if you like DS you ll definately enjoy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dawn819240@aol.com on July 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I know this is an old Steel novel, but it was just as good, if not better than her new work. I had already seen the movie version of this novel, but the book was 100 times better, as always. If you'r e a Danielle Steel fan and you haven't read this novel, I strongly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
i love this book!!!!! the rape scenes were kinda sick, but unfortunatly, rape is something that happens everyday. pretending it does not exist will only make the problem worse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Papos on September 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed all of Danielle Steel's other books. The story puts you right there and you feel all the pain this little girl went thru. But a happy ending it was as I hoped it would be. It was a book I couldn't put down till I knew what would happen and how it would turn out. I look forward to reading her books and hope they are put on the Kindle for those of us who have the Kindle and enjoy reading on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was very moving. Some of the text drove me to tears. This was one of the best books I have ever read. I could not bring myself to put it down. Ms. Steel is truly a brilliant author. She captured in print the eldest daughter's pain: her abuse when she was growing up and trying to find her sisters. I cried when she was finally reunited with her family. I applaud Ms. Steel for writting a great book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy H. on May 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Loved the characters in this book! Like so many of her other books, I couldn't put it down. Even though I knew there would be a happy ending, the story kept me captivated throughout and I didn't want to see it end. On to my next Danielle Steel book!
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